Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Grace Effect by Larry Taunton

About The Grace Effect:
"Simply defined, the ‘grace effect’ is an observable phenomenon—that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes.”  (from back cover)
Larry Taunton, founder and Executive Director of Fixed Point Foundation, is a historian and a Christian apologist. He has been a part of several debates with atheists, such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. In fact, The Grace Effect begins with a conversation Taunton, Hitchens, and Christian academic John Lennox, after a debate they had in Birmingham, Alabama. Hitchens agreed that Christianity had been responsible for some  good in the past, but that it was of no use now. Taunton is about to begin a journey where the lesson of common grace is is easily shown by the demonstration of how it is lacking during his family's adoption of their daughter in the Ukraine.
Larry's wife, Lauri, and sons (Michael, Christopher, & Zachary) had met and fallen in love with Sasha while on a short-term mission trip to a Ukrainian orphanage. After prayers, raising funds for the fees, and taking time from their schedules for the long process, the Taunton family (minus Michael due to college) go to the Ukraine to go through the red tape to bring their daughter home. The corruption, the neglect of basic needs of the orphans, the elderly, and the poor and displays of selfishness shows how a nation who has been shaped through an atheistic regime has little concept of grace. The basic idea of grace is simply “non-meritorious or unearned favor, an unearned gift, a favor or blessings bestowed as a gift, freely and never as merit for work performed.”  Just to watch Sasha blossom from beginning to end is a true picture of how grace works.

Hear Larry tell more in his own words:

 To learn more about Larry Taunton, The Grace Effect, and Fixed Point Foundation, click on the links listed below: 
      The Grace Effect
GIVEAWAY: I have left out many highlights in this book, but I know it is one that everyone will want to read for themselves. However, I am going to select one random winner from all entries that are posted by 8:00am CST, on Thursday, Nov. 24th. It will be an added reason to be thankful for one person...on top of the many other blessings God has already bestowed!! :)

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Cindy said...

Debbie Brown asked to be entered.

Cindy said...

Congratulations Debbie! I know you will love this!