Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain

I have finished listening to a book called To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler and Jared C. Wilson and is read by David Cochran Heath.

About the book:
The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.

In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don't get Jesus, we've lost! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him—everything should be about Jesus.

My thoughts:
I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up to review this book.  At first it was hard for me to get into the book and follow along as I listened.  For this reason I would like to listen to the first couple of chapters again and see if I get anything new out of it. I did enjoy the book though the longer I listened and was encouraged as a Christian.  Philippians is one of my favorite books of the Bible and as the author says there are many well-quoted verses from this book.  What stuck out to me was to be reminded that these were not just nice little sayings.  To be reminded of what Paul was living and had endured was an encouragement to me.  I also liked how the author talked about early Christians in great detail.  This made these Christians seem more real to me than they have previously reading about them. 

The narrator David Cochran Heath did a good job reading and I enjoyed listening to him read.

I received this book for my review from the christianaudio Reviewers Program.

Have a day of blessings!

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