Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus

James Martin. HarperOne, $18.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-06-243138-7
In this short but powerful work, Reverend Martin explores a portion of scripture often called the seven last words of Jesus. One of the commonly forgotten aspects of Catholicism is its deep meditative tradition, Martin writes. But both saints and scholars have found guidance and solace in the historic worship practices of the church. Taken from a sermon given at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in April, 2015, the book is broken into seven sections focusing on each “word”—which are actually the last seven “sentences, or phrases, or sayings” Christ spoke on the cross. Although no single gospel contains all seven words, a comprehensive study of the four gospels reveals the seven teachings. Each chapter reflects on how Jesus’ words can help bring God and man closer, humanizing these grand teachings to aid readers with everyday struggles. Fundamental to Martin’s thesis is the idea that a deep appreciation for these profound words can bring happiness and satisfaction. “Jesus’ preaching was meant to bring joy to those who follow him,” he writes. “His words were, after all, good news.” Intended for those interested in liturgy, this transcribed sermon is a breezy, digestible take on the lessons of Christ’s sacrifice. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/14/2015
Release date: 02/01/2016
Genre: Religion
Ebook - 144 pages - 978-0-06-243139-4
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