Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Unmerited Mercy

A memoir, 1968-1996
by Marvin Olasky
World & Life Book, 2010, 131 pages

Marvin Olasky is the editor-in-chief of the Christian newsmagazine WORLD, a Presbyterian elder and was, until a month ago, a Christian college provost. He is a godly man and a good leader.

But it wasn’t always so.

In Unmerited Mercy Olasky shares how God brought him from “card-carrying Communist to Bible-carrying Christian” through a tumultuous 28-year period in his life. The tumult started soon after his entry into Yale in 1968, and peaked after a trip to the USSR where he was supposed to learn how to be a Soviet operative. The book concludes with Olasky serving as an advisor to President George W. Bush. Quite a transition!

Olasky makes clear, however, that it was not a transition of his own making. Indeed the most wonderful part of the book is how clearly the author shows God working in his life. It was God’s grace, and not his own smarts or initiative, that brought Olasky to where he is today.

Though it is a small book – only 131 pages – there’s a lot packed in it. Olasky has led a very exciting life. If you want to learn more you can visit WorldMag.com/OlaskySeries and listen to a series of interviews the author gave about each of the chapters of the book.

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