in his book, The Grace Effect: How The Power Of One Life Can Reverse The Corruption Of Unbelief, Larry Alex Taunton takes readers on a journey through the process of adopting a ten-year old girl named Sasha from an orphanage in the Ukraine.
along the way we’re given a glimpse of life in the Ukraine, a few history lessons, theological reflections, spiritual insight, and a families’ journey to adopt a young girl.
the Taunton’s story is heart-warming. they put their lives in Alabama on hold and travel to the Ukraine to bring a little girl home with them. they have to deal with language, cultural, and social differences. they have to deal with corrupt officials and state representatives. they show the patience of Job in their dealings.
“Simply defined,” writes Taunton, [the grace effect] is an observable phenomenom – that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes.” (Pg. 22, The Grace Effect).
believers from all denominations and traditions would agree. this is our mission and mandate as Christians. to make things better for people. to do God’s will, on earth as it is in heaven.
the Taunton’s story is an example of the grace effect. they make Sasha’s life better, demonstrably better.
a few of the author’s opinions and comments may be disagreable to some readers. however, this book is well-worth reading and the notion, the grace effect, is well-worth living.
let’s make life demonstrably better.
*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*