Thoughts on Grace

Thoughts on Grace January 17, 2011

What is your experience of grace? That’s the question we’ll be considering over the next two weeks here at the Patheos Book Club blog. After a two-week run exploring faith and doubt related to Kent Annan’s book After Shock, we now turn our attention to a new theological subject — GRACE — as experienced by author Jay Bakker, son of the popular televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

In anyone ever had a reason to leave the faith, Bakker did. At the age of eleven, his parents’ PTL ministry was caught in a high-profile accounting fraud scandal, and his family was devastated by his father’s affair and his parents’ subsequent divorce.  A 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 all his pain, what God’s grace was really all about.

In his new book, Fall To Grace, Bakker explores the true nature of grace and what it means in everyday life.  Over the next two weeks here at the Book Club blog, we’ll host a conversation on grace by some of Jay’s friends and fellow bloggers on the topic of grace.  Stay tuned for posts by Tony Jones, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Tripp Fuller, George Elerick and  Jarrod McKenna.  We’ll also be posting an interview with Bakker by Managing Editor Tim Dalrymple early next week.

So check back daily for the latest in the conversation on grace, and add your own comments, here at the Patheos Book Club over the next two weeks.

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