This past week, I picked up Lisa Harper’s book, Stumbling Into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman, with no idea what to expect. She is one of the newer members of the Women of Faith speaker team, and I haven’t yet been able to hear her speak, so this book was a new discovery.
First off, she’s a riot. We might type LOL in Facebook all the time, but how often do we actually read something that makes us laugh out loud? Lisa Harper’s book did that for me. She’s genuine and authentic with a knack for storytelling and an engaging wit. Each chapter moved so quickly, I read the book in about a day.
That doesn’t mean what she said had no weight to it. Lisa adeptly moves from funny to thought-provoking. It’s a book I’d like to read again more slowly as a daily devotional or as a small group to really consider each of her points. And she touches on so many big-deal issues for women in this book—things like handling disappointment, feeling loved, loving others, showing grace and receiving grace, and developing a heart of gratitude. Her small group/personal reflection questions at the end of the chapter are what really could push this book from a basic overview of grace to a deeper consideration of each topic.
The bottom line is that we’re not perfect and we’re all stumbling a little into God’s grace, tripping over one untied shoelace after another.
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