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No story has more significance than this: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But somehow the oft-repeated tale of Christ’s passion can become too familiar, too formalized, for us to experience its incredible immediacy. The meditations in Reliving the Passion, which received a Gold Medallion Award in 1993, follow the story as given in the gospel of Mark—from the moment wh No story has more significance than this: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But somehow the oft-repeated tale of Christ’s passion can become too familiar, too formalized, for us to experience its incredible immediacy. The meditations in Reliving the Passion, which received a Gold Medallion Award in 1993, follow the story as given in the gospel of Mark—from the moment when the chief priests plot to kill Jesus to the Resurrection. But these readings are more than a recounting of events; they are an imaginary reenactment, leading the reader to re-experience the Passion or perhaps see it fully for the very first time. As only a great storyteller can, Walter Wangerin enables the reader to see the story from the inside, to discover the strangeness and wonder of the events as they unfold. It’s like being there. In vivid images and richly personal detail, Wangerin helps us recognize our own faces on the streets of Jerusalem; breathe the dark and heavy air of Golgotha; and experience, as Mary and Peter did, the bewilderment, the challenge, and the ultimate revelation of knowing the man called Jesus. “The story gets personal for every reader,” writes Wangerin, “for this is indeed our story, the story whereby we personally have been saved from such a death as Jesus died. “No, there is not another tale in the world more meaningful than this—here is where we all take our stands against sin and death and Satan, upon this historical, historic event. I consider it a holy privilege to participate in it retelling. “Read this book slowly. Read it with a seeing faith. Walk the way with Jesus. We, his followers of later centuries, do follow even now. Read, walk, come, sigh, live. Live! Rise again!”


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No story has more significance than this: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But somehow the oft-repeated tale of Christ’s passion can become too familiar, too formalized, for us to experience its incredible immediacy. The meditations in Reliving the Passion, which received a Gold Medallion Award in 1993, follow the story as given in the gospel of Mark—from the moment wh No story has more significance than this: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But somehow the oft-repeated tale of Christ’s passion can become too familiar, too formalized, for us to experience its incredible immediacy. The meditations in Reliving the Passion, which received a Gold Medallion Award in 1993, follow the story as given in the gospel of Mark—from the moment when the chief priests plot to kill Jesus to the Resurrection. But these readings are more than a recounting of events; they are an imaginary reenactment, leading the reader to re-experience the Passion or perhaps see it fully for the very first time. As only a great storyteller can, Walter Wangerin enables the reader to see the story from the inside, to discover the strangeness and wonder of the events as they unfold. It’s like being there. In vivid images and richly personal detail, Wangerin helps us recognize our own faces on the streets of Jerusalem; breathe the dark and heavy air of Golgotha; and experience, as Mary and Peter did, the bewilderment, the challenge, and the ultimate revelation of knowing the man called Jesus. “The story gets personal for every reader,” writes Wangerin, “for this is indeed our story, the story whereby we personally have been saved from such a death as Jesus died. “No, there is not another tale in the world more meaningful than this—here is where we all take our stands against sin and death and Satan, upon this historical, historic event. I consider it a holy privilege to participate in it retelling. “Read this book slowly. Read it with a seeing faith. Walk the way with Jesus. We, his followers of later centuries, do follow even now. Read, walk, come, sigh, live. Live! Rise again!”

30 review for Reliving the Passion: Meditations on the Suffering, Death, and the Resurrection of Jesus as Recorded in Mark.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Don Sullivan

    Thank You for Drawing me closer to Him This is an excellent devotional that draws the reader closer to the Savior by looking at the different perspectives of the witnesses of the Passion of the Christ. I learned much as I looked at the different facets and view points of the Holy Week. This is a Great devotional for the Lenten season.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    A wonderful Lenten daily devotion that causes the reader to slow down and take The Passion as presented in the Gospel of Mark much more intentionally. The author's various perspectives are so much more than his own reflections. He has taken some literary license to add first-person observer/participant lenses to the story, some of which are simply evocative. The author colors with details of scenes that perhaps most often get taken for granted, or left completely unconsidered. Although the book i A wonderful Lenten daily devotion that causes the reader to slow down and take The Passion as presented in the Gospel of Mark much more intentionally. The author's various perspectives are so much more than his own reflections. He has taken some literary license to add first-person observer/participant lenses to the story, some of which are simply evocative. The author colors with details of scenes that perhaps most often get taken for granted, or left completely unconsidered. Although the book is structured to fit the Lenten season, I think it could just as easily be undertaken at any other time. The book does not lend itself to straight-through, front-to-back reading. Although I have heard about and known about his body of work previously, this was my first exposure to Walt Wangerin's writing beyond articles in periodicals. If these meditations are an indication of his typical style or approach, I would trust his other works to be easily readable and enjoyable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy Kannel

