Official Review: Grace Revealed by Frederick J. Sievert

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Official Review: Grace Revealed by Frederick J. Sievert

Post by Mindi » 25 Apr 2019, 14:58

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Grace Revealed" by Frederick J. Sievert.]
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When reading a book such as Grace Revealed: Finding God's Strength in Any Crisis by Frederick J. Sievert, it should leave a person completely confident that God's grace is more powerful than any other solution to problems. Through the extremely emotional experiences of various people in this book, the consistent thread of grace was intertwined throughout all of them.

This is a story describing the many crises that we may face in life and the inherent need of God's grace in all of those crises. Sievert begins the book by explaining the Bible's message of grace and his own thoughts on how this affects us throughout any problem or situation. He explains that the life of a Christian follows three phases: Experiencing a crisis, receiving grace, and returning grace to others. After explaining his thoughts, he divides the book into chapters about different types of crises that people may face, such as various types of abuse, addictions, physical and medical conditions, family issues, grief and tragedy, and career-related issues. Each chapter contains several stories from various people Sievert has encountered that fit into that that particular type of crisis. The stories are very emotional accounts of what those people faced and how they were eventually redeemed in some way, only by the grace of God.

Each story is very emotional, whether you have experienced something similar or not. Almost every person has experienced some form of crisis in their lifetime, and it is very likely that at least one of these situations could be somewhat similar to their own challenges. After each story, Sievert reflects on his thoughts about that situation and how evident God's presence was for that person.

The majority of the stories contained some type of way that the crisis victim was able to reach out to others and make a difference in others' lives after being redeemed in their own journey. That reflected the step of "returning grace to others" that Sievert said was almost always a part of the spiritual, redemptive journey of Christians who are facing a crisis. I was moved to tears so many times during this book and could see so many common threads between these stories and either my own life or the lives of people I have come in contact with at some point in life. It was amazing to see how some of these people, especially those who were victimized in some way, were able to put bitterness and contempt from certain situations to rest and pass it over to God's hands, therefore starting their journey of healing and redemption.

The author wrote so many inspirational quotes throughout the book. One that particularly moved me was, "Instead of seeing the past as a detriment, begin to see it as a stage for God to display his power." He also used many verses that related to God's power and grace in times of crisis.

I highly recommend this book, as some aspect of it should hit home with most readers. Be ready for a very inspirational and uplifting story. It is well-edited, and I cannot think of anything negative about this book. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. Please check out this life-changing book if you have the chance!

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Post by Ellylion » 27 Apr 2019, 07:22

Sounds like an encouraging read that can be very helpful in difficult situations. I love the part about returning grace to others :). I would love to check this book out. Thank you so much for this amazing review!

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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 27 Apr 2019, 08:02

This sounds inspirational and life-changing indeed. It seems as though the author has recorded some powerful testimonies. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for your excellent review.

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Post by Janelle Juncos » 27 Apr 2019, 09:40

The three phases concept is brilliant and relatable. It seems like it's told through the stories of others in the vein of Max Lucado. Thanks for a great review!

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Post by TinyikoS » 27 Apr 2019, 10:40

God's grace is misunderstood these days , I hope people find this book useful and informative. Amazing review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 27 Apr 2019, 11:29

It's great that the author uses people's stories to show God's grace during difficult times. It sounds like something we can all use from time to time. I'll definitely pick it up at some point. Thanks.
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Post by kdstrack » 27 Apr 2019, 19:47

The stories sound very inspiring and could be helpful for many people. Your powerful writing and moving comments have convinced me to pick up this one. Thanks.

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Post by Jlbaird85 » 03 May 2019, 00:31

Thanks for the great review! Being able to see God’s grace in every crisis is something all believers need to be mindful of especially when it comes to our past. It is easy to get bogged down in the pain. I love the quote in your review. Viewing our past as a way to see God’s power is something I needed to hear! I will definitely be reading this book!
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts

Shakespeare-As You Like It Act II, Scene VII

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Post by Kibetious » 03 May 2019, 06:00

Thanks for the great and refreshing review. Glad that I came across the review of this book. It is true that life is full of challenges, and we need the grace of God to go through it all.I would like to read this book.
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Post by Kibetious » 03 May 2019, 06:01

Thanks for the great and refreshing review. Glad that I came across the review of this book. It is true that life is full of challenges, and we need the grace of God to go through it all. I would like to read this book.
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Post by Momma_Wells » 18 May 2019, 14:11

I am new here and this is the second book I chose, before reading your review. Your review makes me want to read this book first as I can personally relate to God's Grace. Knowing that you're not alone has always been a powerful healing tool for so many. God's Grace shows us how to use that tool. I have been blessed so many times by the grace of God and can't wait to see the stories in this book. Thank you so much!

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Post by B Creech » 23 May 2019, 08:39

While trying to decide which book I want to read next from my shelves I came across your insightful review! "Grace Revealed" was the first book on my list anyway but your review helped me decide that I definitely want to read this book! Great review, and thanks!
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Post by Gaby+LysMom2KB » 08 Jul 2019, 20:10

I'm glad that I saw your review in order to find out what Grace Revealed is about. Reading about others' experiences helps to make my faith stronger. We all face challenges; therefore, God's grace (or whatever one wishes to call it!) is needed to help us through. Thanks for your inspiring review. I will definitely add it to my bookshelf.

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