Grin With Grace

August 14, 2015 | Comments Off on Grin With Grace

Grin With Grace by Kathy Carlton Willis

Grin With Grace by Kathy Carlton Willis

Sometimes I take myself a little too seriously. Sometimes I get offended a little to easily. Sometimes I judge a little too quickly. But admit it. You do too. We all need to appropriate a little grace.

Grin with Grace is a 12-week women’s bible study on grace by Kathy Carlton Willis. She has organized each study into five sections:

  • Grin with Grace contains real-life stories and observations. You’ll laugh at the humorous confessions and wacky insights, and relate to Kathy’s transparent honesty. Be inspired to see grace in your everyday life.
  • Grow with Grace features a grace word study. Kathy examines Bible verses and personalizes the meaning to your situation. Workbook prompts allows you to write down your thoughts as you read along.
  • Go with Grace offers life application. Pick one action step and make it work for you, or pick all of them—but do something to live out your grace-walk.
  • Give with Grace advances life application further, equipping you to become an instrument of God’s grace to others. You’ll be inspired to take what you’ve learned and give it away to others. This is when faith becomes ministry—when your focus expands to see the needs of others.
  • Your Grin with Grace Challenge describes a grace-challenging scenario to give you an opportunity to exercise your newfound grace. It allows for speculation and judgment calls, to prepare you for the what-ifs that happen in life.

This is the first is the Grin With…. series published by AMG. It’s billed as a study for women on the run, and I would agree. While the stories and examples are cute and charming, sometimes even compelling, they are fairly light for the type of study I like to lead. The questions are primarily objective and interpretive. They don’t require much digging, and in fact, the study could be done without opening your bible. The application questions are also somewhat light. The Grace Challenge at the end of the chapter is a hypothetical “what if,” rather than allowing the reader to challenge herself with her own real life issues. However, I do think that in a group with a good leader, this study could lead to some important growth and change. And we could all use a little grace in our lives.



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