Death By Living – A BOOK GIVEAWAY



If you have never read N.D. Wilson’s writing before, is it rude to start by saying, “You’re welcome”?  Maybe a little rude, but y’all.  Listen.  You know that Becky Crenshaw thinks in color.  And dreams in pictures.  And I learn the things of God in story. His Story intertwined with my own.

Well, N.D.Wilson does, as well.  No other author can make me belly laugh, cry and furrow my brow in deep thought like this guy.

In his book, Death by Living: Life Is Meant To Be Spent, Wilson “infuses every page with an eloquent and organic mood of worship. It’s a book that entertains, informs, provokes, and moves, but all toward the end of bringing glory to the Greatest Storyteller of all. It confronts us with our own wrinkly and decaying destiny even as it vigorously shakes our shoulders, slams on our helmet, and hustles us back onto the field while there’s time left on the clock. There is work still to do and ground yet to cover. Sunrises and sunsets to behold. Families to make. Kindness, love, and forgiveness to be given.”  This book reminds us and awakens us to the fact that “we may only die once, but we can choose to die daily to ourselves and, in that, to truly live. For as the old prayer goes, it is in giving that we receive, in pardoning that we are pardoned, and in dying that we are born to eternal life.” – Christianity Today.

To that, let me get a good “Mmmm” and “Amen”!  Don’t you want this!?  I am SO THANKFUL to Wilson’s publishing and PR team for sending me THREE of these amazing books.  One for me and two for you!

So how do you win one? Today we are sharing quotes!

I love me a good quote.  Words stick like glue to my memory. And I assure you, if you read ANY of N.D. Wilson’s books or his day,  Douglas Wilson’s , books you know how quotable their writing is!  I will start us off here and then you leave a comment to finish us out and complete your entry.  Your favorite quote can be from a book you are currently reading.  Your “ah-ha!” moment of Scripture.  Or a favorite line from your pastor notes from Sunday (my journal is eaten up with those!).  P.S. If you share this giveaway on Facebook, that will enter you twice!

“Stories mean trouble.  Stories mean hardship. The fall of man did not introduce evil; it placed us on the wrong side of it, under its rule, needing rescue.  And God is not an aura ruling auras.  His Son has flesh even now.  You have flesh. This story [The Gospel] is concrete, it is for real, and its played for keeps.” – Death By Living, p. 77



Share a quote below that has resonated with you recently.  Let it speak life to one of us.  Share this giveaway on Facebook.  Get the word out. Life is meant to be lived.  Jesus is for real.  And He is “playing for keeps.”

(Giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9pm!)

20 thoughts on “Death By Living – A BOOK GIVEAWAY

  1. This is a long one, but you’re welcome!

    “If we make secondary things primary, they cease to be secondary and become idolatrous. They have their place. But they are not first, and they are not guaranteed. . . . So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.” David Mathis @

    • Merideth! I love it! So true…they do become idols. THAT IS INSIGHTFUL! I love it that you began by saying “You’re welcome!” We should all do that. So fun. I appreciate your comment and quote. That really speaks to me.

  2. I have been reading Jen Hatmaker’s book Interrupted. Many truths have spoken to me in this book, but one that really stuck out was when Jen says, “We were the opposite of counterculture. We were a mirror image of culture, just a churched-up version.” Also, her reference to “blessing blessed people” instead of reaching out to those outside our circle has resonated with me. This has been a great book to help me search where my heart truly is.

  3. There is no better book than the Bible to quote, and this is my favorite:
    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my Strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

  4. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know. Feels my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.” This old sweet song says it all. Name above all names, King over all kings. The sweet, sweet name of Jesus! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…

  5. From Kirk Franklin’s Facebook page a while back!

    If u saw somebody put rims on a rental car or redecorate a hotel room you’d think they were crazy cause none of that stuff belongs 2 them..we stay frustrated cause we keep trying 2 make temporary things eternal. none of this belongs 2 us. this ain’t home. u r more than a job..more than a paycheck. you’re not a human do…ing- you’re a human being. music is what I do. it is NOT who I AM.-Kirk Franklin

  6. “Whatever it takes”…That’s the quote that comes to my mind. It’s from Beth Moore in her Bible study, Breaking Free. She talks about asking the Lord to do whatever it takes to keep her dependent on Him, whatever it takes to heal her and set her free. That has become one of my daily prayers.

  7. My quite is from a recent mommy blog I was reading,, and it said, “the moment we pop on all-natural-organic mom’a hat, we bump into crafty mom whose kids have sculpted a mini Parthenon over the weekend, and we realize our kids have watched 20 hours of television so we could make homemade Larabars from scratch.” So true about the mommy hats we try to juggle!

  8. Luke 6:45: “Her mouth speaks from that which fills her heart.” God is using this verse in my life right now. It’s a constant reminder for me to keep myself in check. 🙂

  9. I got this off a missional living website a couple of years ago. It helps me keep my focus.

    The image of God is central to developing a solid view of personality; that our sinfulness, not how we’ve been sinned against, is our biggest problem; that forgiveness, not wholeness, is our greatest need; that repentance, not insight, is the dynamic in all real change.

  10. Hey Becky! I am reading “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa Terkeurst and there are so many good quotes in there!

    “Wonderful and hard often go together when saying yes to God.”

    “God is using all of your experiences, both good and bad to develop your character to match your calling.”

    These are two that really stood out for me so far! Love you friend!

  11. While going through Beth Moore’s So Long, Insecurity, I’ve had many “AHA!” moments. Many of our insecurities stem from fear (fear of loss, fear of rejection, fear of humiliation, fear of wrath, fear of consequences, etc). Beth quotes Psalm 112:7-8 and changes the ‘he’ to ‘she’:

    [She] will have no fear of bad news; [her] heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. [Her] heart is secure, [she] will have no fear; in the end [she] will look in triumph on [her] foes.

    How powerful is that! The implication is that we will receive bad news, but we will NOT fear it because we will trust in the LORD to fulfill his promises. She says that we often as the wrong question of “What will I do if….” when what we should be asking is “What will GOD do if….” He will:

    perfect everything that concerns you (Psalm 138:8, KJV)
    work all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)
    contend with those who contend with you (Isaiah 49:25)
    fight this battle for you (2 Chronicles 20:15)
    equip you with divine power (2 Corinthians 10:4)
    delight to show you mercy (Micah 7:18)
    meet all your needs according to My glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
    give you grace that is perfectly sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9)
    be your power in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)
    do immeasurably more than all you could ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work with you (Ephesians 3:20)

    In our prayers, we often say to God, “Lord, I trust you to…” But, this is conditional faith. It assumes that if God does not fulfill YOUR commands, you will not trust Him. Instead, our prayers should be, “Lord, I trust you.” Period. No conditions. We have to trust that even if our very worst fears come to fruition, we will TRUST our almighty, powerful, and loving God to work it all out for our good (Romans 8:28).

  12. Oh, choosing one quote was difficult… but I’d like to share this one from Practicing the Presence of People by Mike Mason

    “Contemplation is the pray that all of us do naturally, without thinking. […] The Bible sums up contemplation in one verse: ‘Be still [cease striving] and know that I Am God.’ psalm 46:10 […] For contemplation is not just a remembering of God but a forgetting, a letting go of everything we thought we knew about Him in order to take hold of something new […] We must continually grasp the old truths in brand-new ways, and this means a busting of the old forms.” p. 85

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