Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Discussion: Extravagant Grace

Reformed Forum has an excellent interview with Babara Duguid on her book, Extravagant Grace. Click over and give it a listen. I think highly of this book, 4.5 out of 5, and heartily recommend it.

Book recommendations:

"People often ask me how it is that my faith has become so 'gospel centered' and I always respond, 'I had a group of friends who kept teaching me about Jesus, even though I didn't want to hear it.' Barbara Duguid is the primary friend to whom I owe greatest thanks for her loving persistence with me. Barbara is qualified to bring you a message of extravagant mercy because she has drunk deeply of it herself. She knows that, along with John Newton, she is a great sinner who has a great Savior and it is this message of God's mercy to undeserving sinners that will encourage you to live in the light of the sweetest news ever heard: 'He died for a wretch like me!' Buy this book, buy one for a friend, and live in the freedom that only the good news of the gospel can bring."
—Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author of Idols of the Heart ---

"I know Barb Duguid up close, as a friend who with her family swooped in to be God's hands and heart to our family in a time of need. Her wise counsel was always backed up by a rich experiential knowledge of God's amazing grace—and unrelenting compassion. Weaving together the delightful insights of John Newton with her own experience—and that of many people she's counseled over the years—Barb tells the story of God's unrelenting compassion toward sinners like us with profound wisdom. How amazing is grace? Like Newton, she has learned well the answer to that question from the greatest story-teller of all."
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

"Stay away from this book. If you buy it, don t read it. Barb Duguid makes idolatry too nauseating, grace too promiscuous, the Trinity too omnipotent, Christian experience too diverse, sanctification too scary, and sovereignty too comforting. On the other hand, it could be a holy temptation... yielding may be no sin."
—Dale Ralph Davis, Pastor, Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

"In this fine book, Barbara Duguid combines her love of church history, her enthusiasm for John Newton, her insights honed as a pastor's wife and, above all, her love for Christ and his church. Here the reader will find sharp insights into the psychology of sin and sound practical advice on how the Bible speaks to the mundane rebellions of everyday human existence. The heart is indeed restless above all things; Barbara Duguid ably directs us to where we can find rest: in Christ alone."
—Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, WTS PA; Pastor, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) Ambler, Pa.

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