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Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love Book Cover Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love
John Crotts
Reformation Heritage Books
January 9, 2018

Sometimes we have important things to say to other Christians, but if we deliver our message ungraciously, they won’t benefit from it. Author John Crotts points out that God cares about how we say what we say: “It is not enough always to say the truth; you must also say the truth in love.” In Graciousness, the author addresses Christians who are zealous for God’s truth yet struggle to communicate it graciously— in a loving way. Filled with practical instruction and wise insights, this book includes a biblical description of graciousness, with a look at positive examples and commands from the Bible and methods for cultivating graciousness in various areas of the Christian life. Be equipped to speak the truth in love!

About the Author:  John Crotts is the pastor of Faith Bible Church in Sharpsburg, Georgia. The Lord has blessed John and his wife, Lynn, with three daughters and a son: Charissa, Danielle, Chloe, and Josiah.

This week the Cross Focused Reviewers are sharing their thoughts on John Crotts’ newest book Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love.

“This little book is packed with wisdom and practical application. It’s easy to read, digestible, and will stir in you a desire to cultivate graciousness. In writing this book, Crotts easily and masterfully demonstrates the very thing he hopes to encourage in his readers. Truth and graciousness–a beautiful and sweet-smelling bouquet, the very fragrance of life.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 5 Stars

“In a time when graciousness is much needed and in short supply, this book is a practical guide and help for us all in our daily conversations with those around us.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola
Rating: 5 Stars

“…full of both practical and biblical advice for seeing graciousness in your own life.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 5 Stars

“You’ll find refuge here. It’s a much needed stop over before we engage in a theological conversation.”
Reviewer: Nitoy Gonzales
Rating: 5 Stars

“A helpful work with the brevity and vocabulary being accessible for the general Christian adult reading audience. The thing I appreciate the most about this book is that the author’s worldview is thoroughly biblical and he doesn’t import unbiblical secular suggestions to motivate Christian obedience of being gracious.”
Reviewer: Jim Lee
Rating: 5 Stars

“I found the most edifying chapters to be the ones on cultivating. Dr. Crotts provides comprehensive yet succinct, practical, and Biblical application of what it looks like to cultivate graciousness in our lives and he starts with the heart.”
Reviewer: Lesley Eischen
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a much needed wake-up call for believers who need to be reminded that Christ’s imperatives (what we are called to do) are only the result of the indicatives (what He has done for us) affecting our lives.”
Reviewer: Jon Roberts
Rating: 5 Stars

“…easy to follow, full of scripture and the book didn’t take long to read.”
Reviewer: Mary-Ann Bell
Rating: 3 Stars

“In this day and age, the culture does not want to hear truth, but Christians are called to speak the truth. We must speak the truth in love. Jesus was that way in his earthly ministry and we, as His followers, must follow suit. This book is a helpful guide for Christians to become more gracious in their speech.”
Reviewer: Chris Land
Rating: 5 Stars

“All-in-all, if you are looking for a book that will remind you afresh of the truths of God’s Word and the Gospel which will help you to infuse your conversations with graciousness, you will find this to be a worthwhile companion. It is a short, easy read in which Crotts handles Scripture faithfully and is a good, general primer on the subject.”
Reviewer: Elizabeth Hankins
Rating: 4 Stars

Graciousness is concise, readable, and very applicable. If you want to defend the truth in a spirit of love towards others, I recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book has been a great blessing to me. With it’s concise size I am sure that it will be a book that I return to in the future to encourage and sharpen me.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker
Rating: 5 Stars

“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book and strongly recommend that you get a copy for yourself (and perhaps another for a friend). This would make an excellent discipleship study, small group discussion, or just personal study and reflection. No matter how you use it, I trust that you will find this book to be incredibly practical and helpful for you to not only speak the truth, which is indispensable, but to speak the truth in love.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford
Rating: 5 Stars

“For any Christian who desires to follow Christ’s example, get yourself a copy of Graciousness. You will see what it means to not only know what to speak as truth but how to say it in love and with grace.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“…tempering truth with love is the proper balance that believers should strive for. John Crotts’ excellent work is a first step in the right direction.”
Reviewer: David Steele
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is an important book for Christians who interact with others. (So, basically, everyone that claims the title Christian!) Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit, and as Christians we ought to be striving to cultivate such fruit. John Crotts has delivered a practical, helpful book to aid in such cultivation.”
Reviewer: Anne Pendleton
Rating: 4 Stars

” I think all Reformed seminarians should read this book as part of the curriculum (since Reformed believers are the target audience), but it is also great for anyone who is passionate about theology and wants to grow in communication effectiveness. He makes a good argument for the idea that communication breaks down if we do not practice graciousness.”
Reviewer: Michelle Newman
Rating: 4 Stars

“Crotts, in his conversational/teaching style, conveys the why and the how of gracious communication with others while helping readers to drill down to the heart level of the matter.  And, he reminds us all that the ultimate aim is the glory of God.”
Reviewer: Jennifer Mcllwain
Rating: 5 Stars

