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CRUCIFORM: Living the Cross-Shaped Life, by Jimmy Davis
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CRUCIFORM: Living the Cross-Shaped Life


by Jimmy Davis
99 pages
This is the shape of the life-changing gospel.

Employing the symbols of the cruciform cathedral and the Celtic cross, the aim of this book is to cast a vision for the Cruciform Life, living as disciples of Jesus who are being shaped by the cross (gospel) into people and churches who share and show the cross (gospel) as they live the vertical life of loving God with all their head, heart, and hands and the horizontal life of loving people as Christ has loved them.

Endorsed by Paul Miller, Scotty Smith, Tullian Tchividjian, and more.

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“Jimmy Davis loves the cross. This little book will open your heart up to see how the cross is the center of all of life. Well done.”
Paul Miller, director of and author of A Praying Life and A Loving Life

“In Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life, my friend Jimmy Davis compellingly demonstrates that the gospel is just as necessary and relevant after you become a Christian as it is before. Jimmy shows from personal experience how a lack of passion and purpose, focus and fervor, compassion and conviction, is always due to distance from the now-power of the gospel. I pray that through this book you will rediscover the beauty and brilliance of the gospel in brand new ways.”
Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and author of Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels

“The cross is both the heart of Christianity and its least popular feature. We naturally shrink from carrying our cross, but as Jimmy Davis explains from hard-won experience, that is the only way to experience the salvation that God has planned for us. Dying with Jesus is the only path to life, and this book ably shows you how it’s done.”
Mike Wittmer, Professor of Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

“In our day, when all kinds of words are being tossed around to describe the faith of Christ, we need some down-to-earth sanity to
help us sort out what it really means to be a Christian. What better image than that which Jimmy Davis supplies in the cross of Jesus
Christ? The Christian is a temple of the Lord, a cathedral devoted to demonstrating the power of the cross. Jimmy explains to us how
this ancient image, first endorsed by our Savior himself, is the best way—and, really, the only way—to think about the life to which
we’ve been called as Christians. With sound biblical exposition, clear and helpful illustrations, and a wealth of practical guidance,
Jimmy Davis shows us how to cut through the fog of contemporary Christian thinking to recover the Savior’s plan for our lives.”
T. M. Moore, Dean of Chuck Colson’s Centurions Program, Principal of the Fellowship of Ailbe, author of Culture

Cruciform, Living the Cross-Shaped Life, is the account of a family that found tragedy drove them to the Cross and taught them the meaning of a Cross-shaped Life. The book is built on sound theology that has been tested in the crucible of life and found to be true. Jimmy Davis tells how serving the Lord had become more important to him than his marriage and how God used the near death of his wife to teach him he had to be a faithful steward of the first ministry God had given him, his marriage. This book will be a help to everyone struggling with ‘Why, God?” As a seminary professor, I believe every person planning for, and serving, in a place of Christian ministry should read this book.”
Dr. Brian Richardson, Basil Manly, Jr. Professor of Christian Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Cruciform is a theologically grounded and redemptively freeing picture of a life spent boasting in the cross of Jesus. Avoiding
the distortions of both repressive legalism and irresponsible antinomianism, Jimmy Davis helps us understand how the indicatives of God’s grace lead to the imperatives of obedient love. This book will help many people understand what the gospel-driven life is all about.”
Scotty Smith, Founding Pastor, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee

“At turns thought-provoking, laugh-provoking, and tear-provoking, Jimmy Davis’s engaging new book, Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life, hands Christians the tools they need to build or remodel their lives into the one God intends for them: one of completeness in community, freedom from legalism, and living on mission with the One who calls them beloved daughters and sons. Read and be freed.”
Sandra Byrd, best-selling author of the London Confidential Series, the Ladies in Waiting Series, and three dozen additional books for women and girls

“Have you ever wondered what Paul meant when he told the Corinthians that he was determined to know nothing among them except Jesus Christ and Him crucified? How central was the cross to Paul’s mission? Jimmy Davis has developed a simple but profound approach to the Christian life using the symbol of the Cross. The three elements in the shape of the cross — vertically, our love for and from God; horizontally, our love to and from others; and the intersection and unity of these two directions — pack a powerful punch!”
David Arthur, Executive Vice President, Precept Ministries International

“In today’s evangelical culture, the cross of Christ is a no-show in many churches and sermons. Not in Jimmy Davis’ Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life. The Cross is not merely a message, he says, it forms the template and the substance of how we live, worship and disciple. Chock full of memorable stories, illustrations, and Scripture, this is a terrific book for those breakfast discipleship groups. It is the next one I am going to use.”
Dr. William E. Brown, President, Cedarville University

“With compelling stories, winsome humor, and sound theology, Jimmy Davis draws us into the power and purpose of our lives revealed by our cross-shaped story. Read this book to know and grow in a life of radical discipleship. Read this book to see how your Cruciform life reveals God’s grace and glory to a broken and desperate world.”
Elizabeth Reynolds Turnage, author, Learning God’s Story of Grace

“The cross-shaped life is a life that’s larger than life, far wider, deeper, and higher than we can possibly imagine. If the gospel
has become at all routine to you or you simply wish to be freshly amazed at the transformative grace of God to you in Christ Jesus,
read Jimmy Davis’ book Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life. In it, Jimmy provides stunning, gospel-saturated vistas of what a
cross-shaped life looks like in real life. If you are like me, you will want to read it more than once. It’s that spiritually helpful.”
Dan Cruver, Director of Together for Adoption and editor of Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father

Cruciform is a beautiful description of the process of how we grow into the likeness of Christ. Read these pages and see how God is using the cross to reshape the life of Jimmy Davis into a man after God’s own heart. Practical, insightful, and Biblical, you will relate to his story, and think of how God continues to write your own. Elvis may not have completely left the building, but he is certainly on his way out. And Jesus is filling it and making himself gloriously known.”
Rev. Chuck DeBardeleben, Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, GA

“Within the Evangelical world the word and concept of ‘Grace’ is pretty hot right now. And as you would expect some people have jumped on the bandwagon just because it is so hot. They want to be ‘in.’ Jimmy Davis is not one of those people. He knows and understands Grace because he has had a deep, life changing experience with Grace and the God who bestows with such delight. His illustrations and stories are riveting and his exegesis is right on the money… and both lead me to a deeper understanding of Grace. Buy this book. Enjoy it. Eat it. Live it.”
Charlie Jones of Peculiar People, specializing in Theatrical Theology


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Jimmy Davis, an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, holds degrees from Bryan College and Dallas Theological Seminary, has been in ministry for more than 20 years, and served as a staff writer and associate editor of the Colson Center’s Worldview Church Website. He and his wife, Christine, have three children.


Print / PDF 9781936760145, ePub 9781936760169, Mobi 9781936760152


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