Book Review – Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach

I think this is one of those books that could not have come out at a better time. I know it will most likely get misconstrued in one way or another. I also assume that it will hit like a wave and become the latest Christian Book Store fad for a few months. After all of that, I also know that it will plant a message in the hearts and minds of those who read it. The message that “all people are messy”.

Caleb speaks from the experience of growing up in the LGBT community. As he shares his personal stories you will see how as a pastor with gay parents, he learned to love others without sacrificing conviction.


“being unloving to gay people in your life is a sin”

This book goes even deeper than just the LGBT community. It is how we should love and see EVERYONE.

People have depth. Homosexuality is about far more than sex. People are more complex than that. Get to know them for who they are and where they are.

Later in the book Caleb talks about how the church should be somewhere we can discuss the “messy” things. Finances, marriage issues, porn, gossip, homosexuality, greed, etc. Messy should be normal, not something we are afraid of and unprepared to deal with.

Jack Graham say, “Messy Grace is pure truth spoken in love and will help you relate to every person in a way that pleases God.” and honestly I couldn’t agree more!


Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach is available for purchase October 20, 2015.

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**