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The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief [Kindle Edition]

Larry Alex Taunton
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Simply defined, the ‘grace effect’ is an observable phenomenon—that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes.

What does Christianity give us beyond televangelists, potlucks, and bad basketball leagues? Not much, according to the secular Left. The world, they say, would be a better place without it. 

Historian and Christian apologist Larry Taunton has spent much of his career refuting just this sort of thinking, but when he encounters Sasha, a golden-haired Ukranian orphan girl whose life has been shaped by atheistic theorists, he discovers an unlikely champion for the transforming power of grace. 

Through the narrative of Sasha’s redemption, we see the false promises of socialism; the soul-destroying influence of unbelief; and how a society cultivates its own demise when it rejects the ultimate source of grace.  We see, in short, the kind of world the atheists would give us: a world without Christianity—cold, pitiless, and graceless.

And yet, as Sasha shows us, it is a world that is not beyond the healing power of “the grace effect.”  Occasionally infuriating, often amusing, but always inspiring, The Grace Effect will have you cheering for the courageous little girl who shamed the academic elitists of our day.


"In The Grace Effect-- Larry Taunton's deeply moving and personal story of how his family adopteda Ukranian girl -- we behold the staggering contrast between a culture suffusedwith Christian faith and one that has utterly rejected it.  Atheists mustassiduously avoid exposure to stories like this one.  If you've ever beenunsure of how much good Christianity does in the world, read this book."—Eric Metaxas, New York Times Best-selling author of Bonhoeffer:  Pastor, Martyr,Prophet, Spy.

"This highly readable book is a collection of powerful insights into the long-term consequences of spiritual indifference and, above all, a remarkable example of how to conquer it." — Dr. Olivera Petrovich, research psychologist, University of Oxford

"What would a world without Christianity look like? We don't have to guess because such a world does exist: it exists in the current and former Communist bloc. Through the inspiring story of a little girl born in Eastern Europe and now living in America, Larry Taunton draws a sharp contrast between the life-giving influence of Christianity and the worn out theories of atheism and radical secularism.  The effect―The Grace Effect―is nothing less than powerful and moving." ―Dinesh D'Souza, former White House policy analyst, fellow of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, and current president of Kings College  

About the Author

Larry Alex Taunton is a cultural commentator, columnist, and contributor to The Atlantic. A frequent TV and radio guest, he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and BBC. He is also the founder and executive director of Fixed Point Foundation. In that role he has organized or chaired debates on science, religion, and ethics at Oxford University, Princeton University, and more. Taunton currently divides his time between the US and Europe. He and his wife have four children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595554408
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ENBB5G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and readable 27 Aug. 2012
This is the story of Taunton's family's adoption of a little girl from the Ukraine called Sasha. Yet it is not just a personal account; instead it is interwoven with an analysis of the arguments of the New Atheists for a society which denies God.

Such refutation of atheistic thinking is Taunton's life work as both historian and Christian apologist and, at times, you might need a good measure of determination to sort through some of the more philosophical discussions in the book! But this is, by no means, all that this book comprises. The very human touch comes from his memories of the long adoptive process which required him and his family to spend weeks in the Ukraine. Skilfully, he interweaves both elements until the reader can see that he believes that Sasha, now his daughter, demonstrates the grace effect. By this, he means that she is the product of a largely atheistic state, treated as soulless. Sasha's life, as it was, had been formed by the secularism being championed by so many today in the West, as she was dragged from one hopeless orphanage to another, places where the children's food was rotten and some even lacked toilet paper. It was a world largely devoid of the common grace flowing from a Christian influence in society.

Yet, when brought into the Taunton family in a nation shaped by Christian values, a nation which is still enjoying the benefits of Christianity's contributions to its society, Sasha's life is utterly changed as she understands what it is to be loved, what it is to be cared for. She, says Taunton, is a demonstration of the grace effect as her life is transformed through grace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well observed. 30 Jun. 2013
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Well written and observed. Topical. Insightful. Relevant. Powerful. The bigger the 'state' the smaller our God. The bigger our God the smaller the 'state'. Couldn't be illustrated better, to my mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Grace Effect 26 Jan. 2012
The Grace Effect by Larry Alex Taunton

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Thomas Nelson for review purposes.

When I began this book, I was expecting to read the story of how a family from USA decide to adopt a young girl from the Ukraine, but there is far more than this within these pages.
There is also the debate between Christianity and Atheism, with conversations between Christian apologist Larry Taunton (the Author) and Christopher Hitchens (well known atheist and friend of Taunton) and an Oxford University Professor, John Lennox, also a Christian.
The adoption of Sasha by the Tauntons turns out to be a long battle between them and the Ukrainian authorities, but a battle well fought and won, despite the corruption which seemed to exist at every step along the way.
The author states "Simply defined, the `grace effect' is an observable phenomenon - that life is demonstrably better where authentic Christianity flourishes." Hence the subtitle `How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief.'
Not always an easy read, but worth persevering to see the outcome, Sasha settling down in her new family with her parents and three brothers.
Pray for them, but also for those still languishing in orphanages in terrible conditions.
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