Changed through His Grace
by Brad Wilcox
"Have you been changed by grace?" In this insightful book, Brad Wilcox explores this life-altering question in depth. Christians throughout the centuries have used grace to describe God's favor, goodwill, and love. However, grace is more than a description of God's attributes. It is the help, power, and strength He offers as we choose to engage with Him in striving to attain those attributes. Grace is different from the Atonement. It is not Christ's suffering, death, and Resurrection. Rather, grace is the power that flows from those sacred moments. Grace is not a priesthood ordinance, but essential ordinances invite greater and greater endowments of grace into our lives. Grace is a divine gift, but like any gift, it must be received.
In this book, Brother Wilcox uses real-life stories and personal experiences to demonstrate how we can choose to receive Christ's grace more fully. In addition to using Paul's teachings in the Bible, Brother Wilcox draws from the scriptures of the Restoration, the teachings of modern prophets, and sacred hymns to explain complex doctrines in simple and memorable ways. This allows us to understand how a covenant relationship with God and Christ can help us and those we love escape the bondage of addictions. he teaches how through the Holy Ghost—the messenger of grace—God can strengthen and save but also transform us.
This book is filled with hope. God's help is not a prize for the righteous. It is the source of righteousness. His grace is not a reward for the worth. It is the source of worthiness. It is not waiting for us once we change. It is the power we need throughout the entire perfecting process.
|Published||Deseret Book 2017|
|Size||6 x 8|
|Book on CD||Unabridged, 5 discs|
By Heather, Submitted on 2017-03-08
I've read The Continuous Atonement and just finished Changed through His Grace. While those books are similar, they are nothing alike.
Brad Wilcox has such a gentle but firm and straight-forward way with what he says. He covers so many different aspects of grace in this book. If one chapter doesn't seem like something you need to hear, most definitely the next will. I listened to the audiobook version and honestly I'm a big fan of hearing the author speak his own words. It's like listening to a fireside or talk instead of reading a book. I love that you can hear how much he truly believes what he's saying as well, which, in my opinion, adds another dimension to his words.
If you're struggling with pretty much anything in your life, be it just having a rough day, dealing with addiction, losing someone close, just needing a little push/motivation to keep going or whatever it may be, this is a great book and is so very much worth the read (or listen).
By Craig Mathias, Submitted on 2017-03-06
I do believe Brad Wilcox's approach to grace is a critical key that the world needs today... especially in the Church.
I grew up in a largely Jewish area of Los Angeles. We had three synagogues within ten miles of my house, two reformed and one conservative. As my heart turned to religion (I joined the Church at age 14) I had difficulty understanding how, especially for reformed Jews, their relationship with God had turned largely cultural. Many of them, regularly attending synagogue, considered themselves agnostic. Religion was cultural... their identity... but not soul changing. God had no power.
Now, I'm seeing very similar traits in the LDS faith, especially in young adults. So many priesthood holders don't have in their hearts that God has power in their lives. They don't believe that people can change. They don't believe in the power of the Priesthood. They come to church to belong and be social and to serve but not to CHANGE.
As a church, we need to be more than comfortable. We need to be changed. We need to accept the atonement. We need to believe that anyone can change from any situation to become a new man through the Grace of Christ. Then, we will grow closer to Father and know our potential.
Thanks for shining the light on this. I pray that many hear the message.
By John Hilton III, Submitted on 2017-03-03
Another great book by Brad Wilcox! If you have liked his previous works, you will enjoy this book as well. There are many valuable nuggets -- one of my favorites was his discussion of a line from "There is Sunshine in My Soul Today," which says in part, "The flowers of grace appear." I had never thought about this line, and learning more about the author of the hymn and the backstory behind it was enlightening. Highly recommended!
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2017-02-28
I loved this book! I loved that it's easy to read. you'll understand what the author is teaching, whether you're the smartest person on the block or just a normal teenager going to high school. This book really is written for a wide audience of readers.
This book is full of personal stories about the author, his family, and people that he's talked to or received letters from. This makes the topic seem to relate to every person who could or would ever read the book.
Grace is a concept that, to me at least, has always seemed pretty abstract. I loved the way the author makes it easier to understand this divine principle and just how it works in our lives. I loved the way it made me think about grace more than I ever have before. Just this morning as I was reading my scriptures, I noticed a verse about grace and learned just a little bit more about it. I think that for me, I've kind of always just ignored grace and focused more on my works. But from now on, I'm planning to look for grace - both in the scriptures and in my own life. And I think that as I look I'll find it and learn more about it a little at a time.
I loved the way the author used not only conference talks and scriptures to teach, but he also uses a lot of hymns. I don't know about anyone else, but I do know that the hymns touch me in a way that nothing else can. I loved that he took the time to include hymns to teach us.
Brad Wilcox is really a master teacher. It's no wonder that he is a popular teacher at EFY and Time Out for Women. Make sure you take the time to read this one, it's amazing!