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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Concordia College (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0570053218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0570053217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is easy to read and written from a layman's point of view.
Eric Arno Hiller
I recommend this book to anyone who has questions about Lutheran beliefs who want an easy reading answer.
Jeffrey Brindle
This is a great book for an introduction to what Confessional Lutheranism is!
T. Brink

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Rich Futrell on January 31, 2001
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This book of Gene Edward Veith's is not a thick tome burdened with theological jargon; it is well-written book on Christian faith and how it influences the living of life. I suppose Veith could have titled the book, The Theology of the Cross: The Way of Lutherans, for he makes a very valid point on how Lutherans are considered the first Evangelicals. In truth, Luther himself preferred the moniker Evangelical Catholic, with catholic being used to mean "universal."
I especially found Veith's chapter on vocation quite compelling. Each person has a calling to be many things: a citizen, a mother or father or child, a worker, et cetera. Many things have happened to bring a person to a particular point in life. If a person is a parent, then as his vocation he should do the best he can at it. Of course, this is a very inelegant, abbreviated (and terse!) way of explaining one's vocation. It would be much better to read the book.
In short, this is a lucid book on faith and sanctification. Yet, the book is not a "how-to" book reduced to giving out tips from the Bible. This book centers on the Christian faith and the living of it, with some of the focus being on Lutheran thought and belief. This book will edify the reader, cause him to think, and turn even more the to revealed Word: Scripture and the God-Man, Jesus.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2001
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This is a terrific book for those who'd like a well-thought out, eloquent apologia for confessional Lutheranism. Mr. Veith explains his own pilgrimmage and how he found a spiritual home in the Lutheran church. I'm surrounded by Lutheran churches in my area but have come to a new appreciation of the uniqueness and richness of Lutheran theology and worldview. For those dissatisfied with pop evangelicalism, a seeker-sensitive/church growth approach, and/or charismatism, watch out -- this book could well change your outlook and life! Highly recommended.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on September 9, 2006
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Gene Edward Veith, Jr. is a professor of English at Concordia University (Mequon, Wisconsin) and Culture Editor at World Magazine. He is also a man who has had a rough go at finding an adequate Christian denomination. During his earlier years, he had been involved with American Evangelical church bodies, Liberal Protestant church bodies, and others...but finally became a faithful member of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Veith writes this book in part to reflect on his own spiritual journey--to record what most attracted him to Lutheranism. He writes in part to explain what makes Lutheranism unique among the various Christian denominations. He writes in part to members of other Christian denominations because he thinks they can learn a lot from the Lutheran take on various spiritual/doctrinal/practical matters.

The end result, "The Spirituality of the Cross," is an excellent book that summarizes the unique theological outlook championed by confessional Lutheran Christians. This book does not deal with basic points of Christian doctrine (e.g. the Trinity, Christology), but rather deals with aspects of theology in which Lutherans neither "side" with Roman Catholics nor Eastern Orthodox nor Baptists/non-Denominationals nor liberal Episcopalians/Presbyterians/Methodists nor five-point Calvinists.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Eric Arno Hiller on May 27, 2000
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I heard about Dr. Veith's book in the Lutheran journal "Logia," which bragged it up. Logia was absolutely on the mark! The book is an honest, deep, and visceral explanation of Christianity, as practiced by true Lutherans.
It is easy to read and written from a layman's point of view. As a young (27) Missouri Synod Lutheran, I have to say that Dr. Veith did an wonderful job of distilling many of the truths contained in the "Book of Concord" (the complete doctrinal book of the Lutheran Church) into a direct, to-the-point book.
The book should be required reading for Lutheran confirmation classes and is a great introduction for Christians and non-Christians interested in Lutheran Christianity. Soli Deo Gloria :)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Brindle on February 17, 2000
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Excellent discussion of Lutheran theology from a profesor of English who takes us on his own spiritual journey that ends with Lutheranism. He favors a Missouri Synod approach, but his thoughts about faith and grace, redemption and sanctification helped me to put my Lutheran faith into perspective. Dr. Veith draws distinctions between Lutheran thinking and both "evangelical" and "catholic" views without being negative about them. I recommend this book to anyone who has questions about Lutheran beliefs who want an easy reading answer. The book is NOT a dogmatic treatise and is suitable for new believers. It could also be very useful for small group or catechetical instruction.
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Gene Edward Veith is the Provost and Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

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