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  • 336 Pages
  • Publisher : Crossway/Good News Publishers
  • Publication Date : June 2019

J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

Miller, Paul E.

Do we have the wrong map for the Christian life? The apostle Paul traces out a pattern of dying and rising with Jesus--what Paul Miller calls the "J-Curve"--as the normal Christian life. Life's inconveniences, disappointments, and trials can leave us confused, cynical, and eventually bitter. But the J-Curve plots the ups and downs of our lives 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 life in light of the J-Curve roots our hope, centers our love, and tethers our faith to Christ.

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Table of Contents:


Part 1: Discovering the J-Curve

1. “I Will Never Do This Again”: The J-Curve and How It Helps

2. "I Take Your Place": The Substitutionary Nature of Love

3. Marketing the Self: What We Do Instead of the J-Curve

4. Liberating the Self: The Foundation of the J-Curve

5. In Harvard: Union with Christ Comes Alive

6. In Sports or In Christ?: How Location Changes Everything

7. It’s All about Who You Know: Knowing Jesus in the J-Curve

8. Missing Justification by Faith: The J-Curve without Justification 

9. Missing the J-Curve: Justification by Faith without the J-Curve 

Part 2: Dying with Jesus

10. Dying to Self: Understanding Different J-Curves

11. A Cascade of Love: Weaving J-Curves Together 

12. Life at the Bottom of the J-Curve: Making Sense of Persistent Evil

13. Living in the Borderland: How to Thrive in a Broken World

Part 3: The Descent of Love

14. Love Loses Control: Discovering the Shape of Love

15. The Art of Disappearing for Love: How the Incarnation Defines Love

16. Recovering a Vision of the Good: The Wonder of the J-Curve

17. Celebrating Christ Bearers: Rediscovering Hidden Saints 

18. The Hinge of the J-Curve: Understanding the Will

19. The Four Steps of Love: Re-enacting Jesus’s Descent 

20. The J-Curve Calms a Quarrel: Creating a Path to Reconciliation 

Part 4: Rising with Jesus

21. Discovering the Power of Resurrection: What Makes the J Go Up?

22. Repersonalizing the Resurrection: Discovering the Forgotten Half of the J-Curve

23. Looking through a Resurrection Lens: The J-Curve Transforms Our Vision of Life

24. The Secret of an Irritation-Free Life: The J-Curve Cures Grumbling

25. Resurrection Realism: The J-Curve Protects Us from Cynicism

26. Delaying Resurrection for Love: Saying No to Good Desire

27. Becoming Human Again: The Emotional Life of the J-Curve

28. The Art of J-Curve Living: Dying and Rising in Twenty-Four Hours

29. Seeing the Big Picture: Multiyear Dying and Rising

Part 5: Forming a J-Curve Community

30. The Power of Weakness: How the J-Curve Defeats Tribalism

31. The Spirit at the Center: Learning Wisdom Down Low 

32. Love Treads Softly: Entering the Complexity of Love

33. Leadership Goes Low: Re-enacting Jesus in Community

34. Keeping Jesus Pure: The J-Curve Divides the Community

35. Jesus: The Ultimate Party Crasher

36. The Beauty of a Jesus Community: Including the Distant Outsider

General Index
Scripture Index

Paul Miller HeadshotPaul E. Miller (MDiv, Biblical Seminary) is the executive director of seeJesus as well as the best-selling author of A Praying Life and several other books. With the help of his ministry staff, Miller creates and conducts interactive discipleship seminars throughout the world. He and his wife, Jill, live in the Philadelphia area and have six children as well as a growing number of grandchildren.