"Wild Grace: What Happens When Grace Happens" is a great devotional book by Max Lucado for teens struggling to figure out what this thing called Grace is all about... what it looks like in a practical sense.
From the back cover:
Today’s teens are being shaped by the pressures and disappointments of the
world. But Max Lucado encourages them to take a close look at what can shape
their hearts and their futures from the inside out—God’s grace.
As Max explains, "God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it.
A whitewater, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after
you." Wild Grace gives teens an understanding of how grace can change
their lives in powerful ways, even when those lives are messed up, off track, or
in trouble. Each chapter describes another miracle that happens when we allow
God’s grace to work on us and through us:
“Grace is God’s decision to change everything. Good-bye, earthly labels.
Stupid. Unpopular. Ugly. Failure. No longer. You aren’t who they say you are.
You are who He says you are. Spiritually alive. Connected to God. Amazing.”
Teens will be convinced that God knew what He was doing when He made them and
His grace is always there, ready to work wonders that are bigger than anything
this world has to offer.
Organized into three sections (1-God, Grace, and You, 2-Grace in Action, and 3-The Road Home) and ten chapters, Lucado incorporates real-life stories and testimonials into each chapter, and the part I love the most is the 'Your Story' section, which encourages teens to dig deep into their own hearts and discover for themselves the personal blessings of God's grace and how to extend that to others.
All in all, I'm looking forward to my own boys reading this book as they learn to live out the Wild Grace challenge.
*I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publisher's Booksneeze program. No compensation for a positive review of this book was received.