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Serious Times: Making Your Life Matter in an Urgent Day [Paperback]

By James Emery White (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2005
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830833803  
EAN  9780830833801  

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Item Description...
This book explores what it means to be in front lines of what God is doing. When serious times are met with serious lives, the kingdom of God is advanced. Come and discover a life of significance.

Publishers Description
A 2005 Evangelical Christian Publishing Association Gold Medallion finalist. How can we make our lives matter? John Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived in serious times. And, because they chose to live serious lives, they turned the course of history. As the modern era transitions into postmodern turbulence, we, too, find ourselves in serious times. How can we make a difference in the world around us? How can we be an influence for Christ? Most important, how can we make our lives matter? There is a a great movement of God set loose in the world. In this book, James Emery White explores what it means to be at the front lines of what God is doing. When serious times are met with serious lives, the kingdom of God is advanced. Come and discover a life of significance.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, often cited as one of the fastest-growing church starts in the United States. He is the author of eight books, including "Life-Defining Moments," "Rethinking the Church," and "A Search for the Spiritual." Dr. White holds a Ph.D. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with additional study at Vanderbilt University and the University of Oxford. He also serves as adjunct professor of Christian Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of four children.

James Emery White currently resides in Charlotte, in the state of North Carolina. James Emery White was born in 1961.

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A Serious Book for a Serious Time  Mar 18, 2007
Dr. White presents an excellent portrait of the times in which we live. He uses history to bring the reader to the reason why our present age has a view of reality that is unparalleled in its hostility toward the Christian Worldview. For anyone wanting to reach others living in the Western Culture that we find ourselves presently, this is a must read. This book is pregnant with ideas and references which further study can assist in developing the Christian mind. You will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book more than once.
A Clarion Call For Our Time  Sep 1, 2006
Dr. James Emery White offers this fascinating primer filled with expansive thoughts into "how we got to where we are and where we are going in the future." Combining compelling thoughts with historical focus, White serves up a great read for the students of culture and faith. Great for the lectern, bedside, wing back chair, or poolside...Seriously!
Personal favorite - great read, makes a great gift, too!  Jun 12, 2006
An absolutely outstanding book based on the statement from a letter written from John Adams to his good friend and colleague Thomas Jefferson near the end of both of their lives - Adams wrote, "My friend, you and I have lived in serious times." White begins with the premise that serious times call for serious lives and expands to the concept that the Christian life is a serious and devout journey with the Lord. Every believer, according to White, has an opportunity to live a meaningful and profound life that could impact all of human history for the glory of God - and, of course, the reader is supposed to wonder why they would settle for anything less!

White then turns to a brief examination of our current cultural crisis and makes that case that Christians must and should be engaged in the great debate of the day. He turns to history to demonstrate how followers of Christ have consistently been cultural agents of transformation - literally allowing the God of the Universe to work in and through their lives to transform others around them. And then finally, White gives some practical guidelines to produce a life worthy of our calling - to deepen our souls with a compassion for humanity and develop our minds with the sound reasoning from Scripture which combined can be a culturally-relevant tool for believers to use to engage others for the cause of Christ.

Of course, White stresses the importance of reading as well as having an awareness of history as we seek to prepare ourselves for the calling of God on our lives. He also emphasizes the importance of the church as the body of Christ and our role within that institution. Finally, he concludes with the warning against apathy, against the sin of slothfulness and the lie that the problems of the world are on someone's shoulders. White challenges the follower of Christ to step up, even in the face of adversity or apathy, and take their rightful place as the sons or daughters of the King in this enemy-occupied territory to claim victory for our Lord and Savior against the false ideas and principles of this world.

Serious Times is an excellent book which also does an incredible job of introducing the reader to a host of great men and women of the faith who comprise that "great cloud of witnesses" of Hebrews 12. The book would be an ideal read for any young person to encourage them to live a life of significance and purpose as well as to any person more seasoned in years to challenge their comfortable lifestyle which has made them ignorance and apathetic to the great issues of life surrounding them everyday.
The Need for Holistic Christlikeness in the Church  Feb 18, 2005
James Emery White does a wonderful job of outlining, in brief overview, the historical background leading to some of the philosophical and sociological challenges facing the Church today. Then, he suggests an appropriate, holistic model for engaging the world by becoming more Christlike in soul, mind, volition, and community. An engaging read, filled with anecdotes, quotes, and cultural references, that I found hard to put down!
Serious reading for serious times  Dec 30, 2004
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I picked up the book just a few days prior to Christmas and completed it last evening. It is book that any serious minded Christian will want to read. I was impressed by the review of history and how it has impacted on our the philosophy of our current culture which covers the first half of the book.
The second half of the book was worth the price of the book alone. White divides this half of the book into four parts: deepening our souls; developing our minds, answering the call and aligning with the church. For me personally, the chapters on the soul and our minds were particularly helpful. White reminds us that our spiritual self is key to rest of our lives. We are to radically seek the face of God by developing in ourselves a "rule" of spiritual devotion that will form a foundation in our souls. The chapter on the mind was a reminder that the life of the mind is also important to our spiritual development. White challenges us with the idea that Christians need to be able to dialogue intelligently with our culture. An encouragement to hearty reading and serious reflection form the foundation of this chapter.
I found this book by James Emery White to be well worth the time investment and plan to make this book one that I return to often. It may be helpful for some of you to hear the author speak about this book. Check out this interview at

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