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  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Cruciform Press (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936760142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936760145
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Website: www.cruciformlife.org

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The most important feature to the church building was that it was in the shape of a cross.
David Shaw
"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).
Aaron Armstrong
Jimmy Davis describes such a life in his book, "Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life," possibly the best under-the-radar, Christian Living book this year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jared Totten on 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 By Deborah B. Harwell on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph T. Cochran on 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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