If you follow me on Twitter or if you are my Facebook friend, then you have surely noticed the great quotes that I posted throughout the month of August. Those quotes came from the JUST RELEASED book Epic Grace, by Kurt Bubna. Kurt is a pastor in Spokane and his church is one of the churches that supports our ministry here in France. Beyond that, Kurt is an inspiring friend and I consider his wife, Laura a mentor. (God is the hero of Epic Grace, but Laura is His ever-faithful sidekick--a heroine extraordinaire!)
Because I had the privilege of serving on the Pre-Release Team for Epic Grace, I was given an advance copy to read. Here's what I loved about this book:
- Kurt's Heart. Kurt writes with transparency and conveys a genuine hopefulness for his reader. He shares some pretty candid stories with a desire to 1.) extol God's goodness and 2.) encourage the broken. Since I know him in real life, I can tell you that this guy is the real deal. He means every word, and if he could say it to your face the only thing that would change is that you might get a hug thrown into the mix. Actually, reading the book is kind of like getting a hug from Pastor Kurt.
- Kurt's Humility. Even though he's super smart, incredibly talented, and just plain cool, Kurt writes like he's an ordinary guy. He tells it like it is. His stories are not sanitized. He doesn't save face. At the same time, there is no sense of failure or defeat. Why? Because God is the ever-capable hero of every episode of Kurt's life. His mistakes are drowned in God's grace, a grace that spills off of every page, and douses the reader.
- Kurt's Humor. I giggled without guilt. Kurt has a funny way of failing. It's funny because I can relate. I see myself mirrored in his missteps, and when I laugh at him I'm really laughing at me. There's freedom in finding the humor in our lives, and in that way, Epic Grace is liberating.
So having been blessed by this book, I'd like to share it with you! I am going to give away TWO copies of Epic Grace--one digital and one hard copy. To be a happy recipient, simply reply or leave a comment about GRACE and let me know how you would prefer to read the book (digital? or hard copy?) At the end of the week, I'll choose my 2 favorite comments as winners.