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“Tullian’s masterful retelling of this familiar story will do just as it promises. It will surprise you—shock you even—as you hear the story of Jonah as if for the first time. And it will fill you with awe and wonder at God’s startling grace and his tender heart toward us, his lost and rebellious children. I loved it.”
—Sally Lloyd-Jones, author, The Jesus Story-Book Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
“The book of Jonah is more than the story of a prophet who ran from God. It is actually the story of the grace of God that overcomes Jonah’s stubborn rebellion. In this outstanding book Tullian Tchividjian helps us see that there is something of Jonah in all of us and that we stand in need of the same grace of God every day. I was both convicted and encouraged by this book and highly recommend it to every Christian.”
—Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness
“Surprised by Grace is a much-needed reminder that we should never get over the gospel, or try to move beyond it. The grace that saves is the grace that satisfies and empowers. Tullian’s book is gospel-saturated, Christ-exalting, and soul-refreshing.”
—Randy Alcorn, author, If God is Good and Heaven
“Twenty years ago Tullian was the wild, rebellious black sheep among Billy Graham’s grandchildren. Today he follows in his grandfather’s steps as a powerful preacher of the cross of Christ. As he retells the Old Testament story of Jonah he shows that while sin reaches far, God’s grace reaches farther. Tullian’s heart to see rebels—as well as cold-hearted Pharisees—transformed by the gospel of grace shines through on every page.”
—Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland
“A well-written, exegetically careful, pastorally sensitive journey through a familiar yet surprising book. Tullian mines the world of literature, art, and theology to bring out the abiding significance of this beloved story. Oh, and he also wonderfully points us to Christ.”
—Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.
“In this wonderful book Tullian creatively and clearly does with the story of Jonah what the Bible was designed to do. He helps you see yourself and weep and see your God and rejoice. Read. It will deepen your sense of need and your affection for the God who meets you in the middle of it.”
—Paul Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries
“Surprised by Grace fishes the gospel from the storms of Jonah’s life and conscience with wonderful images from art history, beautiful words from classic literature, and deep insight from the biblical record. The ways Pastor Tullian shows how the gospel spouts from so ancient—and resistant—a prophet is truly a surprising grace.”
—Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary
“If you’ve been struggling with the Christian faith because it started with the gospel and moved quickly into the “elbow grease” of hard work, guilt, and rules, this book will change your life. The gospel isn’t just where we begin; it’s where we Christians live. If we aren’t surprised by grace, it isn’t grace. Read this book, and you’ll rise up and call me blessed for recommending it to you.”
— --Steve Brown, author, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel; host, Key Life
In a very readable way he takes both an ancient book and a familiar book and makes it fresh.
In preparation for an upcoming sermon series on the Book of Jonah I read Tullian Tchividjian's book "Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels".
The root of every human problem is our desire to be our own god and to carry out justice in the way we ourselves are sure is best.
It was the most engaging book on grace I have read in a long time. Encouraging and convicting. Highly recommendedPublished 22 days ago by Kristina Minst
An excellent read, I highly recommend this book if you want to understand the book of Jonah in a whole new way.Published 1 month ago by MJW
This book influenced me profoundly. I learned a lot from Tchividjian's subtle analysis of the book of Jonah. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katrina
I enjoyed every moment of this book. It is well written and provides terrific insight into the book of Jonah which uncovered meaning and the Gospel symmetry that I hadn't noticed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Surprised by Grace takes a fresh look at one of my favorite stories from my youth, the story of Jonah. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Murry
The story of Jonah explained with spiritual insight into the inexplicable truth about the core of grace that is Jesus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by carinskarin
Articulate unpacking of the 4 chapters of Jonah. Best I've run across in 50 years of Bible study and sermons heard. Read it slowly, as you would C.S. Lewis. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter J. Huddy
This really opened my eyes to how much God loves us in spite of ourselves. It will show you in an imperfect world, and we being much less than perfect still have a God that will... Read morePublished 3 months ago by greg
I was so pleased to be enlightened about the message in the book of Jonah. Tullian provides a bible based interpretation that I never was presented before despite having read and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookgrrrl