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Death is the Gate of Life There was deep insight in those old words. For man's natural thought of death is that of a dreary ending in decay and dissolution. And from his standpoint he is right: death as the punishment of sin is an ending. But far other is God's thought in the redemption of the world. He takes the very thing that came in with the curse, and makes it the pat Death is the Gate of Life There was deep insight in those old words. For man's natural thought of death is that of a dreary ending in decay and dissolution. And from his standpoint he is right: death as the punishment of sin is an ending. But far other is God's thought in the redemption of the world. He takes the very thing that came in with the curse, and makes it the path of glory. Death becomes a beginning instead of an ending, for it becomes the means of liberating a fresh life. And so the hope that lies in these parable lessons of death and life is meant for those only who are turning to Him for redemption. To those who have not turned, death stands in all its old awful doom, inevitable, irrevocable. There is no gleam of light through it for them. * * * * * * * * "The death of the Cross"--death's triumph hour--that was the point where God's gate opened; and to that gate we come again and again, as our lives unfold, and through it pass even on earth to our joyful resurrection, to a life each time more abundant, for each time the dying is a deeper dying. The Christian life is a process of deliverance out of one world into another, and "death," as has been truly said, "is the only way out of any world in which we are."


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Death is the Gate of Life There was deep insight in those old words. For man's natural thought of death is that of a dreary ending in decay and dissolution. And from his standpoint he is right: death as the punishment of sin is an ending. But far other is God's thought in the redemption of the world. He takes the very thing that came in with the curse, and makes it the pat Death is the Gate of Life There was deep insight in those old words. For man's natural thought of death is that of a dreary ending in decay and dissolution. And from his standpoint he is right: death as the punishment of sin is an ending. But far other is God's thought in the redemption of the world. He takes the very thing that came in with the curse, and makes it the path of glory. Death becomes a beginning instead of an ending, for it becomes the means of liberating a fresh life. And so the hope that lies in these parable lessons of death and life is meant for those only who are turning to Him for redemption. To those who have not turned, death stands in all its old awful doom, inevitable, irrevocable. There is no gleam of light through it for them. * * * * * * * * "The death of the Cross"--death's triumph hour--that was the point where God's gate opened; and to that gate we come again and again, as our lives unfold, and through it pass even on earth to our joyful resurrection, to a life each time more abundant, for each time the dying is a deeper dying. The Christian life is a process of deliverance out of one world into another, and "death," as has been truly said, "is the only way out of any world in which we are."

30 review for Parables of the Cross (Illustrated): Free Audiobook Link

  1. 5 out of 5

    booklady

    These are Life Lessons, parables—from the flowers—each accompanied with delicate black-and-white sketches; I can only imagine what they must be in full color based on the cover portrait. Nature teaching us The Truth if the Eyes of our Heart open to it. A gift from a dear friend and a perfect Lenten read. The author-artist, judged by art critic John Ruskin good enough to become the greatest painter of the 19th century, left her career to serve God. These are Life Lessons, parables—from the flowers—each accompanied with delicate black-and-white sketches; I can only imagine what they must be in full color based on the cover portrait. Nature teaching us The Truth if the Eyes of our Heart open to it. A gift from a dear friend and a perfect Lenten read. The author-artist, judged by art critic John Ruskin good enough to become the greatest painter of the 19th century, left her career to serve God.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Life changing and beautiful in every way: her insight, the way she weaves her observation of the natural world into scripture, the paintings and illuminations, and just her heart! I’m so inspired. This came to me at exactly the right time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Essie

    “A life that has been poured forth to Him must find its crown, completion, in being poured forth for man: it must grow out of surrender into sacrifice.” This is, simply, a wonderful book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Innis

    This was an amazing book. She paints flowers and the book has Facsimiles of those paintings with parables / spiritual truths and applications from facts about these flowers. I loved it and plan to read it again and to recommend it to others. I just finished reading it for the second time. It has so much Scripture. It is full of Biblical challenges. Lilias Trotter just seems to just bleed Scripture.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Koehn

    I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book... I return to it often. The way I understand and approach surrender has been shaped by this small but powerful book. Must read for every Christian in my opinion!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Wood

    I had read passages from this in other works but it was wonderful to read the real thing, and took less than a half hour. Highly recommend - I expect to revisit often. (I found a lovely online reading option... link below.) "Measure thy life by loss and not by gain, Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth, For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice, And he who suffers most has most to give." https://archive.org/details/ParablesO... I had read passages from this in other works but it was wonderful to read the real thing, and took less than a half hour. Highly recommend - I expect to revisit often. (I found a lovely online reading option... link below.) "Measure thy life by loss and not by gain, Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth, For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice, And he who suffers most has most to give." https://archive.org/details/ParablesO...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matt Rogers

    There is no better book that speaks to the spirit-filled soul about the new life in Christ. It is a small book of incredible spirit-given depth and insight into what it means to be “In Christ.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Brignola-van calster

