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“Gentle and Lowly” reaches 100,000 in print sales with Crossway

WHEATON, Ill.— Crossway is pleased to announce that Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers (Crossway, April 2020) by Dane Ortlund has surpassed 100,000 units in print sales.

Gentle and Lowly draws readers to Matthew 11, where Jesus describes himself as “gentle and lowly in heart,” longing for his people to find rest in him. The gospel flows from God’s deepest heart for his people, a heart of tender love for the sinful and suffering. Ortlund dives into Bible passages that speak of who Christ is and encourages readers with the affections of Christ for his people, showing how Christ’s longing heart for sinners comforts and sustains believers in their up-and-down lives.

“What happens when you combine the heart of a pastor, the training of a New Testament scholar, and the skill of an amazing writer, and then set him loose on helping us to behold the most beautiful subject in all the world—the heart of Christ for sinners like us? We get Dane Ortlund’s Gentle and Lowly,” says Justin Taylor, Crossway’s executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher. “We give all glory to God for the amazing reception of this powerful book, with prayer that a hundred thousand more people would absorb this life-transforming message.”

Ortlund writes, “The same Christ who wept at the tomb of Lazarus weeps with us in our lonely despair. The same one who reached out and touched lepers puts his arm around us today when we feel misunderstood and sidelined. The Jesus who reached out and cleansed messy sinners reaches into our souls and answers our half-hearted plea for mercy with the mighty invincible cleansing of one who cannot bear to do otherwise. In other words, Christ’s heart is not far off despite his presence now in heaven, for he does all this by his own Spirit.”

Gentle and Lowly is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats. The book has received acclamations from Sam Allberry (speaker and author of 7 Myths about Singleness), Paul David Tripp (president of Paul Tripp Ministries and author of New Morning Mercies), and others.

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.

Founded in 1938, Crossway is a not-for-profit global Christian publishing ministry that publishes gospel-centered, Bible-based content to honor our Savior and serve his church. Crossway seeks to help people understand the all-encompassing implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s word—for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God alone. Crossway is the global publisher of the ESV® (English Standard Version®) Bible, more than 1,000 Christian books, and an extensive list of gospel literature. For additional information, visit

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