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“Gentle and Lowly” reaches 250,000 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 achieved 250,000 units in print sales.

Gentle and Lowly beautifully depicts the heart of Christ, shedding fresh light on God’s tenderness toward weary sinners,” says Don Jones, Crossway’s chief publishing officer and Bible publisher. “We are overwhelmed by how God is using this book to bring comfort, healing, and renewal as readers encounter the compassionate heart of our Savior.”

Christians know that God loves them, but can easily feel that he is perpetually disappointed and frustrated, maybe even close to giving up on them. But the gospel flows from God’s deepest heart for his people, a heart of tender love for the sinful and suffering. Ortlund takes readers into the depths of Christ’s very heart for sinners, one that is “gentle and lowly,” diving deep into Bible passages that speak of who Christ is and encouraging readers with the affections of Christ for his people.

Ortlund writes, “In the one place in the Bible where the Son of God pulls back the veil and lets us peer way down into the core of who he is, we are not told that he is “austere and demanding in heart.” We are not told that he is “exalted and dignified in heart.” We are not even told that he is “joyful and generous in heart.” Letting Jesus set the terms, his surprising claim is that he is “gentle and lowly in heart.”

Jared Wilson, assistant professor of pastoral ministry at Spurgeon College, remarked on the For the Church blog, “In an especially chaotic and conflict-heavy season, this book came to us as a compassionate reminder of the faithful, humble Christ. Read it slowly, thoughtfully, prayerfully; you’ll find it a precious ministry to your soul. I did. My favorite book of the year.”

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 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 and his wife, Stacey, have five children.

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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