Wade Powell, pastor of Hilda United Methodist Church, has released a new book designed to enhance the Lenten journey. In his book, The Way of the Cross: A Companion to Lenten Devotion, he takes us on a journey with Jesus from his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane to being laid in the tomb.The book begins with an introduction to Lent. Powell discusses his own Lenten journey and how it has enhanced his relationship with Christ. Because fasting has been a vital part of Lenten devotion for centuries, he also discusses the various aspects of self-denial during Lent. The introductory portion of the book concludes with a chapter on daily prayer.The meat of the book follows the path Jesus takes to his sacrifice on the cross. It is a pilgrimage of the heart that all Christians should make, both Catholic and Protestant. This account is based on the scriptural Way of the Cross as presented in the United Methodist Book of Worship. Each “station” begins with prayer, followed by scripture, and concludes with commentary by the author. Powell said, “this book started with my own pilgrimage as I began preparing myself for Lent. I read through the scriptures and began meditating and taking notes on each of the stations, then ultimately decided to compile it into a book.” Powell went on to say that the whole point of Lent is to prepare ourselves for Easter, “Easter is the culmination of the Good News of Jesus Christ, while Lent marks the difficult journey that leads us to the resurrection. Without the journey, without the trials and temptations, the message of Easter falls short of the extraordinary event that it is.” For Powell, the joy of Easter has become much deeper and prominent when viewed through the lens of Jesus’ sacrifice.The Way of the Cross is available at local bookstores or by going to the Hilda United Methodist website www.hildaumc.org. It will also be available for purchase through Amazon.com and other online retailers in about three weeks.