The CROSS Worked

The CROSS Worked ISBN: 9781984959255 a religious e-book Zack Maldonado.

The author has sub-titled this book: Why You Can Have Confidence on the Day of Judgement and proceeds in an Introduction to tell the reader “If you’re tired of a god who only wants you to do more or be better, then this book is for you. If you’re confused about the mixed messages you’ve been hearing, then this book is for you. And if you’re burned out because you were told you have to do more for God, then this book is for you.” He then explains that, like many others, “I wasn’t being set free by what I was hearing either. This is why I had to reexamine everything I believed. Once I got back to Scripture, I realized that the gospel is really good news and that God really is good.” What then follows is a scholarly critical analysis of the reasons for this conclusion with three basic reasons: Reason 1; You’re Totally Forgiven, followed by 9 individual supporting chapters; Reason 2: You’re Just Like Jesus, with 7 particularly relevant chapters; Reason 3 Your God Is Good, with 6 more positive chapters supported by reassuring passages from scripture. The presentation ends with 4 pages of exact references to the scriptures quoted, a tremendously helpful 14 page Study Guide and a gracious list of acknowledgements.

Discussion/Conclusion: As almost everyone knows and admits, much confusion exists in attempting to gather the main messages from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible – books contributed to by many groups and individuals over a large expanse of time and offering countless interpretations. In this reviewer’s opinion Maldonado has offered the best critical approach printed to date supporting his discussion with specific spiritual references. Admittedly, most readers will find much of his presentation to be uncomfortably repetitious as is so prevalent with pastors/lecturers, so judicious editing would be most helpful to present this treatise. However, in large part this feature should be overlooked if one is interested in the nicely postulated, credible answers he presents to so many of the controversial opinions extant among religious leaders as well as their parishioners.

3*       5* Content; -2* for reasons described.

 

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