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Zondervan Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace

We are at our human best when we give and forgive. But we live in a world in which it makes little sense to do either one.

In our increasingly graceless culture, where can we find the motivation to give? And how do we learn to forgive when forgiving seems counterintuitive or even futile? A deeply personal yet profoundly thoughtful book, Free of Charge explores these questions--and the further questions to which they give rise--in light of God's generosity and Christ's sacrifice for us.

Miroslav Volf draws from popular culture as well as from a wealth of literary and theological sources, weaving his rich reflections around the sturdy frame of Paul's vision of God's grace and Martin Luther's interpretation of that vision. Blending the best of theology and spirituality, he encourages us to echo in our own lives God's generous giving and forgiving.

A fresh examination of two practices at the heart of the Christian faith--giving and forgiving--the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lenten study book for 2006 is at the same time an introduction to Christianity. Even more, it is a compelling invitation to Christian faith as a way of life.

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Date:November 8, 2009
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Keith Turner
Free of Charge was a very good read. I would highly recommend it to others.
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Date:February 27, 2009
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Catherine Grisafi
Wonderful Book! I actually felt like Mr Volf knew me personally an was helping me get through a very rough time! Great Book! Wonderful Reading!!
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Date:September 5, 2007
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Tom Foley
To understand the tragedy of the Balkans is to understand mans need for forgiveness. Miroslav Volf uses stories of his homeland in Croatia and its environs as poignant illustration of the need for forgiveness. These illustrations serve to bring the reader into the heart of the matter as Pauls insights and Luthers writing provide theological structure to the work. Yet this is a very practical work which uses plain language that should threaten no one. Volf has written a readable document which would profit all readers as it is filled with the living out of the Gospel. Volf teaches the reader that forgiveness, though hard, is in fact a gift we should give. But it is not just about forgiveness, it is about giving too. Followers of Jesus who seek to reach out to and connect with the post-modern person would profit from this book since Volf makes it clear that sitting down and listening to people is a gift we can give. This is apt counsel for those of us seeking such connection. The approach, as mentioned already, is readability and is an excellent book for group discussions and as fodder to help meaningful individual conversations happen. I urge the reading of Free of Charge followed by giving it away to be read by others.
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Date:May 12, 2006
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In the afterword, Volf describes what he has done in four ways: Free of Charge is an invitation to the Christian life; an interpretation of the apostle Paul; a reading of Martin Luther; and, finally, a theologically informed spiritual writing. I am certainly not qualified to assess Volf on the second and the third points, but as a spiritual work that invites the reader to the Christian life, in which it certainly succeeds. In a genre that today includes much shallow sentimentality, Volf's theological depth and biblical grounding disclose a wisdom that comes only through a life wisely lived. For those seeking counsel in the way of Christ, one can find few contemporary guides like Miroslav Volf. Highly Recommended. Dan Olson, Christian Book Previews.com (read full review at www.christianbookpreviews.com)
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