I have read all of Max Lucado's adult books, and I have to say though this was well written as all his others book, funny and inspiring it was not my favorite. It seemed that he drew on bit's and pieces of this other works and I felt that I was re-reading some of those books.
This is my review of the book: "Cast of Characters" by Max Lucado
Max Lucado introduces us to various different characters of the bible in this great book. He weaves a story around each one, which makes you think, they are sitting right across from you and telling you their story themselves. And in each life he portrays, you can see the mighty hand of God leading and shaping this person.
One of my favorite chapters is the one about the paralyzed man. Lucado describes Jesus walking through a crowd of suffering people near the pool of Bethesda. He could have been in the temple or in a more sanitary crowd. But he chose to be here because: "When they suffered, he suffered also" (Isaiah 63:9) And even though we might be healthy and not in need of physical healing as this man, who had been lying near the pool for so long, waiting for the waters to heal him, we need Jesus to heal our hearts. Max shows with the verses in Colossians 2:13 - 15 what exactly God did for us, when we accept Jesus as our savior.
Ã¢â¬Â¢ God made you alive
Ã¢â¬Â¢ God forgave
Ã¢â¬Â¢ He canceled the debt
Ã¢â¬Â¢ He took away that record
Ã¢â¬Â¢ God stripped the spiritual rulers
Ã¢â¬Â¢ He won that victory
Ã¢â¬Â¢ He showed the world that they were powerless.
We were trapped and God came to the rescue.
After every chapter there are helpful questions for reflection and discussion.
I used one chapter as a bible study with a group of ladies and we all enjoyed it.
This book is filled with hopeful stories of real people. You can almost imagine they live today and Max Lucado had coffee with them yesterday.
How do you bring Bible characters to life for todays readers? Many authors take us back in time and show the folk in Bible days, but Max Lucado uses an innovative approach. He blasts them into modern societythen tells their stories with modern twists. For example, Matthew, the first-century tax collector, becomes the guy whos never invited to the neighborhood cookouts or high-school reunions.Cast of Characters is gleaned from Max Lucados best-sellers. The Bible folk are chosen from the Old and the New Testament, and include lesser known people like Mephibosheth and heroes such as Paul. It was exciting to see myself in the bookif these peoples lives counted, then mine, with all its shortcomings, also counts in the hands of a loving God.Max Lucados conversational style is a pleasure to read. The chapters are short and stand alone. They start with a Bible reading and then retell the characters story set in modern society and laced with anecdotes from Max Lucados life. Questions for discussion and reflection end each one. I found this book ideal for a quick read during a coffee break as well as a great tool for my devotional time. It also lends itself for use in a Bible Study group. I enjoyed Cast of Characters and highly recommend it.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
This is the first book I have ever read by Max Lucado, and I must say, the best non- fiction book I've read in a very long time! Most devotional/inspirational books-that I've read- are dull and lifeless. Not so with this book! Lucado takes a "cast of characters" from the Bible and places them in real life situations, allowing you to relate easier to them. For instances, take Moses. The scene pans to a murderer, reduced from the life of a big-shot, to a janitor. Ever heard the story of Moses like that? I have now! Each chapter is ended with thought provoking questions pertaining to that chapter.Lucado's writing style is easy to read, and flows. I stayed up into the wee hours of the night, wanting to finish this book! The only complaint I have is that he used one word that is not acceptable in my house. I don't care ___. Not considered "horrible" for most, but not acceptable in my family. Otherwise, I was very pleased with the book. I would jump if given the chance to read another of Max Lucado's books. Romance level: Below Jane Austen. Some Bible references to harlotry and prostitution. But nothing you wouldn't find in the Bible!Violence: low (again, nothing you wouldn't find in the Bible)Negative content: One inappropriate word not used my house. This book was given to me courtesy of Thomas Nelson.