Just a heads-up for those who don’t know: Crew’s own Greg Lucas has written what looks to be a really good book. It’s called “Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lessons of Grace.” Based on a series of posts from his blog of the same name, the book chronicles Greg’s insights, struggles, and questions in raising a child with a disability. Here are some endorsements worth noting:
“Witty…stunning…striking…humorous and heartfelt. In our culture which is so quick to devalue life,Wrestling with an Angel provides a fresh, honest look at one father’s struggle to embrace God in the midst of his son’s disability. Can sheer laughter and weeping gracefully coexist in a world of so much affliction? Greg knows all about it. And inside these pages he passes on his lessons of grace to us. I highly recommend this wonderfully personal book!”
— Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“I didn’t want to read this book. I knew these tear-stained but hope-filled pages would jostle me out of my comfort zone and shake me up. C.S. Lewis wrote that he paradoxically loved The Lord of the Ringsbecause it ‘broke his heart’—and Greg Lucas’ writing does the same for me. And it’s for that reason that I heartily commend this book—especially for dads. This is just the book many of us need to taste afresh the goodness of God and the grace of the gospel even as we long for the day when this broken world will be made right.”
— Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible
“This is not primarily a book for parents of special needs children. There is only one disability that keeps a person from heaven. It is not physical or mental like Jake Lucas’ condition. It is the sin that lives in our hearts. Jake’s father, Greg, is a captivating storyteller. When he writes about life with Jake, I recognize God’s grace and loving persistence in my life. I want more!”
— Noël Piper, author, and wife of pastor and author John Piper
You can read other endorsements here.
This is an important book to read–not just because Greg attends Crew, but because the lessons it contains pertain to us all. Many of us who are wrestling with circumstances beyond our understanding become saddled with the question, “Why?” As Justin Taylor observed, “Wrestling with an Angel” quite simply… a beautiful book–a true parable to illustrate that life is hard but God is good.
Order it directly from the publisher Cruciform.com (epub and audiobook versions coming soon). It is available on Amazon, but the royalties for the publisher are cut in half, so please order from Cruciform.com (It is also cheaper right now on Cruciform).