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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (October 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433507781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433507786
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
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Review

In an evangelical culture where so many of us are unaware that the gospel isn t just what we believe to save us but also what sustains us and carries us into maturity, this book hammers home the gospel s power for the believer. Whether you have been in church your whole life or recently converted, this book will fuel your affections for our great God and King.
- Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Highland Village, Texas; author, The Explicit Gospel

There s loads of talk about the gospel these days. Some people think that talking about the gospel is trendy and that after a while we ll all calm down and get over it. Oh, I hope not. I hope that the gospel and the desire to move further into the gospel will grow and grow until it transforms our sin-wearied, unbelieving, moralistic, forgetful hearts and sets us aflame for Jesus. Jesus + Nothing = Everything will remind you of the ancient yet ever-fresh truth that everything we need is found in the perfections of Christ not in ourselves, not in our reputation, our relationships or wealth or accomplishments in Christ alone. If you ve never rested in the finished work of Christ this book is for you. If you ve rested in it for decades like I have, this book is for you, too. Why? Because we forget; And, although we love Jesus, we re blind to the ways in which his work connects to our daily lives and we wonder why joy and zeal are foreign concepts to us. Buy this book. Read it. It will help you push deeper into the gospel and push the gospel message more deeply into every corner of your life. Tullian Tchividjian understands like few others how the gospel shines like a beacon of hope in times of despair. Listen to him, he ll help you love the Savior more.
- Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Because He Loves Me and Comforts from the Cross

Tullian Tchividjian writes like he preaches, as a man consumed with Jesus and the life-giving power of God s grace. The message of the gospel changes everything and everyone who embraces it. This book reminds us that Jesus is not only all we need He is all we want!
- Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; former President, Southern Baptist Convention

It s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is about. We too often tell and believe religious lies that drive us to despair. I visit that dark place often because I ve been doing this religious thing for so long, have struggled so much, worked so hard, and failed so often that I fear I m becoming a cynical old preacher. Jesus + Nothing = Everything is cold, clear, refreshing water to a thirsty preacher and a dry church. If you read only one book this year, read this book. If you give a book to anybody this year, give this book. If you yearn for awakening in the church, underline this book and share what you ve learned. Then, with me, you ll rise up and call its author blessed. But more than that, you ll glorify the God who loves us this much.
- Steve Brown, Professor of Practical Theology Emeritus, Reformed Seminary, Orlando; radio teacher, Key Life --Editorial Reviews

'Many Christians today assume that the gospel just has to do with conversion, for way back when they first came to faith. They have lost the sense, well known to Christians of the past, that the gospel is for every moment of their lives. As a result, they often fall into a moralism that can be, as this book shows, just as idolatrous, self-focused, and godless as immorality. This book shows how the good news of free forgiveness in the cross of Jesus Christ is the driving energy that makes the Christian life possible. Pastor Tchividjian tells about how he himself discovered the full magnitude of God's grace in the midst of difficult times in his own ministry. He does so in a way that will bring relief, exhilaration, and freedom to struggling Christians.'
- Gene Edward Veith Jr., provost, professor of Literature, Patrick Henry College; director, Cranach Institute, Concordia Theological Seminary; columnist; author

'Tullian Tchividjian knows, by biblical study and personal experience, that the greatest dangers to the church exist inside the church not outside and the greatest of these dangers is the subtle, deceptive, and seductive self-reliance and self-sufficiency of legalism. Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is its page after page plea to the church not to be afraid of the glorious provisions and freedoms of the grace of Jesus.'
- Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

'In a powerful, concise, and popular style, Tchividjian announces, explicates, defends, and contrasts the gratuitous gospel of Christ's person and work with the oft-misheld conviction of us sinners that, if we are somehow to be justified, it will have to be a matter of 'making up for' our offenses and of inward improvement. Chapter-by-chapter he argues that God s saving plan is one of grace and not one of improvement. Filled with illustrations from his life as a pastor, this is no unapproachable, academic tome. But neither, thank God, is it today's 'Evangelical silly!' Tchividjian wrestles openly with demons and their central lie in order that we truly 'get' what the Bible is really about. From every point on the compass, he contrasts 'moral renovation' with a free, one-sided rescue drenched in the blood of Jesus. Good news for everyone but especially for Christians who are worn out by trying the other way, believing the lie, somehow knowing renovation isn t working but knowing nowhere else to turn. Tchividjian is out to convince his reader that justification before God really is pure gift, is free, is by grace and through faith in Christ. . . sola'
- Rod Rosenbladt, professor of theology, Concordia University

