Last week I was fortunate enough to spend a quiet afternoon, alone, on a hammock, curled up with the book A Graceful Uprising. Before I began reading I did what I always do to new books, I turned it over and read the back page. It was there that I read:
“A Graceful Uprising takes a closer look at the book of Romans… By tracing the scarlet thread of grace through Paul’s monumental work, Jonathan Jones invites the church to rediscover the riches of grace once more.”
Another book on grace huh? Needless to say, I wasn’t all that excited to read another book talking about the grace of God. It’s not that I hate the subject of grace; I wish we talked about it more in fact. What I hate is how we typically go about discussing grace:
- “We’re saved by grace, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to do.”
- “We’re saved by grace, but that doesn’t mean baptism isn’t necessary.”
- “We’re saved by grace, but…” You could probably finish this sentence on your own.
It seems as if our religious climate is broken down into two parts: those who abuse the subject of grace, and those who react to this abusive teaching by swinging to the other extreme. Both sides miss the mark and both sides leave a grace-sized hole in the world that needs filling.
I opened up the book out of necessity having been given an early copy to review, and approached its pages with apprehension, resolving to trudge through another reactionary book on grace. As I began reading, I found that my fears were unfounded, this was the book on grace I had been waiting for.
A Graceful Uprising lives up to the description on the back of the book by beautifully following the topic of grace through the book of Romans. The hard theological truths of Romans were easily explained and the writing style of Jonathan Jones II made for an enjoyable and easy read. My only complaint with the book is that the author tends to paint “religion” in a negative light in the opening chapters. Some of what we call “religion” may be bad, but true religion is not only good, it’s something God expects us to practice (James 1:27). That being said, it’s only a minor complaint and does not detract from the overall discussion on grace.
In a religious climate covered by the smog of grace extremism, from both the liberal and conservative sides of the theological spectrum, this book is a breath of fresh air. I’ve already recommended this book to friends and recommend it now to you who are strangers. If you’re looking for great study material or just for an easy read, A Graceful Uprising would be a great place to start.
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In this book, Jonathan Jones guides the reader through Romans and paints an enthralling portrait of a God who grants freedom and pardon through the priceless sacrifice of his Son. A Graceful Uprising can restore the heart of every Christian and refresh the spirit of the church herself.