Salvation CrossWhy is the crucifixion of Jesus the single most important event in history?

In his new book, Salvation by Crucifixion, Dr. Philip Ryken answers this through seven relatively short but meaty chapters:

1. The Necessity of the Cross (Acts 2:23)
2. The Offense of the Cross (Hebrews 12:2)
3. The Peace of the Cross (Colossians 1:20)
4. The Power of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:18)
5. The Triumph of the Cross (Colossians 2:15)
6. The Humility  of the Cross (Philippians 2:8)
7. The Boast of the Cross (Galatians 6:14)

As you likely noticed, each chapter’s theme has a passage of Scripture that digs deeper into the significance of the Gospel.

Dr. Ryken explores the cultural significance of crucifixion of first century societies (Roman, Greek and Hebrew) and what made this type of death loathsome. He goes on to help his reader understand how our contemporary society has lost touch with how awful this form of death was and how the cross has become a “tamed” symbol of faith.  He points his reader back to the Old Testament promises of one perfect sacrifice to take away all sin but reminds us that no one ever thought that it would come through crucifixion of an individual man. Yet in God’s perfect plan, He saw the cross as demonstrating power and wisdom (1 Cor. 1:18) through a humble God-man who gave it all for us all. Ultimately, if we have accepted Christ’s sacrifice for our sin, Dr. Ryken uses Paul’s letter to the Galatians (6:14) as our response to the cross– may we rejoice and have wonder in the saving power of our Savior’s sacrifice through His crucifixion on the cross!

Bottom Line

Dr. Ryken is an excellent writer who has the ability to cut to the point of his message in a very readable and succinct manner.   He writes to clearly inform his reader as a good teacher does. His writing style even makes statements you may know interesting, because you wished you thought of saying it that way!

Ryken set out to write a book that people who do not know the Gospel could easily read and clearly understand, and one that will cause the reader to see Christ’s sacrifice on the cross in a new and life changing way.  He certainly has obtained his goal.  I think that whether you are an established Christian or a new believer, you will find a clear message of Christ’ s sacrifice on the cross that will enrich your faith walk.  With Easter just about a week away, I believe that readers of this book will see new insights into Christ’s sacrifice for them.

If you want to dig deeper into what’s behind the Gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection…if you want to read a book that will inform as well as enrich your spiritual walk… if you wish you had a book that gave more knowledge to a seeking friend or new believing friend, consider picking up a copy of the I give this book five of five stars.

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Book DescriptionSalvation by Crucifixion

Philip G. Ryken celebrates Easter with this thoughtful guidebook to understanding the cross. Seven answers to seven questions explain the why and the wherefore of the cross for a Biblical faith and a Christian life.

Ryken covers the necessity of the cross for salvation; the offense it gives to Jews, Gentiles, and any moral individual; the peace it brings to those who trust in Christ; the power it has to achieve God’s loving, saving purpose; the triumph it wins over sin, death, and the judgment of God; the humility it displays in the character of Jesus; and the boast it becomes for every believer.

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus (January 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781913072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781913079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Retail Price: $9.99 paperback  / $7.99 e-book

Available at:


Barnes and Noble

Christian Focus Publications

About the Author

Dr Ryken became President of Wheaton College in July 2010. Prior to that he was Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a prolific author and a member of the council of The Gospel Coalition. Other books by Dr. Ryken can be find through this link.

Notice: I received a complimentary e-book for an honest review of this title through Shaun Tabatt at  Cross-Focused Reviews and Christian Focus Publications

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