When People of the Second Chance (POTSC) was launched last year, I thought what a great concept! The world loves to see heroes fall, and loves to cast away and judge when people do dumb things. The church and Christians are regularly caricatured as negative naysayers and judgmental hypocrites who don’t practice what they preach (grace).
We all know about grace, and fortunately if we are followers of Christ we all are in receipt of more grace from Him than we could ever deserve. So why then do we find it so hard to share grace with others and even with ourselves? That is the simple, but amazingly deep question Mike Foster tackled in his new book, Gracenomics: Unleash the Power of Second Chance Living. I received a pre-release electronic copy to review, and it was a quick and pleasurable read.
Mike Foster has a style of writing that is accessible to everyone. No convoluted, complex writing on complex subjects, just simple and to the point. He covers sections about why grace matters, how you can extend gracenomics to yourself (stop beating yourself up), how you can extend gracenomics to others, and how gracenomics can even transform your work place.
The catchy subtitles paint great word pictures and provide immediate “aha” moments—sections like: Pez Dispensers of Grace, Vulture Culture, Don’t Make a Career Out of Being a Victim, Grace for Grace Killers, and Practice the Art of Generous Listening. There are “Action & Insight” sections where you can pause and take a look in the mirror at areas of your own life to see where you can improve in giving grace to others. There are also numerous real-life stories of grace scattered throughout the book that will inspire you to live a more grace-filled life.
In a society that is growing less civil in daily discourse this book has come along at the perfect time, and who doesn’t need more grace in their life? Who couldn’t learn to be more gracious in their dealings with others? I know I could, and that’s why I really like this book, and I think you will too.