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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (157 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathleen Falsani Narrator: Cathleen Falsani Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780310302735
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Grace is everywhere, all around us, all of the time. We only need the ears to hear it and the eyes to see it. It is much easier and perhaps more helpful to describe what grace feels like through stories and images that illustrate the varied ways grace is experienced when encountered in the wild, than it is to attempt to define it definitively, to trap it, and cage it. Maybe that’s why Jesus was so fond of parables: nothing describes the indescribable like a memorable yarn. Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace is a collection of stories about the author's experiences with grace—in ridiculous moments and in those that seem trivial but are anything but; in wacky adventures and quiet walks; with family and with strangers; in bars, nightclubs, the occasional house of worship, and in her own home; and through conversations with people—some famous and some not—who have introduced her to grace in new ways that in turn have shaped her faith and the way she tries to live it. Download and start listening now!

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  • 'Ranging from Chicago to Kenya, New Orleans to Maine, Big Sky to Graceland, [Cathleen] Falsani dons her investigative cap and scouts for grace. This religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times is a charming guide to places and people who reveal 'grace when and where it happens.' Eschewing technical theological definitions, Falsani opts instead to tell how she has experienced grace. And we are vicarious travelers, seeing grace -- 'audacious, unwarranted, and unlimited' -- through Falsani's eyes. She marvels at the devotion of young people who crowd to the pope's funeral and at the astoundingly independent women of Asembo Bay in Kenya. She wrestles with anger at a misogynist Tanzanian tour guide and anger at God when her mother and beloved cat face cancer. We traipse along with the author and eavesdrop on her conversations, both external and internal. The result is a pastiche of images meant collectively to reveal God's grace. Though some may find the premise contrived, only a fierce cynic could fail to be drawn into Falsani's tales and candid reflections.'

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/16/2014

    " in the same vein as anne lamott...not as vulgar or witty or poetic, but still a very compelling read about what grace is (and isn't). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 2/6/2014

    " Could not really get into this, just skimmed the short stories. Do not know why I got this?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/28/2014

    " Don't let the title keep you away. I actually had someone tell me that this was not an appropriate book for me to be carrying into church as I tend to read and drink coffee before the service. Definitely a great read that gave me a better understanding of the concept of grace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skipr | 1/23/2014

    " A funny memoir of Falsani's encounters with grace. An entertaining, down-to-earth storyteller, Falsani is honest about her own shortcomings - a prerequisite for recognizing grace, even if grace itself has no prerequisites. The title comes from 16th century reformer, Martin Luther, who wrote it to a friend who spent an inordinate amount of time obsessing about his sins - which very easily becomes just another form of self-centeredness. Luther wrote, "God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly." In other words, get your eyes off of yourself, and onto the grace offered through Christ. This book helps do exactly that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobbye | 1/16/2014

    " Not my type of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Revlett | 1/4/2014

    " This book offers a great account of what Grace truly is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GraceAnne | 12/2/2013

    " A thoughtful book, beautifully designed and heartfelt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 11/3/2013

    " Edgy, Raw, and Real! Don't miss this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruhegeist | 10/2/2013

    " From my old neck of the woods. Nice reading that Midwest humor. Have decided I really need to become a journalist and start wandering the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi | 9/10/2013

    " WOW! A keeper on my shelf for when I need to remember my problems are not the end of the world! It puts life into perspective! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 6/21/2013

    " some refreshing glimpses into finding grace in various experiences of life. It challenged me to keep looking for grace and also to keep finding ways to extend grace to others in my life "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/1/2013

    " A refreshing, challenging look at grace in our lives... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 10/21/2012

    " Great fun romping around the world with Cathleen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthann | 9/15/2012

    " Another book I really liked. Others have written reviews that I agree say it all. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 6/1/2012

    " good book and fast read. recommend for bible study or women's study class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 5/14/2012

    " although the title sounds heretical, the book is solidly biblical and very well written. i highly recommend it for everyone -- we all need to know God's grace more deeply. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 2/29/2012

    " This is a book that deserves to be read by everyone interested in real, genuine and authentic faith. The author provides a helpful field guide for grace and makes you smile, laugh and cry along the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LVD | 2/27/2012

    " I wasn't impressed with Sin Boldly, as much as I wanted to be. Mostly, my impressions are that Anne Lamott has already done this, and done it much better at that. I did, however, enjoy the frequent Bruce Cockburn quotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 12/6/2011

    " This book helped me to re-open my eyes to all the Grace around me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rharvan | 9/25/2011

    " This book spoke to my soul. And I loved my first taste of watermelon gazpecho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/21/2011

    " Short essays that are inspiring and thought provoking! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irene | 5/28/2011

    " Absolutely awful. Trite, badly written (like teen angst). An example: "Howling wind whipped my long, unruly Hair in penitent lashes across my face..." Really? 'penitent lashes'?

    Imo just Ugh! Couldn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 8/28/2010

    " This is a book that deserves to be read by everyone interested in real, genuine and authentic faith. The author provides a helpful field guide for grace and makes you smile, laugh and cry along the way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LVD | 6/6/2010

    " I wasn't impressed with Sin Boldly, as much as I wanted to be. Mostly, my impressions are that Anne Lamott has already done this, and done it much better at that. I did, however, enjoy the frequent Bruce Cockburn quotes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 12/22/2009

    " Could not really get into this, just skimmed the short stories. Do not know why I got this?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruhegeist | 12/8/2009

    " From my old neck of the woods. Nice reading that Midwest humor. Have decided I really need to become a journalist and start wandering the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 10/28/2009

    " This book offers a great account of what Grace truly is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 8/11/2009

    " some refreshing glimpses into finding grace in various experiences of life. It challenged me to keep looking for grace and also to keep finding ways to extend grace to others in my life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rharvan | 7/18/2009

    " This book spoke to my soul. And I loved my first taste of watermelon gazpecho.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/11/2009

    " good book and fast read. recommend for bible study or women's study class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 4/25/2009

    " Don't let the title keep you away. I actually had someone tell me that this was not an appropriate book for me to be carrying into church as I tend to read and drink coffee before the service. Definitely a great read that gave me a better understanding of the concept of grace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 3/30/2009

    " Great fun romping around the world with Cathleen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 3/30/2009

    " Edgy, Raw, and Real! Don't miss this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 2/3/2009

    " although the title sounds heretical, the book is solidly biblical and very well written. i highly recommend it for everyone -- we all need to know God's grace more deeply. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/29/2009

    " in the same vein as anne lamott...not as vulgar or witty or poetic, but still a very compelling read about what grace is (and isn't). "

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