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Experiencing the Cross is an inspirational book about the fight against sin and the devil. It is filled with comments and tips about how to stay strong during the journey of life and how to stay away from the corruptness of the devil. It has many passages in each chapter and all of them give ways on how to stay strong. In many parts of the book it reflects on how God and Jesus feel during some circumstances and how they have felt in the past. It is a life changing book that is sure to get you back on track with life, or if you are having no trouble it will keep your head on your shoulders.<BR/>There are many things that are enjoyable about this book. One of my favorites is that it is a true, factual book. I find that books that have a relation to things that have happened or real life are much more enjoyable to read. This book is not restricted to any age group of any kind. Anyone should be able to read this and have some sort of relation to it because it reflects on life itself. There are many instances where the author refers to the Bible and I think that is a great reference because of the type of book it is. Over all it is an enjoyable, eye opening book and I would recommend it to everyone.<BR/>Although I enjoyed this book greatly, there were some things that I did not like about it. One is that I found it to be somewhat redundant with the facts that it represented. Some things were said once, and then repeated again when it was not necessary. Also, there were some things that were written that I did not exactly agree with, but that does not mean they were wrong. In the end, I was able to look past these small imperfections and notice the big picture of the book.
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Posted October 26, 2012
Experiencing the Cross – Henry Blackaby
©2005 Multnomah Publishers, Sisters, OR
Henry Blackaby has been a favorite of mine ever since I first went through the material he helped develop called Experiencing God. Not only is he an influential leader in Baptist life, but he is also a very personable man when in speaking situations. A couple of years ago, I had opportunity to meet and visit with him for a few minutes as he spoke at a pastors’ retreat I was attending. While I am not always overwhelmed by Henry’s writing (often finding in it a re-packaging of Experiencing God), I am always ready to hear what he has to say or read something he has written.
This little book is yet another testimony to the readability of his writing. And the content is very challenging and helpful. In Experiencing the Cross, Blackaby draws the reader’s attention back to the focus of the cross—why it happened, why it had to happen, and what happened because it happened.
Using Scripture (a hallmark of the author), Blackaby leads us to see God’s plan in the event of the Cross. He then teaches us what that means for believers and non-believers in Christ alike. Finally, the author leads the disciple into a deeper discipleship about what is meant when the Scripture says that in order to follow Jesus one must “take up his cross” and follow Him.
This volume is filled with challenging and encouraging teachings that will help Christians to better understand and appreciate the cost of the Cross as well as the life to which the Cross calls all who would dare to follow Jesus. I recommend this book highly to anyone who desires his faith to be more vibrant, more active and more genuine. Five out of five reading glasses.
—Benjamin Potter, October 26, 2012