In his what is soon becoming a classic, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” author Philip Yancey explains that grace is not something that can best be understood through explanation and education. It is not something that can be fully known outside of experience. To receive grace is to know it – plain and simple. Grace transcends human language and categorizations. Those who have known it and experienced it, see it in each other’s eyes and we smile. We do so as professors and preachers lecture on as if it is nothing more than a doctrine. We know better.
As I read Kurt Bubna’s “Epic Grace: Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot,” I felt as if he and I were eye to eye flashing one another knowing smiles. One of the clear ways I know that Bubna gets it is that he chooses to reveal grace, as opposed to explaining it, through his own experiences and encounters with grace. Bubna intuitively knows that grace is best revealed and understood through story. However, I also know that he has experienced grace because he freely lays himself out before his readers with vulnerability and authenticity. Bubna shares failures, inadequacies, sins, lies, betrayals, and shortcomings all with his readers. He does so as a man with no fear of judgement. You can only do that when you have encountered the unconditional grace of Christ.
When it has all been said and done everyone of us is either an idiot or a recovering idiot. If you don’t understand that, or if you reject it, you need to read this book. If you do understand it, you need to read and celebrate this book.