The Case for Grace:
A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives
By Lee Strobel (Zondervan, 2015)
Nonbelieving investigative-reporter-turned-Christian-author Lee Strobel has penned another title in his “the case for…” series. This time, he focuses on The Case for Grace. The subtitle, A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives, aptly describes the book’s contents but not its depth.
Strobel begins with the personal father-son encounter that led to his “pursuit of grace” and closes at his father’s funeral. In between, he tells powerful stories of those who were changed by the heavenly Father’s grace, sometimes through the grace of others.
Each chapter illustrates the plight of one individual. Biracial orphan Stephanie Fast should have died as a discarded preschooler on a Korean garbage dump. Instead, she miraculously was adopted into a pastor’s family. Homeless and addicted, Cody Huff found new life in a fast-food gift card, a hug and God’s grace. Other stories include a victim of the Khmer Rouge and the notorious executioner who carried out their terror, a pastor who betrayed those he loved, a decidedly prodigal son and more.
The Case for Grace offers compelling stories, spiritual truths and practical principles for accepting and giving grace. An in-depth discussion guide makes the quick-read suitable for group study by longtime Christians and new believers as Yale-educated lawyer Strobel clearly wins his case for grace.
Kathy Robinson Hillman, immediate past president
Baptist General Convention of Texas