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Die Young: Burying Your Self in Christ Paperback – January 31, 2012
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About the Author
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of over 30 books, including God Girl, Mean Girls, and Die Young. She and her husband, Michael, run Hungry Planet, a company focused on producing books that combine hard-hitting biblical truth with cutting-edge design in Nashville, Tennessee.
Michael DiMarco is the author of multiple books including God Guy and All In. He and his wife, Hayley, run Hungry Planet, a company focused on producing books that combine hard-hitting biblical truth with cutting-edge design in Nashville, Tennessee.
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The seven chapters include these paradoxes:
1) "Death is the New Life" deals with what it means to die to self, learn contentment, and how suffering can be a very positive outworking of God's working in our life. It also tackles what it means to be holy, and live a life of faith, hope, peace and love. One of the questions for reflection in this chapter was very thought provoking: "Will suffering destroy your hope and your faith, leaving you with nothing solid to stand on, alone and empty, or will your suffering destroy the parts of you that tie you to the things of this earth and keep your focus off the God of heaven?"
Some other gems from this chapter include:
"There is no fruit that grows from a seed that refuses to die."
"When your life and all that it entails isn't your portion, but God is your portion, then it will never diminish no matter what the world may bring."
"There is a death that comes that isn't meant to destroy you but to destroy that in you which was never meant to replace the hand of God in your life."
"In the economy of Christ, love isn't meant for self but for others."
2) "Down is the New Up" is described perhaps best in the chapter as "the bottom isn't such a bad place because it is only from the perspective of your own lowest point that you are able to see your sinfulness and need for a loving Savior and to be saved." The chapter focuses on the importance of humility and contentment as opposed to pride. The perfect model of humility led to Christ becoming a man who died on a cross and procured our salvation.
3) "Less is the New More" is about how God gives more than anything we can get from the world. The less we have - the more we see how much we have in Christ. One of the key points of this chapter was, "The less there is that competes for our attention and favor in life, the more attention and favor we can give to God."
4) "Weak is the New Strong" focuses on how waiting and depending upon God to work inspite of our weaknesses actually leads to great strength and a servants attitude that contributes to God's working through us in a powerful way.
5) "Slavery is the New Freedom because slavery to God gives those of us who embrace it freedom from all the other gods which express their hold on us in the form of struggles, addictions, fears, worries, and all other sins in our lives." They also articulate how "our submission to God and to others proves our faith in God's sovereignty."
6) "Confession is the New Innocence" is all about the crucial importance of confession and ongoing repentance in the believer's life. Here are some excellent quotes from this section:
"Without confession of guilt there is no innocence for the sinner...Confession precedes forgiveness...Our resistance to confession does two things: it keeps us from the forgiveness our sins need, and it also calls God a liar because to fail to confess is to say `I have not sinned.'...Confession of the biblical sort is the act of verbalizing not only error and remorse but also truth...So proper confession calls out the sins we committed and not just the pain we inflicted...Confession is best done instantly, and immediately...In the life of a Christian there are two kinds of confession. There is the confession that we make to God regarding our guilt and need for His forgiveness. This is the saving kind of confession that saves us from our guilt and makes us innocent. And there is the confession that we make to man regarding our guilt and our need of healing. Repentance is your changing your ways, determining what sin is in your life and how to avoid it from here on out...To refuse to be honest about our sin is to refuse to agree with God that there has never been and will never be a perfect person besides Jesus...Confession reveals not only our sinfulness but God's righteousness."
Hayley and Michael are very transparent about their struggles with sin throughout the book - Michael commenting on this fact writes: "That's why the majority of our sidebars in this book are confessional; they destroy pride in us, create healing, and maybe even encourage the same action/reaction in you. Confession lets the confessor and the hearer (or reader) know that they're not alone both in the pursuit of healing and the dismantling of a double life."
7) "Red is the New White" - is on the necessity of Christ's atoning blood to make us "white as snow." The author's write, "As red covers white so well and so permanently, so blood covers the sins of man...You must, in order to receive justification, believe that the blood is enough. You must die to the part of you that insists it do its part to participate in this salvation thing and help God out...If your heart has a hard time believing justification by the blood, then consider killing the part of you that would argue against God's gracious and necessary gift."
I highly recommend this book - especially for new Christians, young Christians - mature teens and college students. This book is loaded with good practical theology and will help you die to what's killing you, and help you live a more abundant life in Christ by mortifying the flesh.
*Note: I was given an advanced copy of this book by Crossway and was not required to write a positive review.
Throughout the book the authors drill deep into the fact that the Gospel turns life upside down by highlighting what results from this: death is the new life; less is the new more; weak is the new strong; slavery is the new freedom. Die Young is written in a warm, engaging pastoral and conversational tone that makes reading this book really easy. This book has seven chapters and only one hundred and sixty three pages.
The only weakness of this book relates to its structure and flow, as throughout the book they have "Here Lies" sections which contain the personal stories of the authors. These personal stories are helpful and instructive but it would have been better if these stories were woven into the material in the book than given separate pages throughout the chapters in the book.
Reading Die Young was helpful for me as it helped me to gain a better understanding of who I am in Christ. Die Young will be helpful to Christian teenagers and adults to understand who they are in Christ and what the life and death of Christ means for those who have given their lives to Him. I recommend reading Die Young by Hayley and Michael Dimarco to be instructed on how a death to self-frees the Christian to live with the fearless love and rock-solid hope that Jesus intends for His people.
Title: Die Young: Burying Your Self in Christ
Authors: Hayley and Michael Dimarco
Publisher: Crossway (2012)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Crossway Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."