To Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain   -     By: Matt Chandler, Jared C. Wilson
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What does Christian maturity look like? Find out when you take Chandler's guided tour through Paul's Letter to the Philippians! This is not a book with popular sound bites and bumper-sticker theology. Forsaking the trendy and emphasizing authenticity, he mines Scripture to reveal tangible ways to develop a faith that encourages you to die to self and live through, for, with, and in Jesus. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1434706850
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Using Paul's radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity.
 
The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.
 
In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don't get Jesus, we've lost! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him—everything should be about Jesus.

Author Bio

Matt Chandler pastors The Village Church, a multi-campus church attended by more than 10,000 people. His sermons are regularly one of the top five podcasts on iTunes and his first book, The Explicit Gospel, has sold over 110,000 copies. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.
 
JARED C. WILSON is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont. He is an award-winning writer whose articles and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals, and he also wrote the popular books Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, and Gospel Deeps, as well as the curriculum Abide. Wilson blogs daily at "Gospel Driven Church," at thegospelcoalition.org.

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"The church has been blessed by the book of Philippians ever since Paul wrote it, and this presentation of it is fresh and powerful. Matt mines the riches of this great Bible book to teach us to never be content with stagnant Christianity."

"Matt's words will kick you in the tail in the best way. We don't want to live numb, and we often need a kick to remember life isn't a game and God is no myth. You will find yourself craving God again and craving everything else a little less."

"To known Jesus is the essence of life, and I love how Matt Chandler stirs up our affections for Him in his book To Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain. Matt's beautiful, practical, and straightforward unplacking of Philippians will nudge you toward maturity ... and a more robust walk with the Savior. Get it, and dive in today."

"I trust Matt Chandler to speak on any biblical issue, but especially on discipleship. This book will help you live as Jesus would if He were in your place."

"Few man whom I have personally known have truly suffered. Even fewer have I known who have suffered well. Matt Chandler is one of them. Matt has written an excellent book reminding us that one of our primary callings as followers of Christ is to die to ourselves and that only through that death can we truly live."

"Matt Chandler has offered readers rich biblical wisdom in his writings thus far, and To Live Is Christ, to Die Is Gain is no exception. This book calls us to follow Jesus with everything we've got. It's as simple and as profound as that. This powerful new work cuts through all the trappings and goes to the heart of the gospel: Jesus. Highly recommended!"

"Matt Chandler is a man captivated by Jesus, the gospel, and grace. In this, his latest book, he takes us on a journey into the depths of Paul's famous letter to the Philippians and reveals the full beauty of a life so centered on Jesus that all else pales in comparison."

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A study in the Book of Philippines
    December 25, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Matt Chandler with Jared C. Wilson in their new book, "To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain" published by David C. Cook shows us Paul's radical letter to the Philippians.

    From the Back Cover: A road map for authentic Christian maturity.

    This is not a book with popular sound bites and bumper-sticker theology. This is a disruptively inspiring message from Matt Chandler, a pastor and Bible teacher, who invites you to walk with him through the short book of Philippians.

    A study in the Book of Philippines do we really need another? Yes, Pastor Chandler looks at the cost of growth and maturity in the Christian and, that like a child growing up, it does not happen overnight. It takes some work. What does matured faith include? Making disciples and being discipled, Realizing Christ's love is unconditional, Rejoicing in The Lord because He is always at hand, Living in such a way that Jesus is seen as glorious, Accepting that anxiety and worry are a waste of mental time and Discovering that contentment must be learned. This is why we need another study in Philippines. Pastor Chandler has done a remarkable job in putting the focus on the pursuing, chasing, knowing and loving of Jesus. Because if we do not have Jesus we have nothing.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from David C. Cook for this review. 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."
  2. Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    November 22, 2013
    KayJ
    Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Disappointed in this book. Was looking for more on the whole book of Phillipians. Not much in this book.
  3. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    To Live Is Christ
    November 15, 2013
    Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This book focuses on the issue of spiritual maturity. After someone is saved, are they doing the work to continue to grow in their knowledge and application of the Bible? In this book, Matt Chandler takes a close look at the book of Philippians. While it is a terrific review of the book of Philippians, it did not have the depth that I was hoping for. Chandler is direct and challenging as he asks some tough questions of people_."Have you found Christ worth living for, worth dying for, worth casting all away for His sake?" Chandler challenges us to examine our own heart and see if we spend most of our time hanging out with people who are just like us and whether or not we are timid and fearful when it comes to opposition to your faith. The book emphasizes the importance of character in revealing your spiritual maturity.

