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Follow Jesus through the last day of His life and discover how it transforms not only your future but also your present.


Some people see Jesus' death as a historical footnote, buried in the past. Christians understand it is much more than that, and know it has transformed their future.

But often we don't realise how much Jesus' last day should change our present, too.

Walking readers through Luke's Gospel, US pastor and well-known author Mike McKinley looks at the events of the last day of Jesus' earthly life. At each point, he pauses to marvel at the love Christ has for His people; and shows how Jesus' people can learn from His passion, His care, and His integrity.

This unique book is perfect for both new and mature Christians. While great for reading at any time in the year, it's particularly helpful to read during Lent or Holy Week.

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Whether you're just getting to know Jesus or have known already him for years, you will be challenged, encouraged, and emboldened by Passion. This excellent study from Mike McKinley will help you personally understand why Christ's final day is the hinge of history.
- Collin Hansen, Editorial Director of The Gospel Coalition and author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

Mike McKinley has wiped the dust off the familiar events of Christ's final day, showing just what a difference the cross makes to everyday life. Warning: his insights are like nails!
- Michael Reeves, Head of Theology, UCCF; author, The Good God

Here is a faithful, fresh perspective on the gospel story. It makes insightful connections between the climactic moments of Jesus' life and the everyday events of our own, and encourages us to look in the mirror at our lives in the light of his.
- Paul Perkin, Senior Pastor of St Mark’s Battersea Rise, London

This gripping explanation of the crucifixion gets right to the heart of the death of Jesus. It is clear, practical, challenging, and heartwarming.
- William Taylor, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London

This is a readable and attractive way into Luke's account of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is suitable for both the believer and the unbeliever, and will enrich and challenge anyone who reads it. Mike McKinley helps us understand what happened, what it meant, and what it means for us today. A moving and challenging book.
- Peter Adam, former Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne; Vicar Emeritus of St Jude’s Carlton, Melbourne; author of Written for Us.

These are the central events about history’s central person. Mike McKinley helps us to consider what are often familiar passages with fresh eyes. The result is a compelling portrait of Jesus. I frequently found myself needing to put the book to one side so that I could worship and thank God for a wonderful Saviour.
- Sam Allberry, Associate Minister of St Mary’s, Maidenhead, UK and author of Connected and Lifted

I hope that many will read and absorb this book. It offers a sweet series of meditations on Jesus Christ’s life-changing and universe-altering final day. It is an excellent read for both seeker and Christian.
- Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director of 9Marks Ministries; author of Reverberation and The Surprising Offense of God’s Love

Mike McKinley writes with a warm, easy style, explaining Luke’s account of the Passion clearly and showing us how, so often, our hearts are the same as those who Jesus met and spoke to on that day. The questions at the end of each chapter helped me to think through where what I’d read really needed to impact my day-to-day thinking and living.
As I read I found a greater awareness of the depth of my sin and was moved to marvel afresh at the beauty of the Saviour and the magnitude of His love.
- Andrea Trevenna, Women’s Worker at St Nicholas Sevenoaks, Kent; author of The Heart of Singleness.

Many Christian books leave Christ out of the picture. Many evangelical books leave the “evangel”—the good news, the gospel of Christ crucified for sinners--out of the picture. This book, though, takes us deep into Christ and deep into His atoning work. Mike KcKinley’s exploration of Scripture is electric with surprising connections between the Old Testament and the New and exhilarating applications of the Cross to the Christian life.
- Gene Edward Veith, Professor of Literature and Provost, Patrick Henry College

The cross stands tall at the center of the gospel. Understanding this deeply, Mike writes with an earthy, pastoral voice as he relates the drama of Jesus’ crucifixion. Thoroughly rooted in the beauty of the gospel, Passion draws us back again and again to reflect on these timeworn truths.
- Daniel Montgomery, Lead Pastor of Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky, US; author of Faithmapping

There is no theme that is more likely to transform us than the one treated in this book. Mike McKinley’s reflections from Luke’s Gospel left me in awe of the glory of Christ: broken by His sacrifice, warmed by His love, and inspired by His example. Passion is packed with biblical insights, devotional thoughts, and useful application. Prepare to be changed by the power of the cross.
- Jared Mellinger, Senior Pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Beautifully simple, stunningly insightful, unswervingly biblical and compellingly practical. I was only about three pages in when I found myself spontaneously worshipping Jesus for the passion of the cross. A few pages later and I was counting the cost of authentic discipleship. Chapter by chapter, I was confronted by fresh glimpses of the gospel of grace and challenged to live a cross-shaped life in response. Wherever you’re at with Jesus, this superb book will do your soul good. Much enjoyed and passionately recommended!
- Dai Hankey, Acts 29 church planter in south Wales and author of The Hard Corps

