Friday, May 2, 2014

Surprised By Grace book review

Surprised by Grace: A True Story of Relentless Love by Elizabeth Sherrill, © 2014

Originally published as All the Way to Heaven, this newly-published work is by longtime Christian writer Elizabeth Sherrill. She explains, ''this book is about discovery––the discovery of a secret. It's the story of how heaven, which I used to think of as an imaginary realm-in-the-sky, has become more real to me than the ground beneath my feet. Real in the past, real for the future, and best of all, real right now. And this book is also an invitation. An invitation to us all to look back, to look ahead, and to look around, and keep being surprised at what we see.''

I thought that paragraph was beautiful. It definitely captures the essence of this book.
Although this book was slow at the start, I also found that it picked up speed rapidly until I was engrossed in Elizabeth's Sherrill's world. She tells of her childhood, of meeting her husband and of their marriage. Most importantly, the book tells of how she was found by Jesus. 

You trace my journeys and my resting-places....
You press upon me behind and before....
Psalm 139:2, 4 (BCP)

Although I quite admire the work Elizabeth and her husband did, I don't agree with much of her theology. Content in an Episcopalian church, the Sherrills accept a variety of denominations as being the same way to God. This disappointed me. Elizabeth's faith is sincere, yet she seems to believe that doctrine isn't very important. 

Lastly, I really enjoyed the artistic qualities of this newly-published book. The cover as well as the pages inside are all very appealing to the eye. 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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