June 22, 2010

Cross Centered

Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main ThingI just completed the book Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney.

When I was considering books for my summer's reading, I tried to pick books using two basic criteria.  One, I wanted to pick books that I had heard (trusted) people talking about, and two, I wanted to pick books that focus on the gospel.  This book almost defines those two criteria.

To be absolutely honest, when I write about a book on this blog, one of my goals is to keep a record of books that I have read since I started this blog.  I haven't done a very good job of that, there have been quite a few books that never made it to the blog.  The other reason why I make a point of mentioning books on this blog is to promote the book.  When I read a book that I believe has a message that is worth hearing, I try to talk about it in such a way to get you to buy it and read it.  As evidence of its quality, I want to include that I started it last Friday, I believe, and finished it today.  So, with this book, I am simply going to say, buy it and read it.

This book is about the gospel.  It is about the cross of Christ.  It is about the central point, not only of the Bible, but of all of human history.  It is about the thing that should be the central point in your life.  I will leave you with one quote:
The gospel isn't one class among many that you'll attend during your life as a Christian -- the gospel is the whole building where all the classes take place!  Rightly approached, all the topics you'll study and focus on as a believer will be offered to you within the walls of the glorious gospel.
Click the link and buy the book.  It is worth the read.