Knowing this book was a devotional and having loved the books that Lucado has written I decided to grab this book off of booksneeze. It is a small devotion that is packed full of devotions from the recent books he has written.
The devotions seem to hit the spot every day. They speak right into my heart. This would be an amazing gift for anyone.
Lucado has done it again! Great job!!
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Love is what it is all about and in this inspiring devotional, Max Lucado explores different kinds of love. This book is divided into the following sections:
Loved with a Steadfast Love
Loved with a Perfect Love
Loved with a Wise Love
Loved with a Merciful Love
Loved to Love Others
Within each of the five sections listed above, Max Lucado explores each type of love in several devotionals. Each devotional begins with a scripture verse then provides a devotion from one of his previous books. He then provides a prayer as well as additional verses of scripture.
I have always been a huge fan of the writings of Max Lucado and highly recommend this devotional as a gift or for yourself.
Holding this small, but thick devotional in my hands, I immediately noticed the high quality cover and binding. The durable, glossy pages found within are just as lovely. These details to quality help create a beautiful devotional to give or receive.
More importantly, the content does not disappoint either. The devotions of Live Loved are divided into five sections, including "Loved with a Steadfast Love," "Loved with a Merciful Love," and "Loved to Love Others." Each individual devotion spans two facing pages and is comprised of a Bible verse, a short text, a prayer, and two to three more related Bible verses. After the initial Bible verse, a short passage emphasizes an aspect or relates a theme to everyday life. The texts are excerpts from six of Lucado's previous books, such as Facing Your Giants, Fearless, and Outlive Your Life . These messages are hopeful and encouraging to read. Several lined pages for personal notes complete the devotional.
Overall, this is a lovely devotional with a timely and encouraging message.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson, Inc. for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes through the BookSneeze.com book review program.
Max Lucado. Need I say more...? I'm always on the look out for good Christian books. I immediately jump at the chance to request this book the moment I saw it on the list of books available for review. Here is my review of the latest book from Max Lucado entitled: "LIVE LOVED: Experiencing God's Presence in Everyday Life". This book will be published on May 3rd and I'm so glad I get to review this book firsthand!
This book is an assurance and gentle reminder to each of us on how we are loved by the One and Only awesome God. Now back to the book, it is broken down into 5 chapters, which I will note down my feedback in red for your easier reading:
# 1 - LOVE WITH A STEADFAST LOVE
My feedback: In the "Problems Have a Purpose" subchapter, I like the points where God will use whatever he wants to display his glory and Rather than begrudge our problem, explore it and use it to the glory of God. I also like the verse given which is Psalm 34:19.
# 2 - LOVE WITH A PERFECT LOVE
My feedback: I love the 8 worry stoppers which were made up of the word PEACEFUL, taken from the "P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L" subchapter. You really have to read it to know it more!
# 3 - LOVE WITH A WISE LOVE
My feedback: In the "Slay the Desire to Be Noticed" subchapter, I like the following phrases mentioned: Hypocrisy turns people against God, Don't fake spirituality. When you talk, don't doctor your vocabulary with trendy religious terms and Slay the desire to be noticed, stir the desire to serve God.
# 4 - LOVE WITH A MERCIFUL LOVE
My feedback: Negative thoughts never strengthen you. Wow! What a strong and inspiring phrase taken from the "Positive Thoughts Purvey Hope" subchapter. I learned to think positively and not let negative thoughts drain me down.
# 5 - LOVED TO LOVE OTHERS
My feedback: I am particulary attracted to these 2 subchapters: "Cherish Your Children" and "Our Kids Are God's Kids". In "Cherish Your Children", I learned that Children spell love with 4 letters: T-I-M-E. Not just quality time, but hang time, downtime, anytime, all the time. I totally agree with it as it is one of the factors I thought of when I decided to quit my IT job to be a SAHM to take care of Benjamin full-time. In the "Our Kids Are God's Kids" subchapter, I am greatly reminded and humbled when I read these 2 phrases: Before they were ours, they were his. Even as they are ours, they are still his and Wise are the parents who regularly give their children back to God. As parents, too often we forget that we are just the guardian of our children and we think we have the rights and final say in matters related to our children when in fact, we don't! We forget that God has the power of all things including us!
Apart from the above feedbacks for each of the chapters and subchapters, the one thing I don't like about this book is the cursive title on each subchapter. Maybe it's just me, but I find some of the title a bit difficult to read as I actually have to read the title at least 3-4 times just to be sure that I'm reading and understanding the correct title! Other than that, this book is just perfect!
We do need assurance that we are loved by God again and again despite of our shortcomings and all the mistakes and sins we made.
In any case, I beg you, consider getting a copy of this book when it is out for sale. You will not regret it!