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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 18, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310332621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310332626
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is simply written and will be of much help to new converts and defeated Christians in starting them off to a victorious spiritual life." -- Bibliotheca Sacra

"Major Thomas points out how many dedicated people, ministers, Sunday school teachers, and the like, have come out of the old life but never gone on to the full, joyous life in Christ. He writes with fresh insight into many Bible passages, and challenges Christians to walk on and take the victory that is already won." -- Faith at Work

". . . a very inspiring and helpful book." -- Baptist Standard

"This is one of the most helpful treatments of a neglected subject which has come to this reviewer’s attention." --The Baptist Bulletin

". . . the author evidences keen insight into the definition and activity of the two natures of the believer and the path to victory. This path is explained with refreshing theological objectivity." --The Sunday School Times

"A deeply spiritual study of the doctrine of the indwelling Christ. . . . Complete surrender is our need that Christ may live through us. We found the book helpful and enriching." -- The Southern Baptist S.S. Board

About the Author

Major W. Ian Thomas has spent his life in Christian ministry. He founded and directed the Torchbearers, an international evangelistic organization, and is also the author of If I Perish, I Perish.

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Read it years ago and have given copies to many.
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I think this book is a great resource in helping us understand who Jesus came to be for us and the life that He longs to live through us.
Benjamin I. Thomas
Christ will then live in us if we offer Him child-like acceptance.
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69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Luis Palau on February 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was tempted to drop out of seminary right before I had the opportunity to hear the author, Major W. Ian Thomas, during his book tour years ago. He was introduced as the founder and general director of the Torchbearers, the group that runs the Capernwray Hall Bible School in England. It was a challenge to make out all his words through a thick British accent and staccato delivery, but I was educated in British boarding schools and had an edge on the rest of the students. And when Major Thomas spoke and pointed a finger that had been partially cut off, I was intrigued. Now here's an interesting man, I thought, probably just because he wasn't afraid to use that finger for gesturing. But as soon as he had me hooked, his short message spoke to me. I had been so hungry for answers that I had quit wondering where they would come from. I had all but given up, but, in twenty-two minutes, Ian Thomas got through to me. His theme was "Any old bush will do, as long as God is in the bush." The essence was that it took Moses forty years in the wilderness to realize that he was nothing. Thomas said God was trying to tell Moses, "I don't need a pretty bush or an educated bush or an eloquent bush. Any old bush will do, as long as I am in the bush. If I am going to use you, I am going to use you. It will not be you doing something for Me, but Me doing something through you." Thomas said the burning bush in the desert was likely a dry bunch of ugly little sticks that had hardly developed, yet Moses had to take off his shoes. Why? Because this was holy ground. Why? Because God was in the bush! I realized I was that kind of bush: a worthless, useless bunch of dried-up old sticks. I could do nothing for God.Read more ›
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin I. Thomas on March 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been a Christian for a long time, and grew up in a great Christian home...the authors home to be precise. I was taught many of the principles from the Saving Life Of Christ from a very young age, but to be honest they didn't always sink in. Through high school I went through a very rebelious stage as so many ministry kids do and wasted a lot of time and opportunity to allow Christ to live through me. In fact I became so tired of always feeling like I needed to impress Christians or those around me that I wanted to give up. It wasn't until after high school that I figured it out...that it was never about me in the first place. I needed to just let go and allow God to be God in my life through Christ. It never really connected until I picked up Grandpa's book(very reluctantly I might add) and allowed myself know Christ as he desires to be known...in full dependence. I think this book is a great resource in helping us understand who Jesus came to be for us and the life that He longs to live through us. I also appreciate it because it does not rely on insirational dialogue as the motivating factor for someone to respond but rather on the word of God. It is not just for the spiritually mature but for anyone who desires to know Christ in a more powerful way. I am in no way the cookie cutter Christian...in fact I run a skateboard outreach for youth, and have used it in my Bible studies with kids who hardly have any concept of obeying the law let alone the Savior. I highly recommend it and am grateful that the Lord has used grandpa to reach so many people through The Saving Life Of Christ!

In His Strength,

Ben Thomas

~Pastor of Skatechurch~

Portland, OR

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DL Moore on July 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I work in a Christian bookstore, and I would gladly stack the FIRST chapter of Major Thomas' book up against my ENTIRE 'Christian' psychology, self-esteem and self-help section.
If you are a Christian and have not read "Saving Life of Christ," READ IT!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Thomas' wonderful title is an excellent encouragement to live a life of victory instead of defeat.
Among the important points Thomas covers include:
1. Having a new life in Christ saves us from the futility of self-effort.
2. To be a true disciple, we must realize our own bankruptcy.
3. We are called to commit to Christ, not a cause.
4. What is not of faith is sin.
5. Do not panic and let God be God!
6. The sufficiency of Christ.
7. Remember the sin of Moses that kept him out of the Promised Land.
8. God does not intend to satisfy us in the wilderness.
Read and be encouraged to stop trying to live life in your own strength and instead let Christ's life flow through you!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Fincher on May 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
It is disputed in the Christian world whether Christ is behaving in the surrendered Christian or whether Christ has enabled the Christian to walk. This difference between behaving and enabling has been a hard struggle for many to understand.
Major Ian Thomas, in THE SAVING LIFE OF CHRIST, is of the former. He believes, and I quite agree with him, that we have a life hid with Christ in God, and that, when we are practicing God's presence, we will see that life manifesting itself in our words and actions.
Though I believe Thomas doesn't go far enough on the self-discipline aspect of the Christian walk, he certainly makes a beautiful, reasonable, and readable case for the essential life of sanctification.
The sequel to this book, THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS, is a wonderful followup. In that book, Thomas explores the example of Christ who allowed his Father to behave through him.
Every Christian should read these books, that is, if he/she desires his/her own feet to pad beside the great Lion of Judah.
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