In his book No Wonder They Call Him the Savior, Lucado delves deeply into the meaning of the cross. He takes his readers through the familiar story of Christ's crucifixion, but focusses on the small details that are so easy to breeze past and overlook, without uncovering what each little detail adds to the truth of the cross. By examining Jesus' journey to the cross, Lucado helps us see that Jesus went through some of the same trials that we face every day and is compassionate to our needs. I received copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Max Lucado's book, No Wonder They Call Him the Saviour is the latest gift that I received as part of the Booksneeze Bloggers. Max takes the reader on a journey to better understanding the purpose of the cross and the reason for salvation. The book starts off with someone posing the question "What really matters?" and Max walks through all aspects of the crucifixion and the story of Salvation. Every chapter it seems is written in a different style to keep the reader engrossed in the story. Every viewpoint of every person that played a part and was present at the crucifixion is explored.
Nothing about this book is ordinary, except for the possibility of the language that is used. I enjoyed reading the story in a plain English sense, using plain words to tell an extraordinary story. I found myself imagining myself as one of the characters of the chapter. Even though I had heard the story of the journey to the cross, and the reason for the crucifixion this story made me think time and again of all the "ordinary" moments that occurred at the crucifixion that we often take for granted. Overall this book was a pleasure to read and I can see myself rereading it time and again.
This is my second book of Max Lucado's. I love his style of writing which can really strike your heart.
Scripture+Human Stories=A Great Book.
On the first day that I read this book--chapter 1-- (i miss 3 days stories in Our Daily Bread, that's why i stop & read it first), i cried so much that the book was filled of tears stain..
Because the book "No Wonder They Call Him the SAVIOR" and Our Daily Bread, got the same idea & concept.. A coincidence or must be God's plan..
I was enlightened about the CROSS.. (It's Words, It's Witnesses, & It's Wisdom).. Through this book, i had realized how GREAT is God that questioning Him as a Savior will be put it an end.. He truly is a Savior, and NO wonder why they call Him One.. He is so selfless that you wanted to be with Him till the end.. His disciples, people around Him (at the time He has a human body) and we, are truly blessed to meet God.
"They do not what they are doing."
We are forgiven by means of Lord Jesus Christ as he let himself to be nailed at the CROSS for our sins..
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I'll start with a bit of a disclaimer: This is the first full-length book by Lucado I've read. I've read several shorts. I've received lots of "freebies" in the mail at church (with the hope by the marketers that we'd buy 100s of these for give-aways) for Mother's Day and Father's Day and Easter. I also received this via BookSneeze.com as an ebook, one of the first I've ever read "cover to cover" in this format (I used Nook for Mac).
All in all, it was a pleasant experience and a pleasant read. I don't think there was anything "stunning" within it. I've read many books on the Cross of Christ and didn't find anything aberrant or heretical within it's digital pages--I didn't expect to. Lucado is one of those Christian authors who is solid, as far as I know. If only more evangelical pastor/authors would stay as well grounded, we'd have better churches and better books.
But I digress. If I had a rating system of five stars, five being the absolute best and one being a bag o' rocks, I'd rate this at a three. I don't think you'll go wrong if you get this book and read it. If you're a fairly recent convert, this would be a good start for you at getting a handle on the central position which the Cross plays in all of Christianity. If you've been a follower of Christ for several years, this is good for review purposes. If you're a mature Christian, you'll probably find Lucado's style engaging, but you will have read other books that take you deeper into the theology of the Cross. John Stott's "The Cross of Christ" would be one that comes to mind and I'd highly recommend (although the final couple of chapters get a little wobbly, even for Stott).
Lucado's work takes you to the Cross through a variety of means: words, witness and wisdom. He seeks to make sure the reader knows, without a doubt, that the Cross is what really matters when it comes to believing in Jesus Christ. Apart from the Cross, you don't have Christianity. So, from that standpoint, Lucado is dead-on. The book also comes with a reader's guide at the end. This might help a reader delve deeper, or possibly use this is some form of small group study.
I don't mean to seem ambivalent about this book; it just didn't enthrall me. I know that there are many who adore everything this author turns out. Good for them; I'm glad they enjoy him. I just happen to be one who was just kind of middlin' about it.
No Wonder They Call Him the Savior by Max Lucado, one of his earlier books, has been republished in 2011.
It is my mission to read all of Max Lucado's books, as I just really love his style of writing and the heart-felt, honest way that he "lets" us as readers all be human, but challenges us to strive to be everything we were intended to be as kids of the Heavenly Father who made us. I also love that most of his books are written in small bite-sized chapters that are easily studied as in-depth as you want to go with a meaty study-guide included in the back for use if you choose.
First time through this book, I enjoyed the imagery I got from Max describing Jesus in the flesh. I took to heart the fact that Jesus was thirsty, exhausted, frustrated, angry, and joyful. I allowed myself to take a good look at the Cross: It's Words, It's Witnesses, and It's Wisdom (the three parts this book is divided into.) I closed my eyes, and imagined that Jesus was who the Bible says He was, as I read through the thoughts and ideas written down here in plain and simple words. I also "saw" the disciples, his friends, and the people we know surrounded Him, wrote about Him, and who kept their promise to tell the world about Him after he was gone.
I love the mix of Scripture, Bible stories, and modern applications. I love the way things are explained, and the questions that are asked. I love the images that are brought to mind through descriptive illustrations and stories.
In 33 chapters, Max takes his readers through the life of Jesus Christ straight to the Cross, "leaving no doubt why they call him savior."
On my second read through this book, highlighter and zebra pen in hand, I am taking a look at some deeper hidden jewels that are in every book I've ever read by Max Lucado. This is the part, in my opinion, that makes him a most successful author, pastor and teacher. You can read his words, ideas, interpretations, conversations, teachings, chapters, sentences, and books as a quick pick-me-up inspiration, or can take it to a deeper level, picking out the theological principles that are there in plain English.
This is definitely one of my favorites I've read from Max Lucado, and would certainly recommend to others.
* I received this book from Thomas Nelson from their BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received, and opinions are my own.