Final Words: From the Cross
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Final Words: From the Cross

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In life and in death, Jesus’ words were powerful and meaningful. Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven"final words"statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves:

Father Forgive Them Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? Today You Will...more
Audio CD, 136 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by christianaudio (first published September 1st 2011)
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The best Lenten study I've ever done. Learned so much about the last words of Christ that I never knew before. Very soul touching.
Mine is an ebook; not an audio CD

I just finished a lenten Bible study based on this book. I’d like to tell you I got a lot out of this, but the truth is, I didn’t. The book discussed Jesus’ final words on the cross, with a chapter dedicated to each statement.
As a stand alone book, this was a quick read, requiring only a few minutes each week. It didn’t take long to read, but there wasn’t a lot of new material here. There were no discussion questions in the book, so there was nothing to cause yo...more
Josh Morgan
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (

In Final Words from the Cross, Adam Hamilton explores seven of the final phrases Christ spoke on the Cross. Hamilton's book, while concise, still conveys a understanding and respect for the emotional and intellectual depth of Jesus' last words.

Hamilton does not simply tell readers (or in my case, listeners) what to believe or how exactly we must understand and interpret the words. Rather, he provides a realistic, human...more
Daniel Threlfall
This is the first book I read by Adam Hamilton. I attended a conference at his church last year, but I didn't know much about him. After reading this book, I am grateful for Hamilton's warm, compassionate, and devotional writing.

Hamilton deals wich each one of Christ's final sayings from the cross, exploring their meaning and application to life. The book is particularly helpful as a devotional book leading up to Easter. Each chapter begins with a fictional first-hand account someone who watched...more
Adam Hamilton always writes excellent books for bible study classes as well as for individual reading. This particular book has a DVD to complement your reading each week. We studied this book over a six week period during Lent. Everyone reads the book on their own & then we watch the DVD portion for that week with one person leading the group in a discussion. My husband & I are very blessed to have an amazing group of people in our Sunday Connections group to share our thoughts together...more
Excellent book; highly recommended for any of my Christian friends. This gives a good perspective on Jesus' final phrases and what they may mean. The author does a good job of analyzing several different angles and being clear on when he is quoting scripture versus providing his inputs. I learned a lot reading this book. The only thing I didn't like so much was the start of chapter quick story snippets (some of which used a bit of extra artistic license), but I can see why they were included to...more
Michael Tuggle
Fantastic book for Easter! Adam Hamilton's book brings the cross to life in a whole new way that's extremely meaningful.
The Rev. J. Curtis Goforth
Extremely basic and simplistic, which, in and of itself is not a bad thing. But, I was hoping for something with a little more bite to it. If you are looking to use this book in a church Bible study for a group of new converts it would be good. If you are looking for something that a small group of retired ladies might read on a Wednesday morning in the church parlor, it would be fine for that too. However, if you are looking for thought-provoking, insightful, meaty commentary on Jesus' last wor...more
I liked the way Hamilton writes the events leading to Jesus' death ad if they were happening today and from the point of view of those watching. He uses real life examples and backs thoughts up with scripture. Jesus says 6 things as he dies on the cross and each is explained in meaning and significance. If you want to understand the crucifixion and resurrection this is a great book to read.
Adam Hamilton, once again, delves into the Bible and makes you think. This book was about Christ's final words on the cross and uncovered symbolism and not so obvious points to help you understand in depth. Short, easy if you also have access to the video that goes with this book (and a great book for discussion!).
Really liked this book. I liked how he used historical fiction excerpts to illustrate how others would have viewed the crucifixion of Christ. Goes over each of the things Christ said on the Cross in depth and what was meant by it. Great read especially during the Easter/ Lenten season.
Study of the final words of Christ on the Cross:
Father, forgive them...
Today you will be with me in paradise.
Behold your son...Behold your mother.
My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?
I thirst.
It is finished...Into your hands I commit my spirit.
Excellent be read again and again.
Adam Hamilton always has a fresh perspective and opportunities for you to learn something new about something you thought you knew really well. I love his Bible studies. This is a must read for Lent.
Liked the breadth and depth of this book. Some interesting insights and written to encompass many theological points of view without judgement. A great Lenten study book.
Amy Hotler
This is a nice book for devotional time during Lent. I appreciate that the author includes varied interpretations of Jesus' final words.
Overly simplistic with glaring historical errors in the fictionalized accounts. Not my favorite Christian devotional book.
I'm not a big fan of all of Hamilton's studies, but this one is exceptional. Highly recommended for a Lenten study.
Obie Young
I like Adam Hamilton. We studied this book for St Lukes Connections Class during Lent 2013.
Solid teaching; helpful for sermon series during Lent
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Rev. Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He grew up in the Kansas City area. He earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people in 19...more
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