A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross, By Michael Card
A Violent Grace
  • Length: 182 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 × 7 in
  • Published: January 03, 2013
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3772
  • ISBN: 9780830837724

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Jesus was condemned . . . so we could be set free.

He was wounded . . . so we can be healed.

He died . . . so we might have life.

The cross has lost much of its appeal as a symbol of Christianity. Yet what Christ did at the cross remains central to our faith.

In this richly designed book, Michael Card reflects on what it means for Christians that we meet our savior at a cross. Card combs the Old Testament prophecies and Gospel accounts of Jesus' self-sacrifice, seeking a renewed vision of the cross—the inconceivable meeting place of violence and grace.

"Always the careful teacher, Michael Card draws the church back to a much-needed look at the suffering Savior. Like me, you will gaze with astonished reverence at the One who endured such violence, then bow in humble adoration, crying, 'Lord, make me more like you.'"

Steve Green

"What Michael Card sings at this level I most need: The inaudible strains of warm truth that fly from heart to heart and nourish the soul where all too few have fed. Loving God is hungry work and only those who hunger enough can feed the rest of us. Michael Card knows how to set such a table."

Calvin Miller

"Dietrich Bonhoeffer defined 'cheap grace' as grace without the cross. In these scalding pages, Michael Card touched my heart with the love of Christ crucified and led me to an unprecedented appreciation of undeserved grace."

Brennan Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel

"Every encounter I've had with Michael Card has brought me closer to Jesus. I'm confident that this book will do the same."

Max Lucado

"With dramatic and cinematic lyrics and riviting prose, we are eyewitnesses, Scripture becomes flesh for us to see and feel and touch, to steph 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."

Andrea Hunter, Worship Leader, March/April 2013


1. He was Born to Die
so I could be born to new life
2. He Suffered Temptation
so I can experience victory
3. He was Betrayed
so I might know his faithfulness
4. He was Arrested and Bound
so I could be rescued from bondage
5. He Stood Trial Alone
so I might have an advocate
6. He was Wounded
so I could be healed
7. He Endured Mockery
so I could know dignity and joy
8. He was Condemned
so the truth could set me free
9. He was Crowned with Thorns
so I might crown him with praise
10. He was Nailed to the Cross
so I might escape judgment
11. He was Stretched Out Between Thieves
so I could know the reach of love
12. He Suffered Thirst
so I can drink living water
13. He Said, "It Is Finished"
so I could begin my walk of faith
14. He was God?s Lamb, Slain
so I could claim His sacrifice as my own
15. He was Forsaken by the Father
so I would never be rejected
16. He Chose the Shame of Weakness
so I can know the hope of glory
17. He Shed His Blood
so I can be white as snow
18. His Heart was Pierced
so mine could be made whole
19. He Died and was Buried
so the grave could not hold me
20. He Rose Again
so I might experience eternal life
21. He is Known by His Scars
so I will take up my cross and follow him


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Michael Card

Michael Card is an award-winning musician and performing artist. His many books include A Fragile Stone, Inexpressible, The Nazarene, and the Biblical Imagination Series on the four Gospels.