Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Secret Life of a Fool by Andrew Palau {review/giveaway}


I couldn't think of a more perfect time or week to be reviewing this book for all of you! It is a wonderful example of Christ's love for us on the cross and how by His blood, we are saved.

In The Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace, Andrew Palau talks of his life before falling on his knees before Christ and repenting of all his past mistakes and foolishness! The son of famous missionary and evangelist, Luis Palau, one would think he would not ever fall into a hard life of sin, drugs, fornication, alcohol, and depression. But this book, his story, shows and tells us otherwise. We are all sinners saved by the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Noone is made an exception by being a "preachers kid" or by thinking we are doing everything we should be by not smoking, drinking, swearing, lying, cheating, or murdering. Sure, not doing all those things is wonderful, but unless we fall on our knees in complete and utter repentence before God and ask for forgiveness of our foolish lives and ways of thinking, we will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. {Rom. 10:9, Acts 16:31, Luke 13:3}

"Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it." ~ C.S. Lewis

What I loved most about this book was the rawness of the story. Andrew left nothing out, allowing the reader to really be able to connect with his story, his pain, his journey to redemption, and his new life in Christ! I love the telling of how his parents never gave up on him; always showing him love, even when, I can imagine, it was extremely hard to do. It was their love, the love of close friends, and ultimately, Christ's forgiving love, that saved Andrew and brought him out of his sin-filled life and into a life dedicated to wanting to serve God for all the days He blesses Him with! And God can do the same for you!! All you need to do is repent of your sins, asking Christ to come and live within your heart making you a new creation in Him!

"No matter how advantaged or disadvantaged, no matter how far from God we think we are...He is there and He calls out." ~ Andrew Palau



"Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don't look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we would be put right with God." ~ The Secret Life of a Fool {taken from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21}

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How would you like to win a copy of The Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace? If so, simply leave a comment below with a valid email address! Winner will be chosen on Monday, April 9!

Thank you to PR by the Book for sending a review copy my way!
Linking this giveaway up at the Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway Day!


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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9

2 comments:

  1. This looks fascinating! I would love a chance to read it : )

    melanie.yaya487@gmail.net

    ReplyDelete
  2. This book sounds really inspiring. I would love the opportunity to win a copy to read!
    -Mindy Harbaugh

    minderela@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Secret Life of a Fool by Andrew Palau {review/giveaway}


I couldn't think of a more perfect time or week to be reviewing this book for all of you! It is a wonderful example of Christ's love for us on the cross and how by His blood, we are saved.

In The Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace, Andrew Palau talks of his life before falling on his knees before Christ and repenting of all his past mistakes and foolishness! The son of famous missionary and evangelist, Luis Palau, one would think he would not ever fall into a hard life of sin, drugs, fornication, alcohol, and depression. But this book, his story, shows and tells us otherwise. We are all sinners saved by the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Noone is made an exception by being a "preachers kid" or by thinking we are doing everything we should be by not smoking, drinking, swearing, lying, cheating, or murdering. Sure, not doing all those things is wonderful, but unless we fall on our knees in complete and utter repentence before God and ask for forgiveness of our foolish lives and ways of thinking, we will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. {Rom. 10:9, Acts 16:31, Luke 13:3}

"Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it." ~ C.S. Lewis

What I loved most about this book was the rawness of the story. Andrew left nothing out, allowing the reader to really be able to connect with his story, his pain, his journey to redemption, and his new life in Christ! I love the telling of how his parents never gave up on him; always showing him love, even when, I can imagine, it was extremely hard to do. It was their love, the love of close friends, and ultimately, Christ's forgiving love, that saved Andrew and brought him out of his sin-filled life and into a life dedicated to wanting to serve God for all the days He blesses Him with! And God can do the same for you!! All you need to do is repent of your sins, asking Christ to come and live within your heart making you a new creation in Him!

"No matter how advantaged or disadvantaged, no matter how far from God we think we are...He is there and He calls out." ~ Andrew Palau



"Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don't look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we would be put right with God." ~ The Secret Life of a Fool {taken from 2 Corinthians 5:16-21}

_________________________________________________________________

How would you like to win a copy of The Secret Life of a Fool: One Man's Raw Journey from Shame to Grace? If so, simply leave a comment below with a valid email address! Winner will be chosen on Monday, April 9!

Thank you to PR by the Book for sending a review copy my way!
Linking this giveaway up at the Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway Day!


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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9

2 comments:

  1. This looks fascinating! I would love a chance to read it : )

    melanie.yaya487@gmail.net

    ReplyDelete
  2. This book sounds really inspiring. I would love the opportunity to win a copy to read!
    -Mindy Harbaugh

    minderela@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete

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