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  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852347510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852347515
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric O. on April 15, 2013
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I enjoyed every sentence of this book. I found myself quickly immersed in my brother's unfolding of the message of grace in the gospels. After finishing, my first thought was to donate the book to the library so that others could read it; but I decided to keep it on my shelves so that I can read it with my children when they are older. Thank you, Dane, for your labors in this book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin Langley on December 28, 2011
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It was such a joy to read Dane Ortlund's brief reflections on the grace of God in the gospel, seen most clearly in the portrayals of Jesus in the four Gospels! Fresh, winsome, insightful, this little book had me leaping for joy, as my affections for Jesus were stirred and enhanced. Several "aha!" moments combined with several exclamations of "amen!" as Dane's beautiful command of the English language combined with his careful handling of the Gospels as Scripture. God's grace is indeed counter-intuitive, unexpected, surprising, and Dane has provided great help for God's people to revel in God's wondrously "defiant grace"!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Buzzard on July 10, 2012
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Dane Ortlund is a scholar and a gentleman. I met Dane about a year ago after some email correspondence and found him to be a man who truly lives under the radical truth he proclaims in this book. Defiant Grace helped me, and will help you, better appreciate, enjoy, and extend God's grace. Dane is a fantastic writer. I can't wait to read what he will write next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kanz on July 1, 2014
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Defiant Grace (2011) by Dane Ortlund is a short little book exploring the message of amazing grace through the four gospel accounts. In Matthew, he explored "disobedient obedience"; in Mark, "the king as a criminal"; in Luke, "outsiders as insiders"; and in John, "the Creator as creature." For those familiar with the gospel accounts, you are no doubt aware of some of the differences between them, but Ortlund gives us a fresh look at the differences with a specific focus on grace. In his conclusion, he wrote, "The Bible scholars sometimes try to drive a wedge between the Christianity presented in the Gospels and the Christianity presented in the letters of Paul. The Gospels, so the allegation goes, give us moral teaching; the letters give us the gospel of grace" (page 118). He then goes on to show the graciousness of Christ, evident in the words of the gospel.

All the chapters were beneficial and unique, but his discussion of disobedient obedience was particularly appreciated. He shows how Jesus firmly dealt with the legalists, moralists, rule keepers, and Pharisees, suggesting that in their obedience, they were actually disobeying. As a recovering Pharisee, I had much to gain from this chapter.

I would recommend this book if you want to see afresh the amazing grace of Jesus Christ seen in the story of the four gospel accounts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel S. Frady on March 22, 2014
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Dane Ortlund's "Defiant Grace" is a brief book that challenges and inspires those interested in knowing Jesus and understanding His mission.

Ortlund briefly sketches a surprising aspect of Jesus' ministry in each of the four Gospels. From the surprise of disobedient obedience in Matthew to the surprise of creator as creature in John, each chapter is filled with rich insights. I found myself bracketing and underlining sentences on page after page. Words are not wasted and rabbit trails are not chased in this book. Though it is only about 120 pages long, it is deserving of slow and thoughtful reading.
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Wow, what an incredible book! This is a wonderful introduction to the four Gospels, but more than that, it's a rich feast of gospel truth that will stir your affections to greater wonder and awe of Christ.

In the introduction, Dane says that his aim is to help us "cherish the gospel", and to "enjoy grace anew... the high-octane grace that takes our conscience by the scruff of the neck and breathes new life into us with a pardon so scandalous that we cannot help but be changed". His method? To walk us through the four accounts of Jesus life, showing how each, in its own way, unveils "scandalous" and "surprising" truths about who Jesus is, and about the nature of his message and mission.

Digging deeply into the biblical text itself, he also draws upon a wealth of scholarship from the past and present (from Athanasius and Augustine; to Calvin, Luther and Edwards; to Spurgeon, J. C. Ryle, Lloyd-Jones, C. S. Lewis; to modern commentators like D. A. Carson, and Kenneth Bailey). And the writing is superb too! C. J. Mahaney says it well in his endorsement - "Dane Ortlund can flat-out write. He is a craftsman of prose."

Most importantly though, page after page I was drawn to marvel at my Saviour. I have no doubt this will be one of those few books I return to again and again, to be reminded of, and revel in, the scandalous grace of the gospel. I give it my highest recommendation.
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