A Grace Disguised Jerry Sittser

Book Review by David P. Craig

One of the most difficult things to grapple with in life is to lose someone you love deeply. In this book Jerry Sittser shares the gut wrenching story of how he lost his wife, mother, and daughter in a car accident.  What Jerry does well in this book is he walks us through his journey of loss and how God’s grace intermixed in the various contours of his pain. Jerry’s story is our story. We all experience loss – jobs, loved ones, status, youth, health, pets, dreams, and many more. The author not only grapples with his own loss, but also the realities of loss that we all have to wrestle with in life.

What I like about this book is that it doesn’t offer simple steps to dealing with loss. The author helps you identify and grapple with the difficult realities we face in our losses. In the preface to the book Eugene Petterson describes this book as a “companion” for your journey of suffering and loss. That’s the way I felt as I read this book. As a fellow journeymen in the path of suffering I felt like I had a wise companion to walk with me and share with me in my loss.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with loss: loss of a loved one, job, or anything that once was precious to us, and is now no more. Jerry helps you to gain God’s perspective in a compassionate and gracious manner. This not a “self-help book,” or an “easy answers book.” The author writes as a fellow struggler of the harsh realities of the tremendous loss he has faced. However, he also recognizes that all human beings have and will suffer loss and that we all desperately need the grace of God to sustain us. He shares helpful stories, insights, and pearls of wisdom to encourage you with your own losses and how to move forward in grace and truth.

As a result of reading this book you will be encouraged to go deep in the multi-faceted realities of your loss and pain, as well as gain a new perspective of how God’s grace is available to help you move forward in your loss. I am grateful for Sittser’s vulnerability, transparency, honesty, and amazing insights into the grace of God. He comes across as a friend, a counselor, and an empathizer. It’s a serious book, because it’s dealing with serious pain. Sittser walks the talk and in the end is a very helpful and gracious guide and companion for your own journey of finding your own disguised grace in your loss.

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Marin Bible Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 30 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

4 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Jerry Sittser’s “A GRACE DISGUISED””

  1. Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂

    1. Hello Gede, We are all trying to figure it out! Glad you are enjoying my posts. I simply try to post something each day that can encourage others in their journey with Jesus, as I myself am encouraged by what I post for the glory of Christ.

  2. Spent 30.00 on 2 of this guys book. One for us and one for the mcCarleys. Stephanie had a procedure that they totally botched and now has pretty bad brain injury. Please please pray for them as it has really changed their lives. I meet with mike sometime this week and need the HS leading and Gods word to bring hope to him. Step is doing ok but it has really damaged her physically where she now is in special ed classes at palmar instead of nursing classes at cal st sm. tough tough go

    So so sorry about la jolla. Don’t want to sound trite but He does have something better for you. Lord where? And WHEN?

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Hi Bill,

      Sorry to hear about Stephanie. Mike and Lorie were a part of our church in Pauma Valley. They probably still have our Golden Retriever that we left with them when we left for Washington. We took care of their golden retriever when they moved to Louisiana a flew years back!

      Anyway, please give me love and hellos to their family. I will pray for wisdom and encouragement for you and them as you minister and fellowship together.

      I hope Sittser’s book will be a good companion for you and them in your grappling with God, pain, grace, and help you to find much needed encouragement. Just – Jerry’s testimony is pretty amazing! You can also read an update on his life if you do a google search on him. He has since remarried and the 3 surviving kids are all walking strongly with The Lord.


      David Craig Vertical Living Ministries 2282 Aspen Street Tustin, CA 92782 Email: Twitter: @LifeCoach4God Blog: Cell: 760-580-2062


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