“That didn’t go like I thought it would.”
“Why does it seem like nothing is ever easy?” 
“Life is too painful sometimes. “
“Why does God require us to work so hard?” 

Have you heard yourself making any of these statements? We all have at times; sometimes it seems like all the time. This book is about the “grit” of life. Grit is what we frequently refer to as struggles, problems, difficulties, or trials. Grit is like coarse sandpaper. In the hands of a master carpenter, it is a tool used to shape a beautiful piece of furniture. 

God is the master carpenter of our lives, and He uses grit to knock down the rough edges of our life, and shape us into a better person. Without grit we would be of little purpose to God or anyone else. 

Writing with a pastor’s heart and the experience of a fellow struggler, John Duncan provides insightful commentary about the difficulties of life. John is just at home with ancient Greek philosophers as he is with modern sports heroes. Sacred Grit will give you a fresh understanding about the difficulties you face, and the possibility of hope. 

John Duncan says, “I have written Sacred Grit to offer hope in Christ, trust in God’s hand, encouragement for the sweat and weariness of the journey, hope for the broken-hearted, and grace for life’s race.”

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. 

Sacred Grit 
Faith to Push Through
When you Feel Like
Giving Up

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