Everyday Grace

| March 13, 2015

Jessica Thompson. Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus. Ada, MI: Bethany House, 2015. 224 pp. $14.99.

Christians buy a lot of books. Some of us have shelves full of books on cultivating healthy relationships. However, in Everyday Grace: Infusing All Your Relationships with the Love of Jesus, Jessica Thompson points out a natural limitation of self-help books: “While you may be following all the right steps to a better relationship, it doesn’t mean that your spouse or your friend is” (7).

She’s right. While many relationships can be improved by counseling, conversation, or commitment, some are never going to improve. Perhaps the other parties aren’t interested in improving the relationship. Maybe they will fail us the way they always have. We ourselves will fail in our relationships, even if we read all the right books. But the gospel gives us hope that God will not only show us grace in our relationship failures, but will free us to show grace to those who fail us.

Gospel vs. Karma

Thompson, a writer and conference speaker, convinced me I’ve been infected with what she calls a “karma” mindset in which we expect to get what we deserve—and we expect others to give it to us. This…

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