Book Review: Surprised by Grace: Tullian Tchividjian

When I first saw this book released, I didn’t know it was about Jonah. Even though this book is a book of sermons, notes, research, practical steps in applying the truth in the biblical book of Jonah, I will tend to view it the same way I view Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. While Rivers has written a work of fiction based on the biblical narrative of Hosea and Gomer, both Rivers and Pastor Tchividjian have made the biblical narratives come alive.
Tchividjian, who is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida, has brilliantly merged commentary, preaching style, art and music, and the truth found in the story of a big fish. But, most people only know this story as being about a big fish. What we will see, as Tullian so rightly points out, it is more about the man whom God rescued from his own sin, and redeemed to be in a right relationship with Himself. This is a story about God who cares so much for His own glory and the healing of a man who was so self-righteous, much like myself.
This book would be a great read for anyone – really.
I will use this book as I write curriculum on grace and especially when I go to write the lesson plan on Jonah.
“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.” (33)
“Submitting self to God is the only read freedom – because the deepest slavery is self-dependence, self-reliance.” (53)
“All of us are worshipers – of something. It’s that simple. We’re created, designed, and wired for worship. Being human is to be a worshiper. It’s one of the biggest distinctives that mark us as human beings in this universe filled with living creatures.” (119)

About kimddavidson

I am bought with the blood of Christ and being graced every day to know Him more. I am a writer. Love to read, run, hang out, watch movies, cook, bake, work hard/play harder. God is so abundantly good to me.
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