'I had the privilege of watching this book be written well before the ink kissed the first page. That's why Tullian's title, Jesus + Nothing = Everything, couldn t be farther from cliché or formula to me. Providentially, my brother was called into an ecclesiastical whirlwind that soon became a gospel birthing room. The result hasn't been just a faithful and fresh exposition of Colossians, but a pastor and church daring to take the gospel of God s grace as seriously as possible. This is a great read, but an even greater story.'
- Scotty Smith, Pastor for Preaching, Teaching, and Worship, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee --More Editorial Reviews

'In Jesus + Nothing = Everything we get more than the gospel - the joyful gospel. Tullian not only apprehends aright the goodness of the good news, but also communicates it with a passion that is infectious.'
- Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today

'My friend Tullian is a loser. So am I. If we re honest, all of us fit that description, but the good news is that Christ came for people like us. We qualify! Under the rubric of 'Jesus plus nothing equals everything,' this accessible yet astonishingly profound book rearranges the furniture. If you re looking for hope instead of hype, please read this book.'
- Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

'There is no one who better articulates the absolute distinctiveness of the gospel from religion than Tullian Tchvidjian. This book is filled with new insight and fresh inspiration on the oldest and most central doctrine of the church.'
- J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina

'The goal of my life is to enjoy Jesus above all else. This book has helped me to do that! Deeply theological and yet profoundly personal, Tullian takes us right into the depths of the gospel of Christ alone and causes us to wonder in amazement once again at what has been done for us because of God's great love. Read this. You'll never want or need anything more than Christ again.'
- Britt Merrick, founder, the Reality family of churches; pastor, Reality Santa Barbara

'Brace yourself for a gospel tornado! Tullian speaks from the heart to the heart, reclaiming the 'good' part of the good news in a bold and liberating fashion. To those suffering under the gravitational pull of internal as well as external legalism (a.k.a everyone), Jesus + Nothing = Everything represents the only lifeline there is - the mind-blowing, present-tense freedom of Gods justifying grace. No 'if's, 'and's or 'but's here, just the enlivening and relieving Word in all its profundity, with powerful illustrations to spare. If you know what s good for you, you'll read it over and over and over again (of course, you don t have to)!'
- David Zahl, Director, Mockingbird Ministries; editor of The Mockingbird Blog --More Editorial Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Review

“In an evangelical culture where so many of us are unaware that the gospel isn’t just what we believe to save us but also what sustains us and carries us into maturity, this book hammers home the gospel’s power for the believer. Whether you have been in church your whole life or recently converted, this book will fuel your affections for our great God and King.”
Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

“There’s loads of talk about the gospel these days. Some people think that talking about the gospel is ‘trendy’ and that after a while we’ll all calm down and get over it. Oh, I hope not. I hope that the gospel and the desire to move further into the gospel will grow and grow until it transforms our sin-wearied, unbelieving, moralistic, forgetful hearts and sets us aflame for Jesus. Jesus + Nothing = Everything will remind you of the ancient yet ever-fresh truth that everything we need is found in the perfections of Christ—not in ourselves, not in our reputation, our relationships or wealth or accomplishments—in Christ alone. If you’ve never rested in the finished work of Christ this book is for you. If you’ve rested in it for decades like I have, this book is for you, too. Why? Because we forget; And, although we love Jesus, we’re blind to the ways in which his work connects to our daily lives and we wonder why joy and zeal are foreign concepts to us. Buy this book. Read it. It will help you push deeper into the gospel and push the gospel message more deeply into every corner of your life. Tullian Tchividjian understands like few others how the gospel shines like a beacon of hope in times of despair. Listen to him, he’ll help you love the Savior more.”
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Found in Him

“Tullian Tchividjian writes like he preaches, as a man consumed with Jesus and the life-giving power of God’s grace. The message of the gospel changes everything and everyone who embraces it. This book reminds us that Jesus is not only all we need—He is all we want!”
Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; former President, Southern Baptist Convention

“It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is about. We too often tell and believe religious lies that drive us to despair. I visit that dark place often because I’ve been doing this religious thing for so long, have struggled so much, worked so hard, and failed so often that I fear I’m becoming a cynical old preacher. Jesus + Nothing = Everything is cold, clear, refreshing water to a thirsty preacher and a dry church. If you read only one book this year, read this book. If you give a book to anybody this year, give this book. If you yearn for awakening in the church, underline this book and share what you’ve learned. Then, with me, you’ll ‘rise up and call its author blessed.’ But more than that, you’ll glorify the God who loves us this much.”
Steve Brown, Host, Key Life Radio Program; author, Three Free Sins: God Isn't Mad At You 

