Have you ever considered death as a victorious beginning rather than a final ending? In his latest book, A Million Ways to Die: The Only Way to Live, Rick James examines the idea that when Jesus tells us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him, Jesus is describing a path of death, not a path to death. Using Paul’s words from 2 Corinthians, James explains that our trials are like “little deaths” because they enable us to see how God resurrects or brings life out of each circumstance.
A Million Ways to Die has helped me to view my own trials in a different light. Rather than see my trials as a burden, I see them as a way for God to shape me into a better witness for Him.
A Million Ways to Die is based around that each trial is a "little death" with a resurrection at the end. Mr. James explains that God shapes us through each of these trials and though they seem hard at the time, the reward is great. We are to embrace these trials, rather than see them as a burden and grudgingly go through them. With each trial we gain more faith, love, humility, and patience which help us endure our later "little deaths". Rick James is able to explain these traits through Scripture and his own personal experiences making them easy to apply to everyday life.