J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

Product Code: 9781433561566

Miller, Paul E. | Crossway


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Do we have the wrong map for the Christian life? The apostle Paul traces out a pattern of dying and rising with Jesus—what Paul Miller calls the “J-Curve”—as the normal Christian life. Life's inconveniences, disappointments, and trials can leave us confused, cynical, and eventually bitter. But the J-Curve plots the ups and downs of our lives onto the story of Jesus. It grounds our journeys not in some abstract idea but in union with Christ and his work of love. Understanding our life in light of the J-Curve roots our hope, centers our love, and tethers our faith to Christ.

336 pages.

View an excerpt here.

“Paul Miller has carefully observed Jesus. He has carefully observed how the work of grace unfolds in the apostle Paul’s life and in his own life. Take time with this book. You will become a deeper, wiser, truer person. You will become more humble, more joyous, more purposeful. And you will walk more steadily in the light.”

--- David Powlison, Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

“This wise and readable book shows how the beloved doctrines of justification and union with Christ shape the thoughts, words, emotions, and actions of believers. I highly recommend this book for everyone who pursues gospel-driven discipleship.”

--- Dan Doriani, Professor of Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary

“‘Take up your cross and follow me.’ What was Jesus asking us to do—or be? How does it play out in everyday life? These questions are intensely practical from the moment I wake up in the morning. And that’s why I love Paul Miller’s new book, J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life. Never have I read a more practical work on how a Christian can flourish through deep affliction. This book will revolutionize the way you look at your sufferings and your relationship to Christ. If you’re craving a life with your Savior that utterly transforms, this book is your best hands-on guide.”

--- Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends

“Paul Miller’s earlier book on prayer, A Praying Life, had a profound impact on how I understood prayer and reshaped how I taught it. To date I consider it the most important book written in our generation on the subject! I am delighted to see him turn his attention to another misunderstood and forgotten subject—the power of new life that comes from reckoning ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ. Paul has a way of taking profound truths and making them accessible, and in this book you’ll see why—because he lives them. This is not a book of theological posturing, it is simply a guide written by someone who has walked the path and wants to show you how you can also.”

--- J. D. Greear, President, Southern Baptist Convention; author, Not God Enough; Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

“I enjoyed this book on many levels. The apostle Paul tells us that believers have died and been raised with Jesus. Paul Miller helps us discover what this looks like in everyday life. His teaching rings true and will be helpful to many.”

--- John M. Frame, Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Nothing is more important for the gospel and for our lives as Christians than the reality of our union with Christ as Scripture teaches us about that union. Paul Miller is to be commended for seeking to apply that teaching to issues of discipleship.”

--- Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Emeritus Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

Table of Contents:


Part 1: Discovering the J-Curve

1. “I Will Never Do This Again”: The J-Curve and How It Helps

2. "I Take Your Place": The Substitutionary Nature of Love

3. Marketing the Self: What We Do Instead of the J-Curve

4. Liberating the Self: The Foundation of the J-Curve

5. In Harvard: Union with Christ Comes Alive

6. In Sports or In Christ?: How Location Changes Everything

7. It’s All about Who You Know: Knowing Jesus in the J-Curve

8. Missing Justification by Faith: The J-Curve without Justification 

9. Missing the J-Curve: Justification by Faith without the J-Curve 

Part 2: Dying with Jesus

10. Dying to Self: Understanding Different J-Curves

11. A Cascade of Love: Weaving J-Curves Together 

12. Life at the Bottom of the J-Curve: Making Sense of Persistent Evil

13. Living in the Borderland: How to Thrive in a Broken World

Part 3: The Descent of Love

14. Love Loses Control: Discovering the Shape of Love

15. The Art of Disappearing for Love: How the Incarnation Defines Love

16. Recovering a Vision of the Good: The Wonder of the J-Curve

17. Celebrating Christ Bearers: Rediscovering Hidden Saints 

18. The Hinge of the J-Curve: Understanding the Will

19. The Four Steps of Love: Re-enacting Jesus’s Descent 

20. The J-Curve Calms a Quarrel: Creating a Path to Reconciliation 

Part 4: Rising with Jesus

21. Discovering the Power of Resurrection: What Makes the J Go Up?

22. Repersonalizing the Resurrection: Discovering the Forgotten Half of the J-Curve

23. Looking through a Resurrection Lens: The J-Curve Transforms Our Vision of Life

24. The Secret of an Irritation-Free Life: The J-Curve Cures Grumbling

25. Resurrection Realism: The J-Curve Protects Us from Cynicism

26. Delaying Resurrection for Love: Saying No to Good Desire

27. Becoming Human Again: The Emotional Life of the J-Curve

28. The Art of J-Curve Living: Dying and Rising in Twenty-Four Hours

29. Seeing the Big Picture: Multiyear Dying and Rising

Part 5: Forming a J-Curve Community

30. The Power of Weakness: How the J-Curve Defeats Tribalism

31. The Spirit at the Center: Learning Wisdom Down Low 

32. Love Treads Softly: Entering the Complexity of Love

33. Leadership Goes Low: Re-enacting Jesus in Community

34. Keeping Jesus Pure: The J-Curve Divides the Community

35. Jesus: The Ultimate Party Crasher

36. The Beauty of a Jesus Community: Including the Distant Outsider

General Index
Scripture Index

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