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Red Like Blood: Confrontations With Grace [Kindle Edition]

Joe Coffey
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At its heart, Red Like Blood is the over-arching story of the Bible, the story of salvation: the amazing grace of God in Jesus Christ impacting our brokenness, drenching us in forgiveness and mercy. It is told through the lives of two men – a prodigal and a pastor’s kid – whose broken lives are forever stained the color of grace as they are confronted by the One who meets them in their hopelessness and despair, bringing redemption and healing. Red Like Blood chronicles the power of the gospel in all of its life-changing fullness. It is a story that should challenge, encourage and empower us all.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Down-to-Earth Honest Look at Grace 19 Sept. 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Red Like Blood by Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington. There are eighteen chapters in the book, each considering a different aspect of grace. In every chapter, the co-authors share their own stories of how God has touched and changed them through grace. Bob's story of his extra-marital affair and subsequent divorce is the backdrop for the book. When God went after Bob, the result was an explosion of grace which touched not just Bob's life but many others, including that of his ex-wife. Joe is the pastor who demonstrated grace by unreservedly accepting Bob back into the church.

Red Like Blood has a very conversational, easy-to-read style. I know I've said it before in my book reviews but you really do feel as though you are listening to these stories from old friends over steaming mugs of tea and chocolate biscuits. At times I laughed, sometimes I cried. Above all, hope and faith grew in me that God can change even me by His wonderful grace. The best thing I can do now is to share the notes I made while reading it, along with a few quotes from the book itself to hopefully show you how good it is!

I loved chapter 4 `The Appearance of the Unseen God' because it reminded me of how much God loves me and the fact that He initiates `exquisite' moments with me. `...if Jesus was here on earth it struck him that Jesus would want to hang out with him.'

From chapter 6 `Independence and a Toothpick Cross' where Joe considers a tiny model of Jerusalem: `...a god who will come down and die on a toothpick cross in the middle of an obscure town, in the middle of an obscure country, in the middle of an obscure planet, in the middle of an obscure galaxy is exactly the kind of God I need.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so cool. 2 May 2013
By Debbi - Published on
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This book was good. However, I don't think that using vulgarity to make a book seem more real, or to shock, or to be just so cool is necessary or desirable. To me it was distracting and when I read an inspirational book, I would like to respect the author. Saying "my dad got laid" or about "worshipping dicks" just doesn't seem to me like something the Lord would say. I found that offensive and juvenile.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confrontingly Hopeful 21 April 2011
By DLee - Published on
This book brings so much hope to us with jagged, sinful lives. I found myself crying, repenting, and searching my heart to see if I am really trusting in the Grace of God for my standing before Him and my ongoing relationship with Him. I am looking forward to sharing this book with friends who are religious and are trusting in their good works to get to heaven and also sharing this book with those who don't know Christ and think they are too horrible a sinner to be accepted by a Holy God...
The real life stories in this book will grab you, confront you and cause you to be amazed at God's grace, and give you hope for that same grace in your own life. If you feel like your sins are too horrible, if you feel like your sins are this book, and you see that His Blood, will cover, and cleanse you from all your sins, and make you sing with John Newton..."Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a WRETCH like me.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Like Jazz meets TULIP meets a recovery meeting 8 Dec. 2011
By Jared Totten - Published on
The best way I can describe this book is as follows: imagine if you ran into Donald Miller (of Blue Like Jazz fame) at a recovery meeting of some sort and his life had just been blown up by the doctrines of grace. His testimony might just read like this. It is at times both humorously and painfully autobiographical. It is brutally honest. And yet it is eminently hopeful as the gospel stays in full view throughout. Yes there is pain here, but it is pain with a purpose.

Joe was a pastor's kid turned pastor and spent most of his life in the church. Bob spent most of his life avoiding it. Yet grace has a way of both bringing the younger brother home and beckoning the elder brother in to the feast. As the book progresses, we see that these two stories are not all that dissimilar from each other . . . or from our own. There is a pride that says to God, "I don't need you, I can figure this out on my own" and there is a pride that says "I don't need you, but I'll stick around to get your stuff".

"Grace is kryptonite to pride". This book begins with a lot of brokenness. But as the stories progress, the brokenness gives way to grace. Or rather, the brokenness is the way of grace: "grace needs one thing, it needs cracks. The bigger the crack, the deeper the grace will penetrate". The most dangerous form of pride that we all harbor is the pride that says, "I have no cracks". I loved this book. It will break you open, and it will pave the way for grace if you will kill your damned pride.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not find it God glorify at all. 31 Jan. 2013
By D. Troy Hassell - Published on
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The structure was weak, the content was weak and the language was not Christ honouring. I think you can say what needs to be said without speech that is unsalted. It should be titled testimonies of confrontations with Grace and even then I don't agree with the theme. Finally, this book glorifies the individual but does little to glorify Christ. Paul was on his way to murder Christians when he was Arrested by Grace. The story of Paul's life is not the story of Paul but of Christ - glorify Him.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended 16 Sept. 2013
By Karen - Published on
Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington, authors of Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace, introduce "story after story of brokenness and the grace that entered it."

In theory, this is a great idea for a book but the materialization was a disaster. The stories seemed disjointed. There were examples of make-shift, hyper grace with no apparent Biblical base. The language made the book almost unreadable. One of the authors is a pastor and his use of vulgarities was more than disappointing. The need to use such filthy language for shock value seemed immature.

There were some some stories that had redeeming value such as the AA meeting and Phil & Euretta. The M&M illustration was helpful. However, anything the reader may have taken from the book was trumped by the distasteful language and incongruity of the stories.

Overall, the idea of the book to showcase God's grace to everyone, those in the church and those finding their way back is great. But it failed to deliver. Few Biblical references, rare glimpses of Biblical grace, and foul language make this book not a recommended reading.

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.
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