About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, February 9, 2024

It Is Finished: A 40-Day Pilgrimage Back to the Cross by Charles Martin

It Is Finished: A 40-Day Pilgrimage Back to the Cross

Across forty days of vivid storytelling, It Is Finished offers you a unique and vital roadmap to trace the power and necessity of the cross throughout the Bible, from the book of Genesis all the way to your present-day reality.

Through forty slices of the story of Calvary, master storyteller and vivid Bible teacher Charles Martin, will walk you back to the cross to look up at it from a different angle each day and ask the Father to reveal to you:

What exactly did he mean when the dying Jesus said, "It is finished"—what was finished at the cross?
When did what Jesus finish at the cross even begin?
What does this man's death 2,000 years ago have to do with me today?
What is God offering at the cross that I so easily forget and take for granted?
What do I not realize about myself that the Father God has never forgotten?

Whether it is your first, tenth, or ten thousandth time looking up at the cross of Christ, you can trust New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin, to wrap an arm around your shoulder, come alongside and walk with you as a fellow pilgrim headed in the same direction and answering the same question: "What will I do with this man, Jesus?"

Because before we can celebrate the resurrection, we need to backtrack to where Jesus has been, how He got there, and what His presence there accomplished. And while Satan can't change what happened on that Friday, he has been working ever since to hide what happened there. To obscure the work of the Cross. To avert our eyes. But on this 40-day pilgrimage your eyes will open wide and your heart will race as you discover the answer to the question that can change your life, Lord, why me? Why would you endure the cross and despise the shame, for me?


This is a book that you'll want to read again because it's impossible to absorb all of it the first time! Master storyteller Charles Martin shares the story of Calvary with 40 powerful devotions that reflect on different aspects of the journey. It Is Finished is filled with thought-provoking entries that end with 3 sections, "Walk with Me Back to the Cross", "Pray with Me", and "And God Responds". This allows readers to think and reflect on the treasure trove of Scripture that Martin offers through his text, and I love that all of the Scripture is printed in red ink! I also appreciate that there are 12 pages of Notes listing all of the Scripture that's been featured!

So much inspiration and so much knowledge can be found in It Is Finished: A 40-Day Pilgrimage Back to the Cross! It's the perfect book to have by your bed or at your favorite reading spot as you begin this Lenten Season. I know that it's helping me begin my pilgrimage back to the cross and it's truly preparing my heart for Easter Sunday and the celebration of His Resurrection!

I received a copy of this book from the author and FrontGate Media. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


CHARLES MARTIN is a New York Times bestselling author of 16 previous novels, including his most recent, 'The Record Keeper.' His work is available in 35+ languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and their three sons.

Learn more by visiting his Website

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