Through the New Life movement, pastor and author Jack Miller became the pioneering captain of an expansive network of gospel-centered, Reformed leaders who taught in seminaries, planted new churches, revitalized existing churches, and recruited and trained missionaries who were sent around the world. His influence is felt today through their work, his writings, and ministries such as Serge (previously World Harvest Mission) and the Sonship curriculum.
Drawing on extensive interviews with Jack’s friends, family, colleagues, and critics, as well as archival material, biographer Michael Graham gives us a full picture of Jack Miller—from his difficult childhood, early atheism, and conversion to his later teaching and ministries—showing how he pressed through grave challenges to bring the joy of God’s omnipotent grace to some of the most influential leaders in the church today.
“Jack Miller . . . taught me how to preach grace. Whatever the subject and whatever the text, people were being changed by being brought into connection with the work of Jesus Christ on their behalf. He taught me to preach grace no matter what the text. . . . There would never have been a Redeemer Church in New York City without the impact of Jack and Rose Marie Miller on our lives and hearts.”
—Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan; Chairman and Cofounder, Redeemer City to City (CTC)
“You are about to meet one of the most amazing people of the twentieth century.”
—Dan B. Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
“In this remarkable book by Michael Graham, you’ll see how joyful zeal and sturdy doctrine should always reside together. I give this wonderful work on the life and teachings of Jack Miller a double thumbs-up!”
—Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“The writings of Jack Miller have had a profound impact on both my personal spiritual walk and my ministry as a pastor. . . . This book tells the story of Jack’s life and ministry, and it’s a wonderful read for anyone desiring to dwell in those secret places of the Most High.”
—J.D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina
“[Cheer Up!] is a vivid and accurate portrait of a . . . repentant sinner whose heart was captivated by God’s grace in Christ and by the powerful presence of his Spirit. . . . I’m glad that, through Pastor Graham’s research—especially his interviews with those close to Jack—many others can now meet this extraordinary, controversial trophy and ambassador of divine grace.”
—Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
“Michael Graham has engaged in an epic journey of research into the historical events and personal experiences of Jack Miller to capture an era of the church, the spirit of the man himself, and the grace of God that made this jar of clay such a vessel of influence for the advancement of the glories of the gospel.”
—Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois