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Trade Paperback
192 pages
Feb 2005
Bethany House

Experiencing the Power of the Cross: How It Changes Everything

by Kinnaman Gary

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The pages in Experiencing the Power of the Cross reveal a remarkable multi-dimensional look at the most important image in Christendom. However, the Cross is more than a symbol: it’s a source of power. And thanks to the writing ability of Pastor Gary Kinnaman, readers will understand how the Cross intersects and impacts the lives of Christians.

Written with an obvious desire to communicate these profound truths in plain language, this book is easy to read and understand. Although there are some scholarly insights, everything is explained and brought to a personal and practical level. Scriptural truths are both simplified and amplified. There is also a contemporary element here, as the author incorporates the imagery expressed in the popular movie, The Matrix. Readers will see how the Cross allows believers to experience the ultimate reality of life.

The book is divided into three parts, with a logical and steady progression. Readers will first see how the Cross is the gateway to heaven, which allows Christians to encounter the presence of God. The second section deals with the purposes of the Cross, and the author includes seven principal reasons why Jesus gave His life. These viewpoints are clear, concise, and concrete. The book ends by calling believers to make a personal commitment. The result is a thorough understanding of this powerful symbol, and how it can transform the life of every Christian.

The pastor’s heart of the author is evident as he communicates this life-changing teaching. As readers enter into these pages, they will have a renewed appreciation for the Cross, and a determined desire to apply its power and purpose to their own lives. -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Today the cross is the most visible icon on the planet. But for the billions who recognize the image, how many grasp its significance?

Using illustrations from contemporary culture, Gary Kinnaman unlocks the mystery of the Cross as an encounter with the living Christ, as a portal of escape from the world’s matrix and into actual reality. Based on Jesus’ claim to be “the way and the truth and the life,” Experiencing the Power of the Cross shows how our faith journey (The Way) brings us into God’s reality (The Truth) and gives us ultimate wholeness (The Life).

Included are seven weeks of selected Scripture readings for those who want to go deeper into the Word during a season of personal growth or the Lenten/Easter seasons.