To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain
by Matt Chandler
Matt Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. He is an excellent communicator and has a great sense of humor, and both of these things come through in this book. This book is basically a study of the book of Philippians. Each chapter examines a different theme and section of the book. Chandler discusses the main idea of each section, challenges his readers to respond, and usually includes stories and illustrations to clarify his ideas.
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The emphasis on the gospel and God’s grace was encouraging. It was also an easy read; the writing style was simple, and it was relatively brief. The book challenged me personally and reminded me of the importance of striving to become more like Jesus Christ. My main problem with the book was the structure/organization. The titles of the chapters in the table of contents only revealed the theme of the chapter, not the section of Scripture. This would be extremely frustrating for someone looking for comments on a specific section. Additionally, the chapter itself only included one verse from the passage being discussed. It would have been helpful if the entire passage was at least identified at the beginning of the chapter. These issues are relatively minor, though. The content of the book was good, and I would recommend this book to others who want to study the book during their quiet time or with a group.