“It’s my firm belief that the key cause of decline in local churches in America isn’t owing to the changes in our surrounding culture, it is owing to a loss of graciousness at both the level of the individual and the level of the local church. As Crotts points out the church in Ephesus was the supreme example of a church who was active and doctrinally correct but unloving. I heartily commend this book to all believers.”
Reviewer: Steven Dresen
Rating: 5 Stars

“I highly recommend this book to any believer, whether they consider themselves gracious or not. Crotts’ small book is a great reminder for even the most gracious of saints. In these days, the importance of tempering the truth with love can’t be overstated. We could all use this teaching in an age where much of our interaction with others happens behind a screen.”
Reviewer: Chrys Jones
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book is small and compact but is well worth the read. And, it shows that we are all flawed at times, but we need to learn how to be gracious after we have been less than gracious in the past. Sometimes there is a need for righteous anger, but we have an example in the Bible about getting angry without sinning. Crotts covers a wide range as he teaches the true meaning of graciousness. ”
Reviewer: Cindy Navarro
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book will well equip you to counsel or confront an ungracious person with tools that will really help. It will encourage you that change is not only required but possible.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

“This was a great book on balancing truth and love. It was convicting and helpful.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley
Rating: 4 Stars

Graciousness is a good and practical read on the fine art of adding tact to what truth or opinion you need to say to someone.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a great book about Christian communication.”
Reviewer: Bledar Valca
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think this was a very thought-provoking read. I definitely didn’t agree with everything he said, but if you like informational, Christian books, this is a good one.”
Reviewer: Audra Watts
Rating: 4 Stars

“Everyone will profit spiritually from this book. I would recommend it to pastors as a tool for counsel and correction. It is with 20+ years of pastoral experience (in one congregation!) that Crotts has practiced these things. His wisdom is well worth your time.”
Reviewer: Todd Wilson
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:  Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity Book Cover Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity
Jeremiah J. Johnston
Bethany House Publishers
December 5, 2017

Is God Dying?

That's what some people think and want. They say Christian beliefs and our way of life aren't relevant anymore. But what critics and even many churchgoers don't realize is the life-changing importance of Christianity.

Showing how the world would be a dark place without Christianity, Unimaginable guides you through the halls of history to see how Jesus' teachings dramatically changed our world and continue to be the most powerful force for good today. Learn . . .

  • How Christianity has stood against the evils of slavery (more than once), racism, eugenics, and injustices toward women and children
  • Why democracy, freedom as a universal value, and modern education and legal systems owe much to Christianity
  • How Christians throughout the ages have demonstrated the value of human life by sacrificially caring for the sick, handicapped, marginalized, and dying
  • How people of faith are extending God's kingdom through charities, social justice efforts, mental health initiatives, and other profound ways

This provocative and enlightening book is for anyone concerned about where our world is heading.|

Jeremiah J. Johnston, PhD, is a New Testament scholar and frequent contributor to national publications and shows, including USA Today, Fox News, CNN, RelevantThe Christian Post, and numerous other media outlets. Known for his unique communication skills and his infectious love for people, Jeremiah ministers internationally in partnership with the Museum of the Bible and is president of the Christian Thinkers Society, a resident institute at Houston Baptist University, where he serves as Associate Professor of Early Christianity. He is the author of Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions. Jeremiah and his family live in Houston. Learn more at

The Cross Focused Reviewers share their thoughts on Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity by Jeremiah J. Johnston (Bethany House Publishers, 2017).

“The references to primary sources make this book a keeper… Also noteworthy are the endnotes. Johnston refers to scholarly sources for those who wish to inquire further. His book is well-researched.”
Reviewer: James Pate
Rating: 4 Stars

“…an excellent and entertaining read. There was much that I enjoyed in this book and many portions made credible connections that I have not seen before.”
Reviewer: Rebecca Ray
Rating: 4 Stars

“I encourage my readers to read this book and chew on this one question: what would life be like without Christianity? Unimaginable, indeed.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry
Rating: 4 Stars

“I believe it’s a must have for your library.”
Reviewer: Rosemary Swinehart
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is a phenomenal mix of history and theology. I don’t save too many books to go on my shelf, but this one made the cut.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert
Rating: 5 Stars

“Johnston makes a very compelling case for Christianity’s many positive contributions to world history. Critics opposed to Christianity will be hard-pressed to deny the impact Jesus Christ and His followers have made on the world. Very readable and smoothly flows from chapter to chapter. Will be an excellent reference for future messages.”
Reviewer: Michael Taylor
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is an encouraging read that exudes hope for those who think that the decaying of the world means doom for believers. What if it were the opposite? Give this book a read & see what God has been doing since the work of redemption began in the Garden.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

 Unimaginable by Jeremiah Johnston Buy Now: