Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse
Craving Grace is a very enjoyable book. The thing that Velthouse has managed to do with great skill is to be blessed with grace and still remember the naiveté and rigidness of the time before grace. The thought processes that she shares in this work are not tinged with the hurried race to the cross, but with the sorrow and pain of being there at the foot of the cross wondering what God has in store for us next.
There are times within Craving Grace that you can see what is about to happen in her story and the struggle that she will endure and yet she is clear that her understanding before it happened gave her no clue as to what was in store. I think that concept is best written in the chapter “Freeloading Ain’t for Sissies.”
In the chapter, she is washed over with grace in such a way that she is able to welcome other gifts that she had been struggling against. In that revelation, we are reminded of the fact that in our depravity we are saved. And it is not until we are faced with the depth of how little we have to offer that we can truly accept the richness that God is offering.
This book is in some ways a great commentary on fasting. Velthouse does an excellent job of talking about what occurs in the midst of a fast and then reminiscing about the beauty that is received from it. If you are interested in learning more about fasting or about breaking free from denial of grace, then I would totally recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing for review. I was not required to write a positive review but after finishing it in less than 48 hours, how could I not!