It’s not often that the sacred and secular, the believers and non-believers mingle in the same text without a hint of exhausting tension. Bookended with reenacted conversations with renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens, Larry Alex Taunton’s book The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief unveils how Christianity is indeed a powerful force in a world that has shunned grace.
In his book, to be released later in November 2011, Taunton of Fixed Point Foundation describes his process of adopting his daughter Sasha from the Ukraine. Filled with heartache, bribery at the hands of corrupt local politicians, and the horrors of Ukrainian orphanages, the process of adopting Sasha is not an easy one. Comparing his family’s lengthy legal process as loving “self-flagellation,” Taunton displays the adoption process as one of grace. Attempting to dispel statements made by modern atheists (such as Hitchens, who appears in the book multiple times) who claim that Christians add nothing but heartache to society, Taunton preaches a grace-filled Christianity that reaches beyond boundaries and lives to deeply transform. Through the appropriate lens of adoption, The Grace Effect openly shows readers that a life that shows grace is able to share it with other lives, thus changing the world.
Combining sacred and secular, atheists and devout Christians, Taunton’s soon-to-be released book offers readers reasons to trust in the God of Jesus Christ, rather than empty philosophies and heartless governments. As all Christians know, without the grace of Christ and his adoption of us into His fold, we would all be hopelessly lost in a desperate world.
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