The Day I Was Crucified by Gene Edwards is a powerful retelling of the crucifixion of Jesus by Jesus. Focusing on the beautiful display of Jesus power to lay down his life willingly, obediently and lovingly; it will open the gospel in a way that only Gene Edwards can do. Especially during the time of Lent, this book is a fantastic way to not only share the gospel message but to create meaningful discussion. It is a tender description of the last moments of Jesus life upon the cross and his resurrection thereafter. The Day I Was Crucified will reveal the beautiful gift of salvation all over again.
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The Day I Was Crucified is a life changing book. It made Christ's crucifixion more real to me. There were things in there that I had never really paid attention to before such as Christ sweating blood actually making him unrecognizable to some people. It was in scripture all the time, but I never understood it before. I particularly appreciated the end where the author put all four gospels together to tell the crucifixion story. This book is a must read!
"The Day I Was Crucified, as told by Christ Himself" by Gene Edwards is a powerful little book. I have very mixed feelings about it! Part one of this book is a work of fiction, and should only be viewed as fiction. I am afraid some might pick this up and view it as truth. Truth is found in the Holy Bible, and only in the Holy Bible. That said, I feel like I can now talk about this book.
In these two hundred pages is a story that is famous throughout the world, and it covers only a few days of the life of Christ. In part one we find Jesus in agony, praying desperately to His Father about His upcoming death. Edwards has made me "feel" some of the heartache Jesus might possibly have felt during this time. It is hard to even imagine the tremendous pain and suffering He went through on my behalf, so that I can go to heaven. So, besides the emotional turmoil that Edwards helps us understand on a deeper level, there is also the physical pain. No human could endure so much! Yet Christ willingly suffered in order to save mankind.
Part two (the last 1/3) of "The Day I was Crucified," is a biblical narrative of the crucifixion and resurrection. Here Edwards has combined all four gospel accounts into one complete story that again tells of the crucifixion of Christ, only this time, he is using scripture.
As I said earlier, I have mixed feelings about this book. To me it feels wrong to put words in God's mouth. (Who am I to think I know the mind of Christ?) Yet, for some folks, Edwards' words might be just what they need to draw closer to Jesus. I would recommend you use this book as a tool, hoping it will lead you to search the scriptures for yourself. Perhaps it will help you understand how very loved you are by our heavenly Father!
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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.