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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas More, An RCL Company (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088347395X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883473955
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,426,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1961, while poking around in a used bookstore in Boston, Lavoie stumbled across a paperback called A Doctor at Calvary, by French surgeon Pierre Barbet. As Lavoie thumbed through the pages, he discovered that Barbet was writing not about Jesus' crucifixion but about the Shroud of Turin, a piece of cloth that contained the bloody image of a naked man. Thus began Lavoie's 30-year quest to uncover the true origins of the Shroud and to reveal its mysteries. In this well-told scientific and theological detective story, Lavoie offers a step-by-step account of his attempts to prove that the Shroud of Turin could well have been the shroud that covered Jesus as he was taken from his cross to his tomb. In order to show that the marks on the cloth are indeed blood stains, Lavoie discusses the nature of blood as it clots, especially when those clots are covered with cloth. Through various experiments, he is able to conclude: "blood clots transfer to cloth as mirror images of themselves; the neatness of the transfers is related to the fact that the man of the shroud died in the vertical position; the time the clots take to transfer to cloth coincide closely with the gospel timetable of the death and burial of Jesus." Lavoie is on his firmest footing when he sticks to his scientific theories, but when he begins to argue in the final chapters that John's gospel and letters indicate that John possessed the shroud and was hiding it from his audience, he treads shakier speculative ground. Lavoie's book is entertaining reading that is sure to raise controversy when the Shroud of Turin is displayed publicly once again in April 1998.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthem on May 23, 2003
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If you're just starting to learn about the Shroud, Lavoie's work is not where I would recommend starting. Nevertheless, his fairly unique interpretation of Scripture makes the book stand out.
The book is worth the read for Chapter 11 alone. While I can't say I was wholly convinced that Lavoie's analysis was reasonable, the mental exercise of inserting the Shroud into John's Gospel is stimulating.
There are plenty of arguments for the authenticity of the Shroud, and Lavoie touches on many of them. The medical/forensic approach is worthwhile and competent. I would say that the "Carbon Dating" section has been overtaken by more recent research (also supporting authenticity).
The book is engaging, and written in a revelatory style that seems particularly appropriate to the long and complex story of the Shroud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry E. Schmalen on February 14, 1999
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You will find this book very easy to read and yet full of facts and details. Dr. Lavoie brings a very interesting perspective to the study of the Shroud that you will find fascinating. If you were not a beleiver before reading this work, you will be by the time you finish !!! A must read for your total understanding of this remarkable gift.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Korn on April 18, 2011
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This wonderful book is a lovely and beautifully persuasive treatise, written with an extraordinary spirit of humility and awesome reverence for both the Holiness of God and the preciousness of His lost creation.

The analysis of the Shroud is like the icing on the cake and the cherry on the Sunday of all Shroud studies I have read and seen on DVD presentations.

It also is of enormous eschatological and evangelical importance, because the author presents a novel interpretation of the image on the Shroud that no one, to my knowledge, has done before, and that he believes is part of the final lifting up of Jesus before all the world, heralding Jesus' final triumphant reign over humanity.

The excitement I feel about this book is that it might serve as a very powerful witnessing tool to Jewish people, who tend to dismiss the story of the Resurrection as a myth, exactly as reported in the Gospels regarding the Jewish claim that the disciples stole away Jesus' body:

Matthew 28:11-15 (New King James Version)
The Soldiers Are Bribed

11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. 12 When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 saying, "Tell them, `His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.' 14 And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will appease him and make you secure." 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
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This book gives a lot of valuable information on the history and studies concerning the shroud of Turin. The author, being a doctor, focuses his book on conclusions which can be drawn from a medical point of view, but he also discribes other scientific studies. I'ts a stunnishing book, but I guess any book on this subject would greatly affect one's perspective of reality. Despite the title, no explanation whatsoever is given about how the picture itself was created, so certainly not all the mystery is solved.
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By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2014
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This is an excellent work. The research it provides is well-reasoned (with some exceptions), and provides data of which I was previously unaware. The books traces the more recent history of the shroud (since 1898), and the research done on it. It also, in the process of reviewing the research, addresses some of the medieval and ancient history of the shroud. Its really a very good book that I had a hard time putting down.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By proehl@erols.com on October 3, 1998
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I wasn't the least bit interested in the Shroud of Turin until a few months ago when I met a family member of Dr. Lavoie's on an airplane. She told me about the book and it sounded interesting. I bought the book from amazon.com, read the first chapter, and was amazed. Whether you believe in Jesus Christ or not this is a very fascinating book. Two thoughts come to mind now that I've read it. Number one, I wish I had been able to work with Dr. Lavoie as he researched the Shroud of Turin. He must have had a blast. Second, his findings were fascinating. I don't know how anyone can dispute them. He left no stone unturned in his research. This is by no means a "dry" scientific book. It's like reading a good mystery...only better. It's for real.
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