Now that various ongoing projects at home have wrapped up, I’m attacking my book pile (paper and virtual) with a relish. At the top of the pile was The Grace Effect by Larry Alex Taunton.
I have no idea how I came into position of this book. I’m sure I found someone who was offering for free. I can’t say no to free books.
The Grace Effect is a multi-purpose book. On the surface, it tells the story of the Taunton family’s adoption of their daughter, Sasha, from the Ukraine. That in of itself is a compelling story but the author also gives the reader a very readable history lesson in the history of Russia and the Ukraine, socialism, his interesting conversations and relationship with deceased author and journalist, Christopher Hitchens. The main take away from Taunton’s book is how society cultivates its own demise when it rejects the ultimate source of grace.
Taunton has written an excellent book. I devoured this in two days. His descriptions of Orphanage #17, where Sasha lived, echoes the stories my in-laws told when they returned from mission trips to Russian orphanages. I have no doubt that Taunton’s descriptions are accurate and without embellishment.
I plan to reread this book again mainly to absorb what he calls “common grace”. This book is too good to keep to myself so I’m giving my copy away. If you’d like to win, just leave a common on this post. I’ll draw a name at random on Wednesday, June 6.