It has become a clich to tell the Christmas story from the perspective of the
lesser-known people and creatures that were there: the donkey that carried
Mary to Bethlehem, the innkeeper who refused lodging to the family, etc. But
this device has rarely been used with the story of Christ's passion, so this
book of 14 reflections may help readers enter the Lenten story in a fresh way.
Told from the point of view of various individuals who witnessed Christ on his
via dolorosa, the meditations are arranged to complement the devotional
practice of walking the Stations of the Cross (14 incidents from Jesus'
condemnation to his burial). We hear reflective monologues from Jesus' mother
Mary, a soldier who dragged Jesus before Pontius Pilate, Simon of Cyrene and
Joseph of Arimathea, among other characters. Each brief chapter is accompanied
by an arresting original woodcuts by artist Noyes Capehart. (Jan.) Copyright
2004 Reed Business Information.
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