This book reflects upon various dimensions and implications of the astounding fact that Christ shows us what it is to be God by the way he dies as a human being and, in so doing, simultaneously shows us what it is to be a human being. Connecting the end - "It is finished" - with the beginning - "Let us make a human being," Fr John Behr challenges us to think again about who we are, as male and female, what we are called to become, and the relation between life and death in this journey.
Presented in a poetic and meditative manner, adorned by images and offset quotations, this book inclines the reader towards a meditative reading, weighing, rather than skimming, each word and image.
In the Church we are still on the road to Emmaus," writes Fr John Behr in this short but far-sighted book. Fr John has the precious gift of expressing profound truths in simple language. In particular there is the way in which he envisages human nature in dynamic terms, not as something "given" once for all, but as an uncompleted project. I shall also remember what he says about death as a starting-point, not an end-point. This is a book to read and re-read.
The play between text and images is incredible! Come follow the journey of becoming truly human. I have given this book as both birthday and graduation gifts. Thank you!