Jay Bakker -- Photo Courtesy: Kelly StarbuckIf anyone ever had a reason to leave the Christian faith, Jay Bakker did.

At the age of only 11, his parents' global PTL ministry was engulfed by scandal and undermined by Christian backbiting—all of which played out in the 24-hour news media.

Disillusioned, Bakker turned to drugs and alcohol and left his childhood beliefs behind. But along the way, an interesting thing happened: Bakker came to understand, through his personal challenges and suffering (as well as the help of some friends), what God's grace was really all about.

In his new book Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society, Bakker explores the true nature of grace—what it means for everyday living and the hot-button issues of our day. With disarming humility, poignant observations, and spot-on theology, Bakker both challenges Christians to reassess their understanding of salvation and encourages non-believers to see Jesus with fresh eyes.

Bakker will be speaking and signing copies of his new book at the following author events:

January 14 at 7:30 p.m.—Book Signing at Spoonbill & Sugartown, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

January 17 at 7:00 p.m.—Book Signing at Borders, 7836 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277

January 19 at 7:00 p.m.—Book Signing at Borders, 650 Ponce de Leon, Ste. 500, Atlanta, GA 30308

January 22 at 7:00 p.m.—Book Signing at BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703

January 24 at 7:00 p.m.—Book Signing at Borders, 400 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Visit the Patheos Book Club for more resources on Fall to Grace, including an author interview and a blogger roundtable on "revolutionizing grace."