When God’s Goodness Prevails
Why does this keep happening to me?
It’s not fair. I never asked to be treated this way.
I did nothing to deserve this.
Every moment of every day, completely unprovoked,
God pours out His love on me
He blesses me in unexpected ways
His mercies are new every morning.
No matter what I do I am powerless to stop Him.
Even in the worst situations His goodness prevails. He is relentless.
I am a victim of grace.
Robin Jones Gunn is the beloved author of The Christy Miller series, Sierra Jenson series, Christy and Todd’s The College Years series, the Katie Weldon series, the Glenbrooke series, the Sisterchicks novels, the destination novels, and more. In her newest book, she tells her story about how God’s goodness prevails. It’s a powerful story, too, as it tells how God chose to use a little girl’s vivid imagination and knack for making up stories as a way to spread His Kingdom here on Earth. She wanted to be a missionary and travel the world, but God had something even better in mind: He sends her books all around the world as missionaries! It’s the story of how God took her circumstances, her hopes, her dreams, her relationships, her life, and turned them into something that glorifies Him. If you’ve read her books, then you’ll probably recognize the title of this book. And that is what we all are, Robin says. God chooses to give us grace, even when we neither deserve nor ask for it. In that way, we are a victim, a Victim of Grace. Interspersed throughout her personal story are stories of kindred victims of grace from the Bible that the author identified herself with through different situations. From Eve to Mary, she shares how each were recipients of God’s goodness, even when they were caught in the middle of trying circumstances.
Even though I’ve read a lot of different authors, Robin Jones Gunn remains my favorite. She writes with such a poetic beauty, from her vivid descriptions to her honest observations about the ways of God. I’ve looked forward to reading this book about her life ever since she first announced it. I had such high expectations for this book…and it exceeded them all. The gorgeous cover is just a sample of the beautiful words penned within the pages of this book. Her story is inspiring, and it is easy to see God’s hand in each of her life’s circumstances. Even if you’re not a writer, you’ll be inspired by her story. Personally, the book reminded me that I really am a victim of grace and made me crave a closer walk with the Lord. Her interpretations of Scripture are biblically sound, and her guidance is trustworthy. While reading, I rejoiced at the moments in which events happened in such a way that directly pointed to God’s involvement in our daily lives, and I became misty-eyed in the tender, heart-wrenching circumstances in which God faithfully made His closeness known.
This book is a faith-booster. It’s inspiring and convicting and intriguing all at once. I loved the chance to peek further into the life of an author who truly writes for Jesus and see the journey He’s led her on. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, even if you’re not familiar with her fiction. Robin Jones Gunn reminds us that we’re all part of a love story; the greatest romance in history. Our Lover relentlessly pursues us and continues to lavish us with His grace. We’re not victims of circumstances, but victims of grace. And our circumstances are made beautiful when God’s goodness prevails.
From the back cover:
You are not a victim of circumstances. You are a victim of grace.
No matter what obstacles, heartaches, or difficulties are assailing you, you are not at the mercy of those circumstances. God still is pouring out his grace on your life and accomplishing his purposes for you in the midst of your shattered hopes.
With vivid examples lifted from the lives of women in the Bible as well as her own deeply personal stories, best-selling author Robin Jones Gunn opens up a window for us to look beyond the moment and gaze on the mystery of how God works in our lives.
Rarely do we see the invisible threads of his grace at the time of our pain. But the strong threads are there, stringing together the moments and creating something beautiful. Once you begin to see yourself as a victim of grace, you’ll catch a glimpse of God’s extravagant, unending goodness. And when you do, you’ll find your heart set free to dream about all the possibilities he has for you.
Robin Jones Gunn is the much-loved author of several award-winning series, including Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Katie Weldon, Glenbrooke, and Sisterchicks, with more than 4.5 million books sold worldwide. Robin serves on the Board of Media Associates International and often speaks locally and internationally. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.
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