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"The call of Jesus to His followers is to come and die. That is what it means to ‘take up your cross.' I am so thankful for a book that will cut against the grain of easy-believism and fad Christianity. In these pages, Clayton connects the theology of the Lordship of Christ to the practical, daily challenges of serving Christ and others for the sake of the gospel."
―Dr. Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia

"I have known Clayton since we were teenagers, and there is one thing that has always characterized his ministry and his message: He proclaims the gospel by making a big deal out of Jesus and by calling people to radical commitment. He preaches this message as our teaching pastor at Newspring Church.
"That is what Dying to Live is all about. It's bold. It's challenging. It's funny. And it's real, just like Clayton. Don't just read this book. Live according to it!"
―Perry Noble, senior pastor, Newspring Church

"Since I first met Clayton in the mid-90s, he has been a consistent voice calling people to die to themselves for the sake of the gospel. This book is a deep and compelling argument for living life contrary to the way the world tells you to live. In putting Christ and others first, we actually find the kingdom of God coming among us in power."
―Mac Powell, lead singer, Third Day

"Dying to Live is more than a book title by my friend Clayton King. It is the essence of the Christian faith! We exist for God and for others, to bring those who are far from God into abundant life in Christ. We do that by embracing sacrifice, service, and selfless faith. This book is a masterful exposition of the kind of life Jesus commands us to live by His Holy Spirit. You would do well to read it over and over again."
―Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church

"Clayton King's Dying to Live propels you forward in the abundant life. How in the world does one advance in life by dying? The answer comes in high-definition clarity through the journey Clayton takes his readers on, sentence by sentence, page by page, and chapter by chapter. This expedition demands sweat and sacrifices that cause great pain, but the destination brings greater pleasure to the Christian whose goal is God's glory!"
―Tony Nolan, evangelist, author, and pastor

"Clayton King's Dying to Live is a powerful plea for Christians to die to themselves and live for Christ, to reject the superficial and live for the eternal. King has the unique ability to communicate biblical truth in a way that is disarming, winsome, and persuasive.

"The reader will find solid biblical teaching spiced with riveting personal stories, quotes from respected theologians, and diverse cultural references. King moves easily between the Bible's teaching, Bon Jovi's lyrics, and Braveheart's battle scenes. Recommended especially for students and young adults."
―Bruce Riley Ashford, Dean of The College at Southeastern Research Fellow, The Center for Faith and Culture, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Intercultural Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"There is no one I know in America who is more gifted at calling people to the gospel than Clayton King. I thank God for His gift to the church in Clayton, as God has used him to bring lots of people to Christ here at the Summit Church. This book contains the best of Clayton, and in it you sense the radical working of the Spirit that has characterized his ministry. I warmly recommend it!"
―J.D. Greear, lead pastor, The Summit Church

"Dying to Live is a great book that focuses the reader to live their life for the glory of God. It is written in a easy-to-read storytelling format, combining humor and raw transparency from the author's life...Clayton King is a great storyteller and a great writer. You will be glad you purchased a copy of this incredibly honest, spiritually sound and wonderfully hope-filled journey through the Christ life and all its meant to be in Dying to Live!"
―Dr. Matthew Lee Smith PhD, Executive Director,

About the Author

Clayton King, a pastor, evangelist, missionary, and author, has been dedicated since age 14 to proclaiming the gospel and calling Christians to live out the life of Jesus. He has spoken to millions of people in 30-plus countries and written numerous books, including Dying to Live, Amazing Encounters with God, and 12 Questions to Ask Before You Marry (coauthored with his wife, Charie). Clayton loves good books, the outdoors, strong coffee, dirt bikes and four-wheelers, and especially his wife and children.

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Clayton is the author of 7 books and sold over 150,000 copies independently before being published with Harvest House. His most recent book "12 Questions" focuses on the most important issues in dating relationships and marriage.

He is the Founder and President of Crossroads Worldwide, a non-profit ministry, and is Teaching Pastor at Newspring Church in South Carolina. He is also Campus Pastor at Liberty University, the world's largest Christian university. He is founder of Crossroads Summer Camps, Crossroads Missions, and Jacob's Well Music Festival.

He has traveled in 35 countries, been chased by the Russian KGB in Moscow, been thrown out of a Motley Crue concert, and been shot at in the Himalayas of Kashmir. He is married to Charie, adores his two boys Jacob and Joseph, and he can talk backwards.

