Book Review: Hugh Martin, The Shadow of Calvary: Gethsemane, the Arrest, the Trial (1875; reprint, Banner of Truth, 2016).

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A very helpful collection of sermons, starting with the Garden of Gethsemane and ending with Jesus’ Trial, which is rich in biblical insight and deep in pastoral and devotional application. I found myself deeply moved by this book on numerous occasions. It’s clear that the author meditated deeply on the gospel as revealed in the life of Christ.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who both wants to meditate deeply on the life of Christ (who took on the form of a servant even to the point of death [Phil 2:7-8]) and be spiritually nourished, admonished and encouraged by this same life. Beholding the God-man Jesus Christ is food for the soul and poison for the flesh as Martin so powerful reminds us.


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