in six hours one Friday, lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus' last hours on the cross. I found reviews of this book on the web and they were very moving and heartfelt. One reviewer writes, "the way max lucado portrays the cross and how our father must have felt with his son on the cross gave me chills and brought me to tears throughout the book, especially the last page". As a parent, I simply can't imagine.
another lucado book, he chose the nails explores the depth of what jesus did for us. He writes about how much jesus loved us...a love that led him to choose the cross. Lucado explains the significance of symbols such as the crown of thorns, the burial clothes, the sign of the cross, and many more. One reader describes this book as "very emotional and eye opening. This will most definitely be a book I read every year!"
Rev. Karen Booth, leader of transforming congregations, recommends:
Karen shared that every year she tries to read the day Christ died by jim bishop. The author approaches this day from the viewpoint of a journalistic historian rather than a theologian. In fact, the book reads like a narrative from a storybook. It is written in hourly increments and opens at 6:00 p.m. with jesus and ten of the apostles coming through the pass between the mt. of olives and the mt. of Offense en route to Jerusalem and the last supper. It closes at 4:00 p.m. the following afternoon when jesus was taken down from the cross. One cannot help but be drawn into the "most dramatic day in the history of the world-the day Jesus of Nazareth died".
Sara Anderson, chief operating officer at Bristol House publishing, (800-451-7323 or www.bristolhouseltd.com ), has three recommendations for seven week studies that are not specifically for lent but lend themselves well for growing closer to Christ and deepening our walk with him. These are:
Everyday Christian: living like Christ seven days a week. this study encourages us to become followers of Christ, and invite god's spirit to infiltrate every area of our life, both inside and out. "Whether it be in our business practices, how we treat our family, how we react on the sports field, how we take care of our bodies, or how we treat god's creation.....our lives are to be consistently Christ-like and holy spirit-filled--no matter where we are or what we are doing."
Christian disciplines: creating time and space for god. "discipline is necessary to realize our desires and goals. It is the means to an end, a method of moving forward, a path toward a destination, a way of living that enables accomplishment....this study focuses on the Cristian's yearning for a deeper life in god and more faithful living out of faith in Jesus Christ." (Available at www.bristolhouseltd.com )
The sower went out: and other parables of jesus. this bible study gives fresh depth and meaning to seven parables; the sower, the good Samaritan, the prodigal son, the Pharisee and the tax collector, the wise and foolish builders, the workers in the vineyard, and the ten virgins.
katy kiser, renew team leader, recommends:
The one resource that has been very meaningful to me is Richard john neuhaus' book death on a Friday afternoon: meditations on the last words of jesus from the cross. Neuhaus devotes a chapter to each of the seven words of Christ from the cross. I have underlined so many deep insights as I have read and re-read this book. With each reading, my understanding of Jesus' death and resurrection has deepened as I am pulled into the drama of what is taking place on my behalf and the behalf of humanity. In the preface I found this quote, "...Good Friday is the key to understanding what dante called "the love that moves the sun and all the other stars". I can highly recommend this book.
All the books, with the exception of Christian disciplines, can be found at www.christianbooks.com or www.amazon.com . Enjoy