Friday, February 5, 2016


My first notebook on the Cross
It is hard to imagine that over two decades ago I embarked on my first meditative journey to the Cross with Jesus  in preparation for Easter.  If you've read my book, Contemplating the Cross, you may remember that what I thought would take a few weeks took almost a year and turned my life upside down.

I am amazed still, that year after year, the story of Christ crucified, with its disturbing depth and profound mystery, still fascinates, astounds, sobers and enthralls me.  The saga of the Cross indeed never gets old.

If you haven't ever set aside this season for meaningful contemplation on the Cross, or if it's been awhile, I want to invite, and indeed encourage you to embrace Lent wholeheartedly this year.  

And if you've ever journeyed with Jesus to the Cross, then you know how it changes you, so don't forget to begin again this Wednesday.

I wish I could post the devotionals from my book online as I've done in the past, but the publisher has not given me permission.  You can order the book by clicking here.  (While you're there you can pre-order my new book, The Wired Soul, which comes out in June--more on that later. )

Adding doodling to my meditations

Have a blessed Lenten season and may you know Christ and him crucified more deeply this year than ever. 


  1. This devotional truly was life-changing for me years ago...I just ordered a hard copy of the book (at last! I've been reading old pdf print outs for years!) and am encouraging my small group to join me this year! Thank you for sharing your heart and insight!!!!

  2. Read all three of your books over and over for many years now. Contemplating the cross for me as a new believe way back when was profound for me. Thanks for the books. I think I heard you speak at a "return to be encouraged" NEWIM event. You helped shape my life. I think you spoke on the Hope of glory and Anne Barber was the worship. What a great conference that was. Life changing.

  3. Contemplating the Cross has been in my stack of "Go To Materials" during the Lenten Season now for six years. I am grateful to you for sharing your journey. It has helped me to structure my journey in returning each year with intentionality . . . and I have also found that each year in doing so . . . I am changed. Bless you this Lenten Season.