The Gospel of Mark, as read by Megan McKenna, becomes a road map for Christian discipleship. As Megan works her way through the Gospel, she opens up the meaning of the texts and demonstrates what they may have meant to the disciples and to the community that became the early church. A master storyteller, she also presents stories that reinforce the texts of the Gospel. And, for her, the crux of the matter is what this Gospel says to us today. Jesus' invitation in chapter 8 to "deny yourself, pick up your cross and come after me" is a essential text for those seeking to be true to their baptismal promises.