“Many Christians today assume that the gospel just has to do with conversion, for way back when they first came to faith. They have lost the sense, well known to Christians of the past, that the gospel is for every moment of their lives. As a result, they often fall into a moralism that can be, as this book shows, just as idolatrous, self-focused, and godless as immorality. This book shows how the good news of free forgiveness in the cross of Jesus Christ is the driving energy that makes the Christian life possible. Pastor Tchividjian tells about how he himself discovered the full magnitude of God’s grace in the midst of difficult times in his own ministry. He does so in a way that will bring relief, exhilaration, and freedom to struggling Christians.”
Gene Edward Veith Jr., Provost and Professor of Literature, Patrick Henry College; Director, Cranach Institute, Concordia Theological Seminary

“Tullian Tchividjian knows, by biblical study and personal experience, that the greatest dangers to the church exist inside the church not outside and the greatest of these dangers is the subtle, deceptive, and seductive self-reliance and self-sufficiency of legalism. Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is its page after page plea to the church not to be afraid of the glorious provisions and freedoms of the grace of Jesus.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

“In a powerful, concise, and popular style, Tchividjian announces, explicates, defends, and contrasts the gratuitous gospel of Christ’s person and work with the oft-misheld conviction of us sinners that, if we are somehow to be justified, it will have to be a matter of ‘making up for’ our offenses and of inward improvement. Chapter-by-chapter he argues that God’s saving plan is one of grace and not one of improvement. Filled with illustrations from his life as a pastor, this is no unapproachable, academic tome. But neither, thank God, is it today’s ‘Evangelical silly!’ Tchividjian wrestles openly with demons and their central lie in order that we truly ‘get’ what the Bible is really about. From every point on the compass, he contrasts ‘moral renovation’ with a free, one-sided rescue drenched in the blood of Jesus. Good news for everyone—but especially for Christians who are worn out by trying the other way, believing the lie, somehow knowing renovation isn’t working but knowing nowhere else to turn. Tchividjian is out to convince his reader that justification before God really is pure gift, is free, is by grace and through faith in Christ. . . sola!”
Rod Rosenbladt, Professor of Theology, Concordia University

“I had the privilege of watching this book be written well before the ink kissed the first page. That’s why Tullian’s title, Jesus + Nothing = Everything, couldn’t be farther from cliché or formula to me. Providentially, my brother was called into an ecclesiastical whirlwind that soon became a gospel birthing room. The result hasn’t been just a faithful and fresh exposition of Colossians, but a pastor and church daring to take the gospel of God’s grace as seriously as possible. This is a great read, but an even greater story.”
Scotty Smith, Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“In Jesus + Nothing = Everything we get more than the gospel—the joyful gospel. Tullian not only apprehends aright the goodness of the good news, but also communicates it with a passion that is infectious.”
Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today

“My friend Tullian is a loser. So am I. If we’re honest, all of us fit that description, but the good news is that Christ came for people like us. We qualify! Under the rubric of ‘Jesus plus nothing equals everything,’ this accessible yet astonishingly profound book rearranges the furniture. If you’re looking for hope instead of hype, please read this book.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Calvin on the Christian Life

“There is no one who better articulates the absolute distinctiveness of the gospel from religion than Tullian Tchvidjian. This book is filled with new insight and fresh inspiration on the oldest and most central doctrine of the church.”
J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved

“The goal of my life is to enjoy Jesus above all else. This book has helped me to do that! Deeply theological and yet profoundly personal, Tullian takes us right into the depths of the gospel of Christ alone and causes us to wonder in amazement once again at what has been done for us because of God’s great love. Read this. You’ll never want or need anything more than Christ again.”
Britt Merrick, founder, the Reality family of churches; pastor, Reality Santa Barbara

“Brace yourself for a gospel tornado! Tullian speaks from the heart to the heart, reclaiming the ‘good’ part of the good news in a bold and liberating fashion. To those suffering under the gravitational pull of internal as well as external legalism (a/k/a everyone), Jesus Plus Nothing Equals Everything represents the only lifeline there is—the mind-blowing, present-tense freedom of God’s justifying grace. No ‘if’s, ‘and’s or ‘but’s here, just the enlivening and relieving Word in all its profundity, with powerful illustrations to spare. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll read it over and over and over again (of course, you don’t have to)!"
David Zahl, editor, The Mockingbird Blog


More About the Author

William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal.

A graduate of Columbia International University (philosophy) and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (M.Div.), Tullian is a best-selling author, having written six books, the most recent, One Way Love - God's Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World was released in October 2013. Other titles include, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free, October 2012 (an ECPA finalist for Book of the Year) and Jesus + Nothing = Everything,(October 2011) which won Christianity Today's book of the year in 2012.
Tullian travels extensively, speaking at conferences, churches, and colleges around the country and is also the founder of LIBERATE--a resource ministry that seeks to "connect God's inexhaustible grace to an exhausted world" through an annual conference, a website, and a wide range of other media outlets including a daily radio program on Moody Radio called LIBERATE. As a respected pastor, author, and speaker, Tullian is singularly and passionately devoted to seeing people set free by the amazing power of God's grace.

