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Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time Paperback – March 23, 2009

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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

About the Author

ELYSE M. FITZPATRICK holds a masters in biblical counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She is a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, is a retreat and conference speaker, and is the head of Women Helping Women Ministries. Fitzpatrick has authored nearly a dozen books, including Crossway's Because He Loves Me.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433502836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433502835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is one of the best devotionals, if not the best, that I've worked through. I so love how Ms Fitzpatrick draws the state of our hearts with all its muck and helps us let it go by guiding us with practical teaching to the heart of Jesus.

This is a 31-day devotional meant to be read over the course of a month. I've now read it twice and plan to start it again in May. Each devotional is three to four pages in length so is meatier than the typical one page per day of most other devotionals I've read. She starts with a verse of Scripture that provides the context for her lesson. Many days, not all, conclude with a powerful prayer that enables you to walk away having handed over the contents of your heart to the Lord.

There are so many excellent lessons but Day 29 on prayer is worth the purchase price alone. I found I was highlighting much of the ebook and making notes in my journal. Ms Fitzpatrick brought new life to verses that I've read hundreds of times. For example, the vine, branches and abiding of John 15:4-5 she encourages us to consider that it's not about what we should do rather simply to receive the goodness and godliness that comes from intimacy with Jesus.(Day 20)

The essence of each devotional is to bring us back to Jesus, to see His great love for us, and to enable us to keep looking at Him throughout the day. Focusing on His attributes, what He's done rather than what we do, and allowing ourselves to receive all that He's done.

I can't recommend this enough and is just as valuable for men as women which I believe was Ms Fitzpatrick's intended audience.
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