Confronted with Grace

Posted on May 2, 2011 · Posted in Gospel

Red Like Blood is a book about the raw power of grace that changes lives in ways beyond what we have come to expect. Red Like Blood is a testimony to the power of God’s grace.  This grace radically changed Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington, the authors of Red Like Blood. This is a book for those who may have come to think there is no way God would have anything to do with them. Maybe you know someone like this – a son, a daughter, a parent.  The great news is that grace is for them.

Bob Bevington has graciously consented to answer a few questions about the book.  I thought these would be interesting to you.  This is the final installment of this interview.  Thanks, Bob for opening yourself up in the interview and in the book!

JY: Was it uncomfortable to be as transparent and open as you are in the pages of this book?

BB: Not really, because we do it in our day-to-day lives, too. But I have a good friend who read the manuscript and begged me not to go through with it – she said I was throwing myself under the bus, especially in Chapter 10. There were a couple of moments when I blinked, but during the final edit I got an overwhelming sense that it was okay because it might help somebody.

JY: How did God use Red Like Blood change you?

BB: Writing Red Like Blood caused us to re-live some of the most painful events of our past. Like the sin I describe as a hundred megaton cluster bomb. Like when Joe’s little brother was killed. Like when my daughter, Grace, almost died as a two month old baby. We also re-lived the times that made us laugh and smile.

Most of all, in every chapter we re-lived the times when we were confronted by grace – the times when grace flowed into the cracks formed by our brokenness.

You can learn more about Red Like Blood and purchase the book here.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.