This was one of those love at first sight books for me. I saw the cover and instantly wanted to read it. I am definitely guilty of choosing to read books entirely based on the cover. In this case it worked out well. The Beauty of Grace is a grouping of short stories and personal reflections of many popular writers, mostly women. I am familiar with several of the contributors like Ann VosKamp, Holly Gerth, and Lisa-Jo Baker. As much as I read, I was surprised that most of the authors are unknown to me. Having said that, three of my favorite short stories included in this book were written by women I had never even heard of until I opened this book.
From the back cover:
In this hectic life, it’s easy to forget that God is always near at hand, even though He sends us frequent reminders. The beauty amid the mess, a well-timed word of encouragement from a friend, the memories that won’t let go of our hearts- they’re all ways God extends an open hand to us. But if we’re not paying attention, we can miss it.
Combining heartfelt stories from some of today’s foremost writers with Dawn’s stunning photography of God’s incredible creation, The Beauty of Grace is your haven of calm contemplation amid the chaos. This inspiring collection includes stories of cultivation friendship, waiting on God, choosing joy, staying connected, learning trust, and much more.
If you’re in need of a little peace, a little quiet, a little beauty, find comfort in this, you’re invited to experience them all within the pages of this soul-stirring book.
If I had a friend who was going through something difficult, I would find this book perfect for a little gift. I would put it in a pretty basket with some fresh flowers, a nice card, and some tea. The stories inside cover several areas including Purpose, Surrender, Trust, Encouragement, and Worship. My absolute favorite story was written by Robin Dance entitled, ” The Generous, Very Kind Gift.” Author Robin Dance tells the story of almost missing a blessing because she was too busy to set aside what she was doing to see it. It was such a great reminder to always be aware of God’s blessings.
I give The Beauty of Grace four stars for all the golden nuggets found within. It is a perfect gift book and I already have a friend in mind who could use a pick-me-up. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.