You can watch him speak at and for an entire sermon, go to

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Matthew L. Smith on July 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dying to Live is a great book that focuses the reader to live their life for the glory of God. It is written in a easy-to-read story-telling format, combining humor and raw transparency from the author's life.

Clayton zeros in on the core concept of the book early: What would I die for? Moving chapter by chapter, King causes us to reconsider how we live life - all the while encouraging and nudging us to make the right decisions. Acknowledging the battle within by sharing his flaws, foibles and failures, Clayton lifts the reader's spirit and builds a vision of hope throughout the journey we take together in this book.

You will benefit greatly from the study of the ideas in this book. I highly recommend that you buy several copies and do a group study. If you will ...

* You will never look at `Doubting' Thomas the same again!
* You will discover that the phrase, "Jesus is Lord" is loaded with meaning from it's historical context and has deep ramifications to our life with Christ today!
* You will find yourself nodding in agreement when he explains how "That which is gained too easily is valued too lightly."
* You will see why some of your struggles with self and sin continue on as you read the chapter, "Sin Manager vs. Selfless Martyr." In that chapter you will discover that "[Jesus] assumed the position of selfless martyr. The Pharisees assumed the position of sin manager."
* You will be encouraged when you hear Clayton's real-life explanation of the lessons he learned when God changed the direction of his life path and the confusion it brought in God and the Darkness.
* You will be spiritually strengthened as you see the value of Suffering for a Purpose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A.Chang on June 16, 2010
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I am a youth pastor in North Carolina, and I first met Clayton King through his ministry and summer camp: Crossroads. Over the past six years, we've taken our students to Crossroads. I have heard Clayton preach, seen the quality of his ministry, know of the integrity by which he walks. My professor once told us that it is important to know about the author of any book that we read; and so as part of this review, I'd like to provide a short blurb about Clayton, then go on to review the book. I won't be going through the book content systematically; for that, just read the book itself. I mainly want to give context that I feel I can give which would hopefully motivate you to want to pick this up and then let the book speak for itself.

The Man:
Like I said above, I have the privilege of meeting Clayton personally and having partnered in ministry with Crossroads. This man is truly the real deal. If you ever hear him speak, you'll hear him testify that on his own he was nobody--born to an unwed teenage mother, adopted at a young age, a big ol' redneck from South Carolina. Until God got hold of him in his teens and called him to preach the gospel, which he has done ever since. It is simply amazing what the power of God has done through this man. He is a man of integrity and a man of humility. The Lord has used his preaching to lead hundreds (thousands?) to faith in Jesus Christ. His preaching is a solid blend of faithful teaching & honoring of Scripture, combined with a hilarious sense of humor and engaging presentation. I most appreciate how Clayton is "himself." He preaches the way that he speaks in ordinary conversation, Southern colloquialisms and all. It's great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2010
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Death is the ultimate outcome, and it's up to you to make it a worthy outcome. "Dying to Live: Abandoning Yourself to God's Bold Paradox" is a guide encouraging people to live a more principled life that encourages living to be a better person and of God, instead of for worldly possessions and goals. Passion for faith and a higher goal of life, "Dying to Live" is a read that may inspire many to a more divine life style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skip allen on September 12, 2010
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Everyone wants to find true joy and happiness in life. Clayton King shows us exactly how to do that in his new book "Dying To Live". He powerfully shows the beauty of the paradox that to ultimately experience true life, we must die to ourselves and live totally for the glory of Jesus. Being a graduate of liberty university, i had the pleasure of hearing Clayton King speak on campus many many times. If you have ever heard him preach you know that God has gifted him with an amazing ability to communicate to the masses. After reading "Dying to live", i am blown away by the fact that he is as good of a writer as he is a preacher. God really has anointed him as a mouthpiece for Christ to this generation. If you are looking for a book to take your spiritual walk to a higher level than look no further, this is the book for you. Its filled with stories, historical insights, and powerful examples from the Word of God. Clayton King is the real deal as a speaker and author, and whats most impressive about him and this book is that no matter what, he always lifts up the name of Jesus. Do yourself, your family, and your minsitry a favor and go ahead and click the "add to cart" bottom.
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