The Ordinary Hero: Living the Cross and Resurrection

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9781844743773: The Ordinary Hero: Living the Cross and Resurrection

How should we live? What does it really mean to be a Christian believer in everyday life?

Intriguingly, when the New Testament writers answered that question, they did not look back to the life of the Lord Jesus. Again and again, they focused on his death and resurrection.

The cross and resurrection provide the pattern for discipleship, calling Christians to a new way of living, with different values, different hopes. This lucid, passionate, practical guidebook gets right to the heart of what it means to be a Christian disciple today.

Tim Chester writes, 'This book strikes a note that is rarely heard today. In particular, the important themes of suffering followed by glory, and the hiddenness of the Christian life, are all but absent in contemporary Christian thought.'

The book concludes with a powerful story of an ordinary hero.

The included discussion questions make this an ideal book to read together in small groups or as a whole church.

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About the Author:

Dr Tim Chester is part of The Crowded House, a church planting initiative in Sheffield, UK. He is Director of The Porterbrook Institute. He was previously Research & Policy Director for Tearfund UK, and has been published widely on prayer, mission, social issues and theology. He is married to Helen and has two daughters.

Review:

Tim Chester is rapidly becoming one of the leading young English- speaking Christian writers. His prolific work has an accessible style which has clarity and is very thought-provoking. This book is no exception. Tim encourages us to live heroic but ordinary lives that are full of the extraordinary hope that comes from believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus. --Adrian Warnock, blogger and author of Raised With Christ: How The Resurrection Changes Everything

Tim Chester brings us to the foot of the cross and challenges us to live our lives from there. In his direct and yet compelling style, Chester writes with real insight and honesty into the struggles of the Christian life and with a vivid hope for its joys. He shows again and again the way in which the cross of Christ not only showers on us the grace of forgiveness but also teaches us how to live. --Dr Michael Jensen, Lecturer in Doctrine, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia

This impressive book emphasizes what really matters that the truth of the cross and resurrection is to be lived as well as believed. Tim writes with a simplicity and directness that demonstrate how the cross and resurrection impact every corner of our lives and set us free to live as we should. If you read each chapter slowly and prayerfully, and determine by God s Spirit to follow what the Bible teaches, you will be on track to live a life of true discipleship. --Jonathan Lamb, Langham Partnership

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