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To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain

Author Matt Chandler & Jared C. Wilson
Narrator David Cochran Heath
Runtime 5.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date September 1, 2013
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Using Paul's radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity.


The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a 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! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him—everything should be about Jesus.

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Using Paul's radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity.


The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a 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! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him—everything should be about Jesus.

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Insight Into Philippians
To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler and Jared C. Wilson is a solid commentary on the book of Philippians and its applications to Christians lives today. It starts with a quite helpful historical and cultural introduction to the period when the book was written and some insight into Apostle Paul, the author of the book.

The main focus of the book is on spiritual maturity and going beyond being a Christian who relies on others to give them spiritual food and being able to devour the word of God for themselves. With reference to the book of Philippians, he goes through several attributes of a spiritually mature person such as fearing God, humbly and passionate pursuing God and rejoices even in the hard times.

Personally I found this book a bit forgettable but that could just have been that I was having a busy week at the time and didn't really latch onto the heart of the book. It does have some good points but not life changing based on my experience.

The narration was well done, as it was easy to listen to and it flowed nicely.

This book would be great for anyone looking for more insight into the book of Philippians and how it applies to their life today.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/8/2014)
What I Needed to Hear
Lately I have been listening to more and more audio books. It is so convenient to listen in the car, in the kitchen, or during the afternoon when I rest a bit. Recently, I finished To Live Is Christ/To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler. One of my favorite books in the Bible is Philippians and I was excited to listen to this new book. The narrator, David Cochran Heath, does an excellent job and I enjoyed listening to him.

There is nothing new or profound in this book and that's ok. Sometimes we just need a reminder of what the Christian life is all about. Matt reminded me over and over that my sanctification is not a one-time deal...that I will continue to grow and mature in Christ every day. And this takes work; not work to be saved but to grow. He reminds the reader that "while we are not saved by our striving and in fact saved from our striving, we are also saved to our striving--a striving after Christ." It was a good reminder that I need to also be striving to live out my salvation.

The book as a whole was a great encouragement to me to focus on Christ, to put Him first, to rejoice in Him, and to live for Him. I appreciate that message!

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audiobooks at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/13/2013)
Excellent Bible teaching in a helpful, accessible style.
To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain, was the first book I’ve read by Matt Chandler. Chandler is a young pastor in Dallas who faced a scary ordeal with a brain tumor, but whose testimony shone through even the darkest days of suffering. Chandler is connected with the Acts 29 church planting network and the Gospel Coalition. I jumped at the chance to read this book, thinking he would open up to some of his own struggles at death’s door. I didn’t find that, but I did find a lot of excellent teaching in a helpful, accessible style.

The book is a Bible study on the book of Philippians, and a masterful one at that. Chandler draws you in to the text, fleshes out helpful context by describing Paul’s mission to Philippi and at one point sketching the entire life story of the Apostle Paul. Chandler can paint a picture well, and he also has a pulse on where the average church attender is, spiritually. His book challenges and woos, it focuses on the Gospel and attacks any kind of legalism, yet he is inviting and encouraging too. He shares a lot of stories, many of his own life and family, but only once does he briefly touch on his struggle with cancer. But that aside, the book is an excellent treatment of perhaps the most loved epistle of Paul.

The Christian Audio version of the book plays nicely, although I missed hearing Chandler’s voice do the reading. Having heard him in person and listened to an mp3 online, his distinctive voice would make the title even more appealing. But the reading is done very well, and easy to listen to. I enjoyed To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain as I drove back and forth to work, and it made for an excellent devotional time as I prepared for my day. In any format, this would make for a great devotional read. The message of Philippians will challenge you to live a joyful, confident Christian life, that doesn’t shrink from declaring the gospel and living a sacrificial life for Christ’s glory, whether we live or die.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by christianaudio.com as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.

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Review by / (Posted on 10/17/2013)
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