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A Million Ways to Die: The Only Way to Live

A Million Ways to Die: The Only Way to Live

by Rick James

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We talk a lot about resurrection. What about the death that must come first? Through story and biblical insight, Rick James reminds us that when Jesus tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him, he is describing a path of death, not a path to death.

Giving up our own plans in order to meet someone else’s needs. Allowing God to shape our dreams, even as we lose a relationship, a job, a hoped-for future. Being alert to these daily opportunities to die to ourselves is how we discover that every act of dying, done in faith, leads to spiritual growth.

As we learn to embrace the little deaths of everyday existence, we lose our taste for lifeless religiosity. Our appetite for a thriving, vibrant life in Christ grows—and our own experience motivates others to live out their extraordinary mission on earth. In truth, death is not an ending. It is the only way to experience abundant life.

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ISBN-13: 9781434702722
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Rick James is Publisher of CruPress, the publishing arm of Campus Crusade. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the author of numerous books, including Jesus Without Religion. He and his family live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 10

Chapter 1 Better Off Dead 12

Section 1 Democracy of Death

Chapter 2 Everybody Dies 29

Chapter 3 Our Cross, His Cross 43

Chapter 4 Our Life, His Life 60

Section 2 The Wake of Faith

Chapter 5 The Anatomy Lesson 74

Chapter 6 Waiting and Waiting 83

Chapter 7 Welcome Back 99

Section 3 The Life of Martyrs

Chapter 8 The Death in Witness 109

Chapter 9 The Power of Evangelism 126

Chapter 10 Ready and Willing 141

Section 4 La Petite Mort (The Little Death of Trials)

Chapter 11 The Secret Life of Trials 149

Chapter 12 Death of a Thousand Cuts 164

Chapter 13 Flight to Phoenix 175

Section 5 Ode to Courage

Chapter 14 Taps 192

Chapter 15 Honorable Mention 202

Chapter 16 Ordinary Heroes 215

Section 6 Humbled and Mortified

Chapter 17 Humiliation 227

Chapter 18 Strip Search 237

Chapter 19 Being Ever So Humble 251

Section 7 The Passion of Love

Chapter 20 What is Love, Anyway? 267

Chapter 21 The Heart of Love 287

Chapter 22 The Heat of Passion 303

Epilogue: Requiem 319

Endnotes 333

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