When I received this book, I had never heard anything about the authors. Now that I have read most of this book, I am glad that I was introduced to them through Crossway Publishers. Michael and Hayley started a company called Hungry Planet, “a company intensely focused on feeding the world’s appetite for truth by producing books and new media, taking on issues of faith and life with a distinctly modern voice.” (Taken from hungryplanet.net) The company has done a great job of reaching out to the next generation and challenging teens and young people with the truth. If you have time, check out the website and see what they have to offer. Michael and Hayley have truly found where it is God can use them in a great way to impact the world for Christ.
Now back to the book. Die Young, as the front page of the book states, is about burying yourself in Christ. This book goes about explaining what it means to be buried in Christ by talking about how opposite the Christian life truly is from the way the world thinks. The world teaches that we should basically look out for ourselves first and that acquiring everything we can and experiencing everything we can is the way to truly live. However, the way Jesus lived and the way the Bible teaches is the exact opposite of that. Michael and Hayley do a great job of bringing this out. They use chapter titles such as “Less is the new more” and “down is the new up” and one of my personal favorites, “death is the new life.” Each chapter takes a portion of Scripture and then looks at it in further detail throughout the chapter. The authors use personal stories throughout to help the reader understand how they have actually experienced and are experiencing through living the way the pages in this book and the Bible challenge us to live. To be a Christian and follower of Christ means we are to “die to self, take up our cross and follow Him.”
The life of a Christian is a life of dying. We have so much we are to be dying to: dying to pride, dying to sin, dying to selfishness. You cannot be a follower of Christ without dying to our way of wanting to live and taking on Christ’s way of living. It is not possible. Michael and Hayley talk about that and do a great job of helping younger Christians understand more clearly the life of a Christian. No one wants to die young, but to truly live the way Christ intended us to live, we must die young.
This review was short but this book is definitely going to be better for new and young Christians. It is written in such a way that young people would both be able to understand it and be challenged to live it. I am definitely going to recommend this book for any youth in my youth group who want to learn more about the Christian life. Christian young people today could make a huge impact on the world for Christ with the abilities and gifts God has given them and Michael and Hayley Dimarco do a great job in book of presenting the Christian life in a nutshell. So for anyone wanting to find an easy read for their young teen or new Christian to work through after coming to Christ, check out Die Young. You will not be disappointed. You will come away challenged and encouraged to give it all to Christ by burying yourself in Christ. Death is the only way to new life and that death is through Christ.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crossway Publishers in exchange for this review.