It is difficult to call a book that takes you through the passion as great, or terrific. And "rich" is overused to descibe modern spirituality, and new age spirituality. Poignant is the word that decribes Von Speyr's detailed emotional trip of Christ's passion. Somehow Von Speyr is able to detail the movement of Christ's view of His passion. And she does it in a way that proves that each step was Christ's choice to fulfill his Father's plan. Very powerful and in some ways awful and unbearable. I have since read another book by Von Speyr, this one on death, and I think that both are superb books. Rather than call her a mystic though I think maybe she is better decribed as a realistic mystic. For Catholics a beautiful book.