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Editor’s Note: Click here to access a free download of the first chapter of 1 Peter: The Grace of Exile by Nate Holdridge. The following is from the back cover:

In a world where the true church finds itself increasingly on the margins, it’s easy to feel discouraged.

But what if this life on the margins is a gift?

In The Grace of Exile, we embark on a journey through 1 Peter, a letter written to exiles, and discover that the life of a religious minority, though filled with hardships, is infused with God’s true grace.

As we navigate the challenges of living in a post-Christian world, this study offers a fresh perspective on what it means to be a faithful follower of Christ. We’ll learn to rejoice in what we have in Christ, even when the world rejects us, and explore biblical strategies for building up our gospel communities.

Whether serving on a university campus, working in a corporate environment, or engaging online, The Grace of Exile will equip you with the wisdom needed to navigate your setting as a follower of Christ.

You’ll be comforted by the life Peter describes, knowing that you don’t have to fight, flee, or conform.

Instead, you’ll discover the exciting possibilities of life on the margins—grace is there! As Peter declares, “I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it” (1 Peter 5:12).

Join us as we shift from maintenance to mission, from settling to sojourning, and from accepted to alien, learning to stand firm in the grace of exile.

Nate Holdridge is the senior pastor of Calvary Monterey. He teaches and writes at