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Books: In A Word

03/04/2016 08:21AM ● By Aimee Cormier

By Ray Saadi—Book Editor

SEVEN LAST WORDS: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus 

By James Martin, S.J. Harper One $18.00

Father Martin offers this portrait of Jesus using his last words from the cross. Based on Martin’s talks at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York, each of the seven sayings of Jesus: “My God my God, why have you forsaken me?” for instance, is accompanied by Father Martin’s own meditative thoughts. Each saying reveals Jesus’ love for men, even his killers, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do,” and as well as his own humanity: “I thirst.” These timely meditations offer immeasurable insights to the events of Good Friday.



Edited by Wayne Martindale and Jerry Root $24.99

With Linda Washington in the second title. ($19.99), Tyndale House Publishers

Fans of C.S. Lewis as well as those wishing to acquaint themselves with his writings should, I expect, welcome these two works based on quotes taken from some of his most popular books. 

In “The Quotable Lewis” there are more than 1,500 quotes of the writings and spoken words of one of this most respected Christian writer of the 20th century. Lewis is best known for his book, “Mere Christianity” as well as his delightful “Chronicles of Narnia.” He was a respected scholar at Oxford and a convert to Christianity in 1931. In the Introduction, we learn that “Lewis’ writings grow from two sources: first, from an honest commitment to truth, and second, from his Christian faith.” Readers will quickly locate quotes on any subject in the comprehensive index.

In “The Soul Of C.S. Lewis,” the authors offer meditations drawn from 26 of his best writings. Each begins with a quote followed by reflections on the quote and concluding, usually in one page, with a Scripture verse that affirms Lewis’ concept. Books include “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;” “Surprised by Joy” and the “Screwtape Letters.” Both books make excellent companions.

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