Grace Revealed by a non-religous person

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Grace Revealed by a non-religous person

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Ok so I have just accepted Grace Revealed to review for online book club but first I came to the forums to see what others are saying about it. Now I do suffer from anxiety and at times depression and from what I gather there are stories in this book that heavily focus on such topics, along with other tough to talk about things. I have also noticed that a lot of people who are reading and enjoying this book would consider themselves to be religious and I am not. So I have to wonder, is this book one that will still be beneficial for those that are not a part of the religious community or is it so heavily religious that others will not be able to find much enjoyment in it. My goal is largely to look for lessons or help that dose not focus on prayer alone as a solution.
In no way am I against anyone's personal beliefs I just am looking at ways that this book might help those who are not part of said communities and who have no interest in joining one. I know stuff like this is a controversial or "hot topic" so please do not think that I am trying to upset anyone.
I am interested in the opinions of others who have came reading this book for the same reasons. Who else here dose not subscribe to the Christian way of life and yet have found this book to be enjoyable and or helpful?

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I'm also noon-religious. I haven't read this book yet, I've been debating it strongly because it seems like it has a powerful message, but I'm just not that familiar with the Bible. I think we could probably both learn from the book by looking less at the specifics of the stories and more at the general message.

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I too am non-religious and not familiar with the Bible! However, the common theme in most religious books is goodness in human beings, kindness, being helpful, to bear a crisis or suffering with grace and fortitude. I agree with the previous comment that most readers would probably enjoy the book by looking less at specifics and more at the general message.

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AlphasFemale wrote:
28 May 2020, 15:52
Ok so I have just accepted Grace Revealed to review for online book club but first I came to the forums to see what others are saying about it. Now I do suffer from anxiety and at times depression and from what I gather there are stories in this book that heavily focus on such topics, along with other tough to talk about things. I have also noticed that a lot of people who are reading and enjoying this book would consider themselves to be religious and I am not. So I have to wonder, is this book one that will still be beneficial for those that are not a part of the religious community or is it so heavily religious that others will not be able to find much enjoyment in it. My goal is largely to look for lessons or help that dose not focus on prayer alone as a solution.
In no way am I against anyone's personal beliefs I just am looking at ways that this book might help those who are not part of said communities and who have no interest in joining one. I know stuff like this is a controversial or "hot topic" so please do not think that I am trying to upset anyone.
I am interested in the opinions of others who have came reading this book for the same reasons. Who else here dose not subscribe to the Christian way of life and yet have found this book to be enjoyable and or helpful?
I think the best answer will give you someone who is not religious but has read the book. However, I am not that person but I do wish to discuss this topic. I found it very interesting. If I have learned anything in my reading history is that reading is very subjective. So we may not have a "correct" or specific answer to your question. Maybe the best is for you to try to read it and see it for yourself.

My opinion is that better understanding of this book will have all readers who have some kind of religion or are spiritual beings. This book is heavily inspired by faith. So I am not sure how beneficial would that be for someone who doesn't have it. Now, I don't think you have to be heavily religious person.
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
The Minpins by Roald Dahl

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AlphasFemale wrote:
28 May 2020, 15:52
Ok so I have just accepted Grace Revealed to review for online book club but first I came to the forums to see what others are saying about it. Now I do suffer from anxiety and at times depression and from what I gather there are stories in this book that heavily focus on such topics, along with other tough to talk about things. I have also noticed that a lot of people who are reading and enjoying this book would consider themselves to be religious and I am not. So I have to wonder, is this book one that will still be beneficial for those that are not a part of the religious community or is it so heavily religious that others will not be able to find much enjoyment in it. My goal is largely to look for lessons or help that dose not focus on prayer alone as a solution.
In no way am I against anyone's personal beliefs I just am looking at ways that this book might help those who are not part of said communities and who have no interest in joining one. I know stuff like this is a controversial or "hot topic" so please do not think that I am trying to upset anyone.
I am interested in the opinions of others who have came reading this book for the same reasons. Who else here dose not subscribe to the Christian way of life and yet have found this book to be enjoyable and or helpful?
There is a story about anxiety in there. I believe the one who told it was named Frank. It was interesting to view it from his point of view and the way that it is discussed. I could in a way relate to that story. Now how helpful that is? I don't know. And that is my honest opinion. I am very curious what you will think of the book and I hope it will be helpful.
Happy reading!
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
The Minpins by Roald Dahl

