March 3, 2015

It's Here! "From Good to Grace" Releases Today!

It's here! Today is the official release date for my new book, From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel! I'm thrilled to offer this book to you, and my prayer is that, first and foremost, God would be pleased, because He's written its message on my heart. My other prayer for this book comes from Isaiah 61:1, 3: Jesus came to proclaim that we're no longer bound, the prison doors are open, and that we don't have to live with a garment of heaviness. It's my hope that this book will usher those who read it to the One who offers the lightness of grace and freedom.
Hopefully by now you've read the excerpts, such as "Unity or Uniformity?" and "The Spirit and Spiritual Disciplines". I've asked you to consider what the goodness gospel is and if it affects your life. And I've told my own story of living by the goodness gospel by sharing the first chapter of the book.

But how do you know if this book is really for you?
In the book, I describe those who will resonate most with this message:

"I imagine that you know about God, and you can roughly paraphrase the main points of Scripture and/or theology. I imagine that you are a dutiful person, trying to live life right. You take your friends meals when they have babies, and you make sure your kids have clean socks. You go to church, you pay your bills, and you give to the needy at Christmas. A few times a week, you sit down and read your Bible because you know it's good for you, but you often desire more out of that time. Late at night, when you can't sleep, you wonder if you're just going through the motions, if there is any of the promised abundance in all this rote, mundane, religious life. Mostly, you wonder if God truly loves you, if you are good enough for Him, or if you're doing enough for Him. More than anything in the world, you long to know God, have a deep relationship with Him, and comprehend His approval."

I know you. I know you, because I know me. I've lived that life, but I've discovered grace and how it applies not just to salvation but to my everyday life. The heavy weight of guilt and condemnation and rote religion has been lifted in my life. I'd love to share with you what I've learned in the pages of this book.

Want to help?
I'd love your help in getting the word out about the book! There are number of things you can do, and even the littlest things help. Need suggestions?

  • Read it and write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or
  • Talk about it on Facebook.
  • Pin the cover image from this post on Pinterest.
  • Share a picture of the book on Instagram.
  • Tweet about the book using the hashtag #fromgoodtograce.
  • Tell your mama and your BFF. Word of mouth is best!
  • Put the book on your Goodreads list.
  • Consider gathering a group to read the book together. I've included discussion questions in the back of the book for that purpose. I will also be hosting an online book club this summer. I'll be sharing more details about that a little later.

Hear the message live!
If you happen to live in Texas, I will be speaking about the message of the book at several churches this week. Join me?

Houston's First Baptist Church: Tonight! Register here.
Central Baptist Church in College Station: March 4 at 7 pm in The Gathering
First Baptist Church's South Campus: March 5 at 6:30 pm

Finally, thank you. Thank you for celebrating this book with me and for being a faithful reader of my blog. I'm grateful to be walking alongside you in this life of faith. Now, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a copy of the book and get to reading! I hope you love it.