God’s grace is not sanitized, sweet, or passive.

It is gritty, gnarly, and it invades the crustiest parts of your soul. Grace disrupts your life by showing you how sinful yet loved you really are. It powerfully changes your posture toward those who need grace just as much as you do.

If you believe God’s grace leaves you because of your sin, you may be on an endless quest to fix a nonexistent problem. No one has to anxiously strive to receive God’s grace that is freely and permanently given. Simply believe that God’s grace is transforming you into who God created you to be.

With Noel’s unique style, this remarkable book shows the rough and radical sides of lives transformed by grace.




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Here’s what people are saying about Wretched Saints:

In Wretched Saints, Noel Jesse Heikkinen has done a fine job dispelling the myth that Christianity is chiefly a religion of judgment, scolding, and separation. Instead, he paints a compelling picture of how awareness and admission of sin become a pathway to enjoying the grace and love of God. Take a risk. Read this book and see if perhaps you’ve misunderstood Christianity all along.

Scott Sauls, Author of Befriend and Irresistible Faith

It’s more than a coincidence that the words wretch and retch are so similar. So much of what Heikkinen covers in this book are the aspects of our own sinful nature and struggles that make us feel like puking. But he does a brilliant, pastoral job of not wallowing in that mess and, instead, giving hope from the depths of God’s grace.

Barnabas Piper, Author and podcaster

In Wretched Saints, my pastor Noel lays out the wonderfully paradoxical truth of the gospel. You are both a sinner, saved by God’s relentless grace, and a saint, covered completely by the cross. In the chapters of this game-changing book, you will unearth practical truths to help you stop striving—yet simultaneously keep growing—as you rest in God’s love and allow Jesus to do the heavy lifting, making you more like Him.

Karen Ehman, New York Times Bestselling Author, Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All

Some writers provide well-argued, biblical foundations for living under grace. Others show how that kind of life might be lived. Noel excels at doing both in this book. It’s wise, insightful, massively encouraging, and highly recommended.

Joel Virgo, Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Church, Brighton, UK

With refreshing transparency and deeply biblical truth, Pastor Noel Heikkinen will reconstruct the faith you once had when you first believed that Jesus loved you. . . . It’s time to stop listening to the lies that point you toward introspection and the never-ending search for self-approval and to rest, really rest, in Christ’s declaration, “It is finished!” I love this book. Pick it up and let its message liberate your soul.

Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author, Finding the Love of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation

I loved Wretched Saints!  It’s the kind of book one doesn’t read just once.  The lies we’ve believed are too ingrained and the gospel so radical that we have to be reminded repeatedly about the truth of our faith. Noel Heikkinen has done that with great skill, humor, and truth.  Read this book, keep it in your library, and read it again and again. 

Steve Brown, Seminary Professor, Author, and Broadcaster

If tired and overwhelmed are words that come to mind when you think about your Christian life, then let Noel help you to be overwhelmed once again by God’s tireless grace for “wretched saints” like us.

Thomas J. Terry, Executive Director, Humble Beast

Martin Luther said that justification by faith must be continually in our ears, or else we will doubt and forget it. Wretched Saints more than rises to the challenge, resounding with the Good News that God meets us in our mess with His saving grace, and that His love isn’t changing, even though we continually second-guess it. What a deeply engaging and ever-urgent reminder of the gospel.

David Zahl, Director of Mockingbird Ministries

Have you ever felt like it’s only a matter of time before people find out? Before they find out about your imperfections, sins, lies, and hypocrisy? If so, then you’ve probably also felt the simultaneous tension of wanting to leave that all behind and walk in freedom. In Wretched Saints, my friend Noel will help you identify the lies that are holding you back, so that you can embrace the truth that will lead you into a life of freedom.

Daniel Im, Author, No Silver Bullets

When it comes to living life in light of God’s grace and mercy, too many Jesus-followers “believe” the theology but never experience the reality. In Wretched Saints, Noel Heikkinen shines a bright light on the truth of God’s declarations about what He’s done and who we’ve become in Christ.

Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author, North Coast Church

I love books that draw attention to the nature of grace. I love it even more when a book brings grace to the places we actually live. If you have felt the tension of being a sinner and being justified by God at the same time but you don’t know how to live in the tension, this book is for you. I can’t wait to get Wretched Saints into the hands of the people of the church I pastor.

Harvey Turner, Author, Friend of Sinners







If Jesus has set us free, why don’t we feel free?

Most Christians can rattle off a laundry list  of reasons that Jesus came, lived a sinless life,  died, and rose again. Eternal life and forgiveness of sins sit right at the top of the list  in most people’s minds, as do love and reconciliation, but one reason is often conspicuously missing: freedom.

Apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free.” Jesus did something that made us free, and the reason he made us free was so that we would actually be free.

If this is true, why don’t we talk about it more in our churches? Why isn’t freedom the center point of our evangelism or even more controversially, our discipleship? Our culture LOVES to talk about freedom and Christians (who have a corner on true freedom) are eerily silent on the issue.

Our pews (and chairs) are filled with people who don’t feel free…not in the slightest. Sinful urges dog them every day, churches and pastors (sometimes unknowingly) shame and guilt them into a standard of living that is utterly unreachable, and just mention prayer to most Christians and they can feel the chains of guilt shackle around their consciences.

Here’s what people are saying about Unchained:

Everybody talks about freedom but very few experience it. Still fewer have the ability to speak about it in such a refreshing, clear, and profound way. That’s what Noel Heikkinen has done in the book you hold in your hands. Unchained is a life-changing book. You’ll laugh, cry, and rejoice as you dance and sing before the throne of One who has set you free. Read this book and give it to everybody you love. They will “rise up and call you blessed!”

Steve Brown, Seminary Professor, Author, and Broadcaster

Noel writes as a pastor who is aware of the bondage men and women wrestle with. He writes out of a deep understanding of scripture applied to real struggles in a really bound up world. This book he has written is well worth your time.

Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church

Lots of Christians talk about the incredible freedom found in the Gospel but they live their life as if it’s an idea, not a reality. In Unchained, Noel Heikkinen loosens the chains that keep so many who have been pardoned living like they are on probation.

Larry Osborne, Pastor of North Coast Church and Author of Accidental Pharisee

Recovering hypocrites of the world rejoice! Noel Jesse Heikkinen has written a beautiful primer on what may be the richest and most exciting (yet misconstrued) word in the Christian lexicon: freedom. Brimming with practical insight and humor, Unchained unpacks the infectious emancipation at the heart of the Christian faith in terms that are both enlivening and deeply reassuring. A vital contribution on a vital subject.

David Zahl, Editor of The Mockingbird Blog, Author of A Mess of Help

Noel Heikkinen is one of the best new generation pastors that is effectively communicating the gospel today. Join my friend in a walk through the scripture, his own story, and the stories of others as he helps us understand what it means to be unchained by the gospel. Read this book with a group of friends to encourage one another with his wise words.

Dave Travis, Chief Encouragement and Executive Officer, Leadership Network

Here is a clear, potent presentation of something I forget just about every hour of my life. The good news really is good news. But not too good to be true. Our problem is not with the message, it’s with our forgetfulness. I’m so glad for Noel, and this book. A brisk reminder of gospel liberty.

Joel Virgo, Senior Pastor, Church of Christ The King, Brighton, UK

It’s been said that you are only as free as those around you feel. I can’t think of anyone better to write a book about our freedom in Christ than my friend Noel Heikkinen. I feel really, really free around him. As you read this book you’ll feel that freedom too. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, I encourage you to join Noel on the path to discover the wonderful, life-changing truth contained in this simple verse: “For Freedom Christ has set us free.”

Elliot Grudem, Founder and President, Leaders Collective, Pastor, Vintage Church, Author

As a fellow ‘recovering hypocrite,’ I found myself feeling very hopeful as I read Unchained. And I was not disappointed. In his book, Noel has powerfully reminded us, in a sincere and no-nonsense way, of the freedom Jesus wants us to experience. This is a book written by a fellow traveler and not some know-it-all expert.

Chris Willard, Church Consultant and Generosity Strategist, Leadership Network and Generis