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"Take this book to heart. It will sustain you for the long haul, long after the hyped-up panaceas and utopias fail." --David Powlison, Faculty Member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

"Buy this book. Buy one for a friend and live in the freedom that only the good news of the gospel can bring." --Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author of Idols of the Heart

"Barb tells the story of God's unrelenting compassion toward sinners like us with profound wisdom." --Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

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Barbara Duguid holds an advanced certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She is a counselor and ministry assistant at Christ Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Glenside, a pastor's wife, and the mother of six children.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (August 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596384492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596384491
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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This is a book that is hard to read. At least it was for me. And, I am not saying "hard to read" in the manner of, "I just don't understand what she is saying!" No, I understood perfectly throughout. Mrs. Duguid is a brilliant writer. She conveys her points beautifully and clearly and leaves no worldly obstacles to overcome in understanding what she is saying. Her writing is fun and fluid and filled with humor, heaviness, and heart.

But it is hard to read. The content she covers is shocking. She leads the reader through some territory that is uncharted for many readers, Christian or non. She does so with a boldness and ease that can be quite disorienting to the reader. Frankly, at times, the subject she covers and the manner in which she does so is downright offensive. There were times I argued out loud with this book. And I am so happy, and eternally blessed, that the objections I offered arose from my flesh and not the Spirit who is in me.

"Perhaps our greatest problem (as Christians) is not the reality of our sin, but our unbiblical expectations of what Christian growth should look like."

This "perhaps" finds itself to be shown to be a resounding "most definitely" throughout Extravagant Grace. Why did God choose to sanctify believers progressively? If His only goal in sanctification is for us to sin less, why doesn't He remove all temptations, struggles, sinful desires, etc...to ensure our sinless Christian life? If I am His and He is sovereign and His sole desire is for me to stop sinning, then why do I still sin at all?
Duguid answers these questions with a theology of sanctification that is wholly biblical and historically orthodox yet, for some odd reason, is relatively an alien and offensive concept to so many believers today.
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Thomas Watson wrote All Things Together For Good (Banner of Truth), and in that book he said that one of the things God uses for our good is our sin. What good does our sin do?
1. Makes you weary of this life.
2. Makes you prize Christ more.
3. Puts you to 6 "especial duties"
1. Soul-searching
2. Self-abasing
3. Self-judging. "He passes a sentence on himself."
4. Self-conflicting. He fights against his carnal-self.
5. Self-observing. He watches himself against it.
6. Self-reforming. "A child of God not only finds sin, but drives out sin."
Now believe it or not, that's how God in His graces uses our sin for our good. Does God use our sin to do us good? YES!

Now why am I talking about all this, because Watson is talking about what Barbara Duguid wants to talk about in her book "Extravagant Grace."
She wants to convince you that God uses your sin for your good; that your sin can't separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

She again and again says that our sin makes us prize Christ more, and it's true. But what she is totally missing is that in His grace, God puts us to work. It's grace that helps us to fight against sin. To do the 6 things that Thomas Watson talks about.

That kind of grace is totally missing in "Extravagant Grace" You won't see Paul's cry in Colossians 1:29 "To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me." You won't see Titus 2:11-12, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
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I have now read this book through several times (it was a Christmas gift) - comparing Scripture with Mrs. Duguid's writing and conclusions. I have notes and markings throughout. My suggestion is that if you buy/have been given this book that you will read it with caution and compare it to Scripture lest you might be misled concerning grace and sanctification. I will say that she makes very strong points about God's grace throughout the book which are encouraging. However, I do not think she is coming to a completely accurate conclusion. IF you were raised or currently in a legalistic atmosphere (as she says she was) I can see how the book would be freeing from the "earning your merit" slavery. However, her view in the book of sanctification is sadly lacking in understanding. There is no way to divorce biblical forgiveness (God's gift through faith in Christ giving us the POSITION of right-standing before God - i.e. justification) and the process of sanctification which comes through the Spirit, the Word of God, prayer, focus on the eternal, not the fleshly, living carefully in the biblical fear of God, continually submitting to His authority and rightful rule over us. Mrs. Duguid calls those who walk in continuing disobedience from life-dominating sins, her "heros of the faith" (pp 151). She also says, (pp 146) that in God's love, He "makes sure that all of us have one or two battlefields at least, where no matter how hard we try to obey, we simply cannot succeed." I must Scripturally disagree according to 1 Cor 10:13 (which she also explains away). Her idea that we are totally unable to walk in the Spirit according to the command of God because God refuses to let us do so is also nowhere found in Scripture.Read more ›
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