The Grace Effect - Book Review

I love books that demonstrate the impact that God's grace has upon us.  This book is a refreshing look into the world of overseas adoption - and the ways that one "special needs" child underlined the reality about God's grace to their family.

Larry Taunton writes in a very pointed and engaging will not be disappointed by this one.  I couldn't put it down.

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The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief
By Larry Alex Taunton
272 pages, $16.99
ISBN-13: 978-1595554406
Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd

I have always admired those who live out their faith by participating in short term missions.  During these trips, one’s faith is often reaffirmed and strengthened when considering how well off Americans are.  Every now and then, one’s life is completely transformed.

Such is the case with Larry Taunton whose family participated in a mission’s trip to the Ukraine. While his wife and children were helping those who were less fortunate, their lives intersected the life of Sasha.  This “special needs” youngster quickly took up a place in their hearts.  When Ms. Taunton returned, she was determined that they should adopt Sasha and bring her to live with them in America.

The Grace Effect is the type of book that is hard to put down once you start reading it. In it, Larry Taunton who runs the non-profit Fixed Point Foundation, chronicles his family’s struggles to officially adopt Sasha.  As a former educator, his writing is bold, witty, and humorous. He seems to have a penchant for saying what is on his mind.

The back story to this marvelous tale is the fact that Taunton’s life has intersected atheists in open debate since his nonprofit’s objective is to: “…promote a confident Christianity in the public square by fortifying the minds of Christians and challenging the faith of skeptics.”  In one such debate, an atheist slung mud at Taunton by claiming that there is nothing Christians do that cannot be accomplished by atheists.

This book proves that atheist wrong…Christians, as recipients of grace, show unmerited favor to those who do not deserve it.  We do not read of atheists adopting a special needs child from a formerly communist country.  Such an act proves that the grace effect separates Christians from atheists.

Read The Grace Effect…you will have your appreciation of God’s grace renewed.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 


  1. Hi there! I appreciate your review of this book. I also reviewed this book. Do you mind if I add your link to the bottom of my post? (You can add my link as well if you like.)

  2. I guess I should have signed in first so I could get e mail follow up comments.


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