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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life

Have you ever pondered the mystery of the cross? Judith Couchman's new book The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life provides answers curious minds will want to devour. Forty chapters divided into seven parts explore signs and symbols of faith. The story of Jonah, favored from the Old Testament, and Noah, Moses, Abraham, and Daniel are illustrated. God's ability to deliver his spiritual children are illustrated through images. Popular redemptive images contribute to the overall theme in remembering the Old Testament.

The back cover states, "At the center of Christianity, sits the cross of Christ," and explains how from the beginning, Christ's followers valued the cross as a symbol of their faith. The author describes forty images of the cross from early Christianity and deciphers how the most favorable stories from the Old Testament had a redemptive message. Understanding of Christian tradition will be enriched, as well as deeper appreciation for the cross.

Values in God's Kingdom are not of this earthly world, like power-hungry, power-grabbing people clawing their way to the top. The book points out that Jesus invites us to live in an inverted world, where the first shall be last and the last, first.

I enjoyed reading the many mysteries of the cross and learned so much that I hadn't a clue about before picking up this amazing book. It'd make an excellent Christmas gift and provide the kind of gift that keeps on giving, Jesus. The book may be purchased at local bookstores, online booksellers, or the Inter Varsity Press website at http://www.ivpress.com for the retail price of $17, but many sellers offer discounts. The author's blog is www.judithcouchman.blogspot.com and her Facebook page is www.facebook/judithcouchman.

5 comments:

David A. Bedford said...

This is a good time to begin interpreting the mysteries of the faith in ways people can understand. I would add that the cross would have no value without the ressurection. That is the totally new thing about the Christian way. My new release, Angela 1: Starting Over, deals in part with the huge difficulties of applying one's values in life. To learn more, please click on my name and follow the link to my website. I also invite you to view my blog and comment, at www.davidabedford.aegauthorblogs.com. Thanks!

barb said...

This book sounds so interesting. If only kids today would get as intrigued with scripture as they do with Harry Potter books, the world would change for the better.
I find the cross, the red heifer, the many mysteries of the passover, most compelling to pursue!
Like you, I find writing Christian fiction my 'witness' in an increasingly hostile environment. My "What A Christmas!" tracks 1944 angst among a southern family experiencing war tragedy; the sequel, "Not In My Wildest Dreams" has a thread of interest with the intriguing Fairy Stone crosses found in Patrick County, Virginia and many other areas across the south. Now there is an enigma worthy of comment.

Barbara J. Robinson said...

David, thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog and commenting on the book review. I agree about ressurection. I'll be stopping by your site and visiting.
Barb

Barbara J. Robinson said...

Hi Barb,
Not in my Wildest Dreams sounds intriguing. Thanks for visiting and commenting.
Barb

barb said...

I added your link to my Facebook page; hope others will review your book and maybe get it. Best of luck to you.