It seems the entire world is getting crankier by the day. Not to oversimplify the world's problems, but we seem to have lost the ability to get along, to love each other. Now more than ever, the world needs grace - grace from God and to show grace to each other.
Jim McNeely writes for Vox Dei, the Christian imprint of Booktrope. So I'm probably a little partial, but I think he shares that message of grace in a way few others can. I read his book Romance of Grace right before Vacation Bible School at our church. I found myself quoting it more than once that week, and every single person responded the same. From the five-year-olds to the 75-year-olds, people always got tears in their eyes when they realized just how loved they were.
Jim's new book, Grace in Community: Real-Life Grace from the Book of 1 John, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Where his first book showed us just how much we were loved by God, this one examines how extending that love to each other changes everything.
Jim's a multi-talented guy, fascinatingly so, and I look forward to having him as a guest on the blog so you can get to know him. (And so we can maybe even give away an ebook of his latest!) In the meantime, you should definitely check out his books or his website, thereforenow.com.
Rolling hills that had been vibrant green just weeks ago were now muted in tone, as if they were taking a deep breath before bursting into the song of fall.