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An Early Resurrection

Life in Christ Before You Die

Along with Nephi, “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ” (2 Nephi 25:26), but in all our talking and learning, have we learned how to live in Christ? What does a life in Christ look like—or feel like?

In this thought-provoking exploration of the writings of the apostle Paul and Book of Mormon prophets, Adam Miller examines what life in Christ looks like. We often hope for an abundant life with Christ in the next life, but how can we let ourselves and our own desires die so we can be born again to a new life, a full life in Christ, here and now in this mortal life? Embark with Adam Miller on this journey—at once scriptural, philosophical, and literary—and discover one way to share a life with Christ as if he were present today.

One of the finest books I’ve had the pleasure of reading. It is the kind of book that can reorient the way you experience the ordinary life you are currently living. As one who has spent a great deal of time fretting about my place in the world to come, the message Miller brings is a soothing balm to an achy soul.

Madison Third Hour

Miller’s work will challenge readers to think deeper about their personal efforts to apply the atoning sacrifice of Christ in their 'current' lives and not wait for blessings that will come at some future time.

Mike Whitmer Deseret News

Adam Miller has written an engaging and thought-provoking book. Although not vast in pages, it does contain a depth of thought that invites everyone to read and contemplate the nature of time.

Robert Wheadon LDS Apologist Now

Endorsements

Adam Miller has put pen to paper (or finger to keypad) and struck again. In this rather remarkable little book, he invites readers to contemplate the beauty and blessing of living a life that is 'in Christ,' an expression the apostle Paul utilizes over 150 times in his epistles. Miller focuses on how members of the body of Christ may prepare best for a glorious future hereafter through experiencing “an early resurrection” here, in the present. Reflecting on the message of this book carefully will motivate readers to look upon the gift of time much more carefully and certainly with new eyes. Within this volume is to be found a distinctive but profound new look at the Savior’s atonement, a gentle but persuasive prod into the quality of life, the 'abundant life,' that God desires for all of His children. This is a book that can adjust your perspective and thereby change your life.

Robert L. Millet

When a prophet’s trust in God’s future promise was so sure that he lived as if it had already been fulfilled, a special Hebrew verb tense known as the 'prophetic perfect' was used. Adam Miller articulates that experience for us, then shows us how to get there. In Christ, we can both release our grip on our timebound fears and enter the present more deeply.

Wendy Ulrich

This book is two things: the candid report of an ardent soul on its quest for redemption, and the reflections of a philosopher on the gospel and time. It will appeal to readers who manage their religious struggles by thinking, as Adam Miller does so productively.

Richard Lyman Bushman

This is a book about time—particularly Christ’s ability to defy, fold, and reorder time for our benefit. In a wonderfully fresh, thought-provoking approach, Adam Miller effectively challenges readers to live today as though Christ’s promises were already realities. Because they are. An ideal read for anyone seeking the authentic life—a life in Christ.

Camille Fronk Olson

You will look at the world differently after reading this book. 'An Early Resurrection' will help you see many things in a new light: the Book of Mormon, Paul’s New Testament writings, gospel ordinances, people you meet, your stress over too many deadlines, and time itself (especially time itself). Miller’s book offers a deeper understanding of what it means to be alive in Christ now, in the present. And you’ll care for, and care about, the present in a way that can only come with being alive.

J.B. Haws

About the Author

Adam S. Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children. He is the author of many books, including Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Draper: Greg Kofford Books, 2012) and Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), and two editions of Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute & Deseret Book). He also serves as the director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • As Though He Had Already Come
  • An Early Resurrection
  • Life in Christ
  • The Feel of a Life in Christ
  • Ordinances Show Us How to Live in Christ
  • The Rest of the Lord
  • Types of Christ
  • Shadows of Things to Come
  • Baptism Is a Time Machine
  • Fulfilling the Law in Christ
  • The Law as Love’s Servant
  • Christ Is the End of Every Law
  • Law and the Problem of Desire
  • Love Is Christ’s Manner of Looking Forward
  • The Yoke of Christ
  • God’s Promises Fold the Future into the Present
  • Faith, Repentance, Baptism, and the Gift of the Holy Ghost
  • The Body of Christ Has Many Members
  • The Hearts of the Fathers
  • A Welding Link
  • The Heavens Weep
  • “I Give unto Men Weakness”
  • Think of Yourself as Dead
  • Take No Thought for Tomorrow
  • Be Ye Perfect
  • Postscript
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: May 2018
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-62972-368-6
  • Page Count: 128
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  • Binding: paperback
  • Price: $ 11.99
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
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