Overall rating and opinion of "Grace Revealed " by Frederick J. Sievert

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Overall rating and opinion of "Grace Revealed " by Frederick J. Sievert

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This is a discussion topic for the April 2020 Book of the month, "Grace Revealed " by Frederick J. Sievert

What is your overall opinion of the book? What do you like most about it? What do you like least? Will you recommend the book to other people? Why or why not?

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This is a good piece that might encourage readers, especially those seeking spiritual comfort and enlightenment. The author defines Grace (also undeserved kindness), stating its importance. With conviction and supportive testimonies, the author explains how you can attain the undeserved kindness from God and how it can affect you as an individual.

My only problem is with some parts of the material where the author doesn’t provide a clear distinction between God and Jesus. At some point, he speaks of the two as one person and in other points as two different people. This might sound confusing for readers who are new to the divine teaching.

I like the Bible example of transformation incorporated in the material, which helps the reader to understand God’s undeserved kindness and know its purpose. Additionally, there are cited Bible verses addressed to specific readers, who are going through trials and are seeking comfort.

That said, I rate the book at [/b]3 out of 4 stars[/b]. I feel like some teachings in the material need a better explanation. There are some that I don’t agree with, like, how God views us as individuals and the lack of a clear distinction between God and Jesus.

The book will impress Christians or any reader looking for some good spiritual refreshments.
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Looking forward to reading the book in its entirety. So far, I like that it incorporates specific emotions--grief, depression etc and shows how those things could be overcome by having faith in God.

As someone who is not completely familiar with the Bible, I sometimes found the verses slightly overwhelming, which could just be a matter of preference.

My favorite aspect is that the book is comprised of mini stories.

I am about halfway into the book and I give it 3 out of 4 stars.

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Although I don't really partake in religious beliefs, I've heard about this book helping with stress and anxiety, so I might check it out!

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I'm particularly captivated by the three elements laid out in this book:
Experiencing crisis,
Receiving grace, and
Returning grace to others.

They really encourage me on my spiritual journey. A journey that I mostly feel like giving up when faced with challenges. Grace revealed is a companion on a Christian journey and I feel that it has a lot to contribute to the Christian family. Reading the sample of the book, I get sense of being a "wounded healer" as a Christian.

I will rate this book 3 out of 4 Stars because I have not read the entire book. I only read the sample on Kindle and did not notice any error or profanity. Looking forward to reading the entire book in the nearest future.

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I am still reading, but so far I love the book. I especially like the individual stories. I am familiar with all of the scriptures so far and love reading them again. If I were to rate the book right now without finishing it, I would give it 3 out of 4 stars.
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My favorite aspect is that the book is comprised of mini stories.
My only problem is with some parts of the material where the author doesn’t provide a clear distinction between God and Jesus. At some point, he speaks of the two as one person and in other points as two different people. This might sound confusing for readers who are new to the divine teaching
They really encourage me on my spiritual journey. A journey that I mostly feel like giving up when faced with challenges.

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The topics covered by the author through short stories are common and thus, people could relate themselves. This helps people to find the soothing feel about God's grace and his blessing over everyone. The book tends to encourage and motivate people to keep moving ahead, overcoming the difficulties and finding His grace. I've not finished the book yet but loved it so far.
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I love that it consists of short stories because it is sometimes hard for people to understand religious matters explained in other ways, especially if they are beginners in religion. This book is very encouraging and I would especially recommend reading it now, with all the stress and hard times in the world right now, this book would help encourage people to keep moving forward with faith and God's grace.

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I really enjoyed how much emphasis the author puts on how attainable forgiveness is! It's really inspiring, especially for people who fear that they have run out of places to turn to. My only problem was the repeated mention of sexual abuse without a real trigger warning, but other than that, I think the book was well written and informative. I would recommend to others, regardless of their religious background. It is always interesting to learn about other faiths!! :D

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Alphonsius wrote:
02 May 2020, 14:08
I'm particularly captivated by the three elements laid out in this book:
Experiencing crisis,
Receiving grace, and
Returning grace to others.

They really encourage me on my spiritual journey. A journey that I mostly feel like giving up when faced with challenges. Grace revealed is a companion on a Christian journey and I feel that it has a lot to contribute to the Christian family. Reading the sample of the book, I get sense of being a "wounded healer" as a Christian.

I will rate this book 3 out of 4 Stars because I have not read the entire book. I only read the sample on Kindle and did not notice any error or profanity. Looking forward to reading the entire book in the nearest future.
I like these three elements too. I find this book very encouraging.

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Post by nageena_rasheed »

Being a religious person can help one to get all the given concepts of story. I definitely think it is a good read. When in trials, many people think that they are not worthy of any kindness, but definitely this book paves a way for them to see light that God is not just there for good people, He loves his creations at their worst! Anybody can get relief in this concept and many will relate as they are being presented in short stories.

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Sievert's approach to this book is that everyone can receive God's grace. This is encouraging for believers, especially those going through crises. I love all the different stories of struggle, redemption, and triumph, told by various people in various circumstances. Testimony is very powerful; it can change a person's heart.

I do think there should be some kind of trigger warning for sensitive topics, such as the childhood abuse in the first story. I didn't expect the book to start out so heavy, particularly after the uplifting tone of the preface. However, this contributes to the very real quality of the stories.

I really appreciate Sievert identifying the three phases of the Christian experience: experiencing a crisis, receiving grace, and returning grace to others. This is a clear way to explain grace to people who have never experienced it before or even to people who have forgotten. While nice as a succinct list, I think this process of grace is more of a cycle. Many people lose faith and discover it again throughout their lives, going back and forth between receiving God's grace and ignoring it. I'd like to see this touched on more, but perhaps that is for a different book!

Overall, this is a refreshing read for believers of God. It can truly be appreciated at any time, whether you are going through a crisis or are simply lacking in something. I also think it would make a great "sympathy" gift to encourage struggling loved ones. Though I haven't finished this book, I would give it a 4 out of 4 stars so far.
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I like this book(grace revealed) because the author narrated many interesting stories of people true life experience in order for everyone to learn from whether young or old.and also,bible verses to help your spiritual growth. To me,I will recommend this book to Christian homes because I find it very good for premature Christians,the book contain 80%of what a good Christian should learn and put into practice.

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I was very inspired by the stories of faith in this book. Fortunately I dedicated my life to God as a child and I was fortunate to be raised in a Christian home. So I didn't find God in a crisis and my life has never been in shambles. That makes me so thankful.

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