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Godforsaken

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24th November 2022

Price: £14.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399805247

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In the Gospel of Mark’s account of the Passion narrative, Jesus calls out from the cross ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?‘ which is the Aramaic for ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ – the first line of Psalm 22. It’s an anguished expression – traditionally ascribed to King David – of defeat, failure, abandonment and despair.

This series of reflections, written for Lent and Holy Week 2023 by the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, ponders the significance of these words. What does it mean for Jesus to have quoted them, at the very end of his life? What do those words mean for us?

This is a beautiful and compelling exploration of the dark, suffering side of the Passion – and how Jesus’ words lead us to the greatest hope of all.

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Reviews

Church Times
'Heartfelt and appealing' (Praise for DEAR ENGLAND)
John Woods, Inspire Magazine
Buying a Lent book can be a little like choosing a coffee... Confronted with a range of sizes, styles, milks, and toppings. My preference is for a double espresso: it's short, has a depth of flavour and usually hits the spot. This Lent book from Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, has a similar effect.
Life and Work
This book offers gentle encouragement to readers to think more deeply but also to reflect on the hope offered by the final words of Jesus at the very heart of the book - and at the heart of the Christian faith.