Philip Ryken is the current president of Wheaton College, Il, USA, and a literary man, the son of a literary man. This meant that when I received the book in Kindle format, free of charge, in return for an honest review on the blog and on amazon.com, I knew I would read a well-written book.
Of course, the book was originally a series of sermons given in the weekday lunch hour in Philadelphia, PA, USA in the lead-up to Easter of 1998, and this is good news, because it gives us a book of seven short chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of the cross of Christ : its Necessity, Offence, Peace, Power, Triumph, Humility and Boasting.
This is an excellent book. It's biblical, serious and helpful, but gives short chapters that remain deep and interesting, quoting Chamberlain, Cicero, Chrysostom and ... Bertrand Russell among many others.
If you read these words in the next few days you could do a whole lot worse than to buy this book in Kindle format and read a chapter a day over the next week or so. For Christians it will help you to focus again on those things which are of first importance, "that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures".
But the messages transcribed in the book were not aimed at Christians but at those who as yet do not believe in Jesus Christ. Here we have a well-written and serious book which is of excellent quality but easy to read, just the kind of thing to give to unconvinced friends who need something more than a leaflet to read. Of course, for that you'll have to buy them a printed copy.