Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Giveaway: Day 8


 I guess you could call this "Joe Coffey" day. Today we are featuring two different books from two different publishers but they share an author. I've written a review already of Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics from Cruciform Press, so the link is there for those who are interested in a full review. (Suffice it to say, there is a reason I asked for it by name for our giveaway.)

However, Red Like Blood, coauthored by Bob Bevington from Shepherd Press, came to my doorstep a mere week before the giveaway started and I figured there was no way I'd finish it in time to write any sort of a review. Instead I found I could not put the book down and had finished it before the giveaway even started.

The best way I can describe this book is as follows: imagine if you ran into Donald Miller (of Blue Like Jazz fame) at a recovery meeting of some sort and his life had just been blown up by the doctrines of grace. His testimony might just read like this. It is at times both humorously and painfully autobiographical. It is brutally honest. And yet it is eminently hopeful as the gospel stays in full view throughout. Yes there is pain here, but it is pain with a purpose.

Joe was a pastor's kid turned pastor and spent most of his life in the church. Bob spent most of his life avoiding it. Yet grace has a way of both bringing the younger brother home and beckoning the elder brother in to the feast. As the book progresses, we see that these two stories are not all that dissimilar from each other . . . or from our own. There is a pride that says to God, "I don't need you, I can figure this out on my own" and there is a pride that says "I don't need you, but I'll stick around to get your stuff".

This book begins with a lot of brokenness. But as the stories progress, the brokenness gives way to grace. Or rather, the brokenness is the way of grace: "grace needs one thing, it needs cracks. The bigger the crack, the deeper the grace will penetrate". The most dangerous form of pride that we all harbor is the pride that says, "I have no cracks". I loved this book. It will break you open, and it will pave the way for grace if you will kill your damned pride. "Grace is kryptonite to pride".

http://redlikeblood.com/
http://cruciformpress.com/
http://shepherdpress.com/


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Advent Reflection

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12 comments:

Jonathan Ammon said...

We lit advent candles.

I'm running a giveaway at my blog too. Surf over and enter:

http://www.biblereadingproject.com/2011/11/december-2011-giveaway.html

Jason Gardner said...

Our kids are a little young to understand yet, but we would like to start having them choose a gift for someone else (someone in need perhaps) and wrap a present for them.

Brian Roden said...

Growing up, I always read the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew before we opened gifts. Now my daughter carries on the tradition.

craighurst said...

My wife makes a Red Velvet cake to celebrate Jesus' birth.

bolinpath said...

Read through Luke 1 and 2

johnscheepers said...

Play the "gift swap game" before Christmas lunch. Great fun.

David said...

One of our Christmas traditions was to open all our presents one at a time from the oldest to the youngest, so that everyone saw what everyone else got. Then at night my aunt will play the piano and we would all sit around and sing Christmas songs.

Tim Bertolet said...

The tradition in our house was each year mom would make a new ornament for each kid to add to the tree.

Justin said...

We watch A Christmas Story every Christmas Eve.

Diaspora said...

Being too excited to sleep. It still happens and I don't know why.

Sarah Abigail Kuriakos said...

My mom would hang Christmas stockings full of little goodies for my sister and me to find on Christmas morning.

cwwheelock said...

As a kid we always opened gifts after our church's Christmas program on Christmas Eve. My wife and I are hoping to start some new traditions soon!