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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney

Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing
by C.J. Mahaney
Product Details
Hardcover: 158 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Date Published: 2006
Point: The truth of the Gospel must permeate every aspect of my life. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures, and that is the foundation of my existence.
Path: This book is basically divided into two key parts. First, Mahaney walks through the story of the cross. Taking individual chapters to explain the physical, emotional, and spiritual elements of Christ’s sacrifice. The second part (placed in several chapters before and after the story of the cross) revolves around the daily aspects of living in light of the Gospel.
Sources: The author cites many current evangelicals such as John Piper, D.A. Carson, Jerry Bridges, and others.
Agreement: The message presented by Mahaney needs to be repeated. Taking time to walk through the story of the cross and its ramifications for my life was a great challenge. The author provides personal illustrations and practical suggestions which make this an extremely helpful book. Keeping the chapters short makes it good devotional reading.
Disagreement: There may be a few verses which I would not have used, a generalization or oversimplification here or there, but no major contentions. Footnotes, instead of endnotes, would have been much more helpful.
Personal App: The message of this book is both challenging and encouraging. As I read through this book I was challenged to daily repeat the Gospel to myself and others. If I step away from the cross, looking for something more, I will always be disappointed.
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it. We used it as a book study with our youth group and found it to be helpful.

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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)