Why did it have to be a heavy cross he was made to bare
And why did they nail his feet and hands,
His Love would have kept him there…
(From the Song “Why” by Michael Card)
Originally published in 2000, Michael Card’s classic book centering on Christ and the Cross has been re-released and made available in paperback. At the same time, a corresponding CD has been issued with the same title featuring a live performance by Card (with choir and musical accompaniment). The songs being assembled from a number of past albums evocatively echo the story in musical form.
The book, A Violent Grace, is in a devotional format with Scripture, commentary and prayer, along with classic images of Christ’s sojourn on earth reflecting his life, death, and resurrection. Even a glimpse at chapter titles reveals its power: “He Was Stretched Out Between Thieves so I Could Know the Reach of Love”; “His Heart Was Pierced so Mine Could Be Made Whole.”
People describe wishing to be transported back in time, to know and follow Christ as the Son of Man and Son of God. Michael Card takes us there. Both book and CD comprise an emotional and captivating narrative of Jesus—raw, beautiful, devastating, and brimming with grace and redemption—focusing primarily on the last week of Christ’s life. With dramatic and cinematic lyrics and riveting prose, we are eyewitnesses; Scripture becomes flesh for us to see and feel and touch, to step into and experience. Much like Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion, Card’s book and CD stop us in our tracks and ask, even demand a selah. To read through the book and share the life and death of Christ with others during Lent, and then experience the CD as a musical, during Holy Week, would be a truly rewarding and deepening journey for a community of believers.
IVP is offering a free downloadable excerpt Michael Card’s A Violent Grace. To get the free e-book, click here