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Grace Transforming by Philip Ryken was published by IVP in November 2012 and is our 33663rd best seller. The ISBN for Grace Transforming is 9781844746064.
Grace is a term that flows through the life of the church and is perhaps, much misunderstood as a result. Think of the many times we say "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ…" or welcome one another witth the words "Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father…" or even simply say grace at a meal. What is it that we are inviting ourselves and others to receive and why?
Phil Ryken's concise book sets out to answer these questions and he does so with a graciousness that is itself deeply invitational. Eight chapters take us through the building blocks of grace from our need for it through its diverse nature – powerful, generous, strengthening, abundant.
Grace may be a tough nut for Christians to understand because it is so multi-dimensional. It is about forgiveness and acceptance, and yet it is so much more too. It is about God's generosity and constancy, but that doesn't quite nail it either. The answer, of course, is in the title of Ryken's book. Grace is transforming. We know when we've received it but it often takes others to point out that we need it. And being a Christian doesn't lessen our need for God's grace – if there's a single theological idea that demolishes the division between those inside and outside the church, grace is it. We all need it.
Ryken's book was first given as a series of college addresses and this parochialism hasn't been removed in the editing process. That aside, this is an excellent book that many will find clarifies a topic that otherwise can appear too theological to touch.
"To grasp the fullness of God
"To grasp the fullness of God’s grace is to come humbly to Christ in empty-handed spiritual poverty. That alone may be the greatest challenge for any Christian! And it’s why I so appreciate Dr. Philip Ryken’s extraordinary insights in his new book, Grace Transforming. He points us to Jesus Christ in all his saving power, reminding us that without the Savior we are nothing and have nothing. If you are seeking a fresh look at your Lord and your own desperate need of him, this is the book for you!" - Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
"Whether you’re a novice or a veteran in the school of grace, these words are meant to refresh, enliven and illumine your heart. I’m so thankful for Ryken’s bold yet humble declaration of the marvelous grace of God - grace meant for all who believe, grace that is ours from the beginning of our walk all the way into the eternity we’re longing for. Pick up this lovely little book and let its ageless message remind you of the grace that first transformed your soul." - Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Give Them Grace and Comforts from the Cross
"Phil Ryken’s Grace Transforming is a captivating series of chapel addresses reminding us that we never outgrow our need for the transforming power of God’s grace. With wonderful illustrations, sound biblical exegesis and hard hitting yet relevant applications, Phil invites us to face the realities of our own life in order to realize in ever more profound ways the power of God’s life changing grace. I was personally enriched by reading this new treasure and reminded of the things I love the most even when I fail to realize their lively pulsating reality in my own life." - Gayle Beebe, President, Westmont College; author, The Shaping of an Effective Leader and Longing for God
|Author / Artist||Philip Ryken|
|Publisher||IVP (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||128|
|Page last updated||10th April 2018|