Book Review: When Grace Walks In
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How Can Grace Help Me Today?
We know God’s grace is absolutely necessary for our lives—but once we’ve encountered Jesus and accepted His path to salvation, it’s hard to know what grace should look like shining in and through us.
In this welcoming, wise study of Ephesians, Stacey Thacker will show you how…
knowing where you belong can diminish insecurity and build confidence knowing what you have can wipe out fear and produce peace knowing whom you love can crush uncertainty and help you endure
You are not alone in facing spiritual battles and hardships, but in them you can know Jesus has provided for your ultimate victory with His grace. Come and see what God is offering you today!
The Girlfriends’ Guide to the Bible series offers fresh, friendly, and faith-renewing wisdom on specific books of the Bible—perfect for individuals and women’s groups alike.
When Grace Walks In, is a study of the book of Ephesians. Stacey does a good job of walking us through this book and shares reasons why we should bask in the love of our Heavenly Father. Along the way, we learn more about the author, her family and the experiences in which she has seen God’s grace live and in color.
Each chapters begins with a quote and a few key Scriptures and ends with a Bible study. The questions are deep and intended to get us to interact with the Bible passage so that we can make our own connections.
Know God – This Bible study on the book of Ephesians reminds us that God is love. He has loved us from the beginning of time and He will love us until the end.
Know yourself – Who we are is wrapped up in who God is. The more we learn about Him, the better we will know ourselves.
Run your race – Stacey encourages us to dig deep in our Bibles so that we can have an intimate knowledge of who God is. The word of God gives us the resources we need to live the lives we’ve been given.
Favorite Quotes from When Grace Walks In
When you draw near to Jesus and listen to the truth of his Word, he deposits something into the very core of who you are that can’t be taken away.
This is truth we need to hear. We need to know that what Christ has given to us becomes a part of us, but we have to draw near to Him to access it.
The answer to the question Who am I? isn’t bound up in you at all; it’s a treasure buried within the heart of your Father.
As women, we are always wrestling with our identity. This is a reminder that it’s not about us, not in a mean-spirited way, but in a “you can find your identity in God” kind of way.
These passages tell the same story. God chose us in him before the world was formed. He purposed for us to be holy and blameless. He adopted us into his covenant family. He made this possible through Christ. He not only chose us, but he planned it beforehand. We weren’t an afterthought.
This is the message: God has a plan for us. We are not unwanted. We are loved and chosen by an awesome God. One who knows everything about us and loved us anyway. As Tauren Wells sings: “We’re fully known and loved by [God]”.
What makes you get on your knees? What breaks your heart? What moves you with a desperate passion to pray without ceasing?
The answers to these questions can help us unlock the key to our prayer life. Knowing these answers will help us hone in on how we should pray, what we should pray about and who we should pray for.
Humility isn’t prized today any more than it was two thousand years ago. What is prized is anything and everything associated with self. Don’t expect applause when you walk in humility.
Running the race that Christ has set before us will not make us popular. The world hated Him long before we existed. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can stop expecting the world to accept us.
The armor you wear is not your armor at all. It’s called the armor of God because it’s his armor. You don’t earn the armor. You don’t create the armor. It’s God’s own armor. Guess what. You and I are already clothed in it because we are in Christ.
This puts the “armor of God” into new light for me. It actually takes some of the pressure off – because it’s not my armor, I have confidence that it will work.
The devil doesn’t want us moving on to maturity. He especially doesn’t want us imitating God in any way, shape, or form. He wants us to remain ignorant of who we are in Christ. He will do everything he can to distract us from the truth of being God’s daughter.
Our enemy is not some cartoon character lurking in dark alleys. He is an intelligent being that has had thousands of years to observe mankind. He knows our weaknesses, he know our strengths. He knows, better than we do, the power that we have in Christ. That’s why he doesn’t want us grabbing hold of truth. He wants us believing every lying word he tells us. He doesn’t want us to focus on Jesus and find our strength in Him.
An ARC of this book was provided by Net Galley. A positive review was not required. Get your copy of When Grace Walks In on Amazon.
About the Author
Stacey Thacker is a wife and the mother of four girls. The author of five books, she is a Bible teacher with a passion to connect with women and encourage them in their walks with God. You can find her blog, or hanging out on Instagram and Twitter—usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.