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Book Of The Month For May 2021: The Spirituality of the Cross - Third Edition

Book Of The Month For May 2021:  The Spirituality of the Cross - Third Edition

The Spirituality of the Cross - Third Edition

by Gene Edward Veith Jr.

2021 / Paperback / 248 Pages


Spirituality: the lived, vital, personal dimension of Christianity.

The topic of spirituality in Christianity is muddled with mysticism rather than the mysteries of Christ: the Sacraments and His resurrection. With the rise of people identifying as "spiritual but not religious" and moving away from "institutional" religion, this book offers a bridge to bring people to Christ. More importantly, Spirituality of the Cross brings people to Lutheranism and its teachings of the cross and Christ's sacrifice for our salvation.

Gene Veith has guided thousands to Christianity through this best-selling CPH book, and the revised third edition will help you in learning about the faith. In this edition, Veith digs into a new topic called Christology in the Lutheran faith, along with updating much of the language and examples to reflect contemporary issues. Finally, some additional material adapted from Authentic Christianity is now in the pages to speak to a more modern audience. 

A Look Inside

Spirituality of the Cross also offers an updated list of resources to help further your understanding of Lutheran spirituality. This list covers many different topics within Lutheranism to help make it easy for you to find where to go next to grow. 

Topics covered: Justification, Means of Grace, Theology of the Cross, Christology, Vocation, Living in Two Kingdoms, and Worshiping God. 

"Indeed, the teaching that we are justified by faith in the atoning work of Christ on the cross is considered 'the chief article'—the underpinning of every aspect of Lutheran theology and, indeed, of the Christian faith." - from the Introduction. 


What Others are Saying:

Lutheran theology needs to rule the day. In it, one will not only find biblical fidelity, a near company with the church ancient, but also the most comprehensive and relevant verbiage for contemporary quirks and concerns. The Spirituality of the Cross is for all those who are seeking the simplicity of God’s good news for humanity but structured in a systematic way that sticks.

—Flame, Grammy Nominated Christian Rap Artist

The Spirituality of the Cross is essential reading for all who desire meaningful Christianity in these otherwise meaningless modern times. Veith provides readers with an updated and expanded version of his classic exploration of what makes Lutheran theology unique and permanently relevant. Just as this edition reflects Veith's own journey in the spirituality of the cross, I highly recommend this book to all who journey through this life longing for a stout spirituality of the cross. 

—A. Trevor Sutton, author of Being Lutheran, Why Should I Trust the Bible?, and Clearly Christian: Following Jesus in this Age of Confusion. 

Interviews on Issues Etc.

Dr. Veith has a series of interviews discussing topics in his book "The Spirituality of the Cross" and you can find the interview series here, as well as on any podcast service by searching for Issues Etc.  


About the Author:

Gene Edward Veith, Jr., is a writer and a retired literature professor. He is Provost Emeritus at Patrick Henry College and the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  He previously served as Culture Editor of WORLD MAGAZINE and Professor of English and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of over 25 books, including Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, Classical Education, and God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life.

Dr. Veith graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas in 1979.  He has honorary doctorates from Concordia Theological Seminary (2005),  Concordia University California (2014), and Patrick Henry College (2016).  He has taught at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and was a Visiting Professor at Wheaton College, Gordon College, and Regent College (Vancouver).  He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the Estonian Institute of Humanities in Tallinn, Estonia. He and his wife Jackquelyn have three grown children and twelve grandchildren.  They live in Blackwell, Oklahoma.

You can order the book online at Concordia Publishing House, as an e-book with Amazon's Kindle, Apple Books, as an audiobook, or by contacting our Church Office, where we will be happy to order a copy for you!