The Cost of Commitment

The Cost of Commitment

IVP Classics


by John White
Foreword by Don Everts

The Cost of Commitment
  • Length: 172 pages
  • Published: November 30, 2006
  •  Print on Demand
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-3404-4
  • Item Code: 3404
  • Case Quantity: 90
Print on Demand

"The way of the cross is a magnificent obsession with a heavenly pearl, beside which everything else in life has no value."

Following Christ, says John White, is not cheap. The cost is substantial. There will be suffering and loss. But the benefits, rewards and joys that come with our commitment to him are well worth the sacrifices that must be made to answer the call to Christ.

Consider the cost. Then take up your cross. And follow Jesus in the only life worth living.


Foreword by Don Everts
Preface to the 1990 Edition
1. Recommitment
2. The Way of the Cross
3. Pilgrim, Stranger, Displaced Person
4. The Loyalty That Calls for Hatred
5. Suffering and the Christian
6. Jesus and Suffering
7. Take Up Your Cross
8. Christians, the Law and Persecution
9. The Pathway of Faith
10. The First Step and the Last


John White was born in Liverpool, England, on March 5, 1924, and grew up in Manchester. After serving as a reconnaissance photographer in the Fleet Air Arms during World War II, he completed medical training at Manchester University. He later participated in a variety of short-term missions efforts (including Bible smuggling!) and capitalized on many opportunities to encourage Christians behind the Iron Curtain during the beginning of the Cold War.

On June 25, 1955, White married Laureate May O'Hara. From 1955 to 1964 he served as a medical missionary with New Tribes Mission. Later he was appointed associate general secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students of Latin America.

White emigrated to Canada with his family in 1965 and later completed his residency in psychiatry in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He next filled the post of associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and also served locally as pastor of Church of the Way.

He wrote 25 books as well as numerous articles and study guides. A much sought-after speaker, he lectured around the world at churches, conferences, and leadership events. During his later life, White moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, helping to plant a Vineyard church there (Surrey Vineyard) and becoming involved in the larger Vineyard Christian Fellowship.

John White died in 2002, but his written ministry lives on, with over 1.5 million of his books in print.

Recommendations For You

Purchased With