Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review&Giveaway: One Way Love by:Tullian Tchividjian

One Way Love: The Power of Unconditional Love in a Conditional World
About the Book:
Real life is long on law and short on grace--the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us--a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief. Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God's inexhaustible grace--His one-way love. Sadly, however, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living--and the judgments that result from them--rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. 
 Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. In this "manifesto," Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith--grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It's shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated ... but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church--and the world--on fire.

About the Author:
Tullian Tchividjian is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham. The author of numerous books, including Jesus + Nothing = Everything and Glorious Ruin, Tchividjian speaks at conferences around the world. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.

My Review:
 Tullian Tchividjian, grandson to one of the most famous evangelist of our time Billy Graham has written his latest based on a collection of his sermons on "grace". Grace is a one way love based on the fact that it only knows one way, there is no back and forth. If at any moment you walk away you will inevitably return, every time. The author tells a story of a time when he lost his job and he went to his dad for money to help him pay his bills. He dad signed over a blank check to him and didn't condemn him at all, like most parents would or that maybe he should of done. He gave it to him no questions asked. And the author even admitted to taking checks from his family on a regular basis , there for awhile without permission. He remarked how his dad knew but never said anything.

 Also in the book the author keeps referring to a word I don't think I was aware of --- performancism. Performancism meaning the mindset that equates our identity and value directly to our performance and accomplishments. God's grace is not a conditional act. We need to remember that to be a Christian does not mean we are still not sinners and we may never fail again. God knows we are still going to sin or fall short. But thankfully as a result of his grace, he still loves us anyway and He will not forsake us because of His love and His grace we are unequivocally his children and we always will be.

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**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Flyby Promotions.