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Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life [Kindle Edition]

Jimmy Davis
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What is the Cross-Shaped Life? It is the vertical life of loving God with all your head, heart, and hands; and the horizontal life of loving others as Christ has loved you.

Employing the symbols of the cruciform cathedral and the Celtic cross, Jimmy Davis uses personal stories, both humorous and heart-breaking, to encourage and equip the reader to gain a cross-shaped perspective on how he or she can be an active participant in God's community-on-mission.

This book casts a vision for living as disciples of Jesus who are being shaped by the cross (gospel) into people and churches who share and show the cross (gospel) by living as sons and servants of God. As we embrace the gospel in this way we can live:

- in relationship to God as seekers who exalt God;
- in relationship to other disciples as shepherds who encourage one another;
- in relationship to the resources God has given us as stewards; and
- in relationship to those who are not disciples as sowers of the gospel of grace, engaging our neighbors, the nations, and the next generation with cross-shaped words and works.

Finally, the Cruciform Life involves growing through cross-shaped spiritual disciplines and cross-shaped suffering, which together enable us to embrace and express the Cruciform Life to God, one another, and the world.


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About the Author

Jimmy Davis is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. In more than 20 years of ministry he has served as a pastor to youth and college students, a youth ministry consultant, a church planter, a pastor of discipleship, and has taught Bible courses on the high school and college level. He also serves as a staff writer and associate editor of the Colson Center’s Worldview Church Website, and maintains The Cruciform Life Blog at www.cruciformlife.com. Jimmy earned an M. A. in Christian Education and M. A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Product Details

  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936760142
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cruciform Press (March 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ULVMZW
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Encouragement and a Bold Challenge April 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
In the Middle Ages, Christians built grand cathedrals in which to worship. "Everything about the way a cathedral was built . . . was designed to help folks discern, delight in, and declare the great, biblical doctrines concerning God and the gospel," explains author Jimmy Davis (p. 7). They were works of art designed to communicate the message of the cross.

We need more cruciform churches today, says Davis. "Not lavish cathedrals but living communities of disciples being shaped by the cross into the shape of the cross for the glory of God and the good of our neighbors, the nations, and the next generation" (p. 8). That's why he's written Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life.

Many of us, particularly if we've come to faith as adults, struggle to clearly and practically define the Christian life. What does it look like? Is it a list of things we do or don't do or is there more to it than that? But the underlying question--the question behind the question as it were--is not simply what does it look like, but why do we exist in the first place? Davis offers a very insightful answer: "We exist to exalt the glory of God and to help other people and all of creation do the same" (p. 15).

This understanding is essential for all who seek to live a cross-shaped life. If we do not understand why we have been created and for what purpose we have been redeemed by faith in Christ, we will flounder rather than flourish.

So what do cruciform disciples? Davis sums it up in two key points:

Cruciform disciples (imperfectly) resemble Jesus the Son. "The more we become like Jesus, the Beloved Son, the more we will fill up by faith on the love of the Father through the gospel as his beloved sons" (p. 37).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars At its best in simplicity and clarity June 6, 2011
Format:Paperback
Cruciform Press is a brand new publisher that seems to be on the cutting edge of publishing in the digital age. One book is released each month (in print, ebook, and audio) and they are concise enough (about 100 pages) that you can finish one before the next comes out. But the really unique thing about Cruciform Press is the fact that you can subscribe to their monthly releases for dirt cheap.

So, it is only fitting that one of the first books released by Cruciform Press is called Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life. Jimmy Davis presents a simple and simply beautiful picture of what living a life shaped by the gospel looks like and it forms the crux (pun intended) of the book.

"The Gospel accounts of Jesus' life, along with the prescription for the Christian life found in the rest of the New Testament, have convinced me there are two major roles in which disciples progressively become like their Master (Luke 6:40). As we each become more and more conformed to the image of Christ, we increasingly live as son and love as servant." (p. 35)

The book resonates with these twin themes of son and servant, and Jimmy's writing is at its best in such simplicity and clarity. Consequently, this simplicity is lost when Jimmy begins to diagram the aspects of the Christian life into the shape of a cross. The constant references to the diagram and the various explanations of the pictures seemed to break the flow of the book for me in a way that hurt rather than helped me follow his train of thought.

However, there is much to be commended here in both author and publisher. If this book is a sign of things to come, I expect great things from both!

