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Dying to Live: Abandoning Yourself to God's Bold Paradox [Kindle Edition]

Clayton King
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Clayton King has spoken to two-million-plus people in 30 countries, including hundreds of thousands in the teen-to-thirties age group. Inspiring, humorous, energetic, he presents Christianity’s unchanging core message with new vividness and passion.

In Dying to Live, he challenges Christians to throw aside the “bigger, richer, more successful” paradigm and risk following Christ unreservedly. Readers will freshly see the joy of laying their lives down for the gospel as Clayton…

  • tells stories—his own and others’—that give poignant, attractive pictures of radical discipleship
  • considers why people are drawn to those willing to sacrifice themselves for others
  • examines Jesus’ paradox: that giving away your life is the only way to find it

Believers hungering for a life that’s worth dying for will be electrified by this passionate call to the bold virtues of living all-out for God, risking death, knowing their life is significant and their future is secure.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 327 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736926534
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00475AS4M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book by a Great Author! July 8, 2010
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
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A.Chang
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Ray
Tired of living life in the same old routine? Here's life in the real and authentic rather than fake and pretentious. Clayton King lives what he believes and has stood the test of integrity over time. Dive in! You will be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read. September 13, 2010
This book is one of the best representations of the Gospel of Christ. A follower of Christ should use this book and if you don't want to follow Christ, you should read this book to know what you are not following.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good you'll read it in one sitting September 12, 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Biblical and radical approach to what it means to be a follower of...
Clayton King does a phenomenal job with Dying to Live. He uses vivid details, biblical stories, and personal experiences to emphasize what it takes to really be a follower of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Matt Kirkland
5.0 out of 5 stars Dying to Live, What a bold idea!
Clayton King has written a book that will challenge the way you think about what it really means Dying to Live. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
For any Christ follower who wants to know what it means to draw closer to God, you should read this. Clayton King will challenge you to a new level of commitment to Christ.
Published 14 months ago by Ric Stripling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Clayton King is a phenomenal speaker and God speaks through him in beautiful way, and at the same time remarkably clear ways.
Published 18 months ago by Cody H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Dying to live is a challenging but encouraging book. The book has helped me begin to work through the feeling I've had for such a long time.. Read more
Published 24 months ago by KateGodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus is LORD!
You gain life by loosing it, by giving it to Christ. This book shows that the only way to find true lasting joy is by giving up your selfish desires and following Jesus Christ. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Joseph Sarnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, insightful, Biblical
Clayton King's Dying To Live is a book that will challenge you to understand and grasp how Jesus' command to die to ourselves causes us to live. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by Drew Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book from a Young Evangelist
Traveling evangelists are quietly disappearing. I've listed some reasons for the decline, but I believe there may still be a future for vocational evangelism. Read more
Published on May 4, 2011 by Trevin Wax
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Dying to Live was an easy to read, and for me, a very inspirational book. It helped me to see just how much God wants for me and how little the world has to offer. Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by cathycapps
5.0 out of 5 stars Convicting
I just absolutely loved this book. It's very worth the read. The content is convicting and not easy to read sometimes but it's a welcome and refreshing view on what is required... Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by D. Zoeller
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More About the Author

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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