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Why A Crown? by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Reviewed by April Gardner

"Impacting and profound, Why a Crown? will draw the believer closer to his or her Savior."

A small book, yet worth noting, Why a Crown? is the newest addition to Bodie and Brock Thoene’s the little BOOKS of WHY. Impacting, and profound, Why a Crown? will draw the believer closer to his or her Savior. It is also the perfect witnessing tool for a lost co-worker or family member, especially during this time of the year when most of the world pauses in remembrance of Christ’s resurrection…or at least, should.

As you go about coloring Easter eggs with your child or baking your holiday ham, will you think of Him? Will you ponder the “whys” of Christ’s death?

The Thoenes have. They put their thoughts into a little book to share with all who are willing to take an hour to read them. Exploring several areas of Christ’s passion, they guide the reader through one question after another in the poetic flow so characteristic of the Thoenes.

WHY A CROWN? What kind of crown are you seeking? We’re all striving for recognition, respect, honor. Do any of us truly deserve such merit?

WHY A GARDEN? What place is your heart longing for—and why? Imagine a spiritual DNA inside of each of us that longs for our origins—a paradise where our loving Creator walks with us daily.

WHY THE THORNS? What happened to our first idyllic home—and why does that event still impact us today? Man could not achieve even simple obedience to one command, and all of creation languished.

WHY A WAR? Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world—and in my life? Bodie shares a glimpse into her own father’s involvement in World War I. She states the longing in each of us to see an end to all war, but only One can achieve such a feat.

WHY A SOLDIER? Did you know that everyday you are a part of a great battle? Each of us fights the most ferocious battles of all—that of pride, anger, jealousy…sin. Our struggle against sin is continuous, and from the beginning of time, we were destined to lose. Then Christ appeared, fought the battle for us, and won!

WHY A SACRIFICE? What if someone was willing to trade places with you? To pay the price for everything you’ve done wrong? When God stayed Abraham’s blade above his son Isaac as the boy lay on the alter, He also provided a substitute for sacrifice—a ram caught in a thicket. However, the ram was not a willing sacrifice. Centuries later, on the same mountain, Jesus became the final willing sacrifice for us.

WHY ONLY ONE KING? If only one person was in charge of your life, should it be you? The reader is urged to make a close inspection of his personal history. The result can only be disaster—the need for a Savior.

WHY A WOUNDED MESSIAH? Why would the King of all leave heaven to lay down His life? He came in search for all the lost children of Adam.

WHY THE CROWN OF SIN? Who could claim the title of Greatest Sinner of All? The only one not deserving of it.

WHY THE CORONA OBSIDIONALIS? The Thoenes compare the highest award given in ancient time to the crown of thorns placed irreverently on Jesus’ brow. Could it be that the Crown of Scorn was in fact, the Crown of Victory?

As always, in conclusion, the Thoenes give the reader a chance to accept or reject Christ as Savior, then direct the new believer in the next steps on the Christian path.

Do not let the minute size and weighty subject matter of Why a Crown? deter you from thumbing through it and receiving the blessing it is sure to be.

~ excerpts from Why a Crown? in italics

April GardnerApril W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.