I’ve been pondering how to talk to you about this. One of my favorite things about hanging out online with writer types has been launch teams. I didn’t even see that coming; didn’t really consider what happens when a book comes out. Sometimes, there’s a team of people who get to read the book before it is available to buy, and then share it with their friends as they like. I enjoyed the stories in All the Pretty Things and Love Him Anyway, so those were fun and easy to share with you.

A Family Shaped by Grace is different. I mean, I certainly enjoyed it. Gary’s voice is relatable and kind. But, you guys. It’s so useful.

This isn’t a parenting book.

Or a marriage book.

This really is about any family relationships.

In a humble, gentle way, Gary talks about the things that you and your family probably do that create friction, then shines light on each, giving intensely practical steps to move away from disharmony and toward grace, through the gospel.


This isn’t a magic bullet. He reminds us over and over that you can only control your own actions, but also that, within a family, your actions are contagious in the best ways. You guys know how much I love minigoals… Well, he even crossed that concept with showing grace to your family members. (Even that family member. You know the one. He calls that one your nemesis, and helps you come up with a game plan for making that bad relationship even one step better.)

(Side note: this book handles good, normal, and difficult relationships, but the “difficult” ones are what I’d call “normal bad” relationships. He doesn’t address abusive dynamics. If you are in an abuse situation, this book won’t address it.) 


Bottom line? If you want your family relationships to reflect a bit more grace, this book is worth owning.

And there’s a BONUS. 

This book is available for pre-order for a couple more days. It’s currently like 40% off on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and CBD, and probably anywhere else. So, for less than $9, you can order it and it’ll ship on June 6.

But also…

If you preorder, click here and you also get a short video course for free.

I’ve been through the course. It’s good content. And it’s available for anybody who preorders through June 5th (Monday.) Once it starts shipping on the sixth, it’s gone.

Here’s the deal. I like you. I’m glad you’re here and thankful that you take time to read my words. I want good things for you. Grace is a good thing, and this is a super inexpensive book with a whole kit of tools to spread more grace through your family.

(In case you’re wondering, I get nothing from sales- I don’t even have affiliate links. The only thing I got related to this post was an advance copy of the book, so I could review it. It was just well worth my time to read and I think it will be worth yours, as well.) 


Published by robininalaska

Robin Chapman is a part-time writer, editor, and birth photographer and a full-time imperfect mama, wife, Jesus follower, and normalizer of failure. She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy. She has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years with hope, humor, and solidarity. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with an iced dirty chai, writing and editing and making spreadsheets for KindredMom.com where she is a cheerleader for mamas, or online looking for grace in her mundane and weird life. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her four delightful (crazy) kids—some homeschooled, some public schooled, some too young for school at all—and her ridiculously good looking husband, Andrew.

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