Surprised by Grace (Book Review)

cover graphic for Surprised By GraceElizabeth Sherrill crafted others’ stories into memorable masterpieces (The Hiding Place, God’s Smuggler) but resisted sharing her story. I’m glad she finally changed her mind. Hers story takes us on a journey in which we clearly see God’s pursuing love that captured her and changed her life.

Reading this felt almost like reading a journal or a memoir. I felt as though I were privy to Mrs. Sherrill’s thoughts and innermost feelings. Her transparency and willingness to draw the reader into an intimate encounter left me with an impression of warmth, as if I had been visiting a dear friend.

Inspiring and encouraging, Surprised by Grace nonetheless seemed to me to drag in a couple of places, but for the most part, it kept my interest.

Revka’s Rating: B+

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The Official Blurb: Renowned writer Elizabeth “Tib” Sherrill shares her own faith journey at last! Embrace this page-turner and see God’s work in your life every day.

Tib has written for Guideposts magazine for over sixty years, contributed to Daily Guideposts for over twenty-five, and coauthored the best-selling, inspirational adventures of all time with her husband, John, including: The Hiding Place, The Cross and the Switchblade, and God’s Smuggler. Yet, Tib’s most powerful story ever is this beautifully written, exhilarating memoir.

In it, you’ll discover how God’s love transformed her life from one of great struggle to one with a clear direction and find inspiration, hope and strength for your own journey.

Enjoy touching stories about Tib’s family and close relationships, from her unhappy childhood to John’s surprising marriage proposal. Meet her lifelong friend Mea, and her dear father-in-law who was able to see her for the complex person she was even though he was blind. Travel with her to fascinating places across the United States and Europe. And find out how she overcame her poor self-image after a stunning encounter with her Creator.

Elizabeth Sherrill’s superb storytelling brings you into every scene, making you laugh and cry many times over. You’ll be reminded that God intends hope and freedom for you. You’ll also find wonderful insight and encouragement in the uplifting foreword by Guideposts Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan and in the inspirational “Conversation Starters,” particularly useful for women’s Bible studies, book clubs, or home groups.

Surprised by Grace will help you understand more deeply how to completely trust God in the toughest times of your life, how to recognize your dependence on Him, and how to allow Him to light your way.

Purchase a copy at Guideposts and get Elizabeth’s devotional 101 Moments of Prayer FREE.

Surprised By Grace author photoAbout the author: Elizabeth Sherrill is the author behind the classic best sellers The Hiding Place about Corrie ten Boom, The Cross and the Switchblade about David Wilkerson, and God’s Smuggler about Brother Andrew.

She also is a longtime contributor to America’s best-loved inspirational magazine Guideposts, and best-selling devotional, Daily Guideposts.

FTC-mandated notice: Litfuse Publicity provided me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.
My review reflects my own opinions.

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