Cannonball 6: Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mrs. Fitzpatrick is one of my favorite Christian authors.

She has a clear and casual writing style — reading one of her books is like having a heart-to-heart with the woman herself. She’s personable and sympathetic — and she’s spent a lot of time at the foot of the cross.

Comforts from the Cross is a 31-chapter devotional. It contains a month’s worth of reflections on the cross of Christ and how it frees us from the burden of sin and guilt, how it comforts us in times of trouble, and how it bolsters our faith to live for His glory.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick understands that the gospel doesn’t stop at “Jesus died for our sins.” This book is committed to reminding the reader that, yes, Jesus saved us by His grace — and He promises to make us holy with that same grace.

It’s such a departure from the common American view of the gospel — that Jesus died for you, so you’d better make it up to Him by being a good person. This is a abominable twisting of the true gospel message, and it greatly saddens me that so many assume that this is what the Bible teaches.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Mrs. Fitzpatrick for reminding us that Jesus died to set us free from that kind of thinking. May we continue to depend on Him, and not on ourselves, for growth in character and faith.

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