    After I downloaded a sample and found myself repeatedly underlining from the introduction, I bought the full book on the spot. The rest of this Lent devotional wasn’t quite as spectacular as that poignant introduction, but I still found it a moving and helpful book for focusing my heart in the weeks leading up to Resurrection Sunday. Wangerin made a powerful argument for the importance of really slowing down and fixing our eyes on the cross, for without first entering into the depth of Jesus’ su After I downloaded a sample and found myself repeatedly underlining from the introduction, I bought the full book on the spot. The rest of this Lent devotional wasn’t quite as spectacular as that poignant introduction, but I still found it a moving and helpful book for focusing my heart in the weeks leading up to Resurrection Sunday. Wangerin made a powerful argument for the importance of really slowing down and fixing our eyes on the cross, for without first entering into the depth of Jesus’ suffering and the disciples’ despair, we can’t fully appreciate the joy and wonder of His resurrection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    Not for everyone Wangerin imagines the thoughts and actions of the participants in the Easter story. Serious students of the Bible may take umbrage at all the things he makes up. I enjoyed his Advent devotional much more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Renee Davis Meyer

    This is my 4th or 5th time through Walt Wangerin’s Lent Devotional, and it is my very favorite. He brings the familiar story of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection to life, day by day through the Lent season. I had taken a couple of years and done different devotionals for Lent, coming back to this one was like coming home. Can not recommend this more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    As a longtime Christian, sometimes I find devotional books to be too light. This was very different. I learned a lot about the lead up to Easter and saw things in a new light. I highly recommend this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Fry

    Excellent in depth discussion on Christ's suffering Though I had hoped to finish by Easter, I have now and found it to be an in-depth discussion on Christ's journey and suffering on the cross. As well as His resurrection. Excellent in depth discussion on Christ's suffering Though I had hoped to finish by Easter, I have now and found it to be an in-depth discussion on Christ's journey and suffering on the cross. As well as His resurrection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    A great companion to Lent.

  9. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    Enjoyed this Lent devotional very much! He is a fabulous storyteller and although the daily reads are short, they are powerful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    It is a part of my yearly Lent routine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary Carlson

    Explain what Bible story and it helped me to understand what book talked about it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter Hoft

    A great Lenten devotional book based on Mark’s Passion account. Written in first person, Wangerin’s words are filled with emotion. You feel like you are really there with Jesus.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Wangrin’s imagination takes you places with words that deepen your experience of scripture.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin Langford

    I have read this every other year at lLent for at least 20 years. I do appreciate how Wangerin engages my heart with a familiar story in unexpected ways. He writes powerfully and humbly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I found this to be one of the more thought-provoking Lenten devotionals I’ve ever read. I appreciated the authors unique perspective through Jesus last days before the cross.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ken Sutton

    A Great Devotional for Lent I read this over Lent with some family members. We kept in touch with text messages, sharing thoughts and comments from time to time. The authors poetic style is wonderful and helps put you in a different place and time. It is a little dark and uncomfortable in some places but it is appropriate for the subject. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Lenten study that will draw them in and make them think.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Second time through for me with this Lent devotional, and it's just as moving and inspirational as the first time. This will be an annual read for me. This is an excellent devotional tool for Lent, unlike any devotional I’ve ever read. The daily readings come from the perspective of a fully-imagined contemporary and close observer. They put the reader right in the midst of the story, the crowds, the agony of watching the crucifixion, and the joy of a resurrection. Second time through for me with this Lent devotional, and it's just as moving and inspirational as the first time. This will be an annual read for me. This is an excellent devotional tool for Lent, unlike any devotional I’ve ever read. The daily readings come from the perspective of a fully-imagined contemporary and close observer. They put the reader right in the midst of the story, the crowds, the agony of watching the crucifixion, and the joy of a resurrection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann Hein

