Warning: this book is not for everyone.
The Apostle Paul defined the gospel mission very plainly, 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.' You cannot sugarcoat sin or filter depravity, no matter what level of greatness you achieve. Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington tell their personal stories of sin and grace from the front stage of life. They pull no punches and make no excuses. Their writing is open, honest, transparent and raw.
But it is not raw for the sake of shock. It is raw for the sake of hope a saving hope that the worst of sinners might not only find grace in the shadow of the cross, but that the darkest of lives can become examples of grace that point the worst of sinners to the gospel.
'...But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the worst of sinners, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. '
There is only one color that can repaint the darkness of our sinful past - it is the color red...Red Like Blood. --Greg Lucas, author of Wrestling With an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace
What a wonderful book! I'm a cynical old preacher and sometimes have to see the 'real deal' to keep on doing what I do. This book is enough 'real deal' to last a very long time. Authenticity incredible honesty leaps off every page, and truth life changing Biblical truth stands up and salutes. These guys 'smell like Jesus.' Read this book and you will 'rise up and call me blessed' for having told you about it. --Steve Brown, Reformed Theological Seminary/Orlando, author and teacher on radio program Key Life.
'Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.' These memorable words from the pen of ex-slave trader, John Newton, could well be the sub-title of Red Like Blood. This book is the story of two men; one a preacher and the other an obvious sinner, who both learned to drink deeply from the gospel and to experience the amazing grace of God. Red Like Blood is captivating, challenging, and encouraging. Both believers and non-believers will enjoy and profit from this book. --Jerry Bridges, author of The Pursuit of Holiness and Trusting God
About the Author
Joe Coffey is senior pastor of Hudson Community Chapel in Hudson, Ohio.
Bob Bevington is an author, entrepreneur, and optometrist who has co-authored two books with Jerry Bridges.