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Looking Through the Cross: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2014

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Everything looks different in this world through the lens of the Cross. This book deals with reconciliation, humility, identity, power, suffering, life and atonement. These are familar themes for a Lent book but in Dr Tomlin's hands they are given exciting new meaning which will touch the hearts and minds of men and women in a turbulent modern world.

Dr Tomlin is a theologi
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury Continuum (first published January 1st 2013)
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Gerard White
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whether you are a Christian or not, I believe this book is worth your time. For the Christian, it takes an primary symbol of the faith - The Cross, as well as a central event in the life of Christ - The Crucifixion, and helps the believer see these two seemingly know items in a new light. For the non-Christian, it will not only serve as a way to better understand their Christian contemporaries, but many of the lessons discussed by Tomlin are applicable to life no matter the belief system of the ...more
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May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book challenged me the first time I used it through Lent in its first year. It constantly made me stop, think and read a passage again. Very well laid out in a sequence of chapters which made me want to go on to the next. I used it through Lent this year and I will probably read it again and again.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book's author is a priest and theologian in the Church of England who wrote this book at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was written to be the basis for study and discussion groups meeting during the season of Lent in 2014, in the Church's parishes. Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection are at the heart of Christianity - the religion would not exist without them, and belief that they actually happened was what moved the first Christians away from Judaism and into what beca ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
City Church walked through Tomlin's Lenten reflections this year during Lent. Tomlin tackles power, ambition, failure, evil, wisdom, identity and suffering through the lens of the cross. Weighty topics but all exposed within the meaning of Easter.

"The best theology begins and ends in silence. It begins in silence as we stop our idle chattering and listen to what God has to say. We start by listening for the quiet, strong, deep voice of God speaking to us through the pages of Scripture, through t
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a short book, clearly written, and in nine chapters it examines The Cross and Wisdom, The Cross and Evil, The Cross and Power, The Cross and Identity, The Cross and Suffering, The Cross and Ambition, The Cross and Failure, The Cross and Reconciliation and The Cross and Life. There is much here to ponder.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Clearly written, sometimes thought-provoking, some good bits; sometimes so infuriating that in my mind's eye I was throwing the book across the room. Too many unsupported and unwarranted assertions and comparisons. Not up to the standard of many previous Archbishops' Lent Books.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Nothing particularly ground-breaking, but a sound and edifying set of meditations on how Christians should approach power, suffering, ambition, failure, reconciliation, and other areas of life, informed by a Luther-esque theology of the cross.
John Simms
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A useful overview of life seen through the lens of the Cross. Not perhaps as taxing as some recent Archbishop's Lent Books, but food for thought.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Good lenten reading.
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Graham Tomlin (Ph.D., Exeter University) is dean of St. Mellitus College, London. He taught on Martin Luther and the Reformation in the theology faculty of the University of Oxford for eight years. He is the author, among many other publications, of The Power of the Cross: Theology and the Death of Christ in Paul, Luther and Pascal and Luther and His World.

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