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Manali_DC wrote:
29 May 2020, 03:26
I too am non-religious and not familiar with the Bible! However, the common theme in most religious books is goodness in human beings, kindness, being helpful, to bear a crisis or suffering with grace and fortitude. I agree with the previous comment that most readers would probably enjoy the book by looking less at specifics and more at the general message.
I agree. But you have to be open to it!! I would say all you mentioned I would say too. With the add on that, all readers can find hope in this book. Have you read this book?
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
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Apart from the religious aspect of the book,there are basic lessons to be learnt on how to stay strong and also deal with issues which is of great benefit too.

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I haven't read the book yet, but I don't think you need to be a religious person to be able to enjoy the book. I've read the sample, and I think that the lessons in the book can be applied to everyone's life even if you're not religious :)

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AlphasFemale wrote:
28 May 2020, 15:52
Ok so I have just accepted Grace Revealed to review for an online book club but first I came to the forums to see what others are saying about it. Now I do suffer from anxiety and at times depression and from what I gather there are stories in this book that heavily focus on such topics, along with other tough to talk about things. I have also noticed that a lot of people who are reading and enjoying this book would consider themselves to be religious and I am not. So I have to wonder, is this book one that will still be beneficial for those that are not a part of the religious community or is it so heavily religious that others will not be able to find much enjoyment in it. My goal is largely to look for lessons or help that does not focus on prayer alone as a solution.
In no way am I against anyone's personal beliefs I just am looking at ways that this book might help those who are not part of said communities and who have no interest in joining one. I know stuff like this is a controversial or "hot topic" so please do not think that I am trying to upset anyone.
I am interested in the opinions of others who have come reading this book for the same reasons. Who else here does not subscribe to the Christian way of life and yet have found this book to be enjoyable and or helpful?
I feel the same way. I don't believe in such things and also I don't find faults with the people who are religious.
The lesson I learned is, doing good things would help us get good things.

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Anyone can conveniently read, enjoy, and learn great lessons from this book. It all depends on perception; what one focuses on, enlarges. Read it with an open mind and a lot will be gleaned from it. Happy reading!

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I am a religious person, but I found the message to be boring after a while. I think I was expecting something that would challenge my faith. I did find the stories encouraging. I think I agree with others that it is about your perception with this book and what experiences you have gone through

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I believe it is okay for people to be a non believer, yet read this book. But that I do believe is that. This book is suppose to get you connected to to it's spirutual direction. This is because, it is well packed with lots of powerful words that should drive ones mind and heart to God. My own opinion.

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Nkoo wrote:
29 May 2020, 14:17
Anyone can conveniently read, enjoy, and learn great lessons from this book. It all depends on perception; what one focuses on, enlarges. Read it with an open mind and a lot will be gleaned from it. Happy reading!
Yeah, I think you summed up my rambling pretty well. I agree with you.
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Free-man wrote:
29 May 2020, 19:01
I believe it is okay for people to be a non believer, yet read this book. But that I do believe is that. This book is suppose to get you connected to to it's spirutual direction. This is because, it is well packed with lots of powerful words that should drive ones mind and heart to God. My own opinion.
So do you think one should have somewhat spirituality if not a religion to "get" this book?
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
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I have been somewhat religious quite many years so I have absolutely no idea what it feels like to read this book for someone who's not religious. It would be interesting to hear how it was, once you're done with the reading! Anyway, quite many of the laws and rules of our society come from the Bible and christian faith. Also the idea of what is good and what is bad in humans is more or less based on the Bible. This being said, I believe there are aspects in this book that also give great value to a person who is not religious. Naturally I might also be wrong with my reasoning... :D If you read the book, please do tell how it was! :techie-studyinggray:

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