- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736926534
- ISBN-13: 978-0736926539
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, EaglesInLeadership.org
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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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.
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! A huge chunk of what Crossroads Worldwide does is minister to students--their summer camps draw a couple thousand students every summer... and they've done this for 14 years now. Our church's youth love going to summer camp. Not only is it fun, but they hear the word of God taught in a way that connects to them. The "theology" is not shallow, but neither is it so high up that teenagers (or even the everyday listener) can't understand.
All of that to say, the book reflects the qualities of the man:
- The stories are personal: the majority come from Clayton's own experiences as a preacher and pastor. The interactions are genuine and true to life. For more amazing stories, check out his "Journals from a Madman" book '
- The book is written in a conversational, first-person, manner. He tells the stories like he would from a microphone. I could almost "hear" Clayton preach as I read the book.
- The book pulls no punches, doesn't beat around the bush. Clayton goes straight for the point, and unapologetically preaches the gospel and challenges the reader. This call to radical discipleship is delivered with a sense of passion and urgency.
- This book is written at a level that I would get a copy for every student in my youth group (if I could) ' I love John Piper's "Don't Waste Your Life," but even though I think Piper is a great theologian and pastor, sometimes his writing is tough especially for teenagers. Clayton's book covers the same themes, in a much more readable way. Yet it is not patronizing for adults either. It is rare to find such a quality in a book. Again, not a knock on Piper... just different books for people at different places. YOUTH PASTORS: check this book out!
The premise of this book is found in a student's spoken phrase and Christ's call to discipleship that whoever would want to gain life must lose it first. Christ is not talking about physical life, but about abandoning our heart, mind, desires, will, goals, dreams, etc. to God and letting Him take control of that. Clayton writes this as a fellow traveler on the journey towards radical discipleship, not as an expert. I appreciate his humility, his self-deprecating humor, and his bold challenge.
Each chapter is fairly short, and could be used suitably as a devotional book. 20 chapters means you can do a chapter a day, and finish it in a month with a few extra days buffer. While it is not a "devotional format," (i.e. no application questions, etc.) the discerning reader can easily draw his/her own questions and applications after reading. I would in fact recommend a short-spurt reading to appreciate the full depth of what Clayton wrote. Don't blast through it and finish reading it. Spend time in it, enjoy it.
Clayton's got other books too, and all are worth a read. This book comes highly recommended, as a reviewer who knows the man and has seen the fruit of his ministry in my own students!
Simply stated the theme of the book is this: It is better to die with Jesus than to live without Him.
If that statement sparks something up inside of you then you will get a lot out of this book.