The Heist: How Grace Robs Us of Our Shame
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The Heist: How Grace Robs Us of Our Shame

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We've all felt weighed down by guilt. But when it seems there's no way out, grace steps in! Durso reminds us that through his resurrection Jesus pulled off the ultimate heist, robbing the enemy of every claim he ever had on our lives---and setting us free from brokenness and shame in the process.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601428669
ISBN-13: 9781601428660

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Publisher's Description

Some say there were two thieves crucified on Golgotha, but I believe there were Three

In the ultimate act of sacrifice, Jesus robbed the Enemy of every claim he ever had on our lives. He stole all our shame and guilt, and gave us back our lives so that we could live in true freedom.
The real scandal of Jesus’ work on the cross is found not only in what it gives but also in what it steals. The Grace of God robs the enemy of his ability to shame us. It robs death of its sting. And it robs sin of its power to destroy.
We’ve all felt the weight of shame and brokenness. Like the prodigal son, we’ve pursued our own path only to find ourselves far from home and out of options. We long for a fresh start, but what we need most is the ability to see ourselves through God’s eyes of grace.
New York City pastor Chris Durso believes grace is the central message of all Scripture. While there have been some daring heists and cunning capers throughout history, this book is about the greatest heist the world has ever seen…a daring raid where God’s son took back what the enemy had stolen, freeing us from the power of shame, sin, and Satan.
Through a fresh take on the parable of the prodigal son, and the fascinating account of a true modern day diamond heist, The Heist offers a bold invitation into God’s boundless grace.

Author Bio

Chris Durso is the founding pastor at Misfit NYC, a ministry for millennials in New York. He is co-pastor of Christ Tabernacle church in Queens, New York. Chris resides with his wife, Yahris, and two children, Dylan and Chloe, in New York.

Editorial Reviews

"Chris Durso is a young pastor with an authority beyond his years. His edgy demeanor gives him license to speak life and truth into people who are lost and broken. Even seasoned Christians will rediscover their first love through his passionate words. His revelation of grace and the truth of the gospel will compel and inspire you to step into your God-given purpose and destiny."
—Brian Houston, global senior pastor, Hillsong Church

"The Heist is a story of grace and restoration. Readers will find refuge in the promise that God’s grace can and will stop shame in its tracks."
—Christine Caine, cofounder of the A21Campaign and Propel Women

"Gutsy. Unexpected. Refreshing. Chris Durso explains the story of saving Grace in a language that both the world and the Church, sinners and so-called saints, can understand. The Heist walks us down the road with the prodigal son, inviting us to come home to the One who has a grace-party waiting. Fresh and accessible, I believe this book will help many live fully and freely in Jesus."
—Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, founder of Passion Conferences, author of Goliath Must Fall

"I have the privilege of being Chris Durso’s friend, and I have watched him teach that Jesus is the way to real life. I believe The Heist has the potential to remind people that whatever has been stolen or destroyed can be redeemed in an instant. I love this book and I highly recommend its author!"
—Carl Lentz, lead pastor, Hillsong New York

"The Heist is packed with hard-hitting, attention-grabbing, and life-altering truth. Chris Durso masterfully portrays the death and resurrection of Jesus in a new and unprecedented way, that will not only catch readers off guard but draw them closer to Jesus."
—Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor of Life.Church and New York Times best-selling author

"Chris Durso manages to beautifully remind us that just like the prodigal son, we are all able to return home into the loving arms of our God."
—Judah Smith, lead pastor of the City Church, Seattle

"Most of our lives are spent avoiding anything that resembles a robbery. However, Pastor Chris Durso has cleverly used a metaphorical illustration to exemplify the powerful, stealthy work of grace. This grace removes the plagues from our hall of shame, enabling the guilty to appear faultless before God’s throne. To the wounded, read this powerful book with the doors unlocked and the alarm off, anticipating the possibility of a new life! This is The Heist for which the human soul longs!"
—T. D. Jakes Sr., senior pastor, The Potter’s House of Dallas

"I’m so glad Chris Durso took the time to pen The Heist. It will change how you view Jesus and his death on the Cross. It will reveal how the road to salvation is anything but a ’boring, old Bible story’ and portray Jesus as the Mastermind working to rescue us from the clutches of Satan."
—Lisa Bevere, minister and New York Times best-selling author of Without Rival

"The Heist isn’t just a book that creatively retells the story of Jesus dying on the cross. It’s a book with a timeless, vitally important message that we are all loved by God, and that it doesn’t matter what we do or where we are; we can always run into his arms."
—Jentezen Franklin, New York Times best-selling author and pastor of Free Chapel Worship Center

"Pastor Chris has a unique ability to help us see something familiar through a different lens. This book is an incredible picture of how God came in to our spiritual homes and robbed everything that was never meant to live there. When we receive the revelation of this kind of grace, we can’t help but step up and live from a free and secure place. This book is a necessary read for each of us because we all need the fullness of this grace revelation."
—Alex Seeley, author and pastor, The Belonging Co., Nashville

"In a culture that is constantly drowning under the strong currents of condemnation and shame, Pastor Chris Durso has thrown us all a timely lifeline with his powerful new book The Heist."
—Pastor Robert Madu

"My son Chris Durso is not just a brilliant writer. Rather, his ability to take a doctrine of the faith and put it into everyday language is simply masterful! Jesus taught the people "as they could understand." This is the Gospel: how heaven robbed hell. This is the heart of God! What a concept!"
—Michael Durso, senior pastor, Christ Tabernacle

