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Christ's Crucifixion Story Through Simon of Cyrene's Eyes

Contact: Sandy Dunwoody, 800-AUTHORS ext. 5507

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- With the season of Lent underway and Easter just around the corner, millions around the world are celebrating the days leading up to Christ's death and resurrection. Simon's Crossing: A Novel (published by iUniverse), an "Editor's Choice" book written by Charles William Asher (D. Min.) and Dennis Patrick Slattery (PhD.), attempts to paint a personal account of the man who accepts the burden of carrying Christ's simple, wooden cross--Simon of Cyrene--and how being in the wrong place at the wrong time may have caused his own salvation.

Simon, visiting Jerusalem for Passover, is suddenly pulled from the crowd in the streets and demanded to carry the cross of Jesus up to Mt. Golgotha. Compelled to carry the cross and full of hatred and a fiery desire for revenge over the death of his wife at the hands of Roman soldiers, Simon reluctantly yields to the task. In Simon's Crossing, this ordinary man from Cyrene somehow senses that his own life depends on the Nazarene staggering just ahead of him, his vulnerability mirroring our own and compelling us to carry our own crosses to transcend in the presence of grace.

About the Authors:
Charles William Asher, D. Min., is an Episcopal priest, author and practicing Jungian analyst. He is a research psychoanalyst under the Medical Board of California as well as a licensed marriage family therapist in California. As a former United Methodist minister Asher served congregations in Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin. He lectures, preaches and offers workshops on Jungian psychology, dream work, and the relationship between Christian theology and Jungian psychology. Asher lives with his family in Encinitas, Calif.

Dennis Patrick Slattery, PhD., teaches in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. He has taught for 40 years at elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels; Slattery is also author, co-author and co-editor of 16 books and several essays related to literature and psychology. He is currently co-authoring a fourth volume of poetry and revising a manuscript, and offers workshops on Joseph Campbell and writing personal mythology to Jungian groups and organizations in the U.S. and Europe.


Simon's Crossing: A Novel
Available from: www.iuniverse.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and www.amazon.com
ISBN: 9781450202497 · 6 x 9 · Paperback · 172 pages · $14.95