Robin Jones Gunn reveals poignant truths from her life as well as from the lives of women in the Bible as she flips the notion that we are at the mercy of circumstances. She asks, what if God has dreams for you? What if he is accomplishing those dreams in the midst of shattered hopes?
When life doesn’t go as expected, it’s easy to feel like a victim. We look at the events that have gone wrong and view our lives as impaired. What if we could see our future as God sees it? Would our view radically change if we understood we are indeed victims rather than of happenstance?
God, the Relentless Lover, has vigorously sought you. He has instilled dreams in your heart that are grander than you can imagine. But the route to their fulfillment often is through a path you wouldn't seek.
What if God wants to take the hopes that tug at your heart and enliven them? Are you ready to live inside the mysterious joy of being a victim of grace?
Choosing to look at adversity as the outcome of God's grace instead of as the end of a dream, the bestselling author Gunn (Sisterchicks series) gives a new definition to the term "victim." Personal stories, mixed with biblical stories of women who undergo loss and challenge, help to create a big picture. First chapters serve more as an introduction to the author and the concept. Lessons come into sharper focus later when Gunn gives helpful advice gleaned from personal experiences like the death of her father, temptation in her marriage, and forgiveness of those who have betrayed her. What if we aren't victims of circumstance, but victims of grace? she suggests. That shift in perspective asks readers to ponder whether God might actually be accomplishing his greatest purpose for our lives in the midst of disappointment instead of dashing dreams. Gunn has a gift for shedding new light on biblical passages as well. Discussion questions in the back of the book offer opportunities for further insight.