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Final Words: From the Cross

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  228 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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
Audio CD, 136 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by christianaudio (first published September 1st 2011)
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Feb 17, 2013 NancyInWI rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Daniel Threlfall
Mar 28, 2012 Daniel Threlfall rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Feb 18, 2012 kim rated it it was ok
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
Josh Morgan
Apr 18, 2012 Josh Morgan rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 06, 2015 Crizzle rated it really liked it
Goes through Jesus' last words on the cross (little book we read for Sunday School):

"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing"

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" - this is the first line of Psalm 22, which shows Jesus worshiping. Most Jews would recognize the psalm as we would "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound...". It goes on to prophecy what happened at the cross (piercing his hands and feet, mocking him, gambling for his clothes) but ends in confidence that God
Jan Mcleod
Apr 22, 2015 Jan Mcleod rated it it was amazing
This little book is a jewel. It is not an expose on philosophical or theological dogma. It is meant to help the reader understand difficult Biblical concepts through explanation, example, insight, research, and an easily understood language so we may live these concepts.
The beginning of each chapter begins with a fictional account, though based in Scripture, of someone who was at the foot of the cross. Hamilton did this to help us imagine yourself at the cross and adds possible details you'd hea
Mar 23, 2013 Ramona rated it it was amazing
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
John Martindale
Feb 26, 2016 John Martindale rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, audiobook
I really do appreciate Adam Hamilton, I so feel we're on the same wave length. The first book of his I read was "making sense of the bible" which was truly excellent, but from the titles of some of his other works, I wasn't sure if I'd like them or not since I've been a bit put off lately by overtly Christiany type books, but I am glad I gave this book a chance, I loved his emphases, heart, perspective, insights and tone. I am next going to read 24 hours that changed the world next, I am excited ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity, kindle
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
Barbara M
I read this book right before Good Friday. It's a quick read - a short book focusing on Jesus' 7 last words. It contains some interesting and thought provoking reflections and prayers.

I noticed in the kindle edition which I read that there were some editorial errors. I found words repeating in a few sentences which I found distracting. I kept re-reading the sentences thinking I was reading it wrong and then would realize it was incorrect. The kindle edition could have used some proof reading.

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
Feb 28, 2012 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned
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.
Mar 04, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
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!).
Mar 01, 2013 Mom rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 26, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Lizzy Seitz
Aug 21, 2016 Lizzy Seitz rated it it was amazing
Really in depth but great look at Jesus' final hours on earth and how they still effect us
Mar 13, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overly simplistic with glaring historical errors in the fictionalized accounts. Not my favorite Christian devotional book.
Michael Tuggle
Apr 13, 2014 Michael Tuggle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
Fantastic book for Easter! Adam Hamilton's book brings the cross to life in a whole new way that's extremely meaningful.
Mar 29, 2016 Tracy rated it really liked it
Great Bible study that we did for Lent 2016.
Amy Hotler
Mar 07, 2013 Amy Hotler rated it liked it
This is a nice book for devotional time during Lent. I appreciate that the author includes varied interpretations of Jesus' final words.
Feb 19, 2016 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Friday morning Bible study used the book to guide us through Lent to Good Friday and Easter. Excellent!!
Mar 14, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I'm not a big fan of all of Hamilton's studies, but this one is exceptional. Highly recommended for a Lenten study.
Mar 06, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Excellent be read again and again.
Mar 24, 2012 Rebekah rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 26, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Solid teaching; helpful for sermon series during Lent
Mar 29, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
Interesting study on the "seven last words of Christ."
Obie Young
Mar 23, 2013 Obie Young rated it really liked it
I like Adam Hamilton. We studied this book for St Lukes Connections Class during Lent 2013.
Glenn rated it it was amazing
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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.

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