Samuel Wells vividly paints the stories surrounding Jesus' cross
and resurrection. We see the weakness of Pontius Pilate and
Barabbas, and the compromised character of Joseph of Arimathea and
Nicodemus. We discover the subtle power of Pilate's wife. And in
Peter and Mary Magdalene we find the true power of resurrection,
bringing forgiveness and ending the stranglehold of death, thus
transforming all human passion. Through close readings of the
gospel texts, Wells demonstrates the significance of these
characters for faith and life today. In this book, structured with
one chapter for each week of Lent, Wells guides us from the deathly
power that put Jesus on the cross to the new power brought by
Jesus' resurrection. The book offers opportunities at the end of
each chapter for prayer and discussion. The Archbishop of
Canterbury has selected Power and Passion as his Lent book for
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