Mike McKinley got it right. Writing books through narrative portions of Scripture has become popular but so many of them are poorly done from an exegetical and literary standpoint. Mike writes with a deft hand.
Passion follows Jesus Christ through the last day of his life before death. He unfolds the narrative while making careful application for our lives with the gospel. Through out the book I bracketed sections with application (pp. 10, 15, 28, 45, 61, 65, 71, 72-73, 76, 85, 89, 90-91, 94, 98, 105, 117, 133, 145), narrative, and gospel (pp. 23, 38, 39, 64, 70, 77, 79, 100, 102, 108, 117, 123-24, 128, 141-42). Flipping through the book these brackets are threaded through the entire book and every chapter. Mike sums up the point of Passion, “What difference does the cross of Christ make to the way you live?” (p. 9).
Passion packs a punch. It’s straightforward, gospel-centered, and faithful to the story. Because of the ease with which the writing flows, anyone can read this book. It would be a helpful resource for small groups and individuals alike. It also would be a helpful tool for Christians who desire to hone their skill in applying the gospel to their daily life.