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Oct 14 2013

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Book Review: By Grace Alone by Derek Prince

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 By Grace Alone

I picked this book because I wanted to read more about grace–grace in contrast to legalism. While I don’t want to peg myself as one who struggles with legalism, I can see how it is easy to want to just set up a system of rules rather than rest in God. By nature, I want to believe in my own ability to be good enough. In reality, I fall on my face too many times to live up to my own rules let alone the holy standards of God. So, this was another chance at getting more input on the matter of grace.

This book is packed with scripture. (No one can speak to the issues of grace better than the Bible itself.) I found Derek Prince’s explanations of the passages of scripture insightful, encouraging, and challenging.

I started writing down some of his words that stood out to me. Here are a few:

  • Grace is the free, unmerited favor of God toward the undeserving and the ill-deserving.
  • God’s grace works in our lives long before we know we need it and even before we are willing to turn to Him.
  • Because when you feel weak, you are forced to rely on the grace of God.

His words encouraged me. Want to read more about my interactions with the book?

Is  By Grace Alone for you?

The introduction of the book states that this book is compiled from messages by Derek Prince. That may influence your decision to pick up the book.

Also, the author comes from a Charismatic background, so that influences the style of the book as well. I found this primarily in phraseology and not as much doctrinal differences. One place in the book, the author states that every believer should have “supernatural attestations of his or her faith.” He does not state what, specifically, “supernatural attestations” are. How he would have understood that and how I would may not be the same, but I do agree that there should be evidence of faith in the life of a believer. I didn’t find his style difficult to understand, and I found myself resonating with the primary message of the book. The style and philosophical background of the reader may influence your choice as well. I found the book stretching, and differences of background were an asset.

Finally, the book is not touchy-feely. It is more formal in nature. For that reason, it was more difficult for me to get through. BUT, (and maybe it’s just me) the book picked up momentum at the end. So, if light reading is what you’re after, this is not it. If deep thinking about grace is, then this may be a book to consider.

 

Note: I was given a free copy of this book to review from Chosen Book Publishers. My opinion is my own. Unlike a biased view of my kids (the best in the world), the review is my honest thoughts and reflections.

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