When he is not reading, studying, preaching, or writing, Tullian enjoys being with people and relaxing with his wife, Kim, and their three children--Gabe, Nate, and Genna. He loves the beach, loves to exercise, and when he has time, he loves to surf.

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It is an excellent book on justification that is full of Scripture and very easy to read.
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Well written, easy to understand, a good book on the grace of God and how the gospel of Jesus is all that God wants for us.
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The last thing I want for YOU to hear from ME is that you need to go out and try harder to be a good Christian.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Luke Geraty on December 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If I were reviewing titles alone, Jesus + Nothing = Everything would get the best review I have ever given, as well as be the best book of 2012. It has the catchy bumper sticker attractiveness without the watered down mush. Jesus plus nothing certainly does equal everything. We don't need anything else added to our Christ.

But this 220 page book is more than a title, much more. It's essentially a telling of Tchividjian's story as a young pastor and a collection of sermons that he preached on Colossians.

Overview
Tchividjian, a grandson of Billy & Ruth Graham, is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Yeah, that Coral Ridge... the one that Dr. D. James Kennedy started and pastored for forty-seven years. Yeah... talk about big shoes to fill.

And that's where the story kind of begins. Tchividjian had planted a new church near Coral Ridge (New City Church) and eventually was asked to merge that church with the historic Coral Ridge. It didn't take long before there was an upheaval and a few loud members of the older congregation began to petition for his removal along with spreading rumors and other unpleasantries.

It was one of the most difficult periods in Tchividjian's life. Yet that was designed by God to help Tchividjian leave his idols. Thus, he discovered through Colossians that Jesus plus nothing equals everything! The book is Tchividjian fleshing these sermons out for the reader and doing his best to show how much freedom the gospel brings.

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I really liked the majority of this book. In fact, when Tchividjian talks about the gospel, he means "a fuller, more powerful understanding of Jesus and what his finished work means for everyday life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin A. Simpson VINE VOICE on January 19, 2012
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Pastor Tullian Tchividjian's Jesus + Nothing = Everything is a simple yet profund contribution to the church. I am thankful for this book--personal, yet intellectually stimulating. Pastor Tchividjian bears his soul as someone who both loves the church and who has been deeply wounded by the church. As pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Pastor Tchividjian followed the Rev. D. James Kennedy, an iconic, politically active, and theologically conservative voice in American Christianity. After Kennedy's death, the leadership of Coral Ridge approached Pastor Tchividjian and came to a mutually agreed upon plan to merge Coral Ridge with New City Church, a church start that had thrived under the leadership of Tchividjian in Fort Lauderdale. The merger between the two congregations, amicable at first, quickly developed in to a difficult leadership challenge due to a shift in direction. Pastor Tchividjian, as the leader of the congregation and successor to a well known and influential pastoral leader, bore the weight of the pressure. The answer, he realized, was found in God's grace alone. Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

Tchividjian follows a parabolic pattern, with Jesus as the pivot. He explores first the meaning of "everything", then "nothing", then "Jesus" at the arc's center. Then, moving from Jesus onward, he revisits "nothing" and "everything", recasting the concerns outlined in early chapters in light of the fullness of God's grace as we find it in the gospel of Jesus Christ. "Everything" is explored in the sense of both our wrongheaded desires, i.e. what we think we want, as well as in the sense of what God offers, i.e. freedom from idols, false notions of success, insecurities, works righteousness, and more.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 26, 2011
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I was gripped by this book from the outset because it was in going through the hardest difficulty in my life a few years ago (similar to what Tullian describes in chapter one) that I realized the idolatry for what it was in my own life and learned to once again treasure the "now-ness" (not newness) of the gospel. It's easy to take the gospel for granted when you have been a follower of Christ for many years, but I think having to personally live out or flesh out the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ makes one better appreciate the significance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ - not only in the past and future - but especially in the now.

I am very grateful for this book because Tullian articulates the gospel with passion, clarity, and hones in on how the gospel makes a difference in the now. If you have read a lot of Tim Keller and Paul Tripp then you will have heard a lot of what the author writes about in this book. However, if you have never read Keller or Tripp than you are really in for a treat. I think Tullian writes in a way that's simpler, and more concise than Keller or Tripp. No matter how you slice it, this book has great insights on the distinctions between justification and sanctification and how everything we long for can only be satisfied in Christ.

I highly recommend this book especially for people who are prone to legalism, or have come from a background where "works righteousness" has been emphasized. I think this book is MUST reading if you haven't read any of Tim Keller or Paul Tripp's stuff. If you like this book than you will really love Keller and Tripp. These three guys have really got a good grasp of the gospel and how it applies to all of life - past, present, and future - with a special emphasis on the present.
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