Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: The Lucado Inspirational Reader, Hope and Encouragement for Your Everyday Life by Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 2011
Genre: Inspirational, Devotional
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 420
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent
Source: Self-purchase

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Summary:
Max Lucado has a lengthy list of books he's written over the past twenty-eight years. His writing style is one that is easy to read, understand, apply. He stands out in the Christian non-fiction field by his way of sharing a story all of us can relate to. He is an author that does not adhere or speak to a particular denomination reading group. I have family and friends who are Catholic, Lutheran, Bible, Baptist, and all of them agree Max Lucado is an approachable writer. Max is an author that is easy to refer to as just Max, and not his full proper name.
The best quotes from Max Lucado's books have been compiled for this treasured book. This book is from the bookshelf of my dad's collection. Whenever dad and I would visit a book store, dad always asked the store associate, "do you have any new Max Lucado books?" Dad would pour over any books on the shelves, and often purchase a book he already had at home.

My Thoughts:
I read The Lucado Inspirational Reader, as a daily devotional. Each section has several stories both Bible and modern life, that reflect a certain theme. These precious sections provoke an emotional and spiritual response, there are specific questions to answer, and there are illustrations which both ruffled-my-feathers and made me pause, because I know they're true. Max has a way of explaining something that then I go, "oh, I get it now."
In this first year of grieving since my dad's death (August 18, 2013), The Lucado Inspirational Reader ministered to me the most (with exception of the Bible). Yes, some of this has to do with the fact this book was my dads. Yet, there are several quotes which I'll share with you, and then you'll understand.

"Each of us has a fantasy that our family will be like the Waltons, an expectation that our dearest friends will be our next of kin. Jesus didn't have that expectation. Look how he defined his family: 'My true brother and sister and mother are those who do what God wants. (Mark 3:35 NCV). 
"The longer we live in {Christ}, the greater he becomes in us. It's not that he changes but that we do; we see more of him. We see dimensions, aspects, and characteristics we never saw before, increasing and astonishing increments of his purity, power, and uniqueness. We discard boxes and old images of Christ like used tissues. We don't dare place Jesus on a political donkey or elephant. Arrogant certainty becomes meek curiosity. Define Jesus with a doctrine or confine him to an opinion? By no means. We'll sooner capture the Caribbean in a butterfly net than we'll capture Christ in a box. In the end, we respond like the apostles. We, too, fall on our faces and worship."  
"I wonder, how many burdens is Jesus carrying for us that we know nothing about? We're aware of some. He carries our sin. He carries our shame. He carries our eternal debt. But are there others? Has he lifted fears before we felt them? Has he carried our confusion so we wouldn't have to? Those times when we have been surprised by our own sense of peace? Could it be that Jesus has lifted our anxiety onto his shoulders and placed a yoke of kindness on ours?"  
"Meet today's problems with today's strength. Don't start tackling tomorrow's problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow's strength yet. You simply have enough for today."
"God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called."  

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