Book Review | Lean Into Grace— By Stacey Pardoe
I recently finished reading “Lean Into Grace” by Stacey Pardoe. I had the fantastic opportunity to participate on her book launch team. and I must say, I absolutely loved it. This book is a beautiful reminder of the power of grace and how it can transform our lives when we choose to lean into it.
Stacey’s journey, interwoven with relatable struggles and triumphs, became a beacon of hope, reminding me that God’s grace remains a constant anchor even in life’s storms.
What truly warmed my heart was her transparency and vulnerability. She doesn’t shy away from sharing her doubts, fears, and imperfections, creating a warm, welcoming space where I feel seen and understood.
It was as if she held a mirror to my soul, reflecting the anxieties and longings common to all of us. Yet, instead of leaving me wallowing in self-pity, she offered a gentle hand, urging me to “lean into grace.”
Stacey’s message isn’t one of sugary platitudes. She acknowledges the challenges we face, the burdens we carry, and the moments when faith feels fragile. I thought, “That sounds like me,” or “You too, I thought it was just me.” But within these challenges, she points us toward the transformative power of God’s love.
Through her journey, she reminds us that true strength lies in vulnerability, forgiveness in letting go, and joy in embracing the present moment, imperfections and all.
Each chapter felt like I was sitting face to face at her kitchen table, sharing blueberry muffins and a warm cup of tea on a chilly evening, offering comfort, encouragement, and practical steps to deepen my faith.
Whether wrestling with self-doubt, seeking solace in difficult times, or simply yearning for a closer connection with God, “Lean Into Grace” offers a warm embrace.
This book is for you if:
- You long for a faith-based read that speaks to your heart.
- You’re seeking encouragement to navigate life’s challenges with grace.
- You desire a deeper understanding of God’s love and forgiveness.
My favorite quotes from Lean Into Grace
On Wonder Woman Syndrome
We lean into grace when we stop trying to be everything to everyone and embrace our actual lives… Trying to be everything for everyone in every moment is stealing my joy.
Stacey says, “Wonder Woman Syndrome is fueled by the deep belief that I can be everything to everyone in my life. I feel compelled to say yes to every friend’s request for assistance; I rarely set boundaries and don’t ask for help. As a result, I find myself emotionally and physically exhausted.”This really hit me hard. I found myself saying,” You too, Stacey? I thought it was just me.”
When I ask God to help me accept my actual life, his grace meets me. I realize he is providing everything I need to do the work he has placed in front of me.
On Grace for Spiritual Boredom
Your favorite activity or hobby can become a spiritual discipline when you learn to pursue it with Jesus.
On Grace for Your Destructive Habits
God is calling you to come to him in the middle of your imperfect, broken life and let him do the work of healing you. Breaking free from your sin is not a prerequisite for running to Jesus.
On Creating Space for God to Move
To me, it just felt like I was doing what I had to do. I was telling people what was happening and showing up before I had neat and tidy answers about why it was happening… It takes courage to let others see our hearts in our vulnerable moments. To show up and be honest about our weaknesses takes courage.
By letting so many women see my broken heart, I offered them the gift of my vulnerable self—not the version of me that has all the pretty platitudes or the version that has rehearsed answers to the hard questions of life.
On Extending Grace to the People We Love
I’ve learned that friendships go through seasons. There’s an ebb and flow to most friendships… Extend grace, even when you don’t understand what’s happening in your friendship… As friends move in and out of your life—and then in and out again—you can trust God with his timing. Love them when they come and love them when they go.
More than just a book, “Lean Into Grace” is an invitation. This is an invitation to shed the burdens of perfectionism, embrace vulnerability, and walk with God on your unique faith journey. So, grab a cup of tea, settle into a cozy corner, and prepare to be touched by the transformative power of grace.
Find out what happened when Stacey was hit in the face with a flying banana… I definitely recommend Lean Into Grace. I received an advanced reader copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
You can purchase Lean Into Grace HERE.
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