What do Elvis, Tennessee Volunteer football, waiting tables, and sinking cathedrals have to do with living the Christian life? You’ll find out when you read my book, Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life, to be released on April 1st by CruciformPress. This is a first for me and a dream come true, really. And yes, my book will be released on April Fool’s Day . . . insert your own joke here ________________.
The word cruciform means “cross-shaped” and so the book is about being a gospel-driven disciple of Jesus, living a life that is “shaped by the cross into the shape of the cross.” Cruciform will tell some stories from my own journey and what God has been teaching me from his Word about living as a son and servant of God.
We live the Cruciform Life when the gospel shapes us into people and churches who share and show the gospel as we live the vertical life of loving God with all our heads, hearts, and hands and the horizontal life of loving people as God in Christ has loved us.
May I ask you to pray for me as I finish this book? Pray especially that God would continue to equip and empower me to live the cruciform life, not just write about it.
Here’s a snippet from a draft version of one of the chapters that might give you an idea of what I’m up to in Cruciform:
I want to change the way you look at the cross. I mean this both literally and figuratively. I want to change the way you look at literal crosses, whether they hang on your wall or around your neck. My hope is that after reading this book you will look at those crosses and remember this cross-shaped blueprint. I pray that you will remember that you were created and redeemed to live as an adopted son who is being shaped by the cross in the presence of your Father so that you might love as an apprenticed servant who shares and shows the cross in the presence of the world. But figuratively, I want to change the way you look at the cross of Christ. I hope that you will see that the cross of Christ, and its message, the gospel, is not just the power that makes us Christians, but the power that makes us like Christ until he comes again (Romans 1:16, 16:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; Ephesians 3:14-21).
Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life will be available in paperback, PDF, and electronic book format (Kindle, iPad, etc.) on April 1st, as well as an audio version read by the author shortly thereafter. While you’re waiting, be sure to check out the other great books offered by CruciformPress (see my reviews below and stay tuned at this blog for more reviews). Sign up for the free newsletter at CruciformPress, “Like” their Facebook page, or follow them @cruciformpress on Twitter to keep up with the latest news.
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