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Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life

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What is the Cross-Shaped Life? It is the vertical life of loving God with all your head, heart, and hands; and the horizontal life of loving others as Christ has loved you.

Employing the symbols of the cruciform cathedral and the Celtic cross, Jimmy Davis uses personal stories, both humorous and heart-breaking, to encourage and equip the reader to gain a cross-shaped persp
Paperback, 113 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Cruciform Press (first published March 23rd 2011)
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Jun 19, 2012 Henry rated it it was amazing
A first-class book on what living in light of the cross of Christ involves. Jimmy Davis has given us a wonderful summary of the foundation of Christian living.
Jun 07, 2011 Jeanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cruciform-read
A Cruciform life is a life that is reflecting the cross. It is a you-first heart that focuses on God and his purposes for his glory. It is all about the glory and the glory living. Just like in sports, their is glory when a team comes together for the purpose of winning and taking the crown. The same should be done in our christian life as well. Davis does a fine job of what a cruicform life looks like and how easy it is to fall into traps of self-righteouness and a work-centered living. The sto ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who wants a deeper understanding of the Christian life
Recommended to Janet by: Christine Davis
Jimmy lays a great, thoughtful foundation for the reality of the spiritual disciplines. He emphasizes that we are all being spiritually formed in one way or another... As Bob Dylan so aptly put it,
"But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody."

In the same way, we are being formed by somebody, by the choices we make moment by moment in our lives.

As I reflect on the mess
Lee Button
Nov 21, 2015 Lee Button rated it really liked it
Very helpful illustration of what a Cross-shaped life looks like. Last chapter shows this life applied.
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it really liked it
The Christian life and the spiritual disciplines that accompany it are often mysterious and elusive to professing believers. Davis addresses this with a reminder that “living for Jesus” is not self-empowered effort but grace-dependent service in the power and truth of the cross. Christian service isn’t to earn God’s favor; it reminds believers that they have God’s favor in Jesus. Though brief, Davis writes with winsomeness that endears readers and encourages them to rely on Christ.
Elizabeth Turnage
Aug 01, 2011 Elizabeth Turnage rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to experience more joy in living a life shaped by the gospel
What shape is your faith in?
Jimmy Davis’s challenging little gem of a book invites us to consider living a cruciform life, that is, a life formed by the cross of Christ. A quick read with a long impact, Cruciform Life describes how we were created and redeemed to be cruciform and then shows us what a cruciform living looks like. With engaging stories and solid Scriptural teaching, this is a book I will return to over and over to remember the gospel call of discipleship.
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Dec 07, 2012 Marguerite Harrell rated it it was amazing
I do have this book in e-book format and just started reading this afternoon. Great book to read! It will make you cry because it did make me cry in this book.
Phil Wade
Dec 11, 2011 Phil Wade rated it really liked it
A solid, personal book on basic Christianity
Excellent! Review coming soon.
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Jun 29, 2011 Michael Wehrle rated it it was ok
This book was quite predictable, an easy read. It really wasn't all that deep, and to be honest, I read it so fast, I didn't become interested enough in it. I know the message was good, about living an outward mission based, "you-first" life, instead of a "me-first", but the book never really caught on to me.
Jared Totten
Aug 11, 2011 Jared Totten rated it liked it
New author. New publisher. Both are dealing with some growing pains in their early efforts, but I expect great things in the future!
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JIMMY DAVIS loves being married to Christine, with whom he shares the adventure of raising three great kids and a Havanese puppy named Charlie. Jimmy earned an M. A. in Christian Education and M. A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. In over 25 years of ministry he has served as a pastor to youth and colleg ...more
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