We think we know God’s heart better than we actually do.
The prophet Jonah certainly did. We find his story compelling because all of us hesitate to follow God from time to time; Jonah’s story has been our own. However, Tullian Tchividjian shows us that the book of Jonah reveals how God relentlessly pursues rebels—a category that ultimately includes everyone—though he has every right and plenty of reasons to give up on us all.
This gripping presentation of the story of Jonah will open your eyes wider than ever to God’s relentless, purposeful, and inexhaustible grace.
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Tullian Tchividjian (MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a contributing editor to Leadership Journal, and a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including the popular title Jesus + Nothing = Everything.Review:
“Tullian’s masterful retelling of this familiar story will do just as it promises. It will surprise you—shock you even—as you hear the story of Jonah as if for the first time. And it will fill you with awe and wonder at God’s startling grace and his tender heart toward us, his lost and rebellious children. I loved it.”
—Sally Lloyd-Jones, author, The Jesus Story-Book Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
“The book of Jonah is more than the story of a prophet who ran from God. It is actually the story of the grace of God that overcomes Jonah’s stubborn rebellion. In this outstanding book Tullian Tchividjian helps us see that there is something of Jonah in all of us and that we stand in need of the same grace of God every day. I was both convicted and encouraged by this book and highly recommend it to every Christian.”
—Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness
“Surprised by Grace is a much-needed reminder that we should never get over the gospel, or try to move beyond it. The grace that saves is the grace that satisfies and empowers. Tullian’s book is gospel-saturated, Christ-exalting, and soul-refreshing.”
—Randy Alcorn, author, If God is Good and Heaven
“Twenty years ago Tullian was the wild, rebellious black sheep among Billy Graham’s grandchildren. Today he follows in his grandfather’s steps as a powerful preacher of the cross of Christ. As he retells the Old Testament story of Jonah he shows that while sin reaches far, God’s grace reaches farther. Tullian’s heart to see rebels—as well as cold-hearted Pharisees—transformed by the gospel of grace shines through on every page.”
—Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland
“A well-written, exegetically careful, pastorally sensitive journey through a familiar yet surprising book. Tullian mines the world of literature, art, and theology to bring out the abiding significance of this beloved story. Oh, and he also wonderfully points us to Christ.”
—Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.
“In this wonderful book Tullian creatively and clearly does with the story of Jonah what the Bible was designed to do. He helps you see yourself and weep and see your God and rejoice. Read. It will deepen your sense of need and your affection for the God who meets you in the middle of it.”
—Paul Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries
“Surprised by Grace fishes the gospel from the storms of Jonah’s life and conscience with wonderful images from art history, beautiful words from classic literature, and deep insight from the biblical record. The ways Pastor Tullian shows how the gospel spouts from so ancient—and resistant—a prophet is truly a surprising grace.”
—Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary
“If you’ve been struggling with the Christian faith because it started with the gospel and moved quickly into the “elbow grease” of hard work, guilt, and rules, this book will change your life. The gospel isn’t just where we begin; it’s where we Christians live. If we aren’t surprised by grace, it isn’t grace. Read this book, and you’ll rise up and call me blessed for recommending it to you.”
— --Steve Brown, author, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel; host, Key Life
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Book Description Crossway, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11143354136X
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