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Grace Is Greater-Kyle Idleman (Book Review)

Book Information:

If we miss the reality and the depth of our sin, we miss out on the grace of God. As long as we think I’m not that bad, grace will never seem that good.

Kyle Idleman (Grace Is Greater)
  • Title: Grace Is Greater God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story
  • Author: Kyle Idleman
  • Publisher: Baker Books
  • ISBN: 0801019419
  • Price: Free With Kindle Unlimited Or Paperback is $11.99 with affiliate link https://amzn.to/30Q4ss3

Book Review:

Grace is Greater is another heart transforming book by Kyle Idleman. The best way to describe all the books I have read by him so far are convicting yet, comical and relatable. I was able to read Grace is Greater through Kindle Unlimited for free. As I read the book I was humbled to see areas that I needed to repent in but also encouraged through a deeper understanding of what Grace is. So often at church and even in Christian circles we throw around grace loosely. However, Grace is Greater is an excellent tool for all those in every walk of life. Kyle Idleman not only defines grace but talks about the need we all have for it and the way we must display it in every day life. I appreciate the continual vulnerability that Idleman has in all his books by sharing his life experiences. Because he shares the need he has for Grace, this invites you in to look at the times you have overlooked the need for grace in your own life.

One of my favorite quotes from the book gave me a real reality check and conviction from the Holy Spirit concerning me extending grace to to to others.

People need us to raise a hand, not point a finger.

Kyle Idleman (Grace Is Greater)

If you are looking to grow in the area of understanding what Grace is, the need for grace in your life, and how to extend grace to others…Grace is Greater is a wonderful book to digest. I could cruise through Kyle Idleman’s books because of the humor he uses with his footnotes will have you on the floor laughing. However, the meatiness of text is one that you will need to digest and take your time through.

Grace is Greater is a 5/5 stars. Through all the laughs and personal conviction I felt through ingesting this wonderful book, it deserves nothing less. I highly recommend Kyle Idleman’s other books if you have already read this book such as, Not A Fan and God’s At War.

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What Is Your Top Priority?

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I love the way the NLT bible puts this verse. KEEP AWAY from ANYTHING that MIGHT take God’s place in your heart. This verse shows how important it is to keep God first above everything and to protect ourselves from the world’s distractions or maybe the distraction is even ourself! God’s proper place of order is ABOVE ALL, including our spouses, kids, jobs, or *place something or someone important to you here*. Has there been something you’ve been putting first before your relationship with God? What is your first priority? What way can things be put in proper order? Too much of a good thing can become idolatry. Start with a small amount of time and go to your quiet place and spend time with God. Get an accountability partner if this is something you struggle with. A little encouragement can go a long way!

Also, a really awesome book to go along with today’s devotion is- God’s At War by Kyle Idleman.

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Defeating The Lie: I’m Not Clean Enough To Get To Know God

God laid it on my heart these past couple days to talk about how Jesus isn’t looking for us to “get clean” before we ask him in our life. Neither should the church you attend. The church you attend should be showing the love of Jesus by meeting you where you are at, sins and all. None of us our perfect. None.

I have went to different churches with different denominations. Where I have learned the most is where I felt the love of Jesus and was taught biblical principles. I’ve never learned something out of fear or condemnation. We know that fear nor condemnation come from God. Love casts out all fear and God is Love. There’s a big difference between conviction and condemnation. Condemnation is overwhelming guilt that pushes you away from God. Where conviction is where Holy Spirit points out you have something to work on in your heart through love.

When I went back to church in 2015, I was sick and in need of a doctor. In other words, I was consumed by the enemies lies, what people portrayed God to be, overwhelmed by the heaviness of my sin, and just came home from the bar a couple hours before while still battling a pill addiction. I stepped into The River and was very timid and didn’t really want to talk or be seen by anyone. However, I was stopped by 4 amazing women that day that I still love to this day. They knew that I was struggling but loved me anyways, just as Jesus does. I walked into worship and it was completely different than anything I had ever saw. People were free. They held up their hands praising God, weeping, and laying hands on one another. And then Holy Spirit hit me….Like right in the face. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about! The song we were singing was talking about was about breaking free from addiction and depression.

I am unsure why there is this lie floating around that Jesus expects you to be white as snow when you come to him…probably just one of satans tactics…But, if we were clean and not in need of a doctor, God wouldn’t of went Jesus to die for us. It’s never too late to come to God & you’re never too dirty to come to him either.

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord . “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
Isaiah 1:18 NLT

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.”
1 John 4:18 NLT

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
1 John 4:16 NLT

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“What’s your plan when you move to Louisana?” 


I keep hearing “What’s your plan when you move down to Louisiana?” “Are you going to college?” “Are you going to be a caregiver still or are you going to go back to serving? Servers make so much more money!”. I’m over here like…God hasn’t told me anything other than to marry Brad, move to Louisiana, and go to the church where he has been going to for over a year and pursue something with worship. 

To the world this seems like a naive plan…not really having everything worked out. God hasn’t told me what to do, and I know if I’m not still and try to make a plan for myself, it won’t work out. However, I can rest in that I am God’s masterpiece and he’s not finished, this is really just the beginning.

“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above–spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”-‭‭EPHESIANS‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

For those who want to know what my exact plan is when I arrive down to Louisiana, I don’t have the details. God will let me know when I need to know. I want to do what God has planned, not what I have planned. 

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].”-‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭16:24‬ ‭AMP‬‬

If this means spreading his love through working at McDonald’s and serving at church, I will. If this means volunteering at a church without a paid position,I will. If this means going to college to be a family doctor, I will. If this means *insert something you would never see yourself doing that makes you feel uncomfortable*, will you for God? 

So no, I don’t have it all figured out, but God does. With that being said, I’m in really good hands.

I pray that if you have struggled with what you’re supposed to do, that you let Holy Spirit lead your steps. That you end yourself and begin what God has planned. We know that everything will turn out for the good. We know that when we have you in our life, Lord, that we lack nothing. I pray that we hold onto your word and practice what we have learned. I pray that we follow you, no matter how crazy or uncomfortable it may feel. I thank-you for always being there, always having a plan that turns everything for the good, and allowing us to be your friend and vessel to spread the love you have for all of us. You are so good. The love you share is deeper than we could ever imagine. I just pray that I am filled with you Lord, instead of myself. In Jesus name, Amen.

P.S. If you haven’t read “The End of Me, Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins” by: Kyle Idleman yet, it’s an awesome read!