February 22nd, 2009
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter ed. Nancy Guthrie. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2009. 152 pp. $12.99
Nancy Guthrie has once again dazzled with a compilation of seasonal devotionals. Her last devotional book, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (read my review here) was for the Christmas season. This time, she is keeping us focused on the cross of Christ during the Easter season.
From the back of the book:
In a culture where crosses have become little more than fashion assessories, it’s easy for even the best-intentioned among us to rush from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without contemplating all that the cross means. We miss out on tremendous spiritual riches when we do.
With devotionals from John Owen and Joni Eareckson Tada to Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the late Adrian Rogers, Nancy Guthrie charts a course of what it means to contemplate the cross of Calvary. Just the chapter titles alone cause the reader to want to meditate on the glory of Christ. For example, chapter 3 is titled An Innocent Man Crushed by God (Alistair Begg). Spurgeon writes chapter 7 entitled Then Did They Spit in His Face.
With this 25 day devotional, every reader will be challenged to meditate on Christ’s crucifixion. Every day you will saturate your soul with what it means to know that Jesus Christ died for your sins. After 25 days, you will want to continue meditating on the cross of Christ and how your sin, if you are saved, was nailed to the cross with Christ. There is truly no better way to start (or finish) your day if you are a devotional reader than to read this book.