Praise for the Book: Grin with Grace is perfect for women on the run, since there is no set daily reading schedule. The blend of humor, transparency, biblical concepts, word studies and opportunities to plug what I learned into my life gave me a fresh approach to doing my devotions or reading a Bible study. Dr. Thelma Wells (Mama T) President of A Woman of God Ministries CEO, That A Girl & Friends Speakers Agency Speaker, Author
It Might be Time to Grin
Have you ever felt
the need to bite your tongue or grit your teeth? With humor and candor, popular
women’s speaker Kathy Carlton Willis explores ways to smile in the face of
adversity and challenging circumstances. Her go-to phrase Grin with
Grace is the title of her latest book. She explores the word “grace” in
Scripture, revealing how God’s grace blesses us and how it impacts our
relationship with Him and with others.
Grin with Grace is part
of the Grin With…Bible Study Series. This line of books is designed to
help women on the run focus on a central theme. The “study, story and steps”
formula helps readers assimilate new traits in small sections, all the while
anticipating the next insight.
“You can never have too much of God’s
grace,” says Kathy. “While writing this series, I dealt with multiple health
issues, surgeries, cancer, and hospitalizations. At the same time, I moved to a
different town, diving in to a new church ministry with my husband. Very little
in life seemed familiar or comfortable. But God infused grace into each
challenge and turned them into opportunities.” Kathy learned anew what the Bible
means when it says:
But he said to
me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power
of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)
Quote from Chapter 7, Grin with
Grace: God’s grace strengthens us to live the lives He
directs us to live. When we’re weak, grace makes us strong through Christ. His
grace is not frail; it’s power-packed. – Kathy Carlton
There’s an important element about grace. It’s not meant to be
hoarded, regardless of its wonderful value. Once God blesses us with grace, we
are then recruited to His team to be instruments of His grace to others.
Grin with Grace tells stories of real-life grace and gives suggestions
for creating new grace moments for others. Every Bible passage is contained in
the text, accommodating ease of reading anytime, anywhere. Read it straight
through as a book, use it as a personal study, or join with a group to discuss
the material together. The chapters are short enough to combine—resulting in a
seven-week group study. More about Grin with
Each chapter features five
Grin with Grace contains
real-life stories and observations. You’ll laugh at the humorous confessions and
wacky insights, and relate to Kathy’s transparent honesty. Be inspired to see
grace in your everyday life.
Grow with Grace features a
grace word study. Kathy examines Bible verses and personalizes the
meaning to your situation. Workbook prompts allows you to write down your
thoughts as you read along.
Go with Grace offers life
application. Pick one action step and make it work for you, or pick all of
them—but do something to live out your grace-walk.
Give with Grace advances life
application further, equipping you to become an instrument of God’s grace to
others. You’ll be inspired to take what you’ve learned and give it away to
others. This is when faith becomes ministry—when your focus expands to see the
needs of others.
Your Grin with Grace Challenge
describes a grace-challenging scenario to give you an opportunity to exercise
your newfound grace. It allows for speculation and judgment calls, to prepare
you for the what-ifs that happen in life.
Grinning w/ grace means—I swallow my words rather than
share them before it's time. I’ll wait.
Grinning w/ grace means—I give the benefit of the doubt
rather than assuming the worst.
Grinning w/ grace means—letting the other person have
the spotlight and being willing to be in the shadows.
About the Author: Kathy Carlton Willis writes
and speaks with a balance of funny and faith—whimsy and wisdom. Not many funny
girls also have Bible degrees! Kathy’s a pastor’s wife, which gives her plenty
of opportunities to grin with grace. She shines the light on issues that hold
women back and inspires their own lightbulb moments. Almost a thousand of
Kathy’s articles have been published in books, magazines, newspapers and online
publications. Kathy’s tagline describes her best: Light & Lively: His
Reflection/Her Laughter. Kathy lives with her pastor/husband, Russ, in Rockdale,