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Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time [Kindle Edition]

Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
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Book Description

Daily comforts from the gospel of Christ provide busy Christian women with brief but deep reminders of how his truths powerfully connect to their daily lives.

Nothing comforts a woman's soul more than a fully understood and embraced gospel. But many women aren't finding solace in their relationship with Christ because they don't see how his life, death, and resurrection connect with soccer practices and swim lessons. Besides, they just don't have time to sit down and read a theology book, no matter how much they might hunger for God's truths.

That's where Elyse Fitzpatrick's latest book comes in. Comforts from the Cross provides those well-intentioned women with bite-sized readings to remind them of their place in Christ and of his love and ministry in their busy lives. It also dusts off the facts of the gospel to show how ancient truths such as justification, sanctification, and redemption can free and enliven their souls every day. Even more, these five-minute celebrations of the gospel relieve readers of legalistic condemnation and empower them for joyful obedience by engendering fresh love for the Savior.

A perfect choice for gift-giving or personal encouragement, Fitzpatrick's book helps active women grasp the practicality of the gospel message and experience its deep comforts.



Editorial Reviews

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"These thirty-one short readings will scoot you up to the banquet table of God's grace and glory and leave you feasting on your Savior and the cross. But beware: this cross-centered diet will change the way you live. Get ready for joy, power, contentment, security, and hope to flood your life as you sink your teeth into this feast. These short meditations will shape your heart and mind. We need this book! The church today, particularly in America, has been languishing in selfish, impotent, shallow immaturity-barely able to survive, let alone thrive and make an impact on our culture. So this book is a gem that stands out in the mountain of Christian self-help, feel-good, and name-it-and-claim-it books that have dominated the Christian landscape for too long. Get this book. Read it, and give it away to someone else who needs a gospel booster shot."

Brad Bigney, Senior Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Florence, Kentucky

"The love of God in its deepest intensity is found in the immediate vicinity of the cross, and this is where Elyse invites her readers to dwell for thirty-one days of gospel meditation. Poignant and thoroughly biblical, Comforts from the Cross presents an endearing view of Christ that will encourage Christians with a fresh hope in their Savior. This book also provides a wide-ranging tour of gospel truths and shows readers how to apply them with life-changing results. This book is truly a gift to women who want their lives to bear more deeply the imprint of God's love."

Milton Vincent, author, A Gospel Primer for Christians

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"These thirty-one short readings will scoot you up to the banquet table of God's grace and glory and leave you feasting on your Savior and the cross. But beware: this cross-centered diet will change the way you live. Get ready for joy, power, contentment, security, and hope to flood your life as you sink your teeth into this feast. These short meditations will shape your heart and mind. We need this book! The church today, particularly in America, has been languishing in selfish, impotent, shallow immaturity-barely able to survive, let alone thrive and make an impact on our culture. So this book is a gem that stands out in the mountain of Christian self-help, feel-good, and name-it-and-claim-it books that have dominated the Christian landscape for too long. Get this book. Read it, and give it away to someone else who needs a gospel booster shot."
Brad Bigney, Senior Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Florence, Kentucky

"The love of God in its deepest intensity is found in the immediate vicinity of the cross, and this is where Elyse invites her readers to dwell for thirty-one days of gospel meditation. Poignant and thoroughly biblical, Comforts from the Cross presents an endearing view of Christ that will encourage Christians with a fresh hope in their Savior. This book also provides a wide-ranging tour of gospel truths and shows readers how to apply them with life-changing results. This book is truly a gift to women who want their lives to bear more deeply the imprint of God's love."
Milton Vincent, author, A Gospel Primer for Christians


Product Details

  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433502836
  • Publisher: Crossway Books; Redesign edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002E58ODY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for an Overwhelmed Mom June 23, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My husband bought me Comforts from the Cross because he wanted me to remember who I am in Christ and to "preach myself the Gospel" every day. I have been encouraged, convicted, and challenged reading through this book each day.

It was especially timely after participating in a Bible study on Galatians this spring. I am continuing to learn what it looks like to live as a child of God and not a slave to the law.

The devotionals are about 3 pages per day, one for each day that take about 15 minutes to read. It has really helped me as a busy mom of 2 toddlers to have a regular time with Jesus every day. I recommend it especially for the women out there who feel like they have no time to sit with God.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering the Gospel with Each Day October 1, 2011
Format:Paperback
A group of individuals at church were all talking about this book called Comforts from the Cross. They kept telling me that I had to read the book because it helped put Jesus Christ as the central focus of their lives. I have to say that I found the book to be full of gospel truth, as well as full of encouragement, conviction and a challenge each day.

The book is written as a daily devotional and designed to be read each day over the course of the month. Each devotional is about 4 pages long. What I found beneficial was how Elyse Fitzpatrick shared scripture each day and challenges the reader to "fix our eyes on Jesus" (Heb 12:2). Each day Elyse focuses on the scriptures and implores the reader to grab hold of the gospel. Throughout the book you see her passion for the Gospel to be a guiding truth of a believer's life. Each devotional ends appropriately with a prayer. I found this to be one of the great assets to the book because it takes the reader to the next level where they can confess what they just learned as well as ask for help to carry out the truth for the day. Every devotional feels like Elyse Fitzpatrick is speaking specifically to the reader each day.

