The Raw Simplicity of Grace

Grace is defined many ways and used many ways. Grace is defined as elegance, a pleasing quality, favor, goodwill, mercy, clemency, or pardon. It is used to describe someone. It is used as a name. It is even used as a form of sarcasm. However, the most profound use of grace is described in detail by Andy Stanley in his book The Grace of God. Grace is that behavior that we extend to others who have hurt us in some way because we have been given grace by God.

Grace is not earned but it can be paid back. Grace is free but comes with a price. Grace must be offered in order to be taken. God has given grace since the beginning of time when Adam and Eve first sinned. Andy Stanley begins with Genesis and describes in detail the grace – mercy, clemency, and pardon – that God has given to each and every person in creation. He beautifully describes that “grace doesn’t dumb down sin to make it more palatable” (xv).


This book is broken down into thirteen small chapters that are easy to read and shows the beauty, power, and humility of grace. He moves from the Old Testament through the New Testament to illustrate the need for God’s grace, the implication of sin which leads to the need for grace, and the reconciliation of God to His beloved people through the gift of grace. The Grace of God would make a wonderful gift for someone seeking an understanding of grace.

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