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“Gentle and Lowly” reaches 500,000 units in 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) has achieved 500,000 units in sales across all formats—print, electronic, and audio.

How does Jesus feel about his people amid all their sins and struggles? Many believe that Jesus loves them begrudgingly, feeling frustrated toward them because of their frequent failures. Yet in the Bible, Jesus describes his heart—the defining and directing center of who he is—as “gentle and lowly” (Matt. 11:29). What does this mean for the Christian? Readers of Gentle and Lowly will find their own hearts encouraged and comforted by the affection that Jesus has toward them.

Ortlund writes, “The cumulative testimony of the four Gospels is that when Jesus Christ sees the fallenness of the world all about him, his deepest impulse, his most natural instinct, is to move toward that sin and suffering, not away from it.”

“At Crossway, the ultimate metric is not how many copies are sold, but rather, how many copies are read and how many lives are changed,” says Justin Taylor, Crossway’s executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher. “That is what is so profoundly encouraging about what God is doing through Gentle and Lowly. Hundreds of thousands of lives are being changed through this work, as Dane wisely and carefully unfolds for us the very heart of Christ for us as sinners who have been saved. We are praying that God would continue to bless the reading—and heeding—of the vision of Christ found in this beautiful book.”

Gentle and Lowly is available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats. A companion video study, study guide, and journal are also available from Crossway. The book has received commendations from Paul David Tripp (president of Paul Tripp Ministries and author of New Morning Mercies), Russell Moore (public theologian at Christianity Today), and many others.

“The title of this book immediately evoked within me a sense of longing, hope, and gratitude,” says Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, founder of Revive Our Hearts and True Woman. “The message it contains is a balm for every heart that feels pierced by sin or sorrow—whether from within or without. It is an invitation to experience the sweet consolations of a Savior who moves toward us with tenderness and grace, when we know we deserve just the opposite from him.”

Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners. 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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