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A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross


Jesus was condemned . . . so we could be set free.

He was wounded . . . so we can be healed.

He died . . . so we might have life.

The cross has lost much of its appeal as a symbol of Christianity. Yet what Christ did at the cross remains central to our faith.

In this richly designed book, Michael Card reflects on what it means for Christians that we meet our savior at a ...

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Jesus was condemned . . . so we could be set free.

He was wounded . . . so we can be healed.

He died . . . so we might have life.

The cross has lost much of its appeal as a symbol of Christianity. Yet what Christ did at the cross remains central to our faith.

In this richly designed book, Michael Card reflects on what it means for Christians that we meet our savior at a cross. Card combs the Old Testament prophecies and Gospel accounts of Jesus' self-sacrifice, seeking a renewed vision of the cross-the inconceivable meeting place of violence and grace.

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Editorial Reviews

Steve Green
"Always the careful teacher, Michael Card draws the church back to a much-needed look at the suffering Savior. Like me, you will gaze with astonished reverence at the One who endured such violence, then bow in humble adoration, crying, 'Lord, make me more like you.'"
Calvin Miller
"What Michael Card sings at this level I most need: The inaudible strains of warm truth that fly from heart to heart and nourish the soul where all too few have fed. Loving God is hungry work and only those who hunger enough can feed the rest of us. Michael Card knows how to set such a table."
Brennan Manning
"Dietrich Bonhoeffer defined 'cheap grace' as grace without the cross. In these scalding pages, Michael Card touched my heart with the love of Christ crucified and led me to an unprecedented appreciation of undeserved grace."
Max Lucado
"Every encounter I've had with Michael Card has brought me closer to Jesus. I'm confident that this book will do the same."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830837724
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 815,115
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

In a career that spans 30 years, Michael Card has recorded over 31 albums, authored or co-authored over 24 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines. An award-winning musician and performing artist, he has penned such favorites as "El Shaddai," "Immanuel" and many other songs. He has branched his ministry beyond music and written numerous books, including A Sacred Sorrow, A Violent Grace, The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children's book). He has also written the Biblical Imagination Series, with a book and accompanying music CD for each of the four gospels.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degree in biblical studies, Card also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship. Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.

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Table of Contents

1. He was Born to Die so I could be born to new life
2. He Suffered Temptation so I can experience victory
3. He was Betrayed so I might know his faithfulness
4. He was Arrested and Bound so I could be rescued from bondage
5. He Stood Trial Alone so I might have an advocate
6. He was Wounded so I could be healed
7. He Endured Mockery so I could know dignity and joy
8. He was Condemned so the truth could set me free
9. He was Crowned with Thorns so I might crown him with praise
10. He was Nailed to the Cross so I might escape judgment
11. He was Stretched Out Between Thieves so I could know the reach of love
12. He Suffered Thirst so I can drink living water
13. He Said, "It Is Finished"
so I could begin my walk of faith
14. He was God's Lamb, Slain so I could claim His sacrifice as my own
15. He was Forsaken by the Father so I would never be rejected
16. He Chose the Shame of Weakness so I can know the hope of glory
17. He Shed His Blood so I can be white as snow
18. His Heart was Pierced so mine could be made whole
19. He Died and was Buried so the grave could not hold me
20. He Rose Again so I might experience eternal life
21. He is Known by His Scars so I will take up my cross and follow him
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