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Reliving the Passion: Meditations on the Suffering, Death, and the Resurrection of Jesus as Recorded in Mark.
by Walter Wangerin Jr. (Goodreads Author)
No story has more significance than this: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But somehow the oft-repeated tale of Christ's passion can become too familiar, too formalized, for us to experience its incredible immediacy. The meditations in Reliving the Passion, which received a Gold Medallion Award in 1993, follow the story as given in the gospel of Mark---from the moment...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 25th 1992 by Zondervan
(first published 1992)
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After I downloaded a sample and found myself repeatedly underlining from the introduction, I bought the full book on the spot. The rest of this Lent devotional wasn’t quite as spectacular as that poignant introduction, but I still found it a moving and helpful book for focusing my heart in the weeks leading up to Resurrection Sunday. Wangerin made a powerful argument for the importance of really slowing down and fixing our eyes on the cross, for without first entering into the depth of Jesus’ su...more
A wonderful Lenten daily devotion that causes the reader to slow down and take The Passion as presented in the Gospel of Mark much more intentionally. The author's various perspectives are so much more than his own reflections. He has taken some literary license to add first-person observer/participant lenses to the story, some of which are simply evocative. The author colors with details of scenes that perhaps most often get taken for granted, or left completely unconsidered.
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by far one of the best devotional books I've ever seen. The way Wangerin tells a story is incredible. He communicates emotion, theology, and beauty all in one sentence. If you take some time with this 40 days of Lent devotional I promise you will have new perspectives on Christ's passion
Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin's writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, children's story, meditation, and biblical exposition. His writing voice is immediately recognizable, and his fans number in the mill...moreMore about Walter Wangerin Jr....
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