Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn is an encouraging read, I highly recommend.
Robin Jones Gunn reveals poignant truths from her life as well as from the lives of women in the Bible as she flips the notion that we are at the mercy of circumstances. She asks, what if God has dreams for you? What if he is accomplishing those dreams in the midst of shattered hopes? When life doesn't go as expected, it's easy to feel like a victim. We look at the events that have gone wrong and view our lives as impaired. What if we could see our future as God sees it? Would our view radically change if we understood we are indeed victims rather than of happenstance? God, the Relentless Lover, has vigorously sought you. He has instilled dreams in your heart that are grander than you can imagine. But the route to their fulfillment often is through a path you wouldn't seek. What if God wants to take the hopes that tug at your heart and enliven them? Are you ready to live inside the mysterious joy of being a victim of grace? (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed this book, though it's not one I wanted to sit down and read at one time. I read it each day and got something out of it every time. Robin writes about a personal story and then compares it to that of a Biblical person. I know there are a lot of books that do the same, but this one stood out to me. Robin writes with honesty and she included some great verses and sayings that I will need to copy and print out. Honestly, this book came at just the right time and the following verses and quotes I needed to read. I highly recommend this book!
"I received this book from Booksneeze for free in exchange for an honest review."
Grace: (noun) a manifestation of unmerited favor.
Victim: (noun) from the Latin Victima, a live sacrifice.
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
The great thing with unhappy times is to take them bit by bit, hour by hour, like an illness. It is seldom the present, the exact present, that is unbearable. -C.S. Lewis, Letters to an American Lady
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. Zachariah 4:10
Godly people do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. Psalm 112:2,7
[To forgive is to] set a prisoner free [and] discover that the prisoner was yourself. -Lewis Smedes, Forgive and Forget