Dying to Live: Abandoning Yourself to God's Bold Paradox

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Clayton King has spoken to two-million-plus people in 30 countries, including hundreds of thousands in the teen-to-thirties age group. Inspiring, humorous, energetic, he presents Christianity's unchanging core message with new vividness and passion.

In Dying to Live, he challenges Christians to throw aside the "bigger, richer, more successful" paradigm and risk following Christ unreservedly. Readers will freshly see the joy of laying their ...

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Overview

Clayton King has spoken to two-million-plus people in 30 countries, including hundreds of thousands in the teen-to-thirties age group. Inspiring, humorous, energetic, he presents Christianity's unchanging core message with new vividness and passion.

In Dying to Live, he challenges Christians to throw aside the "bigger, richer, more successful" paradigm and risk following Christ unreservedly. Readers will freshly see the joy of laying their lives down for the gospel as Clayton...

  • tells stories--his own and others'--that give poignant, attractive pictures of radical discipleship
  • considers why people are drawn to those willing to sacrifice themselves for others
  • examines Jesus' paradox: that giving away your life is the only way to find it

Believers hungering for a life that's worth dying for will be electrified by this passionate call to the bold virtues of living all-out for God, risking death, knowing their life is significant and their future is secure.

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"The call of Jesus to His followers is to come and die. That is what it means to 'take up your cross.' I am so thankful for a book that will cut against the grain of easy-believism and fad Christianity. In these pages, Clayton connects the theology of the Lordship of Christ to the practical, daily challenges of serving Christ and others for the sake of the gospel."
--Dr. Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia

"I have known Clayton since we were teenagers, and there is one thing that has always characterized his ministry and his message: He proclaims the gospel by making a big deal out of Jesus and by calling people to radical commitment. He preaches this message as our teaching pastor at Newspring Church.
"That is what Dying to Live is all about. It's bold. It's challenging. It's funny. And it's real, just like Clayton. Don't just read this book. Live according to it!"
--Perry Noble, senior pastor, Newspring Church

"Since I first met Clayton in the mid-90s, he has been a consistent voice calling people to die to themselves for the sake of the gospel. This book is a deep and compelling argument for living life contrary to the way the world tells you to live. In putting Christ and others first, we actually find the kingdom of God coming among us in power."
--Mac Powell, lead singer, Third Day

"Dying to Live is more than a book title by my friend Clayton King. It is the essence of the Christian faith! We exist for God and for others, to bring those who are far from God into abundant life in Christ. We do that by embracing sacrifice, service, and selfless faith. This book is a masterful exposition of the kind of life Jesus commands us to live by His Holy Spirit. You would do well to read it over and over again."
--Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church

"Clayton King's Dying to Live propels you forward in the abundant life. How in the world does one advance in life by dying? The answer comes in high-definition clarity through the journey Clayton takes his readers on, sentence by sentence, page by page, and chapter by chapter. This expedition demands sweat and sacrifices that cause great pain, but the destination brings greater pleasure to the Christian whose goal is God's glory!"
--Tony Nolan, evangelist, author, and pastor

"Clayton King's Dying to Live is a powerful plea for Christians to die to themselves and live for Christ, to reject the superficial and live for the eternal. King has the unique ability to communicate biblical truth in a way that is disarming, winsome, and persuasive.

"The reader will find solid biblical teaching spiced with riveting personal stories, quotes from respected theologians, and diverse cultural references. King moves easily between the Bible's teaching, Bon Jovi's lyrics, and Braveheart's battle scenes. Recommended especially for students and young adults."
--Bruce Riley Ashford, Dean of The College at Southeastern Research Fellow, The Center for Faith and Culture, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Intercultural Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"There is no one I know in America who is more gifted at calling people to the gospel than Clayton King. I thank God for His gift to the church in Clayton, as God has used him to bring lots of people to Christ here at the Summit Church. This book contains the best of Clayton, and in it you sense the radical working of the Spirit that has characterized his ministry. I warmly recommend it!"
--J.D. Greear, lead pastor, The Summit Church

"Dying to Live is a great book that focuses the reader to live their life for the glory of God. It is written in a easy-to-read storytelling format, combining humor and raw transparency from the author's life...Clayton King is a great storyteller and a great writer. You will be glad you purchased a copy of this incredibly honest, spiritually sound and wonderfully hope-filled journey through the Christ life and all its meant to be in Dying to Live!"
--Dr. Matthew Lee Smith PhD, Executive Director, EaglesInLeadership.org

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736926539
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 802,744
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Clayton King, a pastor, evangelist, missionary, and author, has been dedicated since age 14 to proclaiming the gospel and calling Christians to live out the life of Jesus. He has spoken to millions of people in 30-plus countries and written numerous books, including Dying to Live, Amazing Encounters with God, and 12 Questions to Ask Before You Marry (coauthored with his wife, Charie). Clayton loves good books, the outdoors, strong coffee, dirt bikes and four-wheelers, and especially his wife and children.
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Table of Contents

