Larry writes about the effects of common grace through the story of adopting his Ukrainian daughter Sasha and the process that adoption entailed. He explains grace by comparing and contrasting the general cultures of the US and Ukraine based on the religious overtones of each country. The US is based on a strong Christian influence while the Ukraine, even though it did have a Christian church before communism, is based off the socialists atheism. Larry even brings in discussions he has had with renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens including a public debate that they were apart of.
The Tauntons’ adventure in adopting Sasha and the process in which it came about does explain common grace fairly well and does keep it interesting. Grace is not mentioned very much in the book, but it is explained very well even when it is not mentioned. The illustration of the international adoption process does explain grace or, in the case of Ukrainian culture, lack of grace effectively. Throughout his discussions with Hitchens and other atheists and the process of adopting Sasha, Larry made his faith and the faith of his family very clear. He understood how the system worked and knew when he had to give in to the system and when he did not have to. There is always an understanding of love, compassion, and grace even when there was frustration with how the Ukrainian government worked. The book is captivating and is good for anyone who wants a good real world example of how common grace works and what it looks like. The reader does not need to be a theologian or other type of intellectual to understand common grace.
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