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To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain by [Chandler, Matt, Wilson, Jared C.]
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"The church has been blessed by the book of Philippians ever since Paul wrote it, and this presentation of it is fresh and powerful. Matt mines the riches of this great Bible book to teach us to never be content with stagnant Christianity."
--Kyle Idleman

"Matt's words will kick you in the tail in the best way. We don't want to live numb, and we often need a kick to remember life isn't a game and God is no myth. You will find yourself craving God again and craving everything else a little less."
--Jennie Allen

"I trust Matt Chandler to speak on any biblical issue, but especially on discipleship. This book will help you live as Jesus would if He were in your place."
--Dr. Darrin Patrick

"Few man whom I have personally known have truly suffered. Even fewer have I known who have suffered well. Matt Chandler is one of them. Matt has written an excellent book reminding us that one of our primary callings as followers of Christ is to die to ourselves and that only through that death can we truly live."
--Matt Carter

"Matt Chandler is a man captivated by Jesus, the gospel, and grace. In this, his latest book, he takes us on a journey into the depths of Paul's famous letter to the Philippians and reveals the full beauty of a life so centered on Jesus that all else pales in comparison."
--Larry Osborne

"To known Jesus is the essence of life, and I love how Matt Chandler stirs up our affections for Him in his book T"o Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain." Matt's beautiful, practical, and straightforward unplacking of Philippians will nudge you toward maturity ... and a more robust walk with the Savior. Get it, and dive in today."
--Louie Giglio

"Few man whom Ihave personally known have truly suffered. Even fewer have Iknown who have suffered well. Matt Chandler is one of them. Matt has written an excellent book reminding us that one of our primary callings as followers of Christ is to die to ourselves and that only through that death can we truly live."
--Matt Carter"

"Matt Chandler has offered readers rich biblical wisdom in his writings thus far, and "To Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain" is no exception. This book calls us to follow Jesus with everything we've got. It's as simple and as profound as that. This powerful new work cuts through all the trappings and goes to the heart of the gospel: Jesus. Highly recommended!"
--Mark Batterson"

About the Author

Matt Chandler pastors The Village Church, a multi-campus church attended by more than 10,000 people. His sermons are regularly one of the top five podcasts on iTunes and his first book, "The Explicit Gospel," has sold over 110,000 copies. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.""JARED C. WILSON is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont. He is an award-winning writer whose articles and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals, and he also wrote the popular books "Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness," and "Gospel Deeps," as well as the curriculum "Abide." Wilson blogs daily at Gospel Driven Church, at thegospelcoalition.org.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (1 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DWTB3DY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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His cancer is only mentioned once in the book (and then only in passing). But it certainly lends this book credibility to know that a few years ago its author suddenly had to face the news of a malignant brain tumour. That experience, and the medical treatment which followed, must surely have honed Matt Chandler's thoughts on life, death and eternity.

The book's title, of course, comes from a famous verse in Philippians. And its theme, in a nutshell, is that Christians are made for maturity; and that maturity comes from having a gospel-centred perspective on life.

Matt Chandler doesn't so much expound Philippians as explore some of its key threads: joy, humility, passion, perseverance, contentment, etc. He starts in Acts 16 with the founding of the Philippian church, and wonders how the three converts mentioned there (the wealthy Lydia, the demon-possessed slave girl, and the 'blue-collar' jailer) are doing 10-15 years later when Paul writes to them. That's an interesting perspective.

Overall the style is informal to the point of being slangy at times...and sometimes (for me) to the point of being irritating! The authors are listed on the cover as 'Matt Chandler with Jared C Wilson'; the book doesn't give any clues as to what their respective roles were, and it may be that a certain amount of Chandler's spoken material has been adapted for the book.

The book could, for me, profitably have been fifty pages shorter by being written in a less chatty way and being tightened up a little more. Nevertheless, it presents a solid and challenging picture of what it might mean for us to say, as Paul did, "To live is Christ and to die is gain".
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Really enjoying this book. The chapters are short with not too many points, but each chapter challenges to really live for Christ. Good stories too, with examples from everyday life. Would certainly recommend it.
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Well worth a read as th book dwells on the practical beginnings of the ministry in Philippi and teams them up with Paul's intimate and caring attitude towards the church there ... very good
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Easy reading. Good to understand some needs that we must respect when walking in Christ path. Direct and truthful. Worth buying.
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My full review can be found here: [...]
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Chandler writes this book "to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity." In his book, Chandler looks at some of the themes Paul writes about in Philippians, a book to help grow one to maturity, being unified, learning and walking in humility, persevering, and being content in Christ in all circumstances. "

Our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him--everything should be about Jesus."

***The Chocolate Milk:
+ Chapter 4 (What the Humble Seek) is about being humble and howing humility to a world that wants to show off. We don't want to be like Paul and boast in our weaknesses; the world points them out to us enough. But Chandler (pg. 42) asks the pointed question: Why do we follow God? Do we follow Him because we're hoping for a nice mansion on earth, or do we follow Him for who He is and what He's done despite what the world does to us?
 The life of humility is based on the cross of Christ.

+Chapter 5(The Passionate Pursuit) was about yearning for a relationship with Christ over trying to be good for Him. Chandler in no way discredits trying to live a righteous life. What he tries to do away with is living to be a better person over knowing God. It's not being a better man/woman that leads to abundant life (Jn. 10:10).

It's knowing God through Jesus Christ. "It's the difference between obeying to be accepted and obeying because we are accepted" (pg. 78).
 We strive for that perfection, to get stronger in our weaknesses (prayer, studying, evangelism, serving, etc), though God will use us despite our weaknesses.
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