"When through the gospel we have become sons, then through the gospel we can become servants." (p. 55)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple yet profound read June 29, 2014
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As I have gotten to know Jimmy, I see is Heart coming out in the book he has written for us. What a challenge to live a crossed shape life! I loved reading this book in a relaxed environment and was greatly challenged by its content. I always love reading books when the author is sharing things that God has done in his heart rather than merely sharing knowledge. This is a great little book and well worth your time to read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! April 16, 2013
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This book is life changing! I'd recommend it for everyone. I originally purchased it for my kindle and will buy another hard copy to hold in my hands and refer to often. I'm going to read it again and know that I'll get more out of this book everytime I read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cruciform: Living the Cross Shaped Life August 13, 2012
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Throughout history followers of Christ have utilized symbols to both remember and teach the uniqueness of the Faith. Pastor Jimmy Davis guides his audience towards a cross centered perspective on spiritual living by sharing anecdotes from his testimony and by using the pattern of the celtic cross. The heart of Davis's message conveys a "You first" perspective towards God. He writes:

We were created to look away from ourselves toward God, other people, and all of creation and say, "You first." A person with a you-first heart recognizes that life is about using oneself to serve God, others, and all that God has made, thus living a life that takes the form of a cross. Can you see it? We were created to be cruciform (cruci = cross, form = shaped).

This insightful observation gives me pause to elaborate the beauty of his "You first" language. You see, I've not heard spiritual life put this way before. Many years ago I was given an "I'm third" award. A few years ago I got excited about the "I'm second" campaign. Yet, in both of these models, "I'm" still in the picture. The "You first" model is fresh to me and it is a perspective marked by true humility. With the cruciformed life, self is forgotten altogether and Christ takes center stage. Simply put, I deeply appreciate Davis's model of spiritual life.

Davis shares a number of endearing anecdotes from his own life, but none quite demonstrates the humility, patience, and enduring nature of living the cross-shaped life quite as clearly as the final story of how his wife suffered burns from a grease fire and endured a month of hospitalization and surgeries. This touching story is so impactful that the reader will assuredly glean the full value of purchasing Cruciform simply by reading this capstone final chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review - Cruciform
In the middle ages churches were decorated with mosaics, stained glass windows and many other devices that were used to help the congregants learn about the gospel. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and well written
This book was so inexpensive I didn't have much expectation. Davis wowed me though. First, I love the visual of cruciform. It's an easy concept to carry in one's head. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bookluvr
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't just read it, apply it!
We hear so much about the Gospel anymore. Go peruse the local Christian bookstore, or even the Christianity section at Barnes & Noble and you will find many titles about the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Pithy, Well-Curated Truth
This book was great- it's humorous when it needs to be, but never distracts from the central challenges that it puts to believers to serve and live as Christ has lived. Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by Erica Sheets
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Simple, Helpful
More than half a century ago, J.I. Packer observed that the church in his day had fumbled the gospel. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Bob Lepine
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting in Shape
What shape is your faith in?
Jimmy Davis's challenging little gem of a book invites us to consider living a cruciform life, that is, a life formed by the cross of Christ. Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by Elizabeth Reynolds Turnage
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Under-the-Radar, Christian Living Book of 2011
Jesus calls us to take up our cross daily, and in doing so, our lives will take the shape of His cross. Read more
Published on July 10, 2011 by Phil Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruciform...Review
Rarely does a book of just over 100 pages hit you and challenge you as does `Cruciform' by Jimmy Davis. This book may be small but it is weighty. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Chris Canuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Serve Somebody
Davis lays a great, thoughtful foundation for the reality of the spiritual disciplines. He emphasizes that we are all being spiritually formed in one way or another... Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Janet Lane
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More About the Author

JIMMY DAVIS loves being married to Christine, with whom he shares the adventure of raising three great kids and a Havanese pup named Charlie. Jimmy earned an M. A. in Christian Education and M. A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. In over 20 years of ministry he has served as a pastor to youth and college students, youth-ministry consultant, church planter, pastor of discipleship, and has taught Bible courses on the high school and college levels. He has also served as a staff writer and associate editor of the Colson Center's Worldview Church Website, and maintains The Cruciform Life Blog at www.cruciformlife.org.

Find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cruciformlife

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Website: www.cruciformlife.org

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