- Paperback: 140 pages
- Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 30, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802841317
- ISBN-13: 978-0802841315
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit Paperback – September 30, 1997
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As the extended title says, this book is a collection of "Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit." Each of these meditations are wonderfully instructive. One reason why is that none of them come at a given topic from the same perspective. Each piece is not only well thought out, but also thought in a totally different way from the others.
The first half of the book is a collection of meditations on various bystanders at the crucifixion and their reactions to the suffering and death of Jesus. My two favorites are: "Son, we have sought you sorrowing", and "What I have written I have written". The former speaks movingly of Mary's role as Theotokos, the God-Bearer. The piece beautifully illustrates the role of Christians, more accurately-the call of Christians to be Theotokoi, God-Bearers, in the world of today. The latter shows just how radical the message of Jesus was and is. It clearly illustrates how the call to follow the Savior has always been and will always be one that leads to conflict with the world.
The second part contains six pieces on various topics such as the call of God and the groaning of the Spirit.
My favorite piece in the second half is called "The New Creation". Which is a reflection on John 21 and what it means to live as a New Creation.Read more ›
The second half of the book contains eclectic sermons, such as the "New Creation" of Christ's resurrection, the call and groaning of the Spirit, and of the Eucharist. This book provides powerful seeds of thought for Lenten meditations
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Disappointed to find that this was apparently "a work in progress" and Wright was still learning and thinking. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MagnoliaJane
As usually, Wright writes in clear prose, deeply immersed in the entire scriptures. He clearly believes that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are historical facts and of... Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Isaiah1967