Book Review – Give them Grace

April 4, 2013

A review of Give them Grace: Dazzling your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson by my wife Tracy Mickle.

Give Them GraceIn Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter, Jessica Thompson, help parents understand the role of grace in their lives and the lives of their children. The authors challenge parents to consider whether their parenting is grace-oriented, or merely moralistic. Moralistic parenting can be accomplished by any well-meaning parents, but are we as Christians really raising our children in a grace-filled, Christian environment? These are important questions, particularly in light of the rapid departure of many young adults from church.

To this end, the book is very helpful and insightful, however, when it comes to practical application, it gets a little hard to translate. The authors give examples of conversations parents should have with their children when they are in the process of disciplining. These examples are all well and good, but one cannot help but wonder how realistic they are. Do real children really respond the way they do in this book? Granted, my children are still quite small, so perhaps some of this is beyond my current situation, but sometimes it seems a bit idealistic and not practical for most peoples’ daily lives.

My favorite section of the book was the chapters that spoke grace to a parent’s heart. It is so easy to take ourselves much to seriously when it comes to parenting our children. We want to do it perfectly so they turn out perfectly. The authors gently remind us that we cannot ruin our children. We do our best, and the rest is up to God. This is truly freeing, and definitely worth the price of the book.

Free Copy of Carol Cornish’s “The Undistracted Widow”

October 23, 2010

As followup to the blog interview I conducted with Carol Cornish about her new book, The Undistracted Widow, I want to offer a free copy of it to my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment about how this book will better help you serve widows as an individual Christian, how it will help you serve widows in your ministry, or if you are a widow, how you will use it in your own life to be “undistracted” and take what you learn to minister to other widows. And then from those entries I will randomly pick a winner! Easy enough. This is probably the best book I have read for widows out there. You’ll want to get yourself a copy today!

Winner of Tullian Tchividjian’s Surprised by Grace

June 2, 2010

Congratulations to Dan Brubacher who won a copy of Tullian Tchividjian’s Surprised by Grace. If you would like opportunities to win other Crossway titles this year be sure to sign up for the 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway right here at this blog! The next book to be given away here in June is

Sign up now here!

Blog Tour – Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian

May 13, 2010

Readers of this blog will know how much I love books. I love collecting, I love reading, and I love learning, especially about the Word of God and the Christian life. I have been given the privilege of being a part of Crossway Books’ May Blog tour of Tullian Tchividjian’s Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels.

Tullian Tchividjian is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and the author of Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different and Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship. He also blogs at On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Here’s the press release from Crossway,

Most Christians assume that the gospel is something non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, but after we believe it, we advance to deeper theological waters. In Surprised by Grace, Tullian Tchividjian shows how when God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to move them beyond the gospel, but to move them more deeply into it. The only antidote to sin is the gospel—and since Christians remain sinners even after they’re converted, the daily preaching of the gospel is essential for all Christians.

For Tchividjian, it was through the story of Jonah that he came face-to-face with the fact that the gospel is not only for non-Christians.

Surprised by Grace is a storied presentation of the gospel from the book of Jonah. It’s a story of sin and grace, of desperation and deliverance. It reveals that while we are great sinners, God is a great Savior. While our sin reaches far, his grace reaches farther. This story shows that God is in the business of relentlessly pursuing rebels—a label that ultimately applies to us all. He comes after us not to angrily strip away our freedom, but to affectionately strip away our slavery so we might become truly free.

This book is for anyone who is tempted, struggles, or continues to battle against sin. “I wrote Surprised by Grace (Crossway, May 2010) because we all need to be,” explains Tchividjian.

Over the next little while I will be reading and reviewing the book and including excerpts from the book for our enjoyment and edification. But here’s the exciting part.


Here’s how you can win. Leave a comment below about how the sovereignty of God helped you make it through a calamitous situation in life. When the world seemed ready to end and everything was blowing up all around you, how was it that knowing that God was sovereign helped you make it through? I’ll randomly pick one of the answers to award a free copy of this book. And stick around as we interact with the book in the near future!

May Contest Winner

May 13, 2010

The winner of the 2010 Crossway Book Giveaway for May is Matt and Ruth Stiles of the blog! You’ve won a copy of Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian. From the Crossway website:

“As today’s Christians struggle to grasp the gospel’s true power, Surprised by Grace unfolds a liberating story that helps us come to grips with the shocking extent of God’s compassion..”

June’s winner will receive a copy of  Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Reviewer by Grant Horner

Not yet entered in the contest? You can find out how to enter by clicking on the contest logo below.

2010 Book Give-a-Way!

December 16, 2009

To encourage a year of reading godly and edifying books, Working out Salvation with Fear and Trembling and my favourite publishing company, Crossway Books, have partnered together for the 2010 Book Give-a-Way right here! Each month I will give one brand new Crossway release to the readers of my blog.

Here’s how it works. You will receive one entry for doing the following things:

1) Subscribing to my posts either through RSS or e-mail feeds.

2) Follow me on Twitter.

3) Write a post about this contest on your blog. Please provide me the link to your post.

4) Put a link to my blog on the sidebar of your own blog.  Please provide me the link to your blog.

5) Tweet about the contest! Something like: RT @allenmickle: “2010 Book Give-A-Way” ( 1 New @CrosswayBooks titles each month for 2010

You need enter only once for the whole year and you will be elligible for the monthly draw. The winner will recieve the bright and shiny new Crossway title in the mail directly from Crossway. And through the above options you have up to 5 ways to win each month! You must leave a comment on this post letting me know which ways you entered this contest so I have a record of your entry!

As a tantilizer, here are the books available for the first six months of the contest (the last 6 months will be announced later.

January – Raised with Christ: How the Ressurection Changes Everything by Adrian Warnock

February – Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus by D. A. Carson

March – Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears

April – What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul  David Tripp

May – Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian

June – Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Reviewer by Grant Horner

Good luck and good reading!