What Mike McHargue and John Ortberg Think About Wright’s Newest Book

Great reviews keep pouring in for The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion .

In his new book N.T. Wright challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by Hope. Wright argues that Jesus’s death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation—a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation.

Here’s what people are saying about the book:

ct-400“In his new book, Wright explains that Jesus’s death does more than just get us into heaven.”
— Christianity Today





“With this work, N.T. Wright topples the simplistic, personalized view of the cross and the bloodthirsty God that once wrecked my own faith. Instead, we find the cross illuminated by a God that invites us to bring goodness into this world instead of trying to escape it.”

—Mike McHargue, author of Finding God in the Waves and host of The Liturgists Podcast and Ask Science Mike




“The question ‘Why did Jesus have to die?’ has haunted the human race for two thousand years. I can’t imagine anyone who cares about that question not reading N.T. Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began. He locates the crucifixion in the sweep of Israel’s story (and ours) with power and depth and freshness of thought.”

— John Ortberg is senior pastor of Menlo Church, and author of All The Places To Go


booklist-300“Bishop Wright has constantly striven to further illuminate the meanings of the New Testament. In one of his most thoroughgoing nonacademic books, he delves into the Crucifixion and, surprising himself, he says, finds it the mainspring of the faith and the church. Jesus’s gruesome and humiliating execution began the kingdom of God, which believers realize by taking up the Cross and doing as Jesus did. Wright’s exegesis should inform and encourage everyone concerned with Christianity’s continuing vitality.”
— Booklist (Starred Review)


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