“Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.”
One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World
by Tullian Tchividjian
David C Cook
In Tullian Tchividjian’s opinion, the world needs a new view of grace. We spend a great deal of time trying to earn our way, while struggling with the rules and regulations that Christians create for one another. In his most recent book, Tchividjian examines how we work so hard to achieve grace and completely ignore the fact that grace is not about work. It’s not about how good we can be or how well we can follow the rules. It’s about a gift, freely given.
What impresses me about Tchividjian is his willingness to go against what is the normal message in churches. The message that if we are good enough, do our best, and follow the rules, we’ll be able to earn our place at the table with our peers who work to be “good Christians.” One of the most profound statements (posted above) is a message my own pastor repeats often. The point of his book is that grace from God isn’t conditional. We don’t deserve it, but He gives it to us anyway. It’s One Way Love.
While that’s the basis of his message, Tchividjian goes into deeper detail about his reasoning, his experiences, and different aspects of our lives where God’s grace is applied. Additionally, he is not stating that God’s grace means that we are free from direction (or laws in his words). He does point out that they both have their place and direction.
The only issue I run into in Tchividjian’s book has nothing to do with his message or the point he’s trying to support. It’s the manner in which he does it. As he continues through the book, he repeats the assertion with anecdote after anecdote. While I like the sections of scripture and lessons from the Bible, the other stories become redundant after time. Also, Tchividjian relies heavily on references from other writers and “experts.” His writing is strong enough on its own, so long passages from other writers feel unnecessary. Finally, the continued name dropping and several pages of endorsements from names in the Christian community seem in direct contradiction with Tchividjian’s message.
Overall, Tchividjian’s book is very good. The message is one with which I can get on board. Anyone in need of grace should know it’s there for the taking: no questions asked, no conditions applied.
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Robin Gwaro is the Young Adult and Women’s Literature Editor at Bookgateway.com. Her personal blog is Just Wandering. Not Lost. where she writes about whatever comes her way.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.