I don’t care that he is divorced, tattooed, pierced, or the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. In fact, all these things make Jay Bakker more interesting to me. It was with this fascination that I began reading Bakker’s new book, Fall to Grace.
In the book, Bakker writes in a conversational tone, even using explictives to get his point across. If an occasional swear word was the only thing wrong with this book… Following the writings of the Apostle Paul, Bakker makes a good argument for grace—one I’ve read before in many other [better] books (like Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace?). But, hey, the crowd likely to read Bakker’s book probably wouldn’t read those other books, right?
The problem is that Jay Bakker goes too far. Instead of just being a book about God’s grace for everyone, Bakker seems to be toting a pro-gay agenda. Calling himself a “gay-affirming pastor,” Bakker criticizes John Piper for speaking out against the ordination of homosexuals and Rick Warren for opposing gay marriage in California. To show off his pro-gay colors, Bakker brags about attending a drag queen show put on by RuPaul, performing a gay marriage, and tries [unsuccessfully] to use Scripture to prove that homosexuality is not a sin.
I just wanted to scream, “Enough already!” All sorts of people need grace, not just gays, but Bakker hardly bats an eyelash at the mentally ill or the homeless or addicts or sexually corrupt. Sure, they get a mention here and there, but largely Bakker is intent on making sure his readers understand that he loves, accepts, and marries gay couples.
Not only did I disagree with Bakker’s approach, I found his writing to be a rambling rant with Scripture thrown in here and there. The words didn’t flow elegantly. In fact, it was an effort to get through the book because I felt like Bakker was slamming me with the same message over and over.
While I really wanted to like Fall to Grace and I wanted to tell you that this is a great book, I can’t. Redundancy and a hidden agenda don’t make for good reading.
Amy’s Score: 1
*Thanks to FaithWords & NetGalley for my review copy of this book!*