This was my first Max Lucado book and I don't think I could have chosen a better one to start with. Mr. Lucado wove together a plethora of personal detail, insight and wisdom for his readers' enjoyment and enlightenment. I will read his offerings again.
The book is a collection of short stories of several characters from the Bible.The author ponders upon their human side,their frailties and how God moulded something extraordinary of their ordinary lives.The story of Ester,Abigail,Peter and David are my personal favourites.As one reads along the stories,at one point or the other,you realize that our stories are kind of similar to theirs.As their lives have been rebuilt,faith rewarded...one can not miss out to listen the note of hope.The book is a source of inspiration,encouragement and hope...there by calling out for a life committed to the master potter.
Cast of Characters by Max LucadoIts the smallest situations in the life of Jesus that often speaks the most to us. And it is the biggest and smallest of biblical heroes that show that God can accomplish extraordinary things. In Cast of Characters, Max Lucado takes ordinary biblical people, to show how God can accomplish anything through all kinds of people. The book contains 22 studies of biblical heroes who were loved God, and allowed God to work in their lives. Max Lucado explores how God accomplished more through their failures than their successes. Lucado reveals how these ancient biblical characters are relevant to modern concerns among people such as doubt, rejection, insignificance, purpose, humility, suffering, risk, and consequences.An easy read, and will catch the attention of any reader, as Lucado is able to relate to every person who picks up this book. Cast of Characters kept my attention and challenged my thought process to see the power of God in any situations. Lucado has a way with words, allowing the reader to describe the setting perfectly in their minds. He also accurately represented biblical truth, even as he addressed history in modern lingo. I would recommend this book to any reader who is interested in learning more about the abilities of God. This book would also be well suited for a bible study as it provides questions and discussion topics at the end. This book was provided by Book Sneeze
Do you find you have a hard time connecting with the people we all know from our favorite Bible stories? Do you start seeing them in the same light you would a fairy tale character? People whose life begines and ends in that one story, people with few enothions, who were there only to fulfill their designated part in the story? People whose lives are really just a part of a play?This book will help you feel the things they felt, and you will see how very much like US they really were. We are all the same, after all. We all feel the same emotions and search after the same things, and we all have sinned and are in desperate need of a savior. I really liked this book. When I first got it I thought I might offer it as a giveaway on my blog... but I don't think I can part with it! I know I want to read it again, and if you are looking for some reading that tastes like a novel, but reaches out and touches your heart with the true love of Christ, this is it!
Who, or what, is the Goliath in your life?Is Jesus encouraging you to "stand up" where you could never stand before? How do you react to mistreatment and unfairness? Max Lucado uses David, the crippled man, Joseph and nineteen others to encourage you in this compilation of inspiring and thought-provoking articles. They each have a message (or three) for you and for me. In his usual inimitable style, Lucado brings his cast of characters to modern-day life. These people lived thousands of years ago, yet they faced similar challenges to those we deal with today. They are historical figures, yet they made the same mistakes we do. Lucado shows how God used their mistakes and failures to achieve great things. We all know about Mary and Martha and their dinner party. But do we know about the ministry of Lazarus? I enjoyed seeing the interaction of these siblings in a new way.I enjoyed having these characters as part of my daily readings. I worked through the study questions at the end of each chapter. This book is ideal for someone who needs encouragement in their relationship with the Lord. If God could use the weaknesses in these Bible greats, He can use even me. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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.