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“Gentle and Lowly comes from the pen of someone who has not just profited from reading the Puritans―but who, more importantly, has read the Bible under their tutelage. One short book can never be enough to convey all the glory of the character of Christ, but this book deftly unpacks something we often overlook: Christ is meek and lowly in heart and gives rest to those who labor and are burdened. Written with pastoral gentleness and quiet beauty, it teases out what twenty biblical texts contribute to this portrait of the heart of Christ, all of it brought together to bring comfort, strength, and rest to believers.”
―D. A. Carson, Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition
“In this timely work, Dane Ortlund directs our attention back to the person of Jesus. Centered on the Scriptures and drawing upon the best of the Puritan tradition, Ortlund helps us see the heart of God as it is revealed to us in Christ. He reminds us not only of Jesus’s promises of rest and comfort, but of the Bible’s vision of Jesus: a kind and gracious King.”
―Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“The title of this book immediately evoked within me a sense of longing, hope, and gratitude. The message it contains is a balm for every heart that feels pierced by sin or sorrow―whether from within or without. It is an invitation to experience the sweet consolations of a Savior who moves toward us with tenderness and grace, when we know we deserve just the opposite from him.”
―Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Founder, Revive Our Hearts and True Woman
“On the rough, rocky, and often dark path between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet,’ there is nothing your weary heart needs more than to know the beauty of the heart of Jesus. It is that beauty that alone has the power to overwhelm all the ugly you will encounter along the way. I have read no book that more carefully, thoroughly, and tenderly displays Christ’s heart than what Dane Ortlund has written. As if I was listening to a great symphony, I was moved in different ways in different passages but left each feeling hugely blessed to know that what was being described was the heart of my Savior, my Lord, my Friend, and my Redeemer. I can’t think of anyone in the family of God who wouldn’t be greatly helped by spending time seeing the heart of Jesus through the eyes of such a gifted guide as Ortlund.”
―Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and My Heart Cries Out
“The Puritans breathed Christ-centered practices: they embraced the Bible as a lifeline, exercised it like a muscle, and relied upon it like a bulletproof vest. They knew how to hate their sin without hating themselves because they understood that Christ’s grace is an ever-present Person, a Person who understands our situation and our needs better than we do. They understood that we suffer because of sin. Dane Ortlund masterfully handles a treasure trove of Puritan wisdom and deftly presents it to the Christian reader. Read this book and pray that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ to you as the Puritans understood him, and you will be refreshed to understand God’s grace in a whole new way.”
―Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key
“‘He is so strong that he can afford to be gentle.’ That old movie line is more than a throwaway sentiment when we consider the theological precision and pastoral heart of Dane Ortlund describing God’s heart toward those who are weak, weary, sin-sick, and despairing. The insights of Gentle and Lowly are truly a river of mercy flowing from the throne of God, through great pastors of the past, and into precious and powerful ministry for today.”
―Bryan Chapell, Pastor Emeritus, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois
“My life has been transformed by the beautiful, staggering truths in this book. Dane Ortlund lifts our eyes to see Christ’s compassion-filled heart for sinners and sufferers, proving that Jesus is no reluctant savior but one who delights in showing his mercy. For any feeling bruised, weary, or empty, this is the balm for you.”
―Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, Bridgend and Oxford, United Kingdom
“Only a few pages in I started to realize how unusual and essential this book is―it is an exposition of the very heart of Christ. The result is a book that astonishes us with the sheer abundance and capacity of his love for us. Breathtaking and healing in equal measure, it is already one of the best books I’ve read.”
―Sam Allberry, speaker; author, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? and 7 Myths about Singleness
“Dane Ortlund writes about what seems too good to be true―the Lord delights to show mercy to you and to me―so he works very carefully through key texts and enlists the help of saints past. I was persuaded, and I look forward to being persuaded again and again.”
―Ed Welch, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
“Dane Ortlund leads us into the very heart of God incarnate―not only what Jesus did for us, but how he feels toward us. That’s right: feels toward us. Anchored in Scripture and drawing on the Puritan Thomas Goodwin, this book is medicine for broken hearts.”
―Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“Dane Ortlund helps us rediscover the heart of Jesus that is the very heart of the gospel. This delightful book opens up the sheer immensity of Jesus’s tender love for us. As you immerse yourself in Christ’s very heart, you’ll find your own heart warmed at the fire of the love of God. Ortlund opens up a neglected theme among the Puritans (in bite-sized chunks that won’t overwhelm you), where you’ll discover their grasp of the beauty of Jesus’s love. Your soul needs this book. I highly recommend it.”
―Paul E. Miller, author, A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life
“Gentle and Lowly is drawing me to the heart of Christ. It is helping me to draw the hearts of my counselees to Christ. Gentle and Lowly is the best book of the twenty-first century.”
―Bob Kellemen, Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Counseling, Faith Bible Seminary; author, Grief: Walking with Jesus
About the Author
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers. Dane lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Naperville, Illinois.
Executive Vice President of Bible Publishing and Bible Publisher, Crossway--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Print Length : 206 pages
- Publication Date : March 18, 2020
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- Publisher : Crossway (March 18, 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B086GWZ6CY
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- Best Sellers Rank: #7,416 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Each chapter starts with a key passage that reflects the essence of Jesus’s character and being, highlighting the heart as the “center of who we are.” Scripture describes Him as the epitome of humility. One of my favorite sections was chapter 7, “What Our Sins Evoke,” which unpacks how Jesus draws near with love when we fall short. “He sides with you against your sin, not against you because of your sin.” It can be easy to think He is done with us or will one day grow tired of waiting for us to get it together. Instead, He is...Gentle. Lowly.
These are the qualities that our Savior possesses. These make up His most natural posture. He is accessible, welcoming, gracious, drawn to sinners and sufferers. Beautifully written...Get this book to lift your spirit and know more fully the heart of the Lord then, now, and to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
The strength of this book is not in the writing, research, beautiful cover however—the strength is in Ortlund’s muse. Jesus, the gentle and lowly Savior, is seen in a new light and it’s in this light cast by Ortlund that Jesus is seen as the Great Savior he is.
I could go on, but I can’t recommend this book high enough if you want to discover a Jesus you’ve heard about but maybe never knew. You will meet him in these pages.
I will never read the gospels the same.
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However, the author does something more. He simplifies those Puritanical musings with an almost contemplative study of an incredible attribute as declared by Christ Himself (Matthew 11:29) that of His Heart of gentleness and humility. An important fact the Christian Church has overlooked for centuries. Yet at the same time this astonishing statement by Christ is balanced with the necessity for God’s anger and punishment of Sin. All is beautifully brought together by the undeniable proof of scripture tying in with the gleanings of those early Christian thinkers. There’s lots of nutritious ‘soul food’ to muse and meditate upon in here and it’s a book I will read time and again.
One dropped star because it can feel a little repetitive at times, but there is much that is still worth chewing over which will be of great benefit to every Christian.
It shows us the level of bounteous love which God has for us and that we do not need to strive for this love, yet merely go to Christ and it will be given to us. He is waiting for us. All sins will be forgiven as they were when Christ died upon the cross at Calvary.
You will be moved to tears of joy and relief as you read of the immense love which Christ holds ready for you, should you just offer yourself to Him with an open heart.