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To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain
By Matt Chandler (With Jared C. Wilson)

Paul's Most Intimate Letter

Matt Chandler's Most Disruptive Book

Using Paul's radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, best-selling author Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into an authentic Christian maturity in his new book, To Live is Christ to Die is Gain (David C Cook, September 1, 2013).

The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible yet Paul wrote it not for popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.

In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don't get Jesus, we've lost!

Chandler has found matured faith includes:

  1. Making disciples and being discipled
  2. Realizing Christ's love is unconditional
  3. Rejoicing in the Lord because He is always at hand
  4. Living in such a way that Jesus is seen as glorious
  5. Accepting that anxiety and worry is a waste of mental time
  6. Discovering that contentment must be learned

To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter and this book. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him—everything should be about Jesus.

About the Author

Matt Chandler is the lead pastor at The Village Church, a multi-campus church attended by more than 10,000 people in Highland Village, TX. Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. His sermons are regularly one of the top five podcasts on iTunes and his first book, The Explicit Gospel, has sold over 110,000 copies. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. He lives in Dallas with his wife Lauren and three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah. 


Jared C. Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont. He is an award-winning writer whose articles and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals, and he also wrote the popular books Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, and Gospel Deeps, as well as the curriculum Abide. Wilson blogs daily at "Gospel Driven Church," at thegospelcoalition.org.