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The Stones of the Last Week

Impediments to Easter

Bonnie B. Thurston

The Stones of the Last Week
The Stones of the Last Week

ISBN: 9780814669457, 6945

Details: 104 pgs, 5 x 7
Publication Date: 10/15/2024
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By taking a closer look at the “stones” that impeded Jesus’s last week, we are challenged to identify the obstructions to our spiritual lives.

When Jesus descends the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem to the acclamation of the crowd, he announces “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” In The Stones of the Last Week, Bonnie B. Thurston reflects on the Passion narratives in Luke 19-24, and explores the many references to stones, both literal and spiritual, that impeded Jesus’s last week with a view to their significance for our own journey to the fullness of life that resurrection offers.

The Stones of the Last Week reflects on the impediments to Easter, challenging us to consider our own “stones,”—the difficulties, hindrances, and obstructions in our spiritual lives—from the perspective of talking stones, stones of destruction, impermanent stones, stones that measure distances, and the stone marking life and death. Turn to this enriching resource as Lent unfolds into Easter, or for personal reading and reflection throughout the year.

Bonnie B. Thurston, after years as a university and seminary professor, lives quietly in her home state of West Virginia. She is the author of many books on Scripture and spirituality and eight books of poetry. These include Liturgical Press publications Saint Mary of Egypt: A Modern Verse Life and Interpretation; Shaped by the End You Live For: Thomas Merton’s Monastic Spirituality; Maverick Mark: The Untamed First Gospel; The Spiritual Landscape of Mark; Philippians in the Sacra Pagina series; and Belonging to Borders: A Sojourn in the Celtic Tradition (poetry). She is a contributor to Give Us This Day.

ISBN: 9780814669457, 6945

Details: 104 pgs, 5 x 7
Publication Date: 10/15/2024


“This winsome and wise book quickly engages the reader's imagination. By directing attention to the things that are needful, Thurston's deeply personal yet exegetically-informed meditations are guaranteed to provoke serious reflection.”
Dale C Allison, Jr, Princeton Theological Seminary

"In this intriguing volume, Bonnie Thurston reveals how the numerous references to stones in the New Testament, especially in the Gospel of Luke, can help us uncover and remove those 'stones' in our lives that prevent us from entering more deeply into the Easter mystery of Christ. An adept New Testament scholar and a poetic spiritual writer, she provides us with a fresh way of hearing texts we too easily overlook. If you are seeking spiritual nourishment, especially during Lent, this is the right book for you."
Frank J. Matera, Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of America

"Bonnie Thurston writes with the skill of a biblical scholar and the soul of one who has spent hours in silence before the text. Her latest book exemplifies this. She invites us into the text of Luke’s Gospel, and the text of Jesus’ life as he enters his final days in Jerusalem. In doing this we are asked to look within, at the text of our own lives to find and recognize the stones we have carried that need to be rolled away in order for Easter to occur in us. The ‘stones’ unearthed in this book will provide nourishment on the journey to Easter."
Mary Coloe, University of Divinity Melbourne

"Bonnie Thurston’s book The Stones of the Last Week is a wonderful series of poetic meditations suitable for the journey toward Easter. Fortified by solid biblical exegesis, the author wends her narrative around the rocks and stones of the Gospel narrative with subtle panache. A great right-brain supplement to the standard treatments, and a exemplary guide in learning the art of drawing life from the Scriptures."
Michael Casey, OCSO, author of The Longest Psalm

"Bonnie Thurston furnishes us with a modern example of Patristic interpretation in which every passage and word of Scripture bears spiritual meaning. Drawing on necessary historical-critical scholarship, she builds a whole matrix of geological, cultural, and metaphorical views of rocks and stones and incorporates them into the context of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. The result is an exegetically sound and scripturally rich analysis of Scripture set within the human condition now bathed in the saving grace of Christ."
Michael Patella, OSB, Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary

"With her characteristic poetic flare and deep spiritual insight, Bonnie Thurston leads readers into a profound encounter with Christ through the rocks and stones that strew his path in his last week of earthly life. Especially helpful during Lent, this little gem of a book is one I will return to again and again."
Barbara E. Reid, OP, President and Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP, Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago