August 19, 2010

Captured by Grace: Book Review

Captured by Grace by Dr. David Jeremiah is a book that has the theme "No One is Beyond the Reach of a Loving God."

Dr. Jeremiah portrays and parallels two men and how the grace of God worked in and through their lives.   One of the men is John Newton and the book brings out how the grace of God reached this slave trader on board a ship raiding Africa's coast in 1748.  John Newton went on to write "Amazing Grace".  The other man is Paul and how God found him and he went on to write much of the New Testament.

The book is broken into three parts: grace for the past, the present and the future.  Interwoven throughout is stanza's of the song Amazing Grace.
The message of the book reminds the believer of what God has done and how He offers grace for our lives.

I found the book hard to follow at times as the thoughts seemed a bit disjointed.  There are some good points and illustrations but the interwoveness of two biographies, along with illustrations using stanza's of Amazing Grace, made for difficult reading at times.  Maybe having it as a "stand-alone" book of only John Newton's life, salvation and ministry may have made the book easier to follow.

Rating 3 out of 5

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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