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Seven Last Words
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This book is a mix of meditation's, personal reflections and a view of hope both personal hope and hope for the human race. Written in a post 9/11 world this book looks at the cross as a historical reality and a message to each and every generation. Radcliffe as Prior of the Dominican's has spent most of the last 10 years traveling the world interacting with members of his community around the world and other Christians during his travels brings a unique perspective to these meditations.

Each meditation is accompanied by an image of a cross from Radcliffe's collection. Each has a story about where he received it and how it ties into the meditation.

This book begins with a section titled `In the Beginning was the Word' on the word in creation, and the word in the life of the church. How words can hurt or heal. How words or lack there of our silences can bring both life and death.

Next he focuses on the 7 last phrases from Jesus on the cross. `Forgive them, for they know not what they do.' Luke 23:34. Then his words spoken to the good thief `Today you will be with me in Paradise.' Luke 23:43. Then the words spoken giving Mary as mother, `Women, Behold your son ... Behold your mother.' John 19:26-27. Next is his cry of abandonment `My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' Mark15:34. Then `I thirst.' John 19:28 and then `It is finished' John 19:30. Finally he cries to God again, `Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.' Luke 23:46.

Radcliffe focuses on the order of the cried from the cross, the first, fourth, and seventh are to God, and in between he speaks to us.

The afterword focuses on the silence, the silence of the grave, the silence of the disciples lost before the resurrection. Then a section on our words. He speaks about violence, and the Christian response to violence, specifically in regards to three different situations: 1. The conquest of the Americas; 2. The Holocaust and 3. 11 September 2001 and how as Christians meditating on the cross we should change our views.

If you search the `seven last words' is a search on Amazon.ca produces 59 books with the title or key words `Seven Last Words' and Amazon.com has 629 books. So why would a reader want to pick up this one. But why with all of that would you buy this book. Because it touches deep in the history of our generation, and our response to the evil in the world.

(First Published in Imprint 2007-03-16 as 'Last Word for Lent'.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2010
Particularly useful in Lent, a very accessible series of meditations around the last words of Jesus. Timothy Radcliffe always writes with great clarity and warmth, and this book would be helpful to any Christian. His work also has depth and authority.
The illustrations and the notes on them added an extra dimension to this lovely little aid to prayer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2010
A delightful small book with lots to contemplate, as there always is with Fr. Timothy's writings. I recommend this as another Lent read.
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on 22 December 2013
This book is based on the last seven words of Jesus on the cross and sets these words against real life historical events. There are some very moving stories and it most very thought provoking. For the money one we spend week by week if we just take a small amount of this and buy this book I think you will find it worth it. Read the story about the boy in the Nazi concentration camp. Shockingly sad but set against Christ’s words gives hope even in the darkest moments of our humanity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
A slim, rich volume from a spiritual man who lives his faith and walks the walk with humour and insight. Faith-building = edifying!
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Timothy Radcliffe's books are always excellent. This meditation on the death of Christ is the best one for Christians to prepare for Easter. He writes in his usual human, warm, prayerful way which uplifts the spirit.
I highly recommend this book, and would encourage every Christian, young and older, to read and reflect on it.
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on 23 August 2014
Inspiring.
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8 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2007
Father Tim is a lovely man, a deep thinker, a mostly fine writer (not without his stylistic tics) and someone from whom there's always much to learn. The great bulk of this book is no exception.

What a pity that, right at the end of the book, he gets the aetiology of 9/11 completely, tragically, round his neck. While it's not the point of the book, he made the decision to refer to that outrage and his skew-whiff analysis of it, especially coming as it does just before the end of the book, is so wrong-headed that it can't help overshadowing the rest of what he set down.

Practically impossible to rate the book overall as a result. Two stars would have been too miserly overall, but the removal of two stars scarcely seems enough for such a disfiguring drawback. What a pity.
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