    My devotional during Lent. Wangerin has a wonderful way of bringing to life the events of Holy Week. Didn't quite finish it before Easter, but I needed the meditation AFTER the weekend. 2020 I finished on schedule. 2021 I finished on time. The story ends the same way: Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia! My devotional during Lent. Wangerin has a wonderful way of bringing to life the events of Holy Week. Didn't quite finish it before Easter, but I needed the meditation AFTER the weekend. 2020 I finished on schedule. 2021 I finished on time. The story ends the same way: Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Drake Johnston

    Wow. Creative approach to the Passion from perspective of observer, bystander, participator and self. Some things I had not really thought about before and about which I will have to continue to ponder. Amazed at God's great love and what Jesus really endured.. and why. I am humbled and grateful. Wow. Creative approach to the Passion from perspective of observer, bystander, participator and self. Some things I had not really thought about before and about which I will have to continue to ponder. Amazed at God's great love and what Jesus really endured.. and why. I am humbled and grateful.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Penny Reeve

    This book takes you day by day through the story of Easter. Although written as a resource for Lent, it can be read any time during the year as a devotion to pull you into the mystery and power of Easter. Walter Wangerin Jr's storytelling is powerful and taps the soul on the shoulder inviting it to consider a heart felt response to these events. Beautiful. This book takes you day by day through the story of Easter. Although written as a resource for Lent, it can be read any time during the year as a devotion to pull you into the mystery and power of Easter. Walter Wangerin Jr's storytelling is powerful and taps the soul on the shoulder inviting it to consider a heart felt response to these events. Beautiful.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Wangerin's imagery encourages the reader to view these sometimes all-too-familiar scriptures in new ways, shedding light from unusual angles. While I find it somewhat disturbing that he often describes his own imaginings of Biblical events without identifying them as opinion, I mostly find that his originality helps me to think outside the box. Wangerin's imagery encourages the reader to view these sometimes all-too-familiar scriptures in new ways, shedding light from unusual angles. While I find it somewhat disturbing that he often describes his own imaginings of Biblical events without identifying them as opinion, I mostly find that his originality helps me to think outside the box.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Milan Homola

    by far one of the best devotional books I've ever seen. The way Wangerin tells a story is incredible. He communicates emotion, theology, and beauty all in one sentence. If you take some time with this 40 days of Lent devotional I promise you will have new perspectives on Christ's passion by far one of the best devotional books I've ever seen. The way Wangerin tells a story is incredible. He communicates emotion, theology, and beauty all in one sentence. If you take some time with this 40 days of Lent devotional I promise you will have new perspectives on Christ's passion

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mar

    Good book to read for lent. Makes one think about various parts of Jesus' suffering. Re-read for Lent 2020. I enjoyed some daily readings more than others, but I think most readers could echo that sentiment depending on their circumstances. Worth using again. Good book to read for lent. Makes one think about various parts of Jesus' suffering. Re-read for Lent 2020. I enjoyed some daily readings more than others, but I think most readers could echo that sentiment depending on their circumstances. Worth using again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Incredibly powerful and beautifully written Lenten devotional. Wangerin's exceptional storytelling ability and obvious love of the Lord make the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus immediate and palpable. Incredibly powerful and beautifully written Lenten devotional. Wangerin's exceptional storytelling ability and obvious love of the Lord make the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus immediate and palpable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Majerus

    Walter Wangerin is a writer who is able to put you right there in the midst of the historical event and help guide you into an intense devotional experience. This is a book I will return to again and again during Lent.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dan R Byrne Jr

    Good Read Wandering has meditations on every day for Lent. With clarity and Biblical accuracy he takes you on a journey with Christ on his last days, ending with vivid descriptions of His final hours, His Passion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Clifton

    My pastor recommended this to read as a devotional for Lent. Written as observations of bystanders witnessing the final days of Jesus. I found it thought-provoking, and I plan to read Wangerin's reflections on Advent. My pastor recommended this to read as a devotional for Lent. Written as observations of bystanders witnessing the final days of Jesus. I found it thought-provoking, and I plan to read Wangerin's reflections on Advent.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    I have B.C cartoons from 1992 newspapers inside the book so e must have read it then. Our small group will use it this year, 202 for our Lenten devotional. Good words, true words, never get old though their readers may!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sneha

    i have read this a few times during lent. quite powerful.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I love this book every year.

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