"Once again, Pastor Chris Durso delivers a masterpiece. I know The Heist will bring great encouragement to your life and great insight into who Jesus truly is—the grave robber. Pastor Chris writes not just from a theory of Jesus but from an experience of Jesus."
—Chad Veach, author and pastor of Zoe Church, Los Angeles

"Chris Durso speaks to the heart of this generation in his new book The Heist. He paints a powerful picture of the grace of God with courage, conviction and clarity. Chris is a much needed voice and his thoughtful reflection on the message of Christ is sure to touch many lives around the globe."
—Rich Wilkerson Jr., author of Sandcastle Kings, pastor of VOUS church

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  1. contemplativereflections
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: The Heist
    August 3, 2017
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    In "The Heist," Chris Durso presents the message of God's lavish grace using the analogy of a thief stealing precious treasure to illustrate how Jesus took away our guilt, shame, and sin. The main premise of the book is that sinners desperately need God's grace and God has already extended this grace to us through His Son. Durso retells the story of the infamous robbery undertaken by Leonardo Notarbartolo in 2003 to draw similarities between the meticulous preparation and execution of the crime to the incarnation of Christ as planned before creation and carried out covertly at the appointed time. The author also references the parable of the prodigal son as an example of how we are all lost and in need of the extravagant grace of God. Those familiar with the parable will understand that the prodigal's story is a metaphor to describe the experience of how sinners finds grace through Jesus. The twist in the parable though lies in that the older brother who self-identifies as being righteous turning out to be just as in need of grace as the younger one. The greatest strength of the book lies in the author's ability to present the gospel message of grace in a creative and engaging manner while being grounded in biblical truth. Moreover, I greatly appreciate how the author emphasizes the reality of our sinful condition and our responsibility to repent and turn away from a life of sin. At the same time, Durso reminds readers that we are unable to save ourselves and are doomed without the grace of God as extended through Christ. Holding these two truths in balance is critical to a biblical understanding of grace and salvation especially as wafts of antinomianism has been propagated in recent times.

    However, one question that I would also like to raise is whether it is helpful to refer to Christ's mission to save us as a heist. I am not too concerned with the negative connotations associated with a heist which the author himself eagerly defends against repeatedly in the book. What I am more troubled with is the necessity and usefulness of using a heist to capture the truth of the Incarnation. Except the chapter headings and a few details on how Notarbartolo was a mastermind thief who staged a grand robbery, the arguments in the book squares largely upon the parable of the prodigal son. Moreover, when we read the gospel accounts, we see that though Jesus aimed to be subversive in the early days of His ministry, His identity and mission is progressively revealed through Christ's own words and actions. Jesus does not stealthily steal away our sins and die a quiet death on the cross leaving us to somehow search our way back to the Father. Rather, Jesus proclaims Himself as being the only way, truth, and life who comes to seek the lost in order to restore us to the Father. Naturally, I recognize that all analogies are imperfect and exact similarities are not to be expected but I find that using the term "heist" seems unhelpful given that the author is able to bring out the gospel message so well in retelling the parable of the prodigal son.

    I would recommend this book to both believers and non-believers alike as the message of grace that is found in Jesus is necessary for all. Durso passionately urges those who still walk in sin to receive God's unmerited grace that is freely extended to all. Despite how we blatantly reject God and head down our own sinful ways, the Father sends His Beloved unblemished Son to redeem us from the sin, guilt, and shame that we burdened ourselves with.Furthermore, those who have already experienced such grace should be eager to extend mercy towards those who are still lost by calling them to embrace God's grace instead of casting them away like the older brother. For all who are weary and burdened by the stranglehold of sin in their lives, now is the time to awaken to the abundant grace found in Jesus who paid the price for our sins on the cross and covered us with His blood so that we can be justified before the Father and adopted into His family.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from The Crown Publishing Group in exchange for a book review.
  2. Sarah
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    July 12, 2017
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    In 1757 Robert Robinson, a barbers apprentice, compared it to Streams of mercy, never ceasing. In 1779 a reformed slave-trader named John Newton, overcome by it, simply called it Amazing. In 1922 Haldor Lillenasa humble Norwegian immigrantpenned it to be Deeper than the mighty, rolling sea.

    And today, in 2017, Chris Durso passionately describes the same thing people have been talking, singing, and writing about for centuries: grace. In The Heist: How Grace Robs Us of Our Shame, Durso paints a vivid picture of how radical Gods grace really is by describing Jesus as a thief the mastermind of a heist designed to steal back what is rightfully Gods. Durso explains that our sin and shame keep us from serving God and giving Him praise. However, Durso uses the parable of the prodigal son to show how Gods amazing grace can rob us of the sin and shame that weights us down.

    Durso uses pathos to describe the extent of Gods love for His children and the necessity of His grace in His childrens lives: God never meant for us to carry around the burden of our sin. He doesnt want to see us hunched over, ankle deep in the consequences of our sin, weighed down by guilt and shame, unable to breathe. When we choose to carry sin, we are cutting our lives short (Durso 92).

    Although I enjoyed reading Dursos book because it gave me a renewed perspective on the amazing grace of God, I did struggle a little with the comparison of Jesus as a thief because it felt at times forced, as if Durso were using it only to give the book an edgy, gritty feel, and because it seemed sacrilegious. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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