Your deepest desire is to serve God, so whom should you emulate? Jesus! His life---from birth, through his ministry, death, and resurrection---is our ultimate example. Following the Christian calendar through the seasons, Steagald's literary examination offers a deeper understanding of Christ's humanity, God's grace, and a life enriched by prayer and praise. 208 pages, softcover from NavPress.
The meaning of your life
Thomas Steagald says we typically take Scripture in bits and pieces, absorbing and applying small portions of the Bible to our immediate, daily needs. But this method fails to truly immerse us in the life of Jesus. As a result, our discipleship suffers from superficial experience with the Lord. It also lacks movementwe miss the subtle shifts Jesus wants us to take from lingering skepticism to deepening trust, from fear to surrender, from familiarity to mystery.
Steagald sets out to help us recover our footing on the path of a more experiential walk with Jesus through the movements and seasons of the Lords life. He invites us to explore the great sweep of Scripture through the rhythms of the Christian year. As we meditate on the events of Jesus life (prophecies of his coming, stories of his birth, his teachings and miracles, his rejection and death, his resurrection), we reflect on our own lives in light of his life. We find the missing meaning of our life in the day-to-day experience of following Jesus.
Thomas R. Steagald is pastor of First United Methodist Church in Stanley, North Carolina. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Christian Century , Circuit Rider , Preaching , and The Abingdon Preaching Annual . He is author of three other books: Praying for Dear Life , Devotionally Yours: Philippians , and The Birth That Changed My Life . His writing draws on decades of his pastoral work and personal study. He lives with his wife, Jo, in Gastonia, North Carolina.