Connecting with God's Big Story 9

Chapter 1 Laying a Foundation 13

Chapter 2 What Would I Die For? 17

Chapter 3 Thomas-A Man of Contradictions 23

Chapter 4 Finding Life by Finding Something to Die For 33

Chapter 5 Dying to Position and Authority 39

Chapter 6 Jesus Is Lord 47

Chapter 7 Beaten, Bruised, and Blessed 57

Chapter 8 Come and Die 63

Chapter 9 Sin Manager vs. Selfless Martyr 73

Chapter 10 Panic and Peace 81

Chapter 11 God in the Darkness 87

Chapter 12 Suffering for a Purpose 97

Chapter 13 My First Real Run 107

Chapter 14 Enduring Hardship with Two Little Witnesses 115

Chapter 15 What If I Still Want to Be First? 123

Chapter 16 Don't Lose the Muscle 133

Chapter 17 My Big Break 139

Chapter 18 Life from Death 149

Chapter 19 Take Up Your Cross 155

Chapter 20 Parting Shot 165

Resources for Further Exploration 167

Notes 169

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

    A Great Read by a Great Speaker/Author

    I finished reading Clayton King's Dying to Live a few weeks ago and have meant to write how much I enjoyed it. I've heard Clayton speak at our church and he is an awesome speaker. His knowledge of biblical history and how it relates to current culture is amazing. But what sets Clayton apart is his attitude of dying to himself that the Word might be preached. He tells the reader early on that the title of this book was born in an encounter with a student after a rally who exclaimed that they had been looking for purpose in everything, but had yet to find it. They were dying to live -- to truly live.

    From the get-go Clayton challenges the reader to ask themself what, if anything, they would be willing to die for. I had to ask myself this same question. This book is so rich with wisdom... easy to follow and engaging. It's full of marks from my highlighter. I highly recommend it to anyone who is ready to take their faith beyond the casual faith stage and onto finding a life of purpose as the Holy Spirit transforms our focus off of ourselves and onto Him. It could not have come at a better time for me as I'm jaded with the American Dream and ready to focus on God and how He can use me. God is calling me to follow him selflessly and he's speaking that to me through Clayton's words. The heart of this book is to get you thinking "what am I willing to die for?". And once you're ready to die to everything else to pursue that one thing, you'll finally be able to live.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    Great Book by a Great Author!

    Dying to Live is a great book that focuses the reader to live their life for the glory of God. It is written in a easy-to-read story-telling format, combining humor and raw transparency from the author's life.

    Clayton zeros in on the core concept of the book early: What would I die for? Moving chapter by chapter, King causes us to reconsider how we live life - all the while encouraging and nudging us to make the right decisions. Acknowledging the battle within by sharing his flaws, foibles and failures, Clayton lifts the reader's spirit and builds a vision of hope throughout the journey we take together in this book.

    You will benefit greatly from the study of the ideas in this book. I highly recommend that you buy several copies and do a group study. If you will .

    . You will never look at 'Doubting' Thomas the same again!
    . You will discover that the phrase, "Jesus is Lord" is loaded with meaning from it's historical context and has deep ramifications to our life with Christ today!
    . You will find yourself nodding in agreement when he explains how "That which is gained too easily is valued too lightly."
    . You will see why some of your struggles with self and sin continue on as you read the chapter, "Sin Manager vs. Selfless Martyr." In that chapter you will discover that "[Jesus] assumed the position of selfless martyr. The Pharisees assumed the position of sin manager."
    . You will be encouraged when you hear Clayton's real-life explanation of the lessons he learned when God changed the direction of his life path and the confusion it brought in God and the Darkness.
    . You will be spiritually strengthened as you see the value of Suffering for a Purpose.
    . You will grimace and identify with the negative motivations for living our lives for Christ when King shares about his messed up motives in My Big Break.

    Clayton King is a great storyteller and a great writer. You will be glad you purchased a copy of this incredibly honest, spiritually sound and wonderfully hope-filled journey through the Christ life and all its meant to be in Dying to Live!

    ~ Dr. Matthew Lee Smith PhD
    Executive Director, EaglesInLeadership.org

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    This is not the next book you buy that will hang out in the bathroom waiting for your next visit.

    Its simple, its complex, its funny, its a life changer and at times you may cry. It is a page turner and I cant wait to get home and read it kinda book. Clayton has an amazing way of sharing Gods word throughout the stories in this book. I believe with every fiber and truth of my being that Clayton King is an annoited man of God and not only talks the talk but he walks the walk. If you do what he does than you to can have what he has. If you are seeking God in any way, if you dont believe that God exists, if you have people in your life that you would like to bless, then pick up this book today and get ready to go a little deeper because we all are Dying to live.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    Dying to Live

    Clayton King has the ability to tell about his life experiences in such a way that you feel as though you were actually there with him. He has always done this on stage and in the pulpit and his new book has you laughing hysterically one minute and teary eyed the next. It speaks to all people, young and old and is a very well-written, very easy read. And the ending? It's authentic Clayton ... just doing what our Lord Jesus gifted him to do.

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