IF THEY COULD SPEAK by John Powers +

TW: 0-89622-421-X

The place is Jerusalem; the time, around 30 A.D. Jesus has been crucified in swift and brutal fashion. What were the thoughts of those involved in this earth-shaking event?

In this reflective and forthright book, John D. Powers steps back in time to re-animate ten witnesses to Christ's passion. The apostle James, Judas, Pilate, the crossmaker, the mocking soldier, Simon the Cyrenean, Mary Magdalene, the repentant thief, the beloved disciple John--they, and Mary, Christ's mother, share how each was involved with the life, judgment, and death of Jesus, and their thoughts on this most pivotal event in Christian history. The ten then come into our times to show how Jesus continues to live, to be judged and crucified today.

If They Could Speak is an excellent book for those looking for a fresh approach to Christ's passion, and for those who want a sense of "being there" as Jesus is crucified. Homilists will find these imaginings most helpful, as will retreatants, prayer groups, and adult study participants. Great ideas for Stations of the Cross and opening prayers, too!

Powers writes in his Introduction, "As you slowly read these meditations, I hope the purpose of this book will be achieved in some small way: that your hearts and imaginations might be opened to the one voice of God that speaks specifically to you through the many voices in Scripture." Take some time to listen to the words of ten who were there during the passion of Jesus.

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