A FAMILY SHAPED BY GRACE by Gary Morland is subtitled "How to Get Along with the People Who Matter Most," an apt description of the book's major theme. As the author details, those people who we love the most often are the most difficult for us to deal with. Whether it is "old baggage" or simply the fact that we save our best manners and behaviors for work, we often are less than our best at home. For Morland, family dynamics were also influenced by an alcoholic, distant father and then his own alcoholism. He credits his acceptance of Jesus as the turning point. Using a flowing river as a visual device, Morland has written a how-to book about avoiding the rocks of disharmony and discord. The main message that seemed to resonate with me was the call to be caring and patient and giving. As he shows, we have been extended grace, and we are called to offer grace. He also made clear that we should each and every day be considering what role model we are being. Without realizing it, we daily influence other people's lives. Now a grandparent, Morland sees what an influence he can be for his grandchildren, and that really calls to me, too. Our 6 grandchildren are growing up so rapidly and what place we have in their lives is also changing. What we do with our time and money, how we express our faith, the way we treat others or talk about them -- these are aspects of me that I want them to see in a positive way.
I received a copy of A FAMILY SHAPED BY GRACE by Revell Reads. All opinions are mine.