Total depravity does not mean “utter depravity.” Utter depravity describes someone who is as bad as he or she can possibly be. Thankfully, God’s restraining grace keeps even the worst of us from being utterly depraved. Even the most detestable villians of human history never could have been worse. So don’t read utter depravity into total depravity.
– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 2543