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Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition [Kindle Edition]

Gene Edward Veith Jr.
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Veith explores and presents a true understanding of justification by faith, the means of grace, vocation, theology of the cross, the two kingdoms, worship, and the church.

This is a revised edition of the original text written in 1999. This revised edition contains an updated bibliography, useful clarifications, and some new material.

Vieth goes into greater depth especially relating to the theology of the cross and vocation. More resources including Luther's Catechism, the Book of Concord, the rite of Confession and Absolution, and the writings of Martin Luther are included as invaluable resources for Christians living a life under the cross.  

Gene Edward Veith is currently a professor of literature, a college administrator, and a writer. He has written over a dozen books on Christianity, culture, and the arts. He has a PhD in English Literature. He and his wife have three children and currently live near Washington DC.



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About the Author

Gene Edward Veith is currently a professor of literature, a college administrator, and a writer. He has written over a dozen books on Christianity, culture, and the arts. He has a PhD in English Literature. He and his wife have three children and currently live near Washington DC.

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  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758613032
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House; 2 edition (July 2, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4X4P6
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Theological Primer October 8, 2010
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This is a great book that provides a succinct and accessible overview of the distinctiveness of traditional, historical Lutheran theology. If you're a Lutheran pastor, I'd suggest considering this book for use in new member classes or possibly even confirmation classes as well as adult Bible studies. If you're a Lutheran, this is a great way of reviewing or learning the basics of Lutheran theology, and makes a helpful companion to the Small Catechism as well as more weighty Lutheran writings such as The Book of Concord.

If you're not a Lutheran, this is still a very helpful book that discusses some important aspects of Christian theology (How are we saved? What is the role of Sacraments in the church? What can we know about God? How do we live our lives? What is worship?). Of course these topics will be treated from a Lutheran perspective, but you should find value if you're interested in how conservative Biblical Christianity approaches some of these topics.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find the unique Lutheran "take" on theology January 31, 2012
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This is one of my favorite theological books ever, and not just because I am a Lutheran. I have given many copies of this book away to friends from other theological traditions and denominations as a sort of "Lutheranism 101", with positive feedback every time. Veith's way of describing (not trumpeting) his Lutheran view of things is very helpful for Lutherans who want to see what their denomination has to say in the world today, and also for non-Lutherans wondering why we are so "different" in so many ways -- to evangelicals we often look Roman Catholic, and to Roman Catholics we seem very evangelical. Veith's book describes how Lutheranism's ideal is the middle road between the two: Evangelical Catholicism, or perhaps catholic evangelicalism. Either way, the Gospel is clearly highlighted in this very scriptural book of "spirituality."
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have list February 15, 2010
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This is a must have book for Lutherans and the people who love them. Unless you understand Luther's theology of two kingdoms and the theology of the cross, then you don't understand Lutherans and what makes them what they are. Furthermore, read about vocation in a way you've never thought about it before. This is just about the clearest telling available in the English language, aside from Giertz's Hammer of God.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just so very clear. August 13, 2013
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Dr. Veith nails it. I've heard other converted Lutherans say this book was a big part of turning their minds to Lutheranism. I had not had that experience, but read it after many growth years in Lutheranism. So I just finished it and am astounded at the simplicity and clarity of his run-down of Confessional Lutheranism. It's great work. Gonna share it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More books like that required! May 17, 2013
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Veith once again gives an honest look at the real spirituality - the one of the cross. After this book happy-clappy "niceness" form of pop-Christianity loses its appeal entirely. Veith lays bare also the roots and consequences of overzelous religious enthusiasm and moralism, among other things. Honest, simple and well written book for every Christian who digs a bit deeper than "God loves me" mentality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality of the Cross September 8, 2011
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A must read for anyone seeking information about Confessional Lutheranism and orthodox Christianity. Also a terrific resource for those who are members of the Lutheran faith. The section on vocation is especially enlightening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have read this 25 years ago! August 2, 2013
By Ray III
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A must read in a day when many, including and/or especially Lutherans, have run from scripture. Makes a great small group study, almost every sentence returns us on our knees to Christ's cross and liberating Resurrection. Great book for new members.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Lutheran theology July 8, 2013
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This book offers a very clear and concise introduction to Lutheran theology. It is written in plain English without dumbing down the content.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lutheran Primer
I am Reformed but have met several Lutheran friends over the past few years. I found that most of what I thought I knew about their theology was wrong. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Blanchette Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Easy Read!
In exploring the lutheran faith, I was directed to this book and it did not disappoint. It's a great primer for Lutheran theology and many other ideas and thoughts are explained in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dominick Santore
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as a stepping off point...
As the author states up front, he is not a minister and he is not a theologian. He's a guy who's done a lot of research, and these are his opinions based on what he's learned. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
This is a well written introduction to understand what Lutherans believe in with a focus toward spirituality. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Socio-physicist
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality of the Cross
If you are a true Christian, or think you are a true Christian, this book is very valuable in explaining the significance of the Cross and what God has done for all mankind and the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alan Gene Wirta
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality of the Cross Revised Edition
I am liking this book although I can take exception with some of his foundational work relative to the Lutheran Church, I can see that it is a well meaning attempt to define one... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great for everyone, but especially to today's seekers.
This is another great book from this author. I think it is serious enough for everyone who is wondering about their future. He writes very clearly and compellingly. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dorothy Randolph
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Lutheranism
The author did an excellent job of explaining the basics of Lutheranism. Anyone interested in learning about this branch of the Church should read this. Read more
Published 18 months ago by d.t. keefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A wonderful view of what spirituality based on the suffering servant Jesus Christ is really like. It's about practical, where you are faith, not esoteric ideas that cannot be put... Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. A. Hinkelman
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