Multnomah Publishers has reformatted and combined two previous Mahaney classics, The Cross Centered Life and Christ Our Mediator, along with new material into one volume now entitled Living the Cross-Centered Life.
Mahaney states in the Introduction, “If there’s anything in life we should be passionate about, it’s the gospel. And I don’t mean passionate only about sharing it with others; I mean passionate in thinking about the gospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world and all of life.” This is the heartbeat and platform from which Mahaney springs off of in the chapters to come.
What I have come to admire in Mahaney’s writings, a deep theological treatment coupled with a whimsical style and very practical applications, permeates this volume. From a challenge to “talk to ourselves” (as in reminding ourselves of truth) instead of “listening to ourselves” (reacting to our feelings), to practical steps for making a “Cross-Centered Day,” Mahaney takes what could be mere academia and fleshes it out to the reality of living a life in the shadow of the cross. Mahaney brings a very fresh and renewed treatment to a subject matter that is tantamount for the Christian. Pastors and general readers alike will benefit from this volume.
Living the Cross-Centered Life is a must for every believer – especially for the very practical treatment of a subject matter that should never become blasé to those who claim to take up there cross and follow Jesus. The message of this book is best summed up in this quote, “We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross.” Are you ready to move into a more profound understanding of the cross? Get this book today and let Mahaney draw you into a renewed prioritizing of what the Apostle Paul calls the message of “first importance” – the Gospel (I Corinthains 15:1, 3). – Todd Burgett, Christian Book Previews.com
Have the extremities taken over and left the core of your faith forgotten? Do you get confused by what you feel versus what is real? Let dynamic pastor C. J. Mahaney strip away the nonessentials and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith: Jesus Christ. This book is packed with powerful truth that will grip your heart, clear your mind, and invigorate your soul. Chapters include “Breaking the Rules of Legalism,” “The Cross Centered Day,” and “Assurance and Joy.” Get ready to behold a breathtaking view of what God intends to accomplish in and through you every day. You’ll discover how embracing this cross centered life is both our highest privilege and greatest responsibility.