The heart of faith, and of reality, is not a complex philosophy, intricate ceremony or ethereal experience. It is a simple wooden cross. The death of Jesus Christ, our God who became a man, is simple but deep, rich and beautiful. In this book Mike McKinley has captured, simply and beautifully, the depths and riches of the last hours and death of Jesus. Here we are presented with nothing but Jesus Christ, and him crucified, which is why this book was such a joy to read.
- John Hindley, Pastor of BroadGrace Church, Norfolk; author of Serving Without Sinking

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Cup
  • 2. Betrayal and Denial
  • 3. The Mockery
  • 4. Three Kings
  • 5. Away With This Man!
  • 6. The Long Walk
  • 7. Father, Forgive
  • 8. Two Criminals
  • 9. Climax
  • 10. Another Day

Additional Information

Author Mike McKinley
ISBN 9781908762061
Format Paperback
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

Customer Reviews

The most personal book on the cross I have read

 To some extent, every good Christian book you read is about the cross of Christ. The difference with "Passion" by Mike McKinley is that it is deeply personal. It fully brought home that Christ bled and died FOR ME and that he did this because he LOVES ME. Every time I feel a bit spiritually dry, or burdened by serving, or wearied by life in general, I read a chapter of "Passion" (any will do) and my heart is flooded with thankful praise. The reminder of what MY Jesus, MY Saviour did for me casts a totally different perspective on the day ahead and enables me to live it differently. 

| Review by | 28/01/2014

Wonderful book

 This book is a delight to read and keeps you joyfully remembering the cross for days. The chapters are short, as the author takes small chunks of the build up to the crucifixion in Luke and explains them, then applies them in a gospel centred way. This is the kind of good food - gracious truth - that helps a new Christian to understand the cross by, an older Christian to be focused by, and an unbeliever to learn Jesus by. 

| Review by | 27/03/2013

The Cross is everything!

 The cross of Jesus is everything. It is eternity changing, world changing, death changing, life changing..... or least it should be! The subtitle of this book puts it: “How Christ’s final day changes your every day.” In this excellent book Mike McKinley, a pastor in Virginia, takes us through the last hours of Jesus Christ leading up to his death on the cross from Luke’s gospel. As the subtitle suggests there is also careful application and each chapter ends with helpful questions for reflection. It is devotional writing at its best and fittingly each chapter ends with an appropriate hymn. Reading this book, a chapter a day led me to understand more of Christ’s passion and gave me a fresh passion to live to boast only in the cross. 

| Review by | 12/03/2013

Exciting & concentrating

 As someone, who has only really and truly embraced Christianity, and I'm in my 70th year! I found "Passion" to be an exiting and concentrating account of the final day of our Lord. I have always relished historical facts and these coupled with the book following Luke's gospel helped me enormously to understand the time frame of events. Well written, quite easy to follow and fully recommended. 

| Review by | 09/03/2013

Luke's Gospel

 It tells very clearly about Christ''s final days on Earth. It is written so clearly that even non-Christians will be able to understand Christ's final days on earth. 

| Review by | 06/03/2013

A book that will blow you away!

 This book is easy to read and one that is difficult to put down. It is the most concise and challenging book on the cross that I have read. So much so, that I changed our Lent house group programme to get people reading it. As other reviewers have said - this is a book suitable for almost anyone. 

| Review by | 14/02/2013

Excellent book for Christians and non-Christians alike this Easter

 Mike McKinley's book is a great book to read - especially as Easter approaches. But who is it for? New Christians, more mature Christians, or non-Christians? The interesting thing about this book is that it is a good book for all three kinds of people.

For newer Christians, the way the events surrounding Jesus' death are linked to Old Testament prophecies, and the background information on the historical characters and the culture of the day will be really helpful.

For those who have been a Christian for a longer time, and who are, perhaps, a little too over-familiar with the Easter story, the way the various aspects of the story are told with clarity and relevance to today will be refreshing and challenging.

And for those who are not yet Christians, this is an excellent book to lay out the historical facts, and provide an understanding of the great significance of the death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for all.

As Easter approaches, why not read the book for yourself, and then pass on to a non-Christian friend? 

| Review by | 27/01/2013

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