When I requested a copy of The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief by Larry Taunton, I had no idea what to expect. I only knew Ukraine was somehow part of the story.
So I was surprised to find that I had stumbled upon a book that weaves the story of Taunton’s adoption of a young Ukrainian orphan into a dialogue about a theological premise known as “the grace effect” or the idea that society as a whole benefits from those living out a lifestyle of following Christ.
For my friends who want a clearer understanding of the country I live in then I would suggest reading this book. To an outsider maybe Taunton’s views of Ukraine seem harsh, however, as one who lives here and has seen the corruption so prevalent in this society, I feel it is an appropriate description and critique.
However, I would also like to say that there is a growing population of those serving Christ in Ukraine. While the effects may seem small in the face of such overwhelming corruption, the effects of grace can be found here. As a whole though it seems that grace is a concept that is hard to grasp, at least for students that I work with.
As for Taunton’s writing style, I greatly enjoyed reading about Sasha and the story of their family coming together to adopt her, but the focus on the grace effect gets a bit lost and muddled in the middle. Taunton wraps it up nicely in the end, though it could probably have been written a bit clearer throughout as to how the focus tied into the story.
Nonetheless, an enjoyable read and one I would recommend.
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