J-Curve: Dying and Rising With Jesus in Everyday Life
Do we have the wrong map for the Christian life? Life's inconveniences, disappointments, and trials can leave us confused, cynical, and eventually bitter. But the apostle Paul traces out the path of dying and rising with Jesus―what Paul Miller...
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Do we have the wrong map for the Christian life?
Life's inconveniences, disappointments, and trials can leave us confused, cynical, and eventually bitter. But the apostle Paul traces out the path of dying and rising with Jesus―what Paul Miller calls the "J-Curve"―as the normal Christian life.
The J-Curve maps the ups and downs of daily life 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 lives in light of the J-Curve roots our hope, centers our love, and tethers our faith to Christ.
"This book will revolutionize the way you look at your suffering."
Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends
How does the gospel-the good news about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ-shape normal, everyday life? While the world seeks to exchange difficulty and pain for comfort and ease, the Bible's vision of a "good" life is a reenactment of the gospel-a downward path toward self-denial before moving upward toward new life. In this insightful book, Paul Miller argues that embracing this "J-curve" shape of life radically recenters our daily lives on Christ. Down to earth, practical, and filled with personal stories that illustrate biblical truths in action, this book explores how Christians can experience rich gratitude and joy as they walk with Christ in all the ups and downs of real life.
Paul Miller is director of seeJesus.net, an organization that develops interactive Bible studies for small groups. He is the author of Love Walked Among Us (NavPress), The PrayerLife Study, The Person of Jesus, an interactive study of the wonder of Jesus and his love. He also travels widely and teaches Jesus Weekends, Person of Jesus seminars, and PrayerLife seminars. Paul and his wife, Jill, have six children and live near Philadelphia.