JERRY BRIDGES: Best-selling author of The Pursuit of Holiness and Trusting God
“’Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.’ These memorable words from the pen of ex-slave trader, John Newton, could well be the sub-title of Red Like Blood.
“This book is the story of two men; one a preacher and the other an obvious sinner, who both learned to drink deeply from the gospel and to experience the amazing grace of God. Red Like Blood is captivating, challenging, and encouraging.
“Both believers and non-believers will enjoy and profit from this book.”
JUSTIN TAYLOR: Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible; Blogger at Between Two Worlds
“Bob and Joe shouldn’t be friends. They have different backgrounds, different personalities, different stories. But in these pages you’ll read the true story of a stunning event in the past that made them blood brothers for life.
“But be forewarned: this isn’t a typical ‘Christian book’ where the authors wear sanitized masks and explain how to live the good life. It’s an exercise in earthy honesty and gritty grace.
“These are guys who have seen sin up close and personal, and cannot get over being amazed by a bloody and risen and reigning Savior. Expect to be changed by reading it.”
PAUL DAVID TRIPP: Pastor, international speaker, and author of several books on practical issues of Christian living including, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands and A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You.
“So much of what purports to be Christianity fails to be real. It is faux Christianity: man-centered, self-atoning, conscience-easing religious therapy for those who don’t want to feel needy or broken.
“Red Like Blood is real. Through the humble stories of two uncomfortably honest men you’ll see the depth of your own need and you’ll celebrate the Savior who meets, forgives and transforms you too.”
DEREK THOMAS: Author of twelve titles including A Biblical Guide to Love, Sex and Marriage; Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary/Jackson; Editorial Director, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
“Every now and then, a book emerges that challenges and informs in ways that seem fresh and stimulating. Employing captivating stories, Coffey and Bevington speak to an audience otherwise deaf to more standard forms of communicating the gospel. The stories are thrilling in themselves, but woven into the telling of them is a gospel-thread that both entices and captivates.
“It is difficult to exaggerate the usefulness of this book in communicating what grace means in the lives of individuals.”
GREG LUCAS: Author of Wrestling with an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability and the Lessons of Grace
“Warning: this book is not for everyone.
“The Apostle Paul defined the gospel mission very plainly, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.’ You cannot sugarcoat sin or filter depravity, no matter what level of greatness you achieve. Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington tell their personal stories of sin and grace from the front stage of life. They pull no punches and make no excuses. Their writing is open, honest, transparent and raw.
“But it is not raw for the sake of shock. It is raw for the sake of hope—a saving hope—that the worst of sinners might not only find grace in the shadow of the cross, but that the darkest of lives can become examples of grace that point the worst of sinners to the gospel.
‘…But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the worst of sinners, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.’
“There is only one color that can repaint the darkness of our sinful past—it is the color red—Red Like Blood.”
STEVE BROWN: Professor Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary /Orlando; author; teacher, “Key Life” radio program
“What a wonderful book! I’m a cynical old preacher and sometimes have to see the ‘real deal’ to keep on doing what I do. This book is enough “real deal” to last a very long time.
“Authenticity–incredible honesty–leaps off every page, and truth–life changing Biblical truth–stands up and salutes. These guys smell like Jesus.
“Read this book and you will ‘rise up and call me blessed’ for having told you about it.”
TULLIAN TCHIVIDJIAN: Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author of Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels and Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different; grandson of Billy Graham
“More and more Christians are rediscovering the fact that when God saves us he doesn’t move us beyond the gospel, but rather more deeply into the gospel. And this is radically reorienting the church to the gospel’s “now-power.” Red Like Blood is a powerful reminder that while our daily sin reaches far, God’s daily grace reaches farther.
“Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington beautifully demonstrate that the gospel doesn’t just rescue us from our past and it doesn’t just rescue us for the future–it rescues us in the present by regularly reminding us that in the economy of grace, brokenness always precedes usefulness.”
TIM CHALLIES: Book reviewer and blogger at www.challies.com and author of The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosionand Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys who are Sick of Porn
“In Red Like Blood Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington share stories of joy and sorrow, laughter and pain, grace upon grace. This book reminds us all that the grace of God is authentic, that it is powerful, that it is enough.
“I commend their book to you so you can see how grace works, how it transforms lives, how the story of these men is really the story of a loving and gracious God.”
TOM RANDALL: PGA Champions Tour Chaplain; Former Director, World Harvest Ministries
“Every page of incredible insight gleaned from their very candid and personal stories of faith encouraged me to walk closer to Jesus!
“The thought provoking, entertaining, and practical picture of a personal faith in Christ was a refreshing challenge.”