I find it difficult to adequately describe the power and impact of this book. The last day of Jesus earthly life is unfolded before the reader in vivid and heartbreaking language from Jesus first person point of view. A sample excerpt: I laid down on the crossbeam and stretched out my arms. Father, permit even this. The soldiers stared at me. In all their experiences of executing men, they had never seen the victim willingly stretch out his arms to receive the nails. It was I and I alone who would consent to the Cross. The horribleness of His death is illustrated but not done in as graphic or gruesome manner as it could have been. Instead, the author focuses on the way Jesus might have understood the events through His divine eyes. He knew what was coming, willingly accepted His Fathers will, but knew all that His death would mean and how the world would be changed forever. He also knew that After my death I would yet lay my eyes on another door, the one that separates heaven from earth. After this day, the separation would be no more. The author takes particular care to describe Jesus assault by the forces of evilthose creatures that mans eyes cannot see and His call to have them meet Him on the Cross along with the sins of man.
The book is written in an engaging manner which leads the reader to keep turning the pages until the climax. It is a fresh presentation of a familiar story, and it will stay with the reader long after the last sentence is read. I highly recommend it. I received the book through The Book Club Network in exchange for this my honest review.
This is a book like no other that I have read the depiction of what author Gene Edwards sees as Jesus view of the hours leading up to His death and resurrection. The battles in the spiritual realm, His suffering in prayer, His ultimate suffering, death and then, victory! It is a must read for mature Christians, those who understand that the spiritual battles demonstrated could be especially considered during Lent, during the week commemorating Christs death and resurrection, or any other time of year.
We as sinful human beings truly cannot know what Jesus experienced through those excruciatingly long, dreadful hours, but what we see from the heart of this author will change forever the understanding of the crushing weight of our sin cost God, cost Jesus. The physical suffering of our Lord was not emphasized to the degree I might have anticipated. Instead, we see the demonstration of the possible immense spiritual battles that our Savior, Jesus, may have endured. For me, for my sins. Could I ever see a sin as little after reading this? I hope not!
The Day I Was Crucified is great literary work of this century to be sure; the authors insight into Gods will for mankind because He loves us so much more than we can imagine, includes scenes and struggles that I never considered. He includes the depravity faced by Jesus as inflicted the enemy of our soul and his demons, and the last enemy to be overcome death. Not merely physical death, but the eternal damnation of our soul if we reject who Jesus is and what He has done.
If there are things included that might seem to go against what you have been taught before or what your church teaches, I would urge you to remember that the ultimate truth that the Lord wanted us to know this side of heaven is in the pages of Scripture. Remember that Part One of this book is not scripture, but a previously unexplored view of the spirit realm that those who were present at Christs crucifixion were not privy to. Remember that nothing Jesus endured was a surprise to God why else would Jesus have suffered so grievously in prayer the night before His death?
And as you consider the battles of Part One, you will find in Part Two a skillful compilation of the four Gospel accounts of Jesus trials, crucifixion, and resurrection. While the version of Scripture is not noted, it is for many of us the very familiar truths of Jesus final hours before His death, and His resurrection from death. To read these verses together is as if the Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday scriptures were all part of one long, tragic, victorious day.
We are gifted through this to have a glimpse of how great Gods love is for us, how great Jesus love for and obedience to His Father is. Now that we have so much more to reflect on then before, we also may consider how we live in the light of Gods love and Jesus glorious resurrection. I highly recommend this book to mature Christians of any age, and Christians who desire the growth in faith that might be imparted as they understand the outrageous sacrifice Jesus made on their behalf. Take your time with it. Reflect on what is truth in scripture, as well as the suggestions of what Jesus fought for so mightily for you as seen through the eyes of Gene Edwards. It can change your life.
With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
The most powerful depiction of the death of Christ ever written. See that infamous day not through the eyes, nor the voice of other men, but rather through the eyes and voice of the Lord Jesus Christ himself. He tells you of that day.
There has never been a more stunning, more heart-touching piece of Christian literature to be found in the English language as is The Day I Was Crucified.
Because it is His account of His own death, you will discover little known aspects of Christ's death. You are also ushered into a presentation of the Lord's death as seen from the viewpoint of principalities and powers as they gather on Golgatha. You will meet the embodiment of the law, of sin, and the world systemeven the personification of Death as he arrives on the scene to claim his victim.
The Day I Was Crucified stands out as literary excellence apart from virtually any books known in the modern era.
Oh only to know the real account of how Jesus truly felt would be such a helpful connection for many of us. Gene Edwards gives us a very compelling, a very gripping account of how he believes Jesus may of felt while taking on the sin of the world. What a master craftsman with words, the author was for this book. In such a short amount of time, in approximately a little over 200 pages, the author manages to pull you in to the fury known as the days before Jesus was to take his place on the cross. He invites you a seat on the sideline to watch in amazement as the events unfold---an amazing event indeed.
Not only does the author give us the reader a fictional account that will shake you to the core, he also provides you with the melding of the four Gospels to show everything placed in it's proper order with times and dates and no stone being left unturned. A brilliant work of art is this book, nothing I have ever read was as much fun as this book. The only thing more complete would be to know Jesus' real thoughts on that day. Great fiction based Biblical account!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.
An intimate look at the crucifixion through the eyes of our Lord. If you don't know what was in the cup the Lord asked the Father to take away from him, this book will reveal the cup was full, you will be shaken to the core. To learn the real fight over life and death you'll be awaken. Anyone seeking understanding will receive that and more. Love and a greater appreciation at the true cost of the cross.
This is the first time I have read a book by Gene Edwards. It is a work of fiction about the day Christ was crucified, told in words which Jesus might have spoken during that time. I wasn't sure what to expect of the book, but I could not put it down after I began. I received it in the mail, sat down to read in the evening, and finished the book in one sitting. It captured my attention from the first page.
There is an easy flow to the book, yet it is extremely moving and touching. As it is a work of fiction, the words of Christ are only the author's suggestion of what could have happened if one had lived during that time period and had actually been able to converse with and listen to Jesus. There are scripture references at the end of the book which coincide with the message of the story. It is a story which stirs emotion and understanding. It is an excellent read anytime during the year, but I think it would be an extremely powerful book to read each year during the season of Lent. I plan to do exactly that, and am certain I will be touched by something new each time I read the story.
Now that I have become familiar with the author, I plan to look for other books he has written. As for this work, I highly recommend reading the account of the day Christ was crucified. It is insightful, inspirational, and well worth the reader's time.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.