Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-Up Call to the Church by Alexander Strauch

Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-up Call to the Church


Love or Die by Alexander Strauch, examines Jesus’ alarming rebuke to His church (Revelation 2:2-6) and presents practical ways to cultivate love in the local church. A study guide is included, making this an exceptional resource for small groups.

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“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”– The Lord Jesus, Revelation 2:4

In Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-up Call to the Church, Alexander Strauch provides a clear exposition of Revelation 2:2-6. In Part 1 of the book, Strauch examines this alarming rebuke of Jesus Christ to his church. Love or Die reminds us that “an individual or a church can teach sound doctrine, be faithful to the gospel, be morally upright and hard-working, and yet be lacking love and therefore, be displeasing to Christ.” Love can grow cold while outward religious performance appears acceptable–even praiseworthy.

Part Two of Love or Die presents practical ways to cultivate love in the local church. Chapters include practical counsel and challenges to:

  • Study Love
  • Pray for Love
  • Teach Love
  • Model Love
  • Guard Love
  • Practice Love

A five-lesson study guide is included in the text, making this an exceptional tool for classes and small groups. An appendix quoting 50 key Scripture verses on the topic of love is, in itself, a powerful read!

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“It is a strange gig, being a book reviewer. There are times when I spend weeks or months in anticipation of a new book only to find it a great disappointment. And then there are times when a book just shows up–a book I didn’t even know existed–and it takes my breath away. Such was the case with Love or Die by Alexander Strauch. …the book…is short in length, coming in at just 112 pages (which includes a study guide, indexes and a couple of appendices). But despite its length, it packs quite a punch. I can think of few books I’ve read recently that have had so immediate an impact on me and have given me so much to think about. I trust, that with God’s help, the implications of this book will be with me always.”

– Tim Challies,

Named in Tim Challies’ “Top 8 Books of 2008”!
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“Jesus commanded us to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Yet few Christians take those commands seriously. Alexander Strauch does, and in Love or Die: Christ’s Wake-up Call to the Church, he helps us understand how to apply Jesus’ commands both as individuals, and corporately in our churches. All believers will benefit from a serious study of this book.”

– Jerry Bridges, Author of Pursuit of Holiness

“Strauch has a unique ability to always connect with his audience. He does so once again in Love or Die….Strauch is always practical, readable, and concise in whatever he writes. You’ll find this book stimulating your love for our great Savior as well as for His sheep. Enjoy the adventure!”

– Richard D. Powell, Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Fair Oaks, CA

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“This small volume is another valuable contribution to the healthy function of ministry in the local church… In Love or Die, Strauch not only calls on Christians to reexamine the true condition of our love for God but also provides helpful steps that will revive, nurture, and motivate both ourselves and others to love ‘in deed and in truth.'”

– Irvin A. Busenitz, Professor of Bible and Old Testament, The Master’s Seminary

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Love or Die is a very serious and challenging work that needs to be read by anyone who loves the church.”

– John Kim, Pastor, Lighthouse Bible Church, San Diego, CA

Love or Die by Alexander Strauch is a small but excellent book. Practical and yet deeply profound, Strauch gets us right back to the very essence of what we are to be as a church.”

– Dan Odom, Pastor of Education, First Baptist Church, Hampton Falls, NH

“I found this book to be incredibly helpful…. One who truly loves is not afraid to say something difficult. Alexander Strauch truly loves Jesus and truly loves the church. Read this book; use the study guide. Study the Word and be transformed.”

– Aaron Armstrong, Blogging Theologically

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“Some books ignite a passion for what the late F. F. Bruce called ‘a mind for what matters.’ That was my experience with Strauch’s newest publication in which the author dishes up a rich Scriptural challenge.”

– Dr. David Deuel, Academic Director, The Master’s Academy International

“…an excellent book. Strauch’s writing is clear and pastoral; he knows how to both explain Scripture clearly and probe his reader’s hearts! This book was a pleasure to read, and since it weighs in at 69 pages (before the study guide), even a busy pastor doesn’t have an excuse to avoid this book and its call for an essential Christian virtue: love.

– Lindsey Kennedy, Teaching Staff, Calvary Chapel Bible College York

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