I know Christians who were drawn to their commitment by promises of blessings or a better life or great surprises. Now they feel empty and discouraged. Their faith began with a exhilarating thrill ride of Spirit and emotion but now seems dry and dead.
Clive Calver addresses this problem squarely in his book, Dying to Live. He plainly acknowledges the problem, because he went through it as well. Where's the great adventure that we expect in our Christian walk?
He recounts the powerful realizations that led him back to a genuine and full faith in Christ that is richer than ever before. Calver gives some wonderful insight on what it means to “re-start” a stale Christianity in favor of a walk with God that is marked by true power and abundant life. This power and abundance, according to Calver, can only be attained through death.
Through many illustrations and clear explanation, Calver reveals the path of the disciple. Dying to Live deals with the epic themes of crucifixion, surrender, sacrifice, giving, and exchange in a way that points believers to give up their own efforts in light of the completed efforts of Christ. Calver calls on the power of death to bring the thrill and spark back to the Christian life.
Jesus said the same thing: whoever will gain his life must lose it. Calver's book is a good one. Read it after taking in Jesus' message to his disciples in the gospels.
For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
Dying to Live by Clive Calver
Authentic Publishing March 2009
ISBN: 978-1-934068-80-9/154 pages/softcover/$16.99