The idea for this anthology of grace came from a class on Christian spirituality taught in the fall of 2015 at St. Gregory’s University. It was an elective course with students from business, education and psychology meeting on Tuesday evenings. The main text was Christian Spirituality by Alister McGrath (ISBN#978-0-631-21280-5) with supplemental readings from The Rule (Benedict) and Faith Begins (Johnson). The objectives of the class included exploring spiritual formation, discussing historical Christianity, debating doctrinal case studies and reviewing Benedictine values.
One night the class was in a discussion about the discipline of confession when the conversation turned to grace moments. Students started sharing stories about how God had blessed them, delivered them, saved them, and set them apart for his divine purposes. It was a very special moment. The students came from a variety of religious backgrounds – Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, Pentecostal, non-Denominational, Buddhist and agnostic. The professor is a Free Methodist elder and an oblate in the Order of St. Benedict. He has taught at St. Gregory’s University for seven years.
A decision was made to record the narratives and seek publication. The purpose of this book is to share the grace of God and witness the amazing love of Jesus Christ at work in everyday people. These are real people telling real stories. All proceeds from this book will be donated to St. Gregory’s University to be used for the College of Continuing Studies.