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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Child of Grace: A Death Row Story by Dr. Chris Brown is a nonfiction, inspirational story that captures the message that “no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace.” What makes it even more compelling is that it is a true story. The author’s dad, Gary Brown, had been in and out of prison until a judge and a jury sentenced him to death row in Alabama. The author was just six years old. But when his father was executed, the author was already in senior high. This narrative covers the story of his father’s conversion and the inner freedom he gained through faith, a freedom that allowed him to face death with equanimity. The experience of the execution haunted the author but it also strengthened his faith because of the path his father had walked in his last days.
This story will bring tears of joy to the eyes of readers. At times it will be heartbreaking, but there is something uniquely beautiful about it — the inscrutable ways of God are made evident in the story. While it tells the story of a criminal considered hardened enough to be executed, it also explores the power of the grace that strips us bare and allows the child of purity to be reborn. The writing is wonderful and filled with insights and beautiful lessons of faith. Dr. Chris Brown brings his experience of faith into the writing and inspires readers to see the loving mercy of God even in the darkest moments of their lives. Child of Grace: A Death Row Story is poignant and empowering, a real gift of faith and a testament of love beyond our imperfections.