Wheaton, Ill. (December 2, 2019) — Crossway is pleased to announce that Paul E. Miller’s book J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life (Crossway, June 2019) has won the 2019 WORLD Magazine Accessible Theology Book of the Year.
“It’s so simple, it’s brilliant: The Christian life is shaped like a capital J. You descend on the left and rise on the right,” writes Marvin Olasky, WORLD Magazine’s editor in chief. “The idea that Christians need to go down to come up challenges prosperity gospel sponge cake—and it’s just what we need to understand when times get tough. Not just once but again and again, the everyday Christian life is dying to convenience, worldly success, and approval, only to be resurrected into repentance, humility, and hope.”
This year, WORLD Magazine honored six nonfiction books in the following categories: Understanding America, Understanding the World, History, Science, and Accessible Theology. Twenty additional titles receive honorable mention in their respective categories.
“In J-Curve, Miller’s compelling message has been forged through years of personal experience applying the gospel in the realities of daily life,” says Dave DeWit, Crossway’s vice president of book publishing. “He begins with a solid biblical foundation found in Philippians 3:10. These truths equip the reader to ‘know him and the power of his resurrection.’ We are grateful to hear of so many lives that have been transformed by the grace of God after reading J-Curve.”
The Bible’s vision of a “good” life is a reenactment of the gospel—a downward path toward self-denial before moving upward toward new life. Miller argues that embracing this “J-Curve” shape of life radically recenters one’s life on Christ. This down-to-earth and practical book, filled with personal stories, explores how Christians can experience rich gratitude and joy as they walk with Christ through the ups and downs of life.
Available in both trade paperback and ebook formats, J-Curve has received commendations from J. D. Greear (president of the Southern Baptist Convention), Joni Eareckson Tada (founder of Joni and Friends), John M. Frame (professor emeritus of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary), and many others.
Paul 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. SeeJesus.net | twitter.com/_PaulEMiller
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