Just What I Needed

     When I first spotted this little book, the title grabbed me immediately:  Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter.  The list of contributing authors was also appealing.  I had been longing for something that would point me to Calvary and remind me of the incredible, sacrificial death of my Lord and, even more, the glory and wonder of His resurrection and what that means for me.  This book did not disappoint!

     Editor Nancy Guthrie has compiled twenty-five short works by twenty-five known Christian authors. Some are legendary (Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Augustine), others contemporary (Piper, MacArthur, Mahaney, Sproul).  Most were known to me, three were not.  Some of the works are written by authors I knew I would like, and a couple were written by authors I would not have chosen to otherwise read.  And yet, the book, the entire book, blessed and encouraged me greatly.  The early chapters reflect on Jesus’ contemplation of the cross, and then the readings progress through His betrayal, trial, mocking and scorn, crucifixion and resurrection. 

     Each of the twenty five entries is just three to five pages long, making this a perfect tool to use for personal study or to read aloud in family worship.  Younger children would not glean as much as older children, but I’m all for reading aloud to the younger ones, too.  I enjoyed this book privately this year, but I will be sure to bring it out next year, near the beginning of Lent, and read the entries aloud to my boys during our homeschool morning together time.  I enjoyed this book so much that I will be ordering Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas well in advance of the Advent season.

     Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter
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God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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