Item description for I Would Die for You: One Student's Story of Passion, Service, and Faith by Brent Higgins & Deanna Higgins...
Overview Written by his parents, this is the true story of BJ Higgins, who died at age 15 after contracting an infection while in the mission field. Through this multilayered text, youth pastors, teens, and those involved in missions work will get a glimpse of a young man who gave his life to God, lived the gospel, and died for his devotion.
Publishers Description In a day of iPods and MySpace, when adolescents can seem self-serving and self-absorbed, the powerful story of the life of BJ Higgins proves that things can be otherwise. BJ's life was one of passionate service to God and to other people. He even inspired Bart Millard, lead singer of Mercy Me, to write and record a song to honor him. After a six-week battle with an infection contracted on the mission field, BJ's earthly life was over--he was only 15 years old. "I Would Die for You" tells BJ's inspiring story. It combines the writing of parents Brent and Deanna Higgins with selections from BJ's journals, school papers, and blog, along with true stories from family members, church and hospital staff, and friends. Through this multi-layered text, youth pastors, teens, and those involved in missions work will get a glimpse of a young man who gave his life to God, lived the gospel, and died for his devotion. Stirring and full of encouragement, " I Would Die for You" is poised to inspire a new generation of believers to give their lives in God's service.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800732448 ISBN13 9780800732448
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More About Brent Higgins & Deanna Higgins
Brent Higgins is an ordained minister and youth pastor. He currently serves as vice president for international operations for Awe Star Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization committed to equipping believers for life, speaking to 25,000 people each year. Deanna Higgins is an accomplished musician and elementary school music teacher. She also serves alongside her husband, leading mission trips for Awe Star Ministries. Brent and Deanna now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Will you accept the challenge? Apr 13, 2009
Brent and Deanna Higgins have compiled a wonderful biography of their son's life. "I Would Die For You" will make you laugh and cry, but most of all it will challenge you - no matter your age. At 15 years of age, BJ had a relationship with Jesus Christ that many three times his age long for. This book would be a wonderful gift for a teenager struggling to find his/her way, but it would also be a wonderful gift for adults. A youth group or small group study is another wonderful use for this book.
Over and over in the book Brent and Deanna used the phrase "BJ got it". After reading exerpts from his journals and blogs, I'll have to agree. His life was not his own; it was totally surrendered to God. His life stands as a challenge to each of us. Will we stand for Christ - even if it costs us our lives?
Though BJ's life on earth was short, his life had tremendous purpose. He served in Peru and would often be found leading the most unapproachable to Christ - even policemen! He saw every person and as a soul in need of a Savior. His journals share "How God Worked In My Life Today" and, personally, I took this as a prompt for the teenagers in my household. BJ LOOKED for ways God was working around him. He shared his struggles in walking as a Christian and how he overcame them. He shared the beautiful transition on his 15th birthday from boyhood to manhood as his parents gave him a sword... he unsheathed that sword and prepared to "raise a revolution".
Read the book; be challenged to memorize the Scriptures leading each chapter - those from BJ's "memorization list"; be challenged to share the Truth of the Gospel where ever you are.
Will YOU accept the challenge?
A Very Moving Book Apr 2, 2009
My husband wanted me to get this book because he knows BJs sisters and he had met BJ and went to the funeral. So when it came, I decided to read it first. And it's a great book. It's hard to believe that such a young man had so much faith. I definately recommend reading this book. It really inspires you to get closer to God. When you see the relationship BJ has with the Lord, you can't help but want the same thing for yourself.
Awesome, Inspiring Book! Feb 28, 2009
Have you ever wondered what it looks like for a life to be completely surrendered to God? In this book, called I Would Die For You, you can find out just that. A true story, this book is about B.J. Higgins who `loved God with everything he had and worked passionately to bring God's love to the whole world'. He was truly someone who was on fire for his Savior and who spent his short life bringing many to the saving knowledge of His grace. I say his short life because B.J. when home to be with the Lord after a six-week battle contracted on the mission field in Peru. He was only fifteen years old. This amazing book was written by his parents, Brent and Deanna Higgins, to tell of B.J.'s life and to inspire countless readers. It includes many journal, blog, email, and even letter excerpts that he wrote, as well as accounts from his friends and relatives. When I read what B.J. wrote it never ceased to amaze me. His passion and love for his Father shone through everything that I read and was truly inspiring. The book starts off by giving an overview of B.J.'s early life, and the beginning of his life-long relationship with God. It then shifts its focus to the two mission's trips to Peru that he went on. As can be witnessed by his journals and the stories of fellow missionaries, God worked through him in amazing ways. After coming back from his second mission's trip he contracted a mysterious infection which lands him in isolation in the Intensive Care Unit, with thousands of people unifying in prayer for him worldwide. Through his death many came to salvation and even more dedicated their lives to continue his mission, as was stated in one of his favorite songs: "Rescue the perishing Care for the dying Snatch them from in pity From sin and the grave Weep o'er the erring one Lift up the fallen one Tell them of Jesus The mighty to save" As you can see, I don't have enough praise for this book. It was absolutely incredible and so inspiring. As a fifteen-year-old myself it really inspired me about what sort of legacy I was leaving. Also, I absolutely loved the song, written by, lead singer of Mercy Me, Bart Millard, called "I Would Die For You". Imagine my surprise when I found out that that song had been inspired by B.J.'s life! Now I love it all the more! So If you're ready to be inspired... and challenged I highly recommend (highly, highly recommend) reading this life-changing book, because as the song `I Would Die For You' states, "You never know why your alive, `til you know what you would die for/I would die for you".
A Modern Day Jim Elliot Jan 27, 2009
It isn't often that you find a 15-year-old with the passion for God that was evident in BJ Higgins. He was an ordinary kid who experienced an extraordinary relationship with God. That relationship manifested itself in a zeal to tell the world about Jesus, the Savior. God blessed BJ with very godly parents (the authors of the book) who raised him to understand what it really means to be a Christian. BJ had an urgency about him, as though he knew his time was short and he needed to do things ahead of a "normal" schedule. He became a missionary at the age of 14 and began to have a significant impact. When he contracted a serious disease on the mission field, his subsequent battle for his life led to an online blog [...]. The blog and the book created a stage where BJ's amazing relationship with his Creator could be told. Reading BJ's personal thoughts was much like reading the journals of Jim Elliot (a missionary who died at the hands of the Auca Indians in 1956). Reading BJ's story was a truly moving experience.
inspiring Jan 12, 2009
So many religious leaders send others to do their "battles" while they collect hedonistic rewards on earth; leading to cynicism as preaching is do what I say not what I do. Thus the inspiring true story of fifteen year old BJ Higgins is not just refreshing; his life renews the reader's soul. From the opening preface in which Indiana RN Donna Guilder describes her first meeting with BJ when he is rushed to the hospital with a respiratory infection until his death six weeks later from what he caught doing God's mission in Peru and the aftermath from his still strong belief in God's way; this teen is what religion needs to be. BJ lived what he believed in and died for what he believed in; never doubting God's plan even when he did not understand it. Well written, no one who reads this engaging combination biography and autobiography (from BJ's blogs and journals) will doubt this young man's devotion to spread the gospel nor his conviction as death was imminent.