Barbed Wire and Thorns provides consolation and answers the questions about suffering and the meaning of life as it explores Jesus' struggle to fulfill his calling, especially in his last days. Malmgren's meditations follow Jesus as he suffers and approaches the cross. Including suggested readings from the Gospels and poetic reflections on what it might have been like for Jesus, Barbed Wire and Thorns is ideal as a Lenten devotional and will help you to identify with the suffering of Jesus in the midst of your own trouble.
This is a book for any time when consolation is needed or when questions arise about suffering and the meaning of life. It explores Jesus and his struggle to fulfill his calling, especially in his last days and is ideal as a Lenten devotional. it is not a simplistic book and yet should appeal to many thoughtful Christians who long for a closer identification with the suffering of Jesus in the midst of their own trouble.
Lena Malmgren was born in Sweden and studied Theology at Lund University. She is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church of Sweden, and worked as a parish minister for 20 years. For ten years she taught homiletics at the Pastoral Institutes of the Church of Sweden. Most recently, due to illness, she has been writing and giving lectures on different theological and homiletic subjects. She has written over two hundred articles in church periodicals and anthologies and has written and edited Mnga rster, mnga rum [Many voices, many rooms] (Lund: Arcus 1997). Her book Taggtrd och trne was published 2002. Lena Malmgren is married to Birger Olsson, professor of New Testament Studies at Lund University.