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 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 grou
However, I think that it could have been better. It was too long, too much repetition. The author had some excellent personal illustrations but at times they seem to more focused on his personal successes than was appropriate.
However, despite some issues, it is worth reading and I recommend it.
This book is filled with wisdom from the book of Philippians and 1 Corinthians and what exactly Paul meant when he said he wanted to experience the sufferings of Christ. Although not exclusively a book on suffering, pe ...more
Miller's J-Curve is not really a book about "suffering" (though it contains biblical guidance for those circumstances) but is more so about dying. (It's epilogue covers a few pages about the death of his daughter at 42 of cancer). But the death isn't the physical variety of which he writes, rather, it's of the spiritual, the daily "dying to self" that Jesus ...more
The Reformation was largely a backlash against the Roman Catholic interpretation of sanctification--a “sanctification” divorced from the biblical foundation of justification. In summarizing Martin Luther’s appraisal of the matter, a modern scholar writes: “Sanctification is...simply the art ...more
This book basically traces the path of Jesus in Philippians 2: not using his position for himself, but emptying himself to serve to the point of death, before being glorified by the Father - and argues that this is the shape of every ...more
I like the concept behind this book: when facing suffering we must lean into Jesus rather than trying to make our own way out. The J-curve imagery of death leading to resurrection is helpful, too. So often leaning into Jesus feels like a type of dying because leaning into Jesus means following Jesus’s way rather than my own desires. And when I do walk with Jesus through su ...more
We learn to die in love (we engage evil), repentance (evil is in us), and suffering (evil finds us). Suffering, whether big or small, gives us opportunities to know Christ better and be more like him. We need to be alert to ...more
That aside, I selected J Curve by Paul Miller because of my love for his book The Praying Life. Miller is one of those authors who is easy to overlook a ...more
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This is a long overdue book review that I have been procrastinating to write due to the season of life I'm currently in. I do hope to continue building this rhythm of reading and writing in to my daily life.
Coming back to this book review, Dr. Paul Miller wrote in an immensely practical way of showing us how to live out the gospel in our everyday life.
Dr. Miller is no s ...more
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, ...more
Miller writes that the J-curve is meant “to reset your sense of the normal Christian life, freeing you from cynicism and despair. Inhabiting the J-Curve promises to transform your entire vision of how you engage life, freeing you from the world of resentment, touchiness and just plain old grumpiness, ...more
Though the author uses a great deal of scripture to flesh out his theme of the J Curve, for me probably his key verse is Colossians 1:24: "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh, I do my share on behalf of his body (which is the church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ ...more
Paul writes books that are helpful. They touch everyday life. This one is no except ...more