Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Million Ways to Die Review

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.

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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.

Rick graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Fine Arts and before going into ministry worked as a writer and art director at Young & Rubicam, an advertising agency in New York City. His work at Y&R included campaigns for New York Telephone, Rolaids, and STP.
Leaving Madison Avenue in 1988, Rick and his wife Katie joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ where he has served as Campus Director at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and for many years as Regional Director for the campus ministries of the Mid-Atlantic.
Rick currently serves as Publisher of Crupress ( and is responsible for writing and producing ministry resources for the Campus Ministry. Rick is also a traveling speaker for Campus Crusade, speaking on campuses and at conferences across the U.S. His books include Flesh: An Unbreakable Habit of Purity in a Pornographic World, Jesus Without Religion (IVP, 2007), and A Million Ways to Die (Cook, 2010).
Rick lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife Katie and their three children Avery, Whitney, and Will.  You can read more about Mr. James and his books at his website.

Thank you to Audra Jennings, Senior Media Specialist at B&B Media Group, for sending me this book to review.
A Million Ways to Die is available October 2010.

1 comment:

  1. I have experienced and know what it is to die when I had an experience during surgery 20 years ago. The endotraac tube was pulled accidentally out by the anesthesiologist. I was not breathing for 9 minutes. So during this time I experienced some incredible moments and was enjoying myself in a new dimension then was told I have to turn around and go back. I replied that I don't want to do that, but was told gently, "No, you must go back". Now, 20 years later I am seeing that I have had some quite remarkable times. I am praying that today I can help someone else to have an eternal view, and experience the freedom in Christ.
    There may be a million ways to die, but for me there is only one way to live today. I hope I can go back tomorrow, but doubt that God will allow that to happen. I want to stay strong and not waver in sharing the Hope that is within me. It is an incredible life that God has given us here on the Earth He has created for us! Psalm 1
    Moses Gingerich, Waxhaw NC


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