Comforts from the Cross does a great job at centering the readers thoughts and actions around Jesus. The whole premise of the book is to "proclaim the gospel to yourself today and everyday" (page 17). Comforts from the Cross has a word for you if you are struggling with sin or need a fresh encounter with God. It speaks gospel truth over and over again. This is a life altering book because at its core it's focus is the fresh hope of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Comforts from the Cross is a great book because it directs the reader back to the truth of Jesus. It encourages the reader to be transformed by the gospel with each day. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to center their lives on Jesus and would encourage this book to be reread on a regular basis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus honoring....wonderful! June 8, 2011
By LD
Format:Paperback
I have to admit that I am sort of a skeptic when it comes to books. I have grown immensely in my walk with the Lord in the past two years, and have no time for any more Christian "self-help" books, as I wasted years reading them and trying to "fix" myself. However, after I saw Elyse's work recommended by authors and pastors that I respect, I thought I would give this book a try. This has literally been one of the best purchases I have ever made. As I read each devotional daily I am convicted, comforted, but most of all challenged to take my eyes off of myself and onto my precious Savior. This book is so packed full of gospel truth, you literally have no choice but to "preach it to yourself" daily as you read. Thank you, Elyse, for writing a book that is so Jesus honoring and Gospel centered.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opened my eyes to how I trust my works... October 11, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Before reading this book, I would have never thought that I have a problem with trying to justify myself. I would have said that I fully believe that Jesus' payment was sufficient. But through this book my eyes were really opened to how I subtley place my faith in the things I do. Have you ever said "Today was a bad day...I'll make up for it by doing really good tomorrow."

I'm only on Day 13. I've been trying to read this book sloooowly, taking time to meditate and dwell on the truths. I have really been challenged and blessed.

My only complaint is that it seems to be aimed towards women. I want to give it to the men in my life too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Christ commands believers to share the Gospel message to a dying world. The irony is that the Gospel is equally necessary for a Christian's daily walk in sanctification. We often fall into the trap of either beating ourselves up for falling short of God's holiness, or becoming self-righteous when we believe that our works and obedience earn us brownie points with God.

Elyse's book is a must-read to help us from living in one of those extremes. Each devotional, beginning with a Scripture verse, is only 3 pages or so, but packed with excellent theology, examples, and biblical support. Her passion for the Gospel is a bright light amid an evangelical scene rife with Emergent tendencies, a seeker-sensitive mentality, and watered-down Gospel messages. Though this book may be targeted for women, any Christian will benefit from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comforts from the Cross, the only real comfort! July 1, 2009
Format:Paperback
As much as my greatest desire is to be my own god and save myself, Elyse skillfully directs me back to the only real Savior and comfort, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our only real hope every morning is His passionate expression of love to me emanating from Calvary. Her wonderful insights reminded me morning after morning that I am really not who I think I am. I am really nothing but what I am in Him. It is cathartic to embrace that truth and rest in His work.
My surprise was that I seemed to emerge from the "cave of forgetfulness" every morning and needed to be jolted into reality once again by the wonderful truth contained in the pages of Comforts from the Cross. Bravo Elyse Fitzpatrick
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Recommend this devotion book!
Awesome devotional to draw you closer to Jesus and help you once again be shocked by Gospel truth! Convicting and encouraging at the same time.
Published 16 days ago by Andrea Eckardt
5.0 out of 5 stars proper perspective
Elyse Fitzpatrick gets grace so well and articulates it beautifully in this daily devotional. The best I've ever read. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Melanie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great author
She puts Christianity is the correct context. God and his Son did it all and we who have received rest in His work and sovereignty. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Looking good
5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel Centered
I love this book. It is solid and Gospel centered. Not wishy washy like many devotionals for women are. I would recommend this to friend!
Published 1 month ago by R Howie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Great book for someone seriously desiring to deepen their walk with the Lord. This is the first book I have read by this author, but will definitely try others.
Published 2 months ago by AKF
5.0 out of 5 stars Living the Gospel
This is an invaluable resource for those who desire to preach the Gospel to themselves every day. Elise Fitzpatrick opens our eyes to reveal how Christ's finished work should... Read more
Published 3 months ago by April D Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoy Elyse's insight
Elyse Fitzpatrick's writings are cut to the quick, Gospel-soaked, and personal. She speaks as if from experience, both that she's gleaned as a counsellor, and that she's journeyed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer L Luiken
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Love this book by Elyse Fitzpatrick. It is a quick and easy read, with deep thought and food for your soul. Also recommend other books written by her!
Published 5 months ago by Madeline taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Short devotions are great for any busy mom! Content is super! Right on with the word of God! Get it!
Published 6 months ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved by grace....but then we try and earn His approval the rest of...
I'm reading this book through again, trying to get the main message through my thick skull. I've been a Christian for a long time, and I "get" the gospel. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Susan Allen
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"No fluff. No bricks. Just good news of a crucified and risen Savior."

Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 20 books on daily living and the Christian life.

A frequent speaker at women's conferences, she has been married for 40 years and has three adult children and six really adorable grandchildren.

Along with her husband, Phil, Elyse is a member of Valley Center Community Church , a reformed congregation in the community of Valley Center. VCCC is a member of FIRE, the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals.

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