reviews

9th May
2011
written by Alden

I really appreciate hearing from readers. Among other things, it confirms to me that the work (there’s a good reason why a book is often referred to as a “work”) was worth it.  Also, recent comments from readers have confirmed my belief that we need to hear the gospel preached on a regular basis. One such message from last week:

What a message you have put back before us. It’s stunning to me how we give it up and how our systems somehow/often undermine the truth of this remarkable and irreplaceable grace. Only grace. Only grace. This Easter season has been so marked by your work – I am invited back into real truth but it’s like i need to be re-acquainted with it every day… almost every moment.

And, in a comment at the Internet Monk blog, Steve writes:

The Gospel Uncensored: How only grace leads to freedom, is a great little book which I would suggest people read at least once a year, if not more.

In our fallen, corrupt state, our human nature has a need to be self-reliant, to feel that we have earned what we receive. This is constantly trying to pull us away from the truth that “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” This is one reason why we need to hear the Good News again and again.

Many pastors today feel a need to deliver an unending series of practical sermons on how to make our lives better, or how to be better at something, or how to serve better…  None of this will lead us into freedom; in fact, rather than making our lives better, we just get loaded down with the weight of all of the stuff that we could be doing better.

Somebody preach the gospel. Don’t tell me what I need to do, tell me what Christ has done. Then, I’ll tell you what I want to do. Give me grace and freedom and love, and I’ll show you some good works.

In the post mentioned above, The Scariest Word of All, Jeff Dunn discusses why people are so afraid of grace, and mentions The Gospel Uncensored, saying “I highly recommend this book as a primer on grace.”

Get your copy today! ;-)

26th March
2011
written by Alden

We continue to hear many positive and encouraging comments on the book. One pastor said, “I often read books through in a couple of hours. This one I’m reading through slowly; for me, it’s pleasure reading.”

Pastor Matt Richard, in his blog and also in a slightly longer review on Amazon.com (giving us 5 stars), writes

“The Gospel Uncensored,” is a fervent book on the grace of God and how this gracious work of Christ leads to freedom. It is a heartfelt plea to the reader to get over “Jesus plus religion” and come back to “Jesus plus nothing.” For it is in Jesus and Him alone that we have freedom.

“The Gospel Uncensored” is a great read, well worth your time and would be a valuable book for a small group setting/study.

(If you aren’t aware, there is also a free downloadable study guide available here, or from the Kindle store for $0.99.)

Thank you all for your kind comments; we appreciate them very much!  (And, of course, continue to encourage your friends to buy a copy, available from all major online booksellers in both paper and electronic formats.)

23rd February
2011
written by Alden

But Christians are not just recipients of forgiving grace; we are also called to be those who extend the grace of forgiveness to others.

From Brian Zahnd’s Unconditional?: The call of Jesus to radical forgiveness. Check out my review of the book at aldenswan.com.

4th February
2011
written by Alden

Here are a few of the comments we’ve received from readers so far:

“It’s well-written and easy to read.”

“I’m really enjoying the book … it’s like water to dry ground.”

“It’s excellent. Simply excellent.”

“Your book grabbed my heart…”

“Now I understand why I don’t like going to church!”

“I’m taking a long time to read through it, because it’s giving me so much to think about!”

Thanks for all of the kind comments! If you haven’t yet had a chance to pick up a copy, they are available at a discounted price (discounts are good!) from Amazon, and other online retailers.