    A character of Amy Carmichael's caliber, she has a lot of truths to share in a very pleasant, humble and yet no nonsense way. A character of Amy Carmichael's caliber, she has a lot of truths to share in a very pleasant, humble and yet no nonsense way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    "Take the very hardest thing in your life, the place of difficulty—outward or inward—and expect God to triumph gloriously in that spot. Just there, He can bring your soul into blossom." ~Lilias Trotter~ Parables of the Cross is a short (50 pages), rich book of spiritual insight & devotion from artist/missionary Lilias Trotter. I was inspired to re-visit it after watching the documentary Many Beautiful Things, which tells the story of Lilias Trotter's life. (Lilias was recognized by John Ruskin as "Take the very hardest thing in your life, the place of difficulty—outward or inward—and expect God to triumph gloriously in that spot. Just there, He can bring your soul into blossom." ~Lilias Trotter~ Parables of the Cross is a short (50 pages), rich book of spiritual insight & devotion from artist/missionary Lilias Trotter. I was inspired to re-visit it after watching the documentary Many Beautiful Things, which tells the story of Lilias Trotter's life. (Lilias was recognized by John Ruskin as a potentially great artist, but she chose obscurity & the hard life of a missionary in Algiers.) The Parables of the Cross contains prints of her paintings & drawings, as well as her words. Beautiful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dhanaraj Rajan

    A small book with fantastic spiritual reflections...... The main theme is Death. Besides speaking about the physical and bodily death the author also speaks of death in a figurative manner. In simple terms, the way to salvation begins initially with death to one's own old self and ultimately ends in death of one's own self. This is the theme expounded in thirty pages. But the novelty lies in the author's creativity of using the plant world as the metaphor to explain everything. The plant life is m A small book with fantastic spiritual reflections...... The main theme is Death. Besides speaking about the physical and bodily death the author also speaks of death in a figurative manner. In simple terms, the way to salvation begins initially with death to one's own old self and ultimately ends in death of one's own self. This is the theme expounded in thirty pages. But the novelty lies in the author's creativity of using the plant world as the metaphor to explain everything. The plant life is marked with death of the seed on its first sprouting, of the death of the old leaves to the new leaves, of the death of the bud to the full blown flower and the death of the flower to seed pocket and its ultimate loss. All these stages are spiritually explained and that is very refreshing and enriching. Read for yourself the spiritual comparisons for it is a small book and it is worth having if you are a Christian. Specially, it is a great read for the time of Lent.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    This succinct yet insightful little work delves into the spiritual journey of death to sin and self. Using the cycles of flowers, Trotter demonstrates how there are successive “gateways” of dying in our life’s that ultimately lead to fruitfulness. It doesn’t take long to read but it does enrich the soul.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    A new friend with a love of Christian missionary biographies introduced me to the life of Lilias Trotter, an English artist who became a missionary to Africa. "Holiness, not safety, is the end of our calling." "...there are those to whom a blessed life of fruitfulness to God comes in a simple way, with seemingly no hard process of dying involved" A new friend with a love of Christian missionary biographies introduced me to the life of Lilias Trotter, an English artist who became a missionary to Africa. "Holiness, not safety, is the end of our calling." "...there are those to whom a blessed life of fruitfulness to God comes in a simple way, with seemingly no hard process of dying involved"

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Vaughan

    A friend and contemporary of Amy Carmichael, she paints with words and real paint beautiful pictures of the path to live in Christ. She clearly and humbly writes on the path to live a life for and in Christ in such a beautiful and desirable way. A very clear book on holiness and death to self. Just wonderful. Will read it again and again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Creig Odom

    Inspiration for Godly life now and forever Good Christian inspiration to help a person lead a Godly life full of joy and anticipation for an eternity with God. The text is written in an older form of word usage that may at times be harder to internalize but with concentration to the message the reader is rewarded.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Todd

    This work by Lilias Trotter communicates the reality of the Christian life through parables of plants and flowers. She writes that the true life of obedience to Jesus comes through death. Her writing is both beautiful and true, and this facsimile includes the paintings for each parable.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Wanders

    Sweet, thoughtful devotional Uses the life of flowers and other plants to make analogies on the Christian walk, focusing on growth towards holiness. Would make a lovely daily devotional read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Williams

    Such a beautiful book! A little hard to get into, but once I did, it was so great. You could read this in one sitting, but I would definitely recommend reading it in bits. That's what I did! Beautiful analogies and explanations of our growth in Christ. Such a beautiful book! A little hard to get into, but once I did, it was so great. You could read this in one sitting, but I would definitely recommend reading it in bits. That's what I did! Beautiful analogies and explanations of our growth in Christ.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

    A short and sweet treasure filled with truth and well worth the time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Beautiful, wonderful, holy thoughts.

  20. 5 out of 5

    J Layne

    Beautiful book

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    *sigh* Must buy print copy with illustrations! Such a beautiful and challenging meditation lived out in a woman fully surrendered to Jesus.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This book portrays lives sacrificed to the Lord using plants as a beautiful illustration.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    Short, but packed with so many powerful teachings.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Farley

    I found the "Facsimile Edition" through Amazon. A perfect read for Advent. I found the "Facsimile Edition" through Amazon. A perfect read for Advent.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Micah

    A little gem.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nanda G

    Beautiful & deep So deep and meaningful for a little book! My heart was challenged and moved. So thankful for Lilias’s life and obedience.

  27. 5 out of 5

    klagan

    Wonderful book about dying to self and living for Christ. Profound and beautifully written. Will read again and recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike P

    Beautiful thoughts and beautiful artwork, a profound and moving work.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mr Terry W Puttick

    Good read with lots of truth This is a quaint but wholesome little book of truth. It takes it’s theme from nature and the lessons we can learn from the examples of flowers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Welches

    Parables of the Cross Inspiring, the use of plants and flowers, in their natural use of seeds and fruit in dying, yet spreading. To relate to service in God’s Kingdom.

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