The Heart of Jesus: How He Really Feels about You

By Dane Ortlund

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The Heart of Jesus: How He Really Feels about You

By Dane Ortlund

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Concise Edition of Dane Ortlund’s Book Gentle and Lowly, Edited for Young Readers, New Christians, and Seekers

When Christians struggle with sin, they can easily feel that God is close to giving up on them. But in Matthew 11, Jesus describes himself as “gentle and lowly in heart,” longing for believers to find rest in him. The good news of the gospel flows from God’s deepest love for his people. 

In this concise book adapted from the bestselling Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund, readers will encounter Jesus’s tender heart for sinners and sufferers. Written for a wide audience—including younger readers, new Christians, and anyone who struggles with reading—it features easy-to-read terms and helpful explanations. The chapters are also short enough to read at bedtime, around the dinner table, or during lunchtime. The Heart of Jesus dives deep into Bible passages that speak of who Christ is, comforting and sustaining readers with the affections of Christ for his people.

  • Adapted from Gentle and Lowly: Smaller chapters and sentences are ideal for younger readers and busy families, as well as those who might have difficulty reading a longer book
  • Provides a Unique Perspective: Confronts readers’ typical thoughts on God’s heart
  • Scripture-Based: Explores passages throughout the whole Bible to give readers a full picture of God’s heart for sinners


Dane Ortlund

Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners. Dane and his wife, Stacey, have five children.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Size: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 4.34 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-9373-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-9373-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433593734
Case Quantity: 92
Published: August 20, 2024

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: His Very Heart
Chapter 2: His Heart in Action
Chapter 3: The Happiness of Christ
Chapter 4: Able to Sympathize
Chapter 5: I Will Never Cast Out
Chapter 6: To the Uttermost
Chapter 7: The Beauty of the Heart of Christ
Chapter 8: The Emotional Life of Christ
Chapter 9: A Tender Friend
Chapter 10: Why the Spirit?
Chapter 11: Father of Mercies
Chapter 12: The Lord, the Lord
Chapter 13: His Ways Are Not Our Ways
Chapter 14: Yearning for You
Chapter 15: Rich in Mercy
Chapter 16: He Loved Us Then; He’ll Love Us Now
Chapter 17: To the End
Chapter 18: Buried in His Heart Forevermore
Conclusion: The Point of This Whole Book
General Index 
Scripture Index


“This is a sweet and comforting book that will grow your knowledge, provoke your worship, and inspire your devotion. Best of all, it will help you to know, love, and trust our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Tim Challies, author, Seasons of Sorrow

“During a difficult time in my life, the Lord used Dane Ortlund to remind me of the beautiful reality of Christ’s love—that he is gentle and lowly in heart, overflowing with perfect love and compassion for sinners like me. Now, in The Heart of Jesus, we find these comforting gospel truths made even more accessible to needful, weary souls. I pray this book is read widely, leading many to draw near to Christ for cleansing mercy and true rest.”
Scott James, author, The Sower; Mission Accomplished; The Expected One; and The Risen One

“As a grandfather who loves to read to his grandchildren, I’m always on the lookout for good books. I look for works that will bring them joy as well as nurture their love for the Lord. I also look forward to the day when I can give them great books to read on their own. One of the first books I plan to give them is Dane Ortlund’s The Heart of Jesus. I wouldn’t be surprised if they read it over and over—just as I have read and reread Ortlund’s Gentle and Lowly.”
Randy Newman, Late Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism, C. S. Lewis Institute; author, Questioning Faith and Bringing the Gospel Home

“Dane Ortlund’s The Heart of Jesus is a profound journey into the very core of Christ’s being, revealing his unfathomable love and unending compassion for humanity. Through reflections on Christ’s emotions, actions, and unchanging character, Ortlund beautifully illustrates the depth of Jesus’s heart, inviting readers to experience the transformative power of his love. This book not only unveils the heart of our Savior but also reassures us of his eternal devotion, making it a must-read for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s boundless love.”
Shane Pruitt, author, 9 Common Lies Christians Believe; Calling Out the Called; and Revival Generation

“During the height of the 2020 pandemic lockdown, I received a copy of Dane Ortlund’s Gentle and Lowly. I’m not sure if there was ever a more perfect book for me, personally, at just the right time. It gave me life. I am thankful that Ortlund’s scriptural thoughts on the heart of Jesus will now be accessible to those in the multigenerational church I pastor, people I desperately want to see realize the Savior’s love. I believe the church will be strengthened in our affections for Christ as we grow in knowledge of his heart for us. The gospel is indeed good news. Ortlund has served us greatly by putting together this much shorter and more reader-friendly version of what I consider to be his modern classic. What a gift to be reminded of the Savior who runs to our suffering and sin rather than away from it. Take in this deep breath of fresh air.”
Dean Inserra, Pastor, City Church, Tallahassee, Florida; author, The Unsaved Christian and A Short Guide To Church: What Is It All About?

“When I read Gentle and Lowly, it changed my life! In 47 years in church, I’d never noticed that Jesus described himself this way. It was also mind-boggling to see how Dane Ortlund described Father God as so gracious, based on Jesus’s words, when I’d been taught more of the wrath and anger of God. As a public high-school English teacher, I’ve seen how today’s students have fallen behind in their reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition, and how their attention spans have shortened. For most of them, the original version would go over their heads, or they would give up trying to read it. I am thrilled that this version has been created, and I cannot wait to tell former students and church youth groups about it!”
Jen C., mother and teacher, North Carolina

“Beyond the tangible gift of this book lies the intangible gift of the gospel that Gentle and Lowly shares with anyone who has the privilege of reading it. Our humble fellowship has chosen to read it together so that we may all better know the ‘single diamond’ of Christ’s heart, as conveyed in both this book and the word of God.”
Thomas, inmate, San Quentin Rehabilitation Center, California