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Death by Love: Letters from the Cross [Hardcover]

By Mark Driscoll (Author) & Gerry Breshears (Author)
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Written in the form of pastoral letters, "Death by Love" outlines the 12 primary effects of Jesus' death on the cross and connects each to the life of a different individual.

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Real people. Real sin. Transformed lives. A compilation of heartfelt letters written from a pastor to his people that explains Jesus' work on the cross.

Death by Love is a unique book on the cross of Jesus Christ. While many books debate the finer points of the doctrine of the atonement, what is often lost are the real-life implications of Jesus' death on the cross for those who have sinned and have been sinned against. Written in the form of pastoral letters, Death by Love outlines the twelve primary effects of Jesus' death on the cross and connects each to the life of a different individual.

Driscoll, one of America's most influential pastors, and Breshears, a respected theologian, help readers understand, appreciate, and trust in Jesus' work on the cross in a way that will transform their lives. Both deeply theological and intensely practical, this book shows how everyone can find hope through the death of Jesus Christ.

"This book is brutally honest about sin and suffering, and wonderfully hopeful as it points us to our true Savior."

Timothy S. Lane, Executive Director, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

"The stories portrayed in the chapters of this book are all too real, but more importantly, the pastoral responses offer riveting applications of the cross for true and lasting transformation."
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Practical and powerful. It applies the sufficiency of Jesus to the real-life challenges we face in the church every day. If you work with hurting people you need Death by Love."
Dan Jarrell, Teaching Pastor, ChangePoint Church, Anchorage, Alaska

"A key reason for my confidence in this book is its brilliant presentation of the historic theology of the cross and how it defends reprehensible attacks against it."
Gregg R. Allison, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"The authors connect squarely with our ever-changing culture, declaring the central doctrine of Jesus' death and why it is important."
Bill Mounce, President,

Citations And Professional Reviews
Death by Love: Letters from the Cross by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • CBA Retailers - 09/01/2008 page 42
  • Christian Retailing - 09/08/2008 page 18
  • Christianity Today - 03/01/2009 page 61

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 12, 2008
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
Series  Re Lit  
ISBN  1433501295  
ISBN13  9781433501296  

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More About Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears

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Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multi-site congregation based in Seattle that spans 15 locations in five states. He is the founder of Resurgence (, co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, and the author of numerous books, including Death by Love and Vintage Jesus. Pastor Mark's sermons reach millions of listeners online, and in 2010 Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark and his wife have five children.

Gerry Breshears (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and chairman of the division of biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. He also serves as an elder and on the preaching team at Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon.

Gerry Breshears was born in 1947.

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How the Cross is the Answer for a World of Pain  Mar 19, 2010
This a very unusual book by Mark Driscoll and his writing buddy and professor, Gerry Breshears. I would go so far as to say that this is a unique book in that I have never seen anything quite like it.

If their first book together, Vintage Jesus, was a light cheerful book that offended some by its use of humor and at times edgy topics for illustrations, this new book by these two men is more of a grungy, almost dark book.

Certainly this book represents just a tiny sample of the ocean of pain that a pastor of a large church has to handle over the years. Some neoliberals argue that people who believe in penal substitutionary atonement do not engage with the real suffering found in the world. This book demonstrates emphatically that in Driscoll's case this is simply not true. Such critics also argue that the evangelical's gospel can become overly narrow, eventually focusing solely on the "felt need" of the feelings of guilt many still experience. Guilt, however, is far from the only reason people come to Christ. The New Testament is full of helpful ways we can understand what Jesus did on the cross.

Without in any way softening his commitment to the centrality of Jesus taking the punishment of sin in our understanding of the cross, Driscoll is far broader in his understanding of and application of the cross to hurting people's lives today. From convicted child molesters, to cheating husbands and raped women, Driscoll shares pen outlines of the destruction manifest in the lives of specific people to whom he has ministered. He then shows in a letter written to each individual how a specific aspect of what Jesus has done on the cross can bring wholeness and salvation to them.

This is a vital book that should be read by every Christian who is serious about reaching out with the gospel into this dark and damaged world.
Great book  Oct 17, 2009
I thought it was a great book. Driscoll does a great job of bringing the Gospel into every situation, no matter how difficult.
Death By Love - A+  Oct 14, 2009
Death By Love: Letters from the Cross is the second book that Pastor Mark Driscoll and Western Seminary Professor Gerry Breshears have teamed up to write. Without a hint of his trademark irreverence or humor, Driscoll presents one of the most pastoral books written on the cross this decade.

The central symbol of Christianity is the cross, the place where our God died, the "crux of both the Christian faith and human history." The meaning of Jesus' death on the cross has been belittled and attacked throughout the centuries, with a current scholar going so far as to describe it as an act of divine child abuse. Driscoll, rather than sanitize the tragic details of the most important death the world has seen, highlights the glory of the cross as an act of God's love. Rather than a rejection, the cross reveals God's love like nothing ever has or will.

Death By Love presents the cross as a "multi-faceted" jewel and focuses in on twelve applications of the cross. The applications include redemption, propitiation, expiation, the gift of righteousness, ransom, and revelation. The meanings of these theological terms and their real world implications are thoughtfully and faithfully expounded.

Not only is this a great book for someone who wants a deeper understanding of the cross, it serves as an excellent reference for Christian counseling. The cross is central to life as a Christian, and often the extent of our misery or depression can be a result of not putting the cross and Christ in its proper place. This book offers examples for many facets of the cross, and it is a great starting point to help others appreciate how Christ's death on the cross atoned for our many sins.

The bottom line is that this is an excellent book that should be read by anyone interested in Christ's work on the cross. I have read everything that Mark Driscoll has written and I have found all of his books to be Christ-centered and worthwhile. Death By Love is the most heartfelt of these, and the power of the cross is conveyed so vividly that it will humble a believer and bring him to his knees.
Great book purchase  Sep 29, 2009
Great stories and good quality book. I like the new style of full image wrapped hardcovers. It has a great, artsy quality and still holds up to some abuse. Shipped quickly and in perfect condition!
blunt and up front  Aug 31, 2009
Great book...not for the timid though. you may need some tough skin for this book.

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