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Reliving the Passion: Meditations on the Suffering, Death, and the Resurrection of Jesus as Recorded in Mark.

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  181 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Author Walter Wangerin, Jr., retells the Passion story (from Mark's version) and gives it new relevance for today's reader.
ebook, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Zondervan (first published 1992)
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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.

Although the book i
Penny Reeve
This book takes you day by day through the story of Easter. Although written as a resource for Lent, it can be read any time during the year as a devotion to pull you into the mystery and power of Easter.
Walter Wangerin Jr's storytelling is powerful and taps the soul on the shoulder inviting it to consider a heart felt response to these events. Beautiful.
Wow. Creative approach to the Passion from perspective of observer, bystander, participator and self. Some things I had not really thought about before and about which I will have to continue to ponder. Amazed at God's great love and what Jesus really endured.. and why. I am humbled and grateful.
Chris Wisener
This is a rough book. It's rough in that it takes you through the passion of Christ. It's also a needed book. It's needed in that it it brings you closer to Christ.
Amy Kannel
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
Wangerin's imagery encourages the reader to view these sometimes all-too-familiar scriptures in new ways, shedding light from unusual angles. While I find it somewhat disturbing that he often describes his own imaginings of Biblical events without identifying them as opinion, I mostly find that his originality helps me to think outside the box.
Ken Sutton
A Great Devotional for Lent

I read this over Lent with some family members. We kept in touch with text messages, sharing thoughts and comments from time to time. The authors poetic style is wonderful and helps put you in a different place and time. It is a little dark and uncomfortable in some places but it is appropriate for the subject.

I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Lenten study that will draw them in and make them think.
Milan Homola
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
Incredibly powerful and beautifully written Lenten devotional. Wangerin's exceptional storytelling ability and obvious love of the Lord make the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus immediate and palpable.
Pam Howell
This was my lenten companion this past month. Wangerin did a good job in helping me enter into the moment, reflect & feel Christi's and His followers journey to the cross, tomb & resurrection.
Dec 26, 2010 Michelle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Rec. by Ann Voskamp for Lent. Poetic, sharp words, kindling the heart to the inestimable worth of Christ. Guiding the reader on a forty day passion journey through the gospel of Mark.
This is a great Lenten devotional. Walter Wangerin is a master with words--made me feel as if I was right there with Jesus. I plan to use this book again next year--I recommend it highly.
I've read this book twice during Lent season and it's definitely life-changing. It puts the events surrounding Jesus' sacrifice into a very personal and new perspective.
This book is amazing for anyone who takes this time of Lent seriously. A beautiful reminder of what Christ followers base their faith on. Highly recommended.
Ann Hein
My devotional during Lent. Wangerin has a wonderful way of bringing to life the events of Holy Week.
Phil Aud
I would rate 3.5 if there were such a thing. There were parts that blew me away and other parts that didn't. Was a good devotional for Lent.
My ever best Lent book, to pass 40 days through the eyes of participants and spectators, being part of the story of My Lord.
It was ok. I bought it because the sample was so good, but the rest of the book didn't click with me as well as the Prologue.
Devotions for the 40 days of Lent. The author makes you feel like you are there with Jesus. Plan to read it each Lent.
Good Lenten preparation, though it did not feel right as part of the family devotions.
Good book to read for lent. Makes one think about various parts of Jesus' suffering.
Kevin Casto
Great devotional on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
I love this meditation. I read through it every year during lent.
i have read this a few times during lent. quite powerful.
Absolutely my favorite Lenten devotional.
Enjoyed reading this through Lent!
Jason Law
Heart-felt, poetic, and vivid
I love this book every year.
Lara Lleverino
Lenten meditation.
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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 ...more
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“The difference between shallow happiness and a deep, sustaining joy is sorrow. Happiness lives where sorrow is not. When sorrow arrives, happiness dies. It can't stand pain. Joy, on the other hand, rises from sorrow and therefore can withstand all grief. Joy, by the grace of God, is the transfiguration of suffering into endurance, and of endurance into character, and of character into hope--and the hope that has become our joy does not (as happiness must for those who depend up on it) disappoint us.” 20 likes
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