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I Would Die for You: One Student's Story of Passion, Service and Faith

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In a day of iPods and MySpace, when adolescents can seem self-serving and self-absorbed, the powerful story of the life of BJ Higgins proves that things can be otherwise. BJ's life was one of passionate service to God and to other people. He even inspired Bart Millard, lead singer of Mercy Me, to write and record a song to honor him. After a six-week battle with an infection contracted on the mission field, BJ's earthly life was over--he was only 15 years old.
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Overview

In a day of iPods and MySpace, when adolescents can seem self-serving and self-absorbed, the powerful story of the life of BJ Higgins proves that things can be otherwise. BJ's life was one of passionate service to God and to other people. He even inspired Bart Millard, lead singer of Mercy Me, to write and record a song to honor him. After a six-week battle with an infection contracted on the mission field, BJ's earthly life was over--he was only 15 years old.
I Would Die for You tells BJ's inspiring story. It combines the writing of parents Brent and Deanna Higgins with selections from BJ's journals, school papers, and blog, along with true stories from family members, church and hospital staff, and friends. Through this multi-layered text, youth pastors, teens, and those involved in missions work will get a glimpse of a young man who gave his life to God, lived the gospel, and died for his devotion. Stirring and full of encouragement, I Would Die for You is poised to inspire a new generation of believers to give their lives in God's service.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800732448
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 356,347
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent Higgins is an ordained minister and youth pastor. He currently serves as vice president for international operations for Awe Star Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization committed to equipping believers for life, speaking to 25,000 people each year. Deanna Higgins is an accomplished musician and elementary school music teacher. She also serves alongside her husband, leading mission trips for Awe Star Ministries. Brent and Deanna now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Table of Contents

Preface     5
Prologue: The New Patient     7
The Basics
Love Is a Verb: Love. Just do it     11
Divine Encounter: Know Jesus     19
A Willing Witness: Share the gospel     27
Passion for the Ultimate: Know the Word     36
Ice to Fire: Heed God's call     44
The Passage Perv 2004
Rite of Passage: BJ Becomes a Man: Grow up!     57
Armed and Dangerous: Suit up!     66
Audience of One: Worship God alone     76
The Challenge
Coming Home: Turn away from sin     87
A Sword Unsheathed: Stand up and fight     96
The Return Perv 2005
Don't Waste Your Life: Make your life count     109
Heartbeat of Obedience: Follow God     119
Rescue the Perishing: Reach the nations     128
The Battle
Daily Christian Dying: Die to self daily     141
So the World Will See: Pursue unity among believers     151
www.prayforbj.com: Trust in a faithful God     161
The Legacy
Haste the Day: Suffer for his glory     175
Memorial Calling: Aqui Estoy!: Find your identity in Christ     186
Memorial Celebration: Enviame Me!: Take my place     195
I Would Die for you: You never know why you're alive until you know what you would diefor     203
Afterword: Taking BJ's Place-North Africa     213
IM Conversation: Zach's Salvation through BJ's Witness     215
Frequently Asked Questions     221
Acknowledgments     223
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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Will You Accept the Challenge?

    Brent and Deanna Higgins have compiled a wonderful biography of their son's life. "I Would Die For You" will make you laugh and cry, but most of all it will challenge you - no matter your age. At 15 years of age, BJ had a relationship with Jesus Christ that many three times his age long for. This book would be a wonderful gift for a teenager struggling to find his/her way, but it would also be a wonderful gift for adults. A youth group or small group study is another wonderful use for this book.

    Over and over in the book Brent and Deanna used the phrase "BJ got it". After reading exerpts from his journals and blogs, I'll have to agree. His life was not his own; it was totally surrendered to God. His life stands as a challenge to each of us. Will we stand for Christ - even if it costs us our lives?

    Though BJ's life on earth was short, his life had tremendous purpose. He served in Peru and would often be found leading the most unapproachable to Christ - even policemen! He saw every person and as a soul in need of a Savior. His journals share "How God Worked In My Life Today" and, personally, I took this as a prompt for the teenagers in my household. BJ LOOKED for ways God was working around him. He shared his struggles in walking as a Christian and how he overcame them. He shared the beautiful transition on his 15th birthday from boyhood to manhood as his parents gave him a sword... he unsheathed that sword and prepared to "raise a revolution".

    Read the book; be challenged to memorize the Scriptures leading each chapter - those from BJ's "memorization list"; be challenged to share the Truth of the Gospel where ever you are.

    Will YOU accept the challenge?

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

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    A memorable biography

    So many religious leaders send others to do their ¿battles¿ while they collect hedonistic rewards on earth; leading to cynicism as preaching is do what I say not what I do. Thus the inspiring true story of fifteen year old BJ Higgins is not just refreshing; his life renews the reader¿s soul. From the opening preface in which Indiana RN Donna Guilder describes her first meeting with BJ when he is rushed to the hospital with a respiratory infection until his death six weeks later from what he caught doing God¿s mission in Peru and the aftermath from his still strong belief in God¿s way; this teen is what religion needs to be. BJ lived what he believed in and died for what he believed in; never doubting God¿s plan even when he did not understand it. Well written, no one who reads this engaging combination biography and autobiography (from BJ¿s blogs and journals) will doubt this young man¿s devotion to spread the gospel nor his conviction as death was imminent.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

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    If you want a fresh look on how life is truly to be lived, you will be awed by this 15 year old boy's story. I highly recommend it!

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