Archive for December, 2011

The Grace Effect

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Theology

“The true story of a little orphan girl who prays that God would give her parents and the family that overcame the odds in order to adopt her.” Sounds like a trailer from a Hallmark Christmas movie, right? But buyer beware, although there is a happy ending, this book will engage the mind and soul as much as the emotions. In The Grace Effect, Larry Taunton weaves together a convincing and practical apologetic for Christianity using the thread of common grace (or lack thereof) observed during his experience adopting Sasha, a 10 year old girl who lived her entire life in Ukrainian orphanages.

Common grace is defined as God’s benevolence toward all mankind without discrimination. It is described by Jesus in Matthew 5:45 – “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Beyond sun and rain, God dispenses this grace more personally through His sons and daughters. We are encouraged to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.” The practical result of this is that the effects of common grace should be most observable in areas where there are higher concentrations of authentic Christians. This is what Taunton calls “The Grace Effect.”

What are the benefits of a Christian presence in society? What happens to a society that adopts atheism as its official ideology? The author probes these questions by sharing his observations of life for an orphan in a former communist-block country. The book provides just the right amount of history and philosophy to support the main point without devolving into an unreadable, academic textbook.

Taunton is founder and Executive Director of Fixed Point Foundation, an organization dedicated to the defense of the Christian faith in the public square. He regularly debates strident atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens while at the same time extending God’s love to them. This book, while not light reading, is engaging and inspiring. Sasha’s story includes a shocking revelation that will leave you with a fresh realization of God’s amazing grace – the one who is the adopter of the unadoptable.


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