Samuel Wells explores the most important events in human history by examining six characters in the drama---Pontius Pilate, Barabbas, Joseph of Arimathea, Pilate's wife, Peter, and Mary Magdalene. Each one comes alive as Wells shows how they reflect and shape our reactions to contemporary issues such as marriage, friendship, discipleship, politics, and violence.
Through close readings of the passages, applied scholarship, and suggestions for discussion, Wells reveals how Jesus' death exposes the truth about our world and how his resurrection makes possible a new way of life. This is a book that will restore your passion and change your understanding of power.
Power and Passion was chosen by the Archbishop of Canterbury as his Lent book for 2007. It offers one chapter for each week of Lent, but it is a book that can be shared any time we need to reconsider our own power in the light of the power of Jesus' resurrection and allow our own passion to be renewed by the passion of Christ.