Book Review: Beat God to the Punch: Because Jesus Demands Your Life by Eric Mason

Beat God to the Punch

In Philippians 2:10-11Open Link in New Window, Paul states that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (ESV).  Beat God to the Punch is Eric Mason’s call to surrender your life fully to Jesus knowing that one day every person will bow and confess the Lordship of Christ.  Mason clearly calls both believers and unbelievers to surrender to the transformational power of the gospel in this helpful and challenging book.

Beat God to the Punch is all about falling in love with Jesus, being captured by His great grace, and living a life that is radically different because of this grace encounter.  Mason states that “when we authentically experience the Lord Jesus, we are contagious.  We are then willing to spread this experience of grace” (p. 37).  Grace is not simply the ticket into the Christian life, but it is the truth that defines the entire experience of the Christian life.  Mason makes this truth come alive in a clear and practical way.

The most encouraging part of the book was when Mason listed all of the names of Jesus found throughout the Bible.  He chose to lead his readers back to these names because

“When I look at the names of Jesus, I see a buffet of grace.  All the food groups of the soul are in His name, so that our souls will never find themselves malnourished.  This grace buffet is for us to see that nothing we have could have been obtained on our own.” (p. 47)

Resting in the promises of who Jesus is, what He has done, and who He has called us to be, Mason challenges us to Beat God to the Punch by surrendering first and foremost to His Lordship and then allowing Jesus to make us into trophies of His great grace as we live lives of discipleship following Him.