The Wood Between the Worlds

The Wood Between the Worlds

A Poetic Theology of the Cross

by Brian Zahnd

The Wood Between the Worlds
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: February 06, 2024
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0562-0
  • Item Code: A0562

The cross is the heart of Scripture

Everything about the gospel message leads to the cross, and proceeds from the cross. In fact, within the narrative of Scripture, the crucifixion of Jesus is literally the crux of the story—the axis upon which the biblical story turns. But it would be a mistake to think we could sum up the significance of the crucifixion in a tidy sentence or two. That kind of thinking only insulates us from the magnificence of what God has done. In our ongoing quest to make meaning of the cross, we need to recognize that this conversation will never conclude—that there is always something more to be said.

Brian Zahnd reminds us that the meaning of the cross is multifaceted and should touch every aspect of our lives. Just as gazing through the eyepiece of a kaleidoscope reveals a new geometric image with every turn, Zahnd helps us see that there are infinite ways to behold the cross of Christ as the beautiful form that saves the world. The Wood Between the Worlds is an invitation to encounter the cross of Christ anew.


1. The Wood Between the Worlds
2. The Singularity of Good Friday
3. God Revealed in Death
4. God on the Gallows
5. The Road of Discipleship
6. A Love Supreme
7. A Grotesque Beauty
8. What Is Truth?
9. How Jesus Understood His Death
10. One Ring to Rule Them All
11. War Is Over (If You Want It)
12. The Sacrifice to End Sacrificing
13. The Lynching of the Son of Man
14. The Cross and Capital Punishment
15. The Sword-Pierced Soul of Mary
16. Three Trees on the Low Sky
17. The Harrowing of Hell
18. The Lamb upon the Throne
19. The Center That Holds
The World on the Far Side of the Wood: A Theopoetics of the Cross


Brian Zahnd

Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Known for his theologically informed preaching and his embrace of the deep and long history of the church, Zahnd provides a forum for pastors to engage with leading theologians and is a frequent conference speaker. He is the author of several books, including When Everything's On Fire, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, A Farewell to Mars, and Beauty Will Save the World.