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The Heist

How Grace Robs Us of Our Shame

Chris Durso

About The Heist

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

“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

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.


“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

“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 bestselling 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 bestselling 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 bestselling 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

About Chris Durso

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.

Product Details

224 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Jul 11, 2017

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