Review: Amazed by Grace by Sheri Dew

Amazed by GraceAmazed by Grace
by Sheri Dew
Christian, LDS Nonfiction
Hardcover, 69 Pages
March 2nd 2015 by Deseret Book

Summary

Do we believe we are saved by grace? With access to sacred scripture and modern revelation, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ought to have special insight into the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the amazing power of grace in our individual lives. Yet how many of us truly understand grace and how to unlock the power it contains?

In Amazed by Grace, author Sheri Dew considers four questions: What is grace? What difference can grace make in our lives? How does the Savior make His power available to us? And what must we do to gain access to the Savior's power?

Expand your understanding of grace and broaden your gospel horizon with Sheri as she reminds us that "the central, most compelling, most life-changing message of all time is that Jesus Christ already triumphed over sin, death, hell and every kind of misery. Surely there is nothing our Father is more eager for us to understand than the breathtaking scope of the Atonement of His Son and the power the Atonement makes available to us."
  

My Review

Amazed by Grace was such a wonderfully uplifting book. It expanded my knowledge of grace and reminded me of what I already know. It strengthened my beliefs and my desire to do as I should and to rest my troubles, challenges, and weaknesses where I should, with the Savior. I loved what it focused on: "what is grace," "what difference can grace make in our lives," "how does the Savior make His power available to us," and "what must we do to gain access to that power?" Each section was short, sweet, and direct in its answer of each question.

Let me share some of my favorite parts:

     The author shared a story about a man who was struggling with hurt and anger and related an experience he had one day while out cycling where a voice clearly said to him: "Why are you carrying all of this extra weight? You need to let it go. I already paid the price for their sins, your sins, all sins. I have already carried that burden. I did it thousands of years ago. You need to let it go."
(p. 9-10)
  
     "Thus, grace is divine power that enables us to handle things we can't figure out, can't do, can't overcome, or can't manage on our own."
(p. 15)
  
     "He rarely moves the mountains in front of us, but He always helps us climb them."
(p. 21)

There were several other sections that I loved and that touched me personally as well. I loved the stories and personal experiences that the author shared and the lessons she gleamed from them that she then, in turn, shared in the book. It was definitely an enjoyable and rewarding period of reading, and one that made me turn to reflecting on my own life.

I would recommend Amazed by Grace to all Christians looking to feel more grace in their lives and to better understand it. It would make a wonderful gift, especially with Mother's Day coming up.

Source: I would like to thank Deseret Book, the publisher, for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.

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