Pastor and award-winning author Rankin Wilbourne and Christian philosopher Brian Gregor, Ph.D. release The Cross Before Me: Reimagining the Way to the Good Life Sept. 1, 2019 from David C Cook. This unique book, which offers a provocative perspective on God's design for the cross and explores how the way of the cross is the path to life, happiness and being human, is receiving wide acclaim from pastors, authors, theologians and more:
"The Cross Before Me is a lucid, learned, life-changing guide along the upside-down journey to human flourishing. It will inspire and enlighten anyone who dwells in the words." - John Ortberg, Author and Menlo Church Senior Pastor
"Rarely do books cover as much important, theological ground as this one, which makes it a delight for me to recommend." - Jen Pollock Michel, Author, Speaker
"This book explains how to take hold of that key and use it to unlock the door to true, unquenchable, soul satisfying, eternal happiness." - Ken Sande, Author and Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom 360 Founder
"This book is profound, practical, and will provide a much-needed paradigm shift for followers of Jesus. I highly recommend it." - Jeremy Treat (PhD, Wheaton College) Author, Reality LA (Los Angeles) Pastor and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Biola University
"This is an urgent appeal for rethinking everything we value through the lens of cruciformity." -Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Research Professor of Systematic Theology
"Rankin and Brian have an uncanny ability to explain deep, complicated truths in a way that almost anyone can understand. The rare combination of intellect and accessibility that they possess shines in this wonderful volume, The Cross Before Me." - Scott Sauls, Christ Presbyterian Church (Nashville, TN) Pastor and Author
"This is an urgent and challenging yet ultimately hopeful book. I know it's going to help many others the way it encouraged me to find life in the way of the cross." - Collin Hansen, The Gospel Coalition Editorial Director and Editor of Lost and Found: How Jesus Helped Us Discover Our True Selves
"Rankin Wilbourne and Brian Gregor winsomely point us to the only true way to happiness, a way that necessitates death in order to truly be fully alive...to be truly happy." - Bryan Loritts, Abundant Life Lead Pastor and Author
"Be forewarned: this is not another Christian self-help paperback. But in this extraordinarily perceptive and powerful book, pastor and philosopher join hands to show us how the way of the cross is, surprisingly, the way of life, happiness, and communion with God." - Michael J. Gorman, Author and St. Mary's Seminary & University (Baltimore) Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology
"I love this book! The Cross Before Me brings the reader on an extraordinary journey." - J. Todd Billings, Author and Western Theological Seminary, (Holland, MI) Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology
Drawing on biblical truths, historical writings and modern examples, Wilbourne and Gregor challenge readers to think of the cross not only as the instrument of their eternal salvation, but as the way to a good and beautiful life here and now.
Focusing on the cruciform way, the goal of the book is to make the theology of the cross accessible and practical for a broad audience. Written for anyone who wonders what the shape of Jesus' life has to teach about finding the life he promises, The Cross Before Me is filled with useful ideas for how to integrate life and work, reinterpret life's goals through Jesus' example and embrace the only outlook on life that will satisfy.
About Rankin Wilbourne:
Rankin Wilbourne is senior pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles, a growing church with multiple locations, which has planted and is planting churches around the city of Los Angeles. With a passion for bringing together great historical theology with modern cultural concerns, he is the author of Union With Christ, winner of the 2017 Christian Book Award for New Author and named one of the top books of 2016 by John Piper's Desiring God ministry. As a former commercial banker, Wilbourne understands the "gap" between the gospel preached on Sunday and the world people face on Monday, and he's concerned with drawing connections between what we believe and how we live. Growing up near New Orleans, training at Princeton Theological Seminary and spending time as the Minister of Teaching and Missions at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Wilbourne now resides with his wife, Morgen, and their three children in Los Angeles.
About Brian Gregor:
Brian Gregor (Ph.D., Boston College) is associate professor of Philosophy and teaches courses in philosophy, philosophy of religion and religious studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross: the Cruciform Self and just finished a book on Paul Ricoeur's philosophy of religion, Ricoeur's Hermeneutics of Religion: Rebirth of the Capable Self. His research concerns the relation between religious faith and human subjectivity. Originally from Canada, Gregor lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Meg, and their two children.
About David C Cook:
David C Cook is a leading nonprofit resource provider serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois and the United Kingdom, David C Cook's resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 170 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, today David C Cook publishes numerous bestselling non-fiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music label, which produces over one-third of the top 500 praise and worship songs sung around the world. Additional information can be found at www.davidccook.org.