I just received Matt Chandler’s new book To Live Is Christ along with John Currid’s Against the Gods on Kindle from Netgalley. Both are for review one month before their release date so expect their reviews in a few weeks on here.
Check out what is said about Chandler’s To Live Is Christ:
- “Using Paul’s radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity. The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.”
- “In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don’t get Jesus, we’ve lost! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him—everything should be about Jesus.”
And Currid’s Against the Gods:
- Did the Old Testament writers borrow ideas from their pagan neighbors? And if they did, was it done uncritically? A respected Old Testament scholar and archaeologist engages with this controversial question by carefully comparing the biblical text to other ancient Near Eastern documents. Well-researched and thoughtfully nuanced, Currid aims to outline the precise relationship between the biblical worldview and that of Israel’s neighbors.
- I’ve been looking forward to Currid’s book because it wasn’t until I was in college that I had ever heard of multiple Flood stories. My history teacher proposed the idea that Moses had stolen the idea from other cultures and put it into the Bible, therefore disproving the authenticity and truthfulness of the Bible. I didn’t believe him, but I was interested that there were other stories (i.e. the Epic of Gilgamesh with the flood hero Utnapishtim).
In the mean time, also be looking for my review of Judah Smith’s book Jesus Is ____. It should be up within a few days.