Would the World Be Better Off Without Christianity?

The Grace Effect~ Book Review & Drawing for A FREE Copy


This book, The Grace Effect by Larry Taunton, was a great read.

It was a terrific combination of a true story that captures your interest and an intellectual premise that makes you go… hmmm… Read to the end to find out about how to win a copy for yourself!


From the Fixed Point Foundation website :


“What does Christianity give us beyond televangelists, potlucks, and bad basketball leagues?  Not much, according to the secular Left.  The world, they say, would be a better place without it.

Historian and Christian apologist Larry Taunton has spent much of his career refuting just this sort of thinking, but when he encounters Sasha, a golden-haired orphan girl whose life has been shaped by atheistic theorists, he discovers an unlikely champion for the transforming power of grace.

Through the narrative of Sasha’s redemption, we see the false promises of socialism; the soul-destroying influence of unbelief; and how a society cultivates its own demise when it rejects the ultimate source of grace.  We see, in short, the kind of world the atheists would give us: a world without Christianity—cold, pitiless, and graceless. And yet, as Sasha shows us, it is a world that is not beyond the healing power of “the grace effect.”


The author chronicles his family’s journey to adopt Sasha into their family  from the Ukraine, but as he does, he contrasts the culture of her native country with that of her adopted country.  The book highlights the adoption process, but as the adoption story unfolds, we see clearly the attitude of the people involved in that process in the Ukraine (part of the former Soviet Union) toward the “industry” of international adoption and their attitude towards the children. He documents the manipulation and bribery their family had to acquiesce to, as well as the deprivation that the orphans in that country have to endure.

I believe he makes his point that everyone benefits from the principles of Christianity as they are lived out in a country. Examples of the effect of “common grace”  in my life have become more obvious to me after reading this story. I loved the author’s examples and some of the quotes he used were very thought-provoking.

One of my favorites was a statement by T.S. Eliot “Only a Christian culture could produce a Richard Dawkins or a Peter Singer“. The author goes on to question: “how long would they last in Iran if they were to denounce Allah? Or in an atheistic country like Korea or China were they to denounce the government?”

He is respectful of the men who think differently than he does, but he points out the problems and the fallibility of their godless thinking and their criticism of Christianity.

I enjoyed the book, but I also learned a lot from it and will think differently as a result of reading it!

This would also be a great book to use with your Middle School or High School students as part of a Worldview course.


Larry Taunton’s Book “The Grace Effect” is available at Amazon:


…also at Barnes & Noble, CBD and other online stores!


You can click  to go to the Fixed Point Website for other great resources too.


Here is how to win yourself a copy:


You can win a copy of this book in a drawing here on my blog-Just leave a comment at this post with a way to contact you. 

I will draw one name on SUNDAY NOVEMBER the 27TH


Can’t wait to see who will get the book!

Merit K


Note: I received a copy of the book “The Grace Effect” free, in the hope that I would review and mention it on my blog. There is never a promise of a positive review and no other compensation was received.

Owner of Creative Solutions: Virtual Assistant and Social Media Services. Editor for The Homeschool Journal, and the online news outlet, Homeschool-ology. I am a former classroom teacher turned Home Educator. I serve as President of Friends of the Davie County Public Library, 501 c.3 , and I am the adult adviser for several youth led organizations. My family's lifestyle includes lots of creativity. We enjoy natural and simple living, organic gardening, reading, art, all kinds of music, and french foil fencing.

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6 comments on “Would the World Be Better Off Without Christianity?
  1. Wendy says:

    I rec’d the book today. I can’t wait to start reading it. Thanks for the chance to win a free copy. :0)


  2. Merit K says:

    Wendy – you are the winner – congrats!


  3. […] https://cre8tivehome.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/would-the-world-be-better-off-without-christianity/ I have some others coming up too in the very near future (a cookbook and a homeschool/household organizer) Those will be posted in the next week or so and given away in plenty of time for Christmas. […]


  4. Wendy says:

    Wow! This sounds reallly intriguing.


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