    I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
  4. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Some endearing and some dangerous qualities
    November 13, 2013
    Dr Nicholson
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute (www.desertbibleinstitute.com).

    In his book To Live is Christ; To Die is Gain Matt Chandler often makes allusions to the relaxed approach he and his congregation take to such issues as dress, titles, and other perceived superficial formalities. This cavalier approach ends up being the mixed curse-blessing of this book. While Chandler clearly takes his relationship with God very seriously, he periodically doesn't seem to take himself or his audience all that seriously. This casual attitude makes the topics in his book very approachable; however, it causes Chandler to gloss over (over even misrepresent) some important theological issues and may leave his more conservative readers feeling slighted by his nonchalant tone on serious, heart-felt topics.

    Early on in the book, there are a number of strong qualities. One of the most obvious is how Chandler makes great parallels between the importance of physical and spiritual growth. Additionally, he is vibrantly clear on how man was made to become physically, mentally, and spiritually strong over time - not instantly. To a lesser degree, he also ties this into the concept that sanctification is a process while salvation is a gift. The problem that he runs into early on (and throughout his writing) is that in many of his attempts to contemporize biblical people or events he injects more than the Bible says. Clearly, he means to make his writing more accessible by doing this, but what results is a lot of unsubstantiated guesswork that often is not presented as such. In doing this, Chandler falls prey to the same issue that a number of contemporary pastors do. When a teacher lays down false assumptions as his groundwork, his conclusions are not only questionable but dangerous. In the end, Chandler was far more on the mark than he was off the mark; however, bad methodology is never something to ignore.

    Later in the book, one of Chandler's most redeeming qualities was his analogies. He shares a number of stories (the lion and the goat was a particularly good one) that help the reader understand his point. Here he is not embellishing what the Bible says; but instead, he is showing how the Spirit taught him about important, complex, scriptural ideas. He combines this with rapid-fire, point-by-point scripture references these sections of his book both scholarly and endearing. Unfortunately, this scholarly quality is often offset by regular use of the vernacular and slang to such an extent as to border on profane in one or two spots.

    By the end of the book, I liked it for its approachability and analogies, but I would not recommend it due to its surface interpretations and overall common feel. If you are looking for the basics and you are a bit rough around the edges yourself you might find this engaging. If however you are looking to be scholastically challenged or spiritually uplifted, you might want to look a little further. While this book is good, it is not as great as I hoped for based on Chandler's earlier works.

    Finally, David Heath did an outstanding job of narrating this book. The thought I kept having was that I want him to do my next audiobook. He is clear and concise in his reading. His pacing is excellent and seems to have put in a great deal of time into looking for where pauses and emphasis would be most appropriate. Heath is one of the best non-fiction narrators that I have heard in a while.

    Trent Nicholson, Ph.D., D.Min.

    Desert Bible Institute, President

    Dr. Nicholson is a member of the christianaudio review program. To learn more, visit their website at: www.christianaudio.com.

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  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    topics in Philippians for new believers
    September 5, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Chandler writes on the major points of Philippians for the relatively new believer, to show what Christian maturity looks like. He also gives the background situation for Paul writing to the Philippians.

    Here are some interesting points in his book from chapter two of Philippians: "...[I]f the gospel is true, your life should look like its true." (32) From chapter three: "What stirs your affections for Jesus? What robs you of your affections for Christ?" (61) "We need to surround ourselves with people who have strengths in areas of our weaknesses." (73) "Nobody stumbles into godliness ever. _ There is no autopilot mode for the Christian life." (78) "It's our responsibility to find people we can disciple, and it's our responsibility to be discipled." (83) "Because of Christ's work, we have been rescued from the idolatry of earthly things." (89) From chapter four: We have to sometimes fight for joy. "...[W]orry is a choice made in distrust." (105) "Thanksgiving and worry can't occupy the same space." (108) Contentment is not natural - we have to learn it in a world filled with more activities and entertainment than ever before.

    He rambles a bit, I felt, when he gives illustrations of a point he is making. An example is his athletic experiences when the subject is discipleship. He retells several Bible stories that, honestly, I skimmed through because I was very familiar with them.

    This is a book for new Christians, or at least Christians unfamiliar with the book of Philippians. This is by no means a verse by verse exposition. Nor is the book very deep, although some of his points are. Seasoned Christians who have studied Philippians will probably find nothing new here.

    There was no study guide or discussion questions in the galley I read.

    I received a complimentary egalley from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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