Reviewed by Aaron Shafovaloff
According to BYU professor Andrew Skinner, the centerpiece of Heavenly Father’s plan was a “singular moment in a specific time and place on this earth in a garden called Gethsemane… The events that occurred in Gethsemane were part of the atonement of Jesus Christ—not preparatory to it, nor secondary to it, but at the very heart of it… All that the Atonement was and is, all that it put into effect or operation, all that it set in motion, all that it touches in the vastness of space for time and eternity centers on a moment in this earth’s temporal history at the spot called Gethsemane… Gethsemane was the ultimate torture, the darkest hour, the starkest terror… the bitterest anguish, the greatest contradiction, the gravest injustice, the bitterest of cups to drink” (ch. 1). This comes from his book, Gethsemane, published in 2002, part of a trilogy of books which includes Golgotha and The Garden Tomb. He argues for the centrality and infinite value of the sacrifice of Jesus in Gethsemane.