Contemplating the Cross: A Pilgrimage of Prayer

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Has familiarity with the Cross drained it of its power for you? Do you truly understand what it means to share in Christ's sufferings?

"Tricia Rhodes' walk with God is reflected in the depth of her teaching."

Rick Warren

A Life-Changing Encounter With the Crucified Christ

Today and every day, God extends an invitation an eternal, unchanging summons to kneel in the shadow of the Cross and make it your soul's home. Through narrative descriptions of the final hours of Jesus, Contemplating the Cross helps you find your own way to the Cross of Christ. The journey may be tender and terrifying, soothing and unsettling. Yet as you gaze at Christ, you will see His passion not merely for the world, but for you. Through this unique book, God will touch your deepest soul and brand you with the fire of His devotion as you contemplate the Cross of Christ.

From the author of the acclaimed The Soul at Rest: A Journey Into Contemplative Prayer

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About the Author:

Tricia McCary Rhodes knows the importance of stillness and quiet before the Lord. Her first book, the Gold Medallion finalist A Soul at Rest, dealt specifically with the need to spend time in reflective prayer before the Lord. In her newest book, Contemplating the Cross, Rhodes combines portions on reflective prayer with other devotional tools to create what she calls "a pilgrimage of prayer" through the last days of Jesus' life.

Rhodes has B.A. in Psychology from California Baptist College and received her Master's in Social Research from Texas Christian University. Having recently stepped down from a long-term position as Worship Coordinator at New Hope Church, Tricia is now devoting herself to full-time writing. Already she has published articles with Moody, Discipleship Journal, Pray Magazine and more.

Contemplating the Cross is a writing that grew out of Tricia's own personal spiritual walk. Touched with a desire to learn about what really took place in the final hours of Jesus' life, she began a journey of contemplation. "What I had thought would take a few weeks and prepare me for the Easter season," she says, "took a year and transformed my life."

Unique in its scope and original in presentation, Contemplating the Cross is an important book for Christians who need to stand in awe of the great love and suffering of Jesus. Many need the Cross to take deep root and see that an antiseptic vision of the crucifixion&one devoid of suffering or pain&does little for experiencing Jesus' awful and awesome sacrifice for his people.

Tricia's own service and ministries have taken her from Alaska to countries as varied as India, Bangladesh, and Lithuania. Whether sharing a feast of beaver feet with a village of Inuit or attending a prayer retreat with missionaries serving overseas, Tricia has felt a calling to serve the unreached. Tricia has also initiated a speaking ministry throughout the country on the topics dearest to her heart including encouraging people to spend more consistent time with God and explaining the importance of seeking the quiet rest promised by God.

She lives with her husband, Joe, in California. Tricia and her husband have two children and she is currently at work on her third book.

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Freelance writer and speaker Rhodes (The Soul at Rest, Bethany, 1996) bases her narrative of Christ's final days, from Gethsemane to Calvary, on A.T. Robertson's Harmony of the Gospels (1950), historical accounts of the era, and medical investigation of death by crucifixion. Her recounting of each event is preceded by a meditative exercise and followed by a contemplative, prayerful response. Rhodes's narrative stirs the soul intensely, remains closely based on scripture, and, unlike other imaginative accounts, is neither too maudlin nor detached.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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