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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers
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40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers

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Lexham Press 2014

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Immerse yourself in the season of Lent with 40 Days to the Cross. Reflect on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ with writings from great thinkers—including early church fathers, medieval writers, and influential pastors. This devotional will guide you through a time of confession, reading, and reflection during the 40 days leading to Easter.

Christians from many church traditions have marked the occasion of Jesus’ death and resurrection by a period of fasting known as Lent. The traditional calendar for Lent goes from Ash Wednesday to Easter, with exceptions for Sundays (always a feast day). 40 Days to the Cross will help you contemplate our shared experience of Jesus’ death and resurrection—the very center of our faith.

40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers:

  • Includes curated writings from great theologians: Excerpts are organized into a devotional format that relates them to daily readings from the Gospel of Mark.
  • Connects you to a spectrum of influential Christian thinkers: Reflections come from church fathers like Augustine, John Chrysostom, and Jerome; medieval Christians such as Thomas à Kempis and Thomas Aquinas; and later pastors like John Newton and Charles Spurgeon.
  • Doubles as a journal: Response questions prompt you to journal within the resource.

Key Features

  • 40 devotionals (excluding Sundays), beginning with Ash Wednesday and concluding on the eve of Easter, guide you through the season of Lent
  • Curated content includes confessions from Psalms, readings from the Gospel of Mark (spanning Mark 8:27–16:20), and reflections from great Christian thinkers
  • Each devotional ends with prayer prompts and reflection questions, with space to journal

Includes reflections from:

  • Justin Martyr
  • Irenaeus of Lyons
  • Origen
  • Basil of Caesarea
  • Gregory of Nazianzus
  • Rufinus of Aquileia
  • Jerome
  • John Chrysostom
  • Augustine of Hippo
  • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Saint Bonaventure
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Thomas à Kempis
  • Henry Scudder
  • John Wesley
  • George Whitefield
  • John Newton
  • Robert McCheyne
  • J. C. Ryle
  • Andrew Murray
  • Charles H. Spurgeon
  • E. M. Bounds
  • Dwight L. Moody
  • R. A. Torrey

Product Details

  • Title: 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers
  • Editors: Rebecca Van Noord and Jessi Strong
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Format: Logos Digital

About the Editors

Rebecca Van Noord is the former editor-in-chief for Bible Study Magazine and coauthor of Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional.

Jessi Strong is senior writer for Bible Study Magazine. She has also developed content for Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary.