From Good to Grace

| February 27, 2015

Christine Hoover. From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2015. 224 pp. $14.99.

Perfectionism has not been a friend to author and pastor’s wife Christine Hoover. She confesses she was born with a list in her hand and has been obsessed with being good and performing well all her life. She doesn’t boast in these credentials, and she’s tried hard to shake free from them. In her new book, From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel, Hoover puts her finger on the pulse of young women today.

For many, the “goodness gospel” looks like a life driven by exteriors: a perfectly decorated house, laundry that’s always clean, well-mannered children, daily quiet times, or perfect health and fitness. However we seek perfection and “goodness,” we hope our efforts pay off big and that God will be more pleased with us than if we hadn’t tried at all. The hope that our small acts of obedience might add up to make us world-changers often keeps us striving and functionally gives our life meaning. Consequently, if we feel we aren’t making a difference or performing as we should, we not only feel despair—we also feel we’ve disappointed…

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