Grace that’s Greater Still by Michelle Massaro – Book Review

Posted December 17, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Grace that’s Greater Still by Michelle Massaro – Book Review

Grace that's Greater Still

by Michelle Massaro

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Published by Orange Grove Press
Publication Date December 3, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
Pages: 303

Synopsis:

Could you hold onto faith if your deepest secrets were broadcast to the world?

Quick to serve her church and community, Melody Harrison is a ray of sunshine wherever she goes. Secretly, though, fear shadows her spirit. Her drive to do more, to serve, to never say no, has become a slave master. If she stops, her guilt will obliterate her ministry, her marriage, her family. She knows she’s not worthy, but losing them is a price she isn’t willing to pay.

Councilman Shane Harrison leads a picture-perfect life—an image he is both proud and protective of. He has an adoring wife and son, and a reputation built on impeccable ethics. One interview at a time, Shane is solidifying his place as a pillar in the community—until a series of startling revelations sends a hammer crashing down on everything he knows.

The mirage of their charmed life gives way to the ugly truth—they are, in fact, broken vessels, lost in a great expanse of rubble. Is there hope that God’s grace might be greater still?

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Sometimes, even knowing what it means to experience God’s grace, we don’t understand what it means to experience God’s grace.

Grace that’s Greater Still is an incredibly moving depiction of trying to earn forgiveness and hiding secrets from the world. Of having head-knowledge of God’s love and mercy but thinking you can earn them on your own merit and working towards that end. Of drowning in guilt and fear, unable to come up for a breath of air again.

I loved the characters, Melody and Shane (and sweet Levi!) and appreciated how real they were. Author Michelle Massaro quickly drew me into their story, tantalizing me with the knowledge that the revelation of Melody’s terrible secret was just around the corner. Or the next. I was quite fearful about what it was going to be but was surprised when it was revealed what the secret really was. Oh, the clues were there, I just misread them. And her secret was even more awful than I had thought.

Tears filled my eyes more than once, and I wanted to shake Melody and Shane as they continued to hold parts of themselves back from each other. If only they would trust each other to love them enough and allow each other to carry their burdens! And then, as I began to see what Melody didn’t share, I understood her desperation to keep her secret hidden. What an emotional roller coaster!

Grace that’s Greater Still tells of a couple whose lives are on public display when their world begins to crash around them. Secrets exposed, trust broken, hearts revealed. And it is only then that they begin to see themselves as God sees them and are able to surrender to Him and allow Him to pick up the pieces of their lives.

This is not a story with simple or trite answers, enemies conveniently dying, or prayer erasing problems. It is a thoughtful examination of how God works in the lives of His children, consequences and all, and still takes our messes and makes them beautiful.

Readers of previous books in the Grace series will be glad to see characters from them return, especially Derek. Shane was his mentor. While it is not necessary to have that introduction to the others to understand this one, they are each so enjoyable you will want to read them all.

Readers who appreciate Christian fiction that points to Jesus and challenges their faith will want to be sure to read Grace that’s Greater Still.

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About Michelle Massaro

MICHELLE MASSARO writes contemporary fiction soaked in grace.She makes her home in Southern California with her husband of over two decades and their four children. She’s dabbled in homeschooling, teaching Creation Science, and leading worship. When she isn’t tinkering with words, Michelle enjoys old Rogers and Hammerstein movies, making kefir, and Sudoku. A new lipstick and a good French roast always make her happy.

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