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God is on the Cross

Reflections on Lent and Easter

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When peo­ple sug­gest in their let­ters … that I’m suf­fer­ing’ here, I reject the thought. It seems to me a pro­fa­na­tion. These things must­n’t be dra­ma­tized. I doubt very much whether I’m suf­fer­ing’ any more than you, or most peo­ple, are suf­fer­ing today. Of course, a great deal here is hor­ri­ble, but where isn’t it? … No, suf­fer­ing must be some­thing quite dif­fer­ent, and have a quite dif­fer­ent dimen­sion, from what I’ve so far experienced.”―from Let­ter to Eber­hard Bethge from Tegel prison, 9 March

These forty-sev­en stir­ring devo­tions will guide and inspire read­ers as they move the­mat­i­cal­ly through the weeks of Lent and East­er, encoun­ter­ing themes of prayer­ful reflec­tion, self-denial, temp­ta­tion, suf­fer­ing, and the mean­ing of the cross. Pas­sages from Diet­rich Bon­ho­ef­fer­’s let­ters and ser­mons pro­vide spe­cial encour­age­ment as read­ers pre­pare them­selves spir­i­tu­al­ly for Holy Week and East­er Sun­day. Sup­ple­ment­ed by an infor­ma­tive intro­duc­tion to Bon­ho­ef­fer­’s life and a Scrip­ture pas­sage for each day of the sea­son, these dai­ly devo­tions are mov­ing reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.

2012

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