Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review - Stumbling Into Grace

Stumbling Into Grace by Lisa Harper

This book has a lot of funny, little stories throughout it that will keep you entertained and even make you laugh out loud.  One such story involving pantyhose and toes still brings a chuckle whenever I think about it. In each chapter, Lisa focuses on a section of Scripture and then uses a story from her life to illustrate how it is just as meaningful as it was when it was written. 

At the end of each chapter, there is a section for you to have a personal reflection or a group discussion over what you just read.  Then there is a journal entry sentence for you to write your personal thoughts regarding what you read in the chapter.  I especially liked this because it really did encourage you to reflect on what the teaching means to you and how you can apply it to your life.

There were areas of the book where I felt it did drag and I had moments of wanting to skip over these dragging parts of the book (but I didn't).  There was also a comment she made at the end of chapter 2 that made me uneasy because I don't believe that women are meant to be a Pastor of a church.  She says regarding church, "So our Creator provided a divine pit stop - whether we go to the theater with cup-holders presided over a man wearing skinny jeans on Saturday night, or to an elegant room ringed with stained-glass windows that's presided over by a woman in a robe on Sunday morning - wherein we can have our souls refueled by worshiping Him and hanging out with other limping, like-minded disciples."  Perhaps I read this wrong, but I don't think so, and because it came so early in the book, it colored my reading for the rest of the book.  Now this may not be a big deal to some, but because the Bible states so clearly that women should not teach men, I questioned her Biblical standing for the rest of the book.

Overall, it was an entertaining book and I did enjoy reading it, but I would have to give it 4 out of 5 stars for the dragging bits and for my uneasiness about the woman pastor part. 

This book was provided to me for my honest review by Thomas Nelson Publishing

Blessings - Julie

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