One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian

Leah Courtney
Although I've been a Christian for many years and grown up in the culture of the church, I often need reminders of God's grace. I tend to be critical of myself and of others. I am one of those people that can believe in my mind that my salvation is totally due to God's grace; but in my heart I still rationalize the need to be good, to earn something.

One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian is a fresh reminder of God's grace. The author is the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham and a pastor. 

In One Way Love, Tchividjian uses illustration after illustration to emphasize that God's grace is the ultimate one way love. It's not conditional. It's not a two way street- "If I do..., then God will have to save me." My heart needs that constant reminder. I'm one of those people that Tchividjian refers to in the book that tend to say, "Yes, grace, but..."

One of  things Tchividjian drives home in this book is that often our desire to add something to grace is a result of our desire to be in control. I know that I am particularly a control person. He points out that as long as we hold on to those things we add to grace, we are holding on to a control of the situation. In a way, it puts salvation in my control. Accepting that ALL of our salvation is the result of God's grace and that there really is nothing I can do to have a better standing with God takes it all out of my hands. It's hard to let it go.

Another thing that I really liked about One Way Love was the way that Tchividjian described the relationship between the Law and Grace. Even those of us who have been in church for years can't explain this very well sometimes. If you're telling me that grace is enough and that nothing I do can make me have a better standing with God, then why have the Law in the first place? What good is it? Tchividjian explains this relationship very well and gives illustrations that really helped it make sense to me.

You can check out more about the book and see the book trailer on the website- One Way Love. I can definitely recommend this one as a moving and encouraging read.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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