Non-Fiction Review: Iain M. Duguid’s “Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace”

That moment when everything “clicks”. You know it. That “ohhhh!” instant.

Reading Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace was one long, continual moment of new understanding. It is the latest release in the series The Gospel According to the Old Testament, which I am now eager to get my hands on in its entirety!

Seriously, this work is amazing. I almost don’t even know where to start in my hearty recommendation!

Often, while studying the Bible, we focus on the “big” moments, the triumphs of faith and the faithful. I’ve only ever had a handful of studies that got down into the nitty-gritty of the patriarchs’ life, and looked at the rough edges as well as the refined product. But this is the first time I’ve read a study that emphasized those rough edges as shouting the Gospel from the Old Testament. This is a work that reminds us that while we should strive to live worthy of our final heavenly reward, Christ is here, along the daily path with us, as well.

But we so easily seemingly forget that. In our headlong rush through life, we are often guilty of not waiting on God to do what he has promised, or trusting we will end up where he is leading. Many times we find ourselves trying to give God a “little assistance.” Human nature is so focused on our aspirations, so used to certain “norms” that God has to step in and shake us up, so we will get outside of our self-imposed boxes, and see the full extent of his plan.

How come we desire the blessing more than we desire God himself?

Praise the Lord for Grace.

Through the lives of Isaac and Jacob, this book reminds us over and over of the powerful God we serve, and how his plans and blessings for us are beyond the short-term things we are so often running to. He shakes up our “normal” and proves over and over that his favor is not measured by man’s yardstick, his Grace cannot be earned.

This is a reminder I needed, and will continue to need. And re-reading this book is a great place to start! The extra questions and readings at the end of each chapter are great study and small group material.

I really like this hard-hitting and transformative book. I know you will as well!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley.


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