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The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel The Main Thing Hardcover – October 12, 2002
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What is was designed to do was to RADICALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE GETTING YOUR MIND FOCUSSED ON THE CROSS and what Christ accomplished there. I know that the book achieved its goal because it has had a profound effect on me. There are very few books which so vividly stand out in my mind as tools that God has used to mold me into the image of His Son.
So often as we progress in the Christian life, we think that we must "move on" to the "deeper" things of the faith. We begin to prioritize Bible study, then prayer, and maybe fasting. We begin to serve in the church, and we develop doctrinal bases for doing all this. Then maybe we begin to develop systematic theologies that define the way that we live encorporating everything from creationism to eschatology. Then finally as "mature" Christians having spent tons of time thinking about the difficult and mind-stretching things of faith, we wonder where all of our growth is. We aren't really much more useful than we were when we began, and we might long for the joy that was ours when we first repented and saw God's glory, grace, and grandeur. What CJ points out is that so often we so distracted by important, but not central, points of the faith. WE FORGET THE CROSS.
CJ Mahaney spends about 100 very small, very easy-to-read pages painting the picture (See Galatians 3:1) of Christ on the Cross and the consequences of that scene in the lives of God's elect.Read more ›
The book is easy to read and grasp. C.J. Mahaney is not writing a purely theological study of the cross but rather a devotional look at the finished work of Christ that so often we miss in our pursuit for everything else when in reality nothing will satisfy like knowing God is satisfied with Jesus' finished work of atonement. Praise be to God for His wonderful Son!
I have the advantage of being a member of CJ Mahaney's church, and my whole family has benefited from his Cross-centered, Gospel-saturated ministry. As I read through "The Cross-Centered Life" in one (short) sitting this morning, I met one old friend after another: each one a powerful insight that has transformed my life, my family, and our entire church. There was the "plate spinner" from the old Ed Sullivan show, who showed us such a perfect picture of the legalistic life. There was Jerry Bridges' exhortation to "preach the Gospel to yourself every day." There was CJ's wonderful list of ways to make the Cross the center of every single day.
If you have ever met CJ Mahaney, you already know that you have to read this book. If you haven't met him in person, you will feel like you know him through "The Cross-Centered Life." His writing is clear and personal. When he talks about sin, he talks about HIS sin; when he talks about salvation, he talks about the wonderful grace of God upon HIS life. By the time you finish the book, you can practically hear his voice urging you on to keep the Gospel at the center of your life.
Get this book for the people you love, and give them a priceless gift this Christmas: good news for EVERY day of the Christian life. Get it for yourself, and hear CJ's call to center your life on the Cross: the one thing that NEVER changes and ALWAYS satisfies.
Mahaney lays it out simply! Its all about the cross dude!
"God is glorified when we believe with all our hearts that those who trust in Christ can never be condemned. It's only when we receive his free gift of grace and live in the good of total forgiveness that we're able to turn from old, sinful ways of living and walk in grace-motivated obedience"
Mahaney gives a few great tips for making sure we keep the main thing the main thing in our lives...
Memorize the Gospel
Pray the Gospel
Sing the Gospel
Review how the Gospel has changed you
Study the Gospel
I know you are reading this and thinking that you've "got" the Gospel already...you may be missing out...read and see...the true impact of the Cross is amazing!
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The book stays true to the title. I did grow closer to God by keeping the gospel the main thingPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thought it would have more depth.Published 2 months ago by fisher space original astronaut space pen
My only question is why there aren't more little books like this in the world. The Cross Centered Life is one of the shortest but most effective summaries of the Gospel—what it is,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Camden McAfee
C J's presentation of the gospel is so simple and on point with scriptures. This resource is a great tool to keep your life, passions and daily decisions base on the cross!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book! I have read it a few times now. I have given it as a give to seniors graduating high school or to a dear friend - quick and thoughtful read!Published 6 months ago by Luke G.
Easy read. Excellent book. Something to read each year as a reminder of who we are in Christ as well as some practicle insight on how we live that out.Published 10 months ago by Todd Thompson
Really good book about how we need to bring the gospel back to the forefront of our thinking and day-to-day life. It's really short and easy to read. Which is also it's down fall. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Anthony J D