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I love the goal of Defiant Grace: to fill our heart tanks with 'the high-octane grace that takes our conscience by the scruff of the neck and breathes new life into us with a pardon so scandalous that we cannot help but be changed.' This is the kind of grace that makes disciples so love the Savior that they will give their lives for his glory. -- Bryan Chapell "President, Covenant Theological Seminary"

Dane Ortlund's Defiant Grace is a very helpful guide to a gospel-centered understanding of Christianity. Drawing from material gleaned from all four Gospels, Ortlund presents us with the compelling picture of 'defiant grace'--so different from the pale and timid imitation of pallid, anemic religion. Read this book and soak in the gospel of grace!' -- Dr. Josh Moody "Senior Pastor College Church in Wheaton, author of No Other Gospel"

About the Author

Dane Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is senior Bible editor at Crossway in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. He is the author of A New Inner Relish: Christian Motivation in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards and numerous scholarly articles. He and his wife, Stacey, live in Wheaton with their two sons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852347510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852347515
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Justin Buzzard on July 10, 2012
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Dane Ortlund is a scholar and a gentleman. I met Dane about a year ago after some email correspondence and found him to be a man who truly lives under the radical truth he proclaims in this book. Defiant Grace helped me, and will help you, better appreciate, enjoy, and extend God's grace. Dane is a fantastic writer. I can't wait to read what he will write next.
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...or for anyone you can't seem to convince that it's impossible to bridge the gap of sin between us and God. Sometimes it takes an impartial book rather than a relative or friend to get the idea of grace across, that it's a free gift and not something, therefore, we can earn in any capacity.

Well written, comprehensive and 100% biblical. Only a hardened heart against the saving grace of Jesus would prevent this book from being effective. An open heart and mind seeking God's grace will find it here.
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I enjoyed every sentence of this book. I found myself quickly immersed in my brother's unfolding of the message of grace in the gospels. After finishing, my first thought was to donate the book to the library so that others could read it; but I decided to keep it on my shelves so that I can read it with my children when they are older. Thank you, Dane, for your labors in this book!
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It was such a joy to read Dane Ortlund's brief reflections on the grace of God in the gospel, seen most clearly in the portrayals of Jesus in the four Gospels! Fresh, winsome, insightful, this little book had me leaping for joy, as my affections for Jesus were stirred and enhanced. Several "aha!" moments combined with several exclamations of "amen!" as Dane's beautiful command of the English language combined with his careful handling of the Gospels as Scripture. God's grace is indeed counter-intuitive, unexpected, surprising, and Dane has provided great help for God's people to revel in God's wondrously "defiant grace"!
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Wow, what an incredible book! This is a wonderful introduction to the four Gospels, but more than that, it's a rich feast of gospel truth that will stir your affections to greater wonder and awe of Christ.

In the introduction, Dane says that his aim is to help us "cherish the gospel", and to "enjoy grace anew... the high-octane grace that takes our conscience by the scruff of the neck and breathes new life into us with a pardon so scandalous that we cannot help but be changed". His method? To walk us through the four accounts of Jesus life, showing how each, in its own way, unveils "scandalous" and "surprising" truths about who Jesus is, and about the nature of his message and mission.

Digging deeply into the biblical text itself, he also draws upon a wealth of scholarship from the past and present (from Athanasius and Augustine; to Calvin, Luther and Edwards; to Spurgeon, J. C. Ryle, Lloyd-Jones, C. S. Lewis; to modern commentators like D. A. Carson, and Kenneth Bailey). And the writing is superb too! C. J. Mahaney says it well in his endorsement - "Dane Ortlund can flat-out write. He is a craftsman of prose."

Most importantly though, page after page I was drawn to marvel at my Saviour. I have no doubt this will be one of those few books I return to again and again, to be reminded of, and revel in, the scandalous grace of the gospel. I give it my highest recommendation.
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This book is deftly filled with Evangelical Potency!

It is Good News with Great Joy and Gracious Power
that exposes the nefarious disease of sin and the cure
of God's mercy and love!

The author and Doctor of Doxological Dogma is
scholastically erudite yet fascinatingly simple
in his unpacking of Biblical truth.

I found myself trapped and torn apart as the gospel
of Matthew dug the conscience and motives beneath
my motives out into the open in exposures of the
'secret sin' beneath my sins.

I am so much more thankful for God's love in Jesus
and the fullness of teaching that God has given to us
which says and Shows the extravagance of His love,
the glory of his person, the help available to sinners
and saints, and the fruit that may yet yield from a
Gospel-surrendered life!

And I do concur with Jared C. Wilson that the book
is saturated with some 'doxological whiskey' which
will result in delicious worship !

Ha Glo-Ray !

Great Job Dane !

Joab Rico
Pastor of Gospel City Church
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