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I have been greatly encouraged by the emergence of a new generation of committed and articulate Christian leaders—and my grandson Tullian Tchividjian is certainly in the forefront of this development. His deep understanding of the gospel and his unique ability to communicate its timeless truths with compassion and insight have already had a profound impact on countless men and women. May God use this book to expand your understanding of what Jesus Christ has already done for you.
(Billy Graham)

Tullian goes straight to the heart of what is taking the heart out of people: an addiction to performance. Performancism equates value with accomplishments. God's grace, on the other hand, equates value with God's love. It is one-way, from Him. And it is guaranteed. Tullian captures the wonder of grace and offers it to us all. I urge you to read this book!
(Max Lucado)

Tullian has a cut-and-thrust style that's completely engrossing. I was totally captured from the first sentence. His Pearl of Great Price is God's therapy for our wounds. It's a therapy of no 'buts or brakes.' Haven't you had it with buts and brakes? As if the world doesn't crowd you with enough of them to stint any of life's joys, the church lards them on 'sans merci.' Down with them, says Tullian! But not for Tullian's sake, or for any man or woman's sake, but down with them for Christ's sake. One Way Love should be a sing-along book. It should be a Coca-Cola jingle. It's the Real Thing. And this book will teach the world to sing.
(Dr. Paul F. M. Zahl)

In the pressure-cooker world of professional sports that I live in, where it's tempting to locate my value in how I perform, Tullian's book comes is a relieving breath of fresh air.
(Tony Romo)

A new book from Tullian Tchividjian is always a cause for celebration! I'm an old cynical preacher and sometimes I grow so tired—exhausted really—from trying to live up to the standards of those who manipulate and manage in the name of Jesus. This book is like a safe harbor in a ghastly storm because it's about truth, grace, and Jesus. One Way Love is a refreshing drink of cold, pure water to a thirsty soul. Read it and give it to everybody you know. They will rise up and call you blessed.
(Steve Brown)

Somehow we Christians keep forgetting what Christianity is all about: not being good, but being forgiven because we are not good; not our performance, but Christ's performance; not grace as a theological abstraction to argue over, but grace as the one-way, unmerited love of God. In this vivid, heart-rending book, Tullian Tchividjian recovers the magnitude of God's grace. In doing so, he also shows how this one-way love can transform all of our relationships, including in our marriages and in our parenting, and how an awareness of the grace of God can free us from the exhaustion of always having to prove ourselves.
(Gene Edward Veith)

Faith without grace is exhausting. If you're tired of trying to fix you, with you, read this book. If you're done with keeping score and hoping your next good action will cancel out your last bad action, read this book. If deep down you hope that grace is a gift for the hopeless, not a compensation for the hardworking, read this book.
(Jon Acuff)

About the Author

Tullian Tchividjian is the bestselling author of One Way Love and Glorious Ruin.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781406900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781406901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I have never before read a book by Tullian Tchividjian(pronounced: nobody really knows...I like to trail off as I say it and hope no one calls me on it). I have read many blogs and comments by him and heard a few interviews. I have always been interested in what he said if not thoroughly convinced to agree with him. I have been encouraged by his focus on grace and intrigued by his emphasis on Law/Gospel(a seemingly distinctly Lutheran doctrine) and his assertion of "two types of legalism" as opposed to the legalism/licentiousness contrast that has typically been presented to me. I was pleased to find all of this in "One Way Love", and much more.

Tullian presents the case that we all, Christians and non-Christians alike, are driven by performance. We live in a world of conditionality, where it is always true that "accomplishment precedes acceptance;achievement precedes approval". This leads to a life driven by perfectionism, where failure leads to hopelessness and despair. Tullian contrasts this with the biblical message of One Way Love-love that is unconditional, not based on reciprocity. This is Grace. Goodness directed towards someone not based on what they have done and will do or can do, but simply based on the goodness of the Giver. Tullian expounds on this with some personal stories and statements about God's love and grace that will prick at the fleshly heart of the reader. There will be plenty of moments of initial dissent that blissfully lead to grateful agreement and a sense of "Why have I not known that longer?!?"

Tullian spends a good deal of time dealing with the Law/Gospel disticntion and answering the charge of "antinomianism" that is often leveled against those who preach "radical grace". He borrows an argument from J.
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Tullian pulls it off again. Straight grace at 200 proof, it burns all the way down and warms the heart. He is a man who gets grace and understands why it needs to be preached. I recommend this book for everyone, I think pastors could do real well reading it to. I know, because I am one. And honestly, this was a reminder of the gospel that I needed at this point. We never grow out of the need for grace. Perhaps it is pastors that need it more than anyone.
The whole book was full of great nuggets of gospel as Tullian would explain a passage of scripture weaving it in to the tapestry of his own life, and then how it applies across the board to everyone else, including you. The book is especially insightful as to the workings and the limitations of the law. The law doesn't inspire you to work harder, finally it makes you just give up. This is especially helpful. I'm often baffled at why pastors don't preach grace more, don't preach Christ crucified more. It is their job, their commission. But then pastors get gun shy at times, because as Tullian so well says, "If you want to make people mad, preach law. If you want to make them furious preach gospel." Preaching gospel, preaching grace infuriates people, it infuriates pastors too. They are afraid people will actually take you seriously and quit trying to lead a virtuous life. Tullian addresses that, the paradox of the gospel. It actually makes a person alive. Yes, when they first hear it they are often left with a sigh of relief. They may not actually do a whole lot, but just bask in the light of the gospel.
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My grandmother has sent me plenty of books for Christmas and birthdays since I became an adult. Admittedly, most have gone unread. But when I unwrapped One-Way Love this Christmas, I had a hunch that she had finally sent me something I would want to read. And I was absolutely right.

Pastor Tullian (who is the grandson of famous American evangelist Billy Graham) examines how our human nature, distorted by sin, has a hard time grasping the radical, unconventional, unconditional grace and love of God through Jesus Christ. He does so in such an honest and forthright way that you can't help but read the next chapter. This is also not one of those Christian books that you've read once you read the first 5 chapters. This book is Maxwell House. It's good to the last dot.

In a world where we are exhausted by financial, social, relational, vocational, and online expectations, One-Way Love points us to the inexhaustible grace found only in Jesus Christ. Tullian starts by defining what grace really is. He says, "Grace is unconditional acceptance given to an undeserving person by an unobligated giver. It is one-way love" (pg. 33).

Pastor Tullian walks through several episodes in the ministry of Jesus where One-Way Love is demonstrated most clearly, including the story of the Prodigal Son, Zaccheaus, and Peter to name a few. Each is an example of what we, as humans, really need most: an understanding of God's unfathomable grace. It is this grace that in turn reflects out to others and coats our human relationships (marriages, children, employers) with the goodness of God to us in Jesus.

There really is something here for everyone.
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