I love the cover of my most recently published book, Christ Is for Us: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary. The dusty blue background seems appropriately subdued for Lent without being overly solemn. And the word, “Christ,” stands as a visual focal point just as Christ is at the heart of this series of seven Bible studies.

On the cover, the word, “Christ,” is surrounded by many more words. Bread. Holiness. Love. Messiah. Savior. Salvation. Glory. Emmanuel. Forgiveness. Righteousness. Faith. Sacrifice. Grace. Lord. Each word suggests something more about who Christ is.

The Bread of the world,

who nourishes

and strengthens us.


and Love,

the Messiah

long promised.

The Savior

who brings


and reigns

in Glory.




and Righteousness,

who calls us to Faith,

whose Sacrifice

breaks open


April Yamasaki serves as the lead pastor of a mid-size, multi-staff church, and is the author of Christ Is for Us, Sacred Pauses, and other books on Christian living. She blogs regularly on Writing and Other Acts of Faith and When You Work for the Church. Christ Is for Us: A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary is available from your favorite bookstore and in paperback, large-print, and e-book formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Cokesbury.