The best trips occur when you go off road and get in the muck and the mire—the dung of life. The best stories are about overcoming difficulties. What will yours be? As John Duncan writes, “You put the past in your rearview mirror, open your heart to God’s wonderful surprise, and reach forward by His grace as you journey onward. New commitments spell new goals, new dreams, and necessitate the un-fear of taking risks.”

Dr. Daryl Eldridge 
President of Rockbridge Seminary

“Sacred Dung: Grace to Turn Bad Things into Good Things” is an exceptional and captivating examination of the way God uses problems, failures, and difficulties to propagate the good things in our lives. It is really the gospel story – God turning defeat into victory, death into life, sorrow into joy.

“Sacred Dung” is the third book of John Duncan’s “Sacred Trilogy.” Each of these books looks at common experiences in the life of every believer, but turns them over and over, like a diamond in the hands of an experienced jeweler. Duncan has a wonderful grasp of the language, which allows him to present a marvelous display of God’s grace. 

“Sacred Dung” provides a discussion of those things we would rather not talk about, but conversation is necessary because these things, as bad as they are, mold our lives. After reading this book you will look at your struggles and problems from a new perspective – through the lens of grace. 

John Duncan is a pastor, scholar, husband, and father. As you read his books, his love for reading will become apparent. His favorite places to travel include Cambridge, England, the North Carolina mountains, and any beach with sand and water. John is a huge sports fan, especially of teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. His writing focuses on three elements: spiritual focus, nature, and the classics.

John and his wife Judy have three daughters, all graduates of Baylor University and all married. As you will discover from reading the book, he is excited about becoming a grandfather. He is currently interim pastor at First Baptist Church San Marcos, TX and an Adjunct Professor at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco.

John’s pastoral experience spans 34 years and includes First Baptist Church, Georgetown, and Lakeside Baptist Church, Granbury, Texas. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s Degree at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, John earned a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. His most recent academic achievement is D. Phil. at The Open University at the Kirby-Laing Institute at Tyndale House Cambridge, England. 

John has an extensive writing ministry and is published in numerous periodicals. 

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