“The truth of the gospel of Jesus,” Heikkinen writes, “is that I am nothing more than a wretch and so much more than a saint.” Have you ever wondered if God could really save you? Have you ever thought grace might not be enough? In Wretched Saints, Heikkinen reveals the rough and beautiful side of grace so clearly that readers face up to the scars of sin—and have a renewed, startling realization that God’s incredible gospel is true. Wretched Saints shows how grace is the ridiculously unwarranted posture of God that transforms sinners into saints, gives freedom to lavish grace on others, and stubbornly shapes us all to look like Jesus.
|Publisher:||David C Cook|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Noel Jesse Heikkinen is a pastor at Riverview Church in the Lansing, Michigan area, and serves as a network director for Acts 29. He is the author of Unchained and blogs at noeljesse.com. Noel and his wife, Grace, have four children.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Endless Quest To Fix A Nonexistent Problem 15
1 Wretched Saints Are We: silencing Satan's Condemning Jackhammer 25
2 Faulty Sensors: The Deadly Cost Of Believing A Lie 35
3 Wretched: The Good News Starts With Sad News 47
4 Just Believe: IT'S More Than A Feeling 63
5 High Stakes Lost And Found: God's Singular Posture of Love 77
6 Cherished Whore: A Parable Of Betrayal, More Betrayal, And A Love That Transcends It All 89
7 Loving The Unlovable: THERE'S No Such Thing As A Little Bit of Grace 105
8 Yet, Here We Are: Playing Nice with a Tyrant 117
9 Grace-Rich Gospel Therapy: Injecting the Gooey Grace of Goo into Your Deepest Pain 133
10 Born-Again Nick: A Case Study In Grace 147
11 Drip. Drip. Drip: Why Is God's Love Feeling Leaky Again? 163
12 Just Chill: Jesus Works So You Can Rest 177
13 Living With God, Others, And Myself: The Glorious New Life of A Wretched Saint 187
One Final Thing 199
Bible Credits 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book does a great job explaining the dichotomy we as Christian’s live with, of being both a sinner and a saint. Noel uses dozens of verses and real life stories to explain how we tend to just see the sinner side of us, and ignore the fact that Jesus paid for that sin to make us his. He doesn’t sugar coat how difficult or frequent (lifelong really) the issue is, but does a really good job explaining that we don’t only need truth to beat the lies about who we are in Christ, but we need to just simply call a spade a spade (a lie a lie). This book will help you see yourself how God sees you, so you can finally live life freely and confident in the truth that Jesus has it all covered. When we live life this freely in Christ, despite our continuing sin in this life and our difficult external circumstances, others will actually be curious about (and attracted to) the hope that we have. I pray that this book helps you see the gospel as a gift you, and not a burden that demands better from you.
This book was great!! I grew up a Christian, but through my life got messages over and over that I wasn't enough and that there was something wrong with me. This translated to me thinking that I had to fix something in myself before I could accept God's love and Grace. I felt like I didn't deserve God's love for a whole slew of reasons. I got this book fresh out a divorce just when I needed it the most. Noel does an excellent job explaining how we all have things in our lives that we believe to be true, but aren't. He talks about how to spot these "faulty sensors" in our life and know that they are from Satan, not God. We aren't perfect, and even when we sin, that doesn't change God's love for us at all. His love is something we can't lose. This is a great book that you won't regret purchasing and reading over and over.