Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
“… Epic grace is freely available for everyone. It’s bigger than we can possibly imagine, better than we deserve, and strong enough to beautifully transform our broken lives into trophies of God’s grace,” Kurt W. Bubna states in his book, Epic Grace: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot.
This two hundred and seventy-two page paperback book is targeted toward Christian readers who want or need to be reminded of God’s amazing and powerful grace, mercy, and love. With some topics of sexual content and abuse, it would be geared toward mature young adults and older. Using mainly the NIV version of the Bible, the NLT, NKJV, TLB, NIRV, and The Message versions are included. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
Pastor Kurt B. Bubna readily admits he was and still is an idiot. His past holds instances of stupid decisions, reckless actions, and wrong thinking. Bubna is a carbon copy of you and me but is reminded often that it is God’s endless grace that makes him who he is today.
Jumping around in twenty-two chapters relaying his errors, sins, and epiphanies that God is in control of all things, his book is a quick read that has a foreword by Mark Batterson and an introduction along with acknowledgements, notes, a discussion guide, and author’s biography.
From growing up as a preacher’s kid, swimming naked in junior high, having early sexual encounters, drinking alcohol, filing for bankruptcy, and considering divorce to grieving the death of a grandson, reconciling with his divorced father, and battling prostate cancer, he indeed understands that conflict comes from unmet expectations.
Referring to the Biblical stories of Cain and Abel, Esau, Jacob, Elijah, Samson, Job, Solomon, Paul, Peter, and Jesus, he correlates how God can handle our pain, anger, and isolation if we turn to Him instead of wallow in our self-pity, self-indulgence, and pride.
Each chapter addresses life’s lessons from family interactions, financial responsibility, marriage, parenting, and leaving a legacy to our grandchildren. With reflections of tragic sadness or silly joys, he mentions forgiveness, friendship, and the circle of marriage that includes romance, trouble, disillusionment, and joy.
Through Bubna’s randomly rants and reminisces, the reader relates and understands how we, too, are human idiots who rarely listen to God whisperings as we yearn for His unwavering love and epic grace.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers in lieu of an honest review.