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Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing Hardcover – 19 Jan 2006

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah UK; First Printing edition (19 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590525787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590525784
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every Timothy needs a Paul. C. J. is mine and this book contains his life-message. It is my handbook for pursuing a cross centered life. Read it yourself, and let God realign your life. --JOSHUA HARRIS, Pastor and bestselling author

C. J. Mahaney is the most spiritually infectious Christian I know! His passionate pursuit of Christ is so enviable to me because it flows out of both his own daily contemplation of the Savior as well as his intimate knowledge of the Word of God. Would to God that all true believers be infected with a huge dose of the same kind of enthusiasm for living the cross centered life. If you read and seek to apply what C. J. skillfully writes in this wonderful book, you just might find yourself contracting the same glorious disease he has, with the joyful hope of spreading it all around! --LANCE QUINN, Pastor-teacher at The Bible Church of Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas

You're holding the book you want to read to begin living the Christian life. You re also holding the book you want to read to help you continue living the Christian life. There s no other place to begin living the Christian life than at the cross. There s no other place to keep living the Christian life than at the cross. C. J. Mahaney s Living the Cross Centered Life will help you do that. --MARK DEVER, Senior pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. and author of "Nine Marks of a Healthy Church"

About the Author

C. J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. He served as pastor of Covenant Life Church in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., for twenty-seven years before handing the role to Joshua Harris. He is the author of The Cross Centered Life, Christ Our Mediator, Humility: True Greatness, and Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know . C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters and one son. They make their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


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This book, like all of C. J.’s others is grace filled, cross centred, and Christ exalting.
Both Biblical and immensely practical, filled with humour and passion, it is simply a joy to read.
This book will bring you closer to the Cross and the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
I can not recommend this book highly enough to any Christian.
The message of this book (and his others) have transformed my life and love for the saviour.
If you are going to read one book this year, this is the one you need, it’s message will change your life.
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The Christian life is a life-long struggle and it is very easy to become despondent and confused in our thinking, mainly due to three tendencies we all face:

1. Subjectivism, which means basing our view of God on our changing feelings and emotions.

2. Legalism, which means basing our relationship with God on our own performance.

3. Condemnation, which means being more focused on our sin than on God's grace.

The author cuts a swathe through these, and other issues using simple, direct and heart-warming language which leaves the reader focusing instead on the only place where true assurance and joy can be found on an ongoing basis - the all-sufficient work of Christ on the cross.

This book has been a real blessing to me, and it surely deserves a place on every Christian's (and indeed non-Christian's!) bookshelf.
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This book is full of short, simple truth about how the cross applies to our lives. It honours Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. It is very easy to read and is perfect for a brand new Christian. It cuts through all the pathetic, powerless rubbish that is published in the name of Christianity today, and heads straight to the gospel. This book especially convicted me of legalism and God helped me get through that.

(If you are seeking a magnificent but very challenging book on the cross, I strongly recommend John Owen's 'The Death of Death in the Death of Christ'. It's difficult, but you won't find better treasures anywhere about the cross.)

7.5/10
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Mahaney's short book was recommended to me by my pastor, so I read it with great expectation in one sitting. My initial reaction was disappointment; the book has a simple and indeed almost simplistic central tenet - the centrality of the cross and Christ's redemptive act - yet somehow Mahaney pads this out into 165 pages with anecdote, repetition and an embellished and rather sensational retelling of Scripture. For example, on page 91 Mahaney suggests that Christ's final words of anguish on the cross were "screamed out". Yes the Gospels talk about "crying out with a loud voice", which is not quite the same.

So when I finished the book I felt somewhat dissatisfied, but without quite knowing why, other than the insubstantiality of its content. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to realise why I was unsettled: I could not remember reading anywhere in the 165 pages of the resurrection!

On p14, Mahaney points to 1 Corinthians 15:3 as the central thrust of his book: "For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins." (ESV translation)

The rest of the book is Mahaney's expansion of this truth of 'first importance' and in particular, his belief that given our innate sinfulness we need to eschew "feelings" (even if the Holy Spirit sometimes leads us through our feelings - look at Paul in Acts 20:22) and focus wholly on the 'truth' of the cross.

But hang on, isn't 1 Corinthians 15 that great chapter where Paul expounds not on the cross but...on the resurrection? We then discover that Mahaney has mischievously inserted a full stop into 1 Corinthians 15:3 where no full stop exists!
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excellent book. Very american, perhaps a bit too much irreverence, but the tone is very casual and engages you with the material. It gave me a different perspective on a few aspects. excellent book to add to your tool shed of deeper understanding.
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One of the best Christian literature books I've read. It's a book that you'll want to read again and again and will not sit on your shelf collecting dust. Really brings the gospel to life, the love of God and the brutality of the crucifixion. If you're feeling distant from God and need encouragement to pick yourself back up again, this is the book to read (and of course the Bible itself) =)
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