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Joseph, Rahab, Peter, Paul

What comes to mind when you hear these biblical names? Failure? Probably not! But in the Scriptures, we find no lack of sinfulness, shortcomings, and rejection. Despite this, God adopted each of these people and transformed their lack into His good. 

In Measured by Grace, you’ll see that God does the same for you! Study the biblical accounts of eight flawed and faithful people, and see how God works throughout their lives and yours! Download a free sample

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God’s Chosen “Failures” in This Study

Joseph: Detoured Dreamer

Rahab: Risque Romancer

David: Supersize Sinner

Jeremiah: Poorly Received Prophet

John the Baptist: Peculiar Preacher

The Samaritan Woman: Five-Time Failure

Peter: Dynamic Denier

Paul: Powerful Persecutor

“Why would God include these stories of mess-ups and mistakes? Because they show us the power of His transformative grace. No blunder is too big for His benevolence. No gaffe too huge for His goodness. No slipup too large for His saving power. God can take all of our missteps and make them into miracles.”

—from the Introduction

Structure of Study

Eight-Week Bible Study

Discussion Questions with Each Lesson

Biblical Timeline and Maps

Brief Historical Biographies

Creative Project Ideas

Sharla Fritz has done it again! Her new Bible study, Measured by Grace, will challenge you to look at the way you view success and see if your vision is that of the world or God. Sharla has done all of the research for you! She is meticulous about details and gives you the background story, timelines, maps, and Scripture verses you need. You will learn about eight people and places from the Bible that will let you know that though we all have weaknesses like they did, God still loves us and can use us for His mission to save souls for His glory. You will enjoy your journey through this wonderful Bible study! Susan Bell, LWML Eastern District President, 2018–2022

Sharla Fritz offers a gracious gift in her new study, Measured by Grace, to all those who feel moored down by their mistakes and mess-ups. We are reminded over and over again through this study of God’s Word that our failures do not have the final say over our lives. God steps into our brokenness and redeems our stories. What a comfort to know that our lives are transformed by God’s grace. Michelle Diercks, author of Promised Rest: Finding Peace in God’s Presence

Sharla’s writing in Measured by Grace is a prism. Through her thorough and varied perspectives, she highlights God’s love and grace in Scripture and through the stories of His people. I love the deep dive she does into our concept of success and her beautiful encouragement that we are measured by grace. Christina Hergenrader, author of Inspired by the Holy Spirit: Four Habits for Faithful Living

In Measured by Grace: How God Defines Success, Sharla Fritz thoughtfully examines the biblical stories of eight far-from-perfect men and women. Like us, their lives overflowed with blunders, failures, struggles, and sin. But, remarkably, God stuck with them, nurtured them, forgave them, and even helped them to do His good work. What an encouraging reminder for us! This book, full of humor and history and wisdom, stands alone as a good read about success in God’s eyes. But Sharla’s addition of clear and succinct study questions also makes this a fabulous book to read and discuss in a group setting. Afton Rorvik, author of Living Connected: An Introvert’s Guide to Friendship

Sharla has carefully done an amazing amount of research that will make the biblical characters we already know and love come alive even more as she digs deeper into their stories. She walks the reader through understanding the not-so-pretty sides of these biblical characters while also pointing us to God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. God can use our faults in spite of ourselves and draw people closer to Him through the process. Though we fail God, He never fails us. In fact, He uses us in the midst of our failures. To Him be the glory!” Molly Dixon, online Bible study leader


About the Author

Sharla Fritz is an author, speaker, blogger, musician, and retreat leader. She is also a pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of resale shops. Sharla and her husband, John, live in a Chicago suburb. She is the author of several books, including Enough for Now: Unpacking God’s Sufficiency, Bless These Lips, Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope, and Trust, and God’s Relentless Love: A Study of Hosea.

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