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Official Review: Witnesses to The Crucifixion

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[Following is an official review of "Witnesses to The Crucifixion" by Ricky Carstensen w/ James E. Doucette.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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One often hears about witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When I saw the title Witnesses to the Crucifixion, I found it unusual and was in two minds whether to read it. However, the thought of the Lord’s passion touched my heart, and I selected it in spite of the Easter season. Written by Ricky Carstensen with James E. Doucette, this book has only 82 pages (including illustrations and scriptural quotations), but it has a very deep message that could change your life. Ricky is a pastor with 33 years of experience in the ministry. James is a retired businessman and has published several books.

Ricky was inspired by the novel The Silent Witness by Lionel Luckhoo and John Thompson in which Jesus undergoes a modern trial in a courtroom with several witnesses on both sides. He wondered what the crown of thorns, purple robe, nails, spear, burial shroud, and stone at the entrance of the tomb would have to say as witnesses if they were personified. Did the precious blood of the Savior have any effect on them too? This became one of the themes for his sermons over the years, which he has compiled in Witnesses to the Crucifixion. He wants to say that there is power in the blood of Jesus Christ that can transform you too.

“It wasn’t really me who kept Him nailed to that cross,” said the Nail. “It was His love for you that kept Him there.” These words brought tears in my eyes as I experienced sorrow for Jesus’ passion and the joy of being loved. After reading this book, I felt that the Nail was a better witness than I have been. And so, you’ll find pictures of these personified objects used to humiliate the King, nail him like a criminal for stealing hearts, pierce his broken heart to empty out his love and forgiveness, wrap him with ointments, and keep his body locked in the tomb. The more bitterly and hatefully they were used to hurt him, the more sweetly Jesus loved and forgave them all. The more I hurt him, the more he loves me! This is the personal message of redemption and healing I received through these witnesses.

I loved all the witnesses in the book, but especially the Nail that was once in the toolbox of a carpenter. There is nothing that I disliked in the text. It can be used for meditation and retreats, especially during Lent and Easter. Scriptural passages at the beginning of every chapter are the Word of God speaking directly to you. I won’t give out more details in this review because that would spoil the delight of being touched by the witnesses in their own words. The tombstones say, “We no longer hold bodies forever, as some believe. We only hold them until forever.” The book ends with “The Legend of the Dogwood Tree,” which was written by James.

As mentioned in the book itself, Witnesses to the Crucifixion has been professionally edited. For all the reasons described above, I am happy to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. It is suitable for readers of all age groups. Even children may like to listen to their parents or grandparents reading these stories to them. Whether you are a Christian or not, you will enjoy it. Pastors and evangelizers may like to use the contents of this book when they preach.

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Post by Kibetious »

This sounds awesome. I like how the author was able to personify such objects as the nails because many readers will be moved by their utterances. Thanks for the review.
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Post by kandscreeley »

This one sounds interesting. I've never read anything like it with the implements of Christ's death being personified. It's worth reading for sure since it sounds like it would be inspirational. Thanks.
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Post by Nyambura Githui »

Wonderful review. Personifying the objects is a great way to teach people about the crucifixion of Jesus.

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Post by Clemens Nickleby »

Interesting, from the title I thought it would be a discussion about the people who witnessed the crucifixion. Jesus didn't die for the nail, but for me and you! A great reason to have reviews, I would never have guessed without your wonderful review.
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Post by Wyland »

This is an innovative book in terms of bring the Passion into new light. I like the way some of the inanimate objects are given life and a chance to say something about the event. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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Post by Kyoks »

This book is incredible, interesting and wonderful. I love the way the author uses the scriptural texts to describe the basis of the story.
I love the intriguing and amazing review.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno »

This is an interesting non-fictional biblical retelling of the resurrection of Jesus theough six stand-alone stories. The book is temporarily free on Amazon Kindle and has a well-written OnlineBookClub review that highlighted the best the book has to offer. Congrats on the BOTD.

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Post by Readerjorge »

A book about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, inspired by the novel The Silent Witness in which Jesus undergoes a modern trial in a room with several witnesses on both sides. It looks interesting and
suitable for readers of all ages.

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Post by justjim »

Your review is very interesting but the book doesn't sound like something that I'd enjoy.
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Post by cpru68 »

I don’t think in all my reading about the stories of the death of Jesus I have ever read one that has the objects speak about their role. It sounds like this is a very touching story and even one that children could relate to. Thanks for more insight on this one.
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Post by bb587 »

This book sounds interesting. The items used for the crucifixion of Christ are given a voice, including the nails and the crown of thorns. Such a unique perspective.

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Post by Oyenekan57 »

I really love this aspect that says:
“It wasn’t really me who kept Him nailed to that cross,” said the Nail. “It was His love for you that kept Him there.”
Christ died for the salvation of mankind.

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Post by Msred325 »

This sounds like an amazing book, to read, thanks for your review. Who would of thought about all of the objects speaking. I know, that even with my imagination, I couldn’t have dreamed this idea.

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Post by 10mile72 »

Just when you think we’ve used up every possible angle from which to explore the crucifixion, someone comes up with a new one -- and a pretty cool one at that. I may give this one a look. Thanks for the review, Renu. :techie-studyingbrown:

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