Cast of Characters Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God by Max Lucado.When I take the time and try to imagine the Apostle Paul, I tend to think of his achievements and his courage as opposed to his foibles and challenges. When I think of Moses I tend to think of his great faith and not his struggles. Bottom line, these men along with the other common people Lucado writes about are human. In Cast of Characters Max Lucado examines the lives of some very notable people from Scripture. Starting with Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus and ending with Peter, Lucado reminds us that the only thing extraordinary about them was the power of an Almighty God. Lucado writes in a style that is very easy to read, without insulting the readers intelligence. The chapters are short, which makes reading seem almost effortless. And throughout the book I felt myself relating to these characters in new and unexpected ways. I found the reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter extremely helpful in processing my thoughts after reading the chapter. From time to time, Lucados speculations on the inner thoughts of these characters seemed a little unnecessary but that can be easily forgiven. Overall this is a book that I would recommend to my friends and family. However, this book should not be used as a substitute for daily devotions. It could however be used as a compliment to your further study. 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.
Have you ever felt like you couldnt relate to the people in the Bible, that their stories were just history and not relevant to you today? In his book Cast of Characters Max Lucado retells stories of Bible Heroes and helps you realize that they were just common people in the hands of an uncommon God. He helps you see how their stories can be relevant today and how you are very similar to them. This book was such an encouragement to me, because it helped me realize that God doesnt use perfect people, and the people who have it all together. Rather, He uses those who have problems and bad habits and makes their lives an example of His love, grace and mercy. This book is another treasure by Max Lucado and really helped me see that I have similarities to the people of the Bible and that God can use me just like he used them. I may not ever know the impact of my life, just like the people in the Bible didnt know the impact that they would have on generations to come, but God has a plan and a purpose for everything that we do.I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.
you have never read a book by Max Lucado before then this is a great place to start. This book contains excerpts from previous books. Each chapter is a profile of a Biblical character. The profile reminds us that even these heroes of the Bible, Joseph, Moses, John, and Paul, to name a few, all had flaws and struggles. The more you look at people like Mary, Martha, Esther, and Sarah the more you realize that they are human like you and me. God does not chose extraordinary people. Instead God uses ordinary people to do some extraordinary things.I have always enjoyed the writings of Max Lucado, and this book did not disappoint. I need to be reminded that these great people of the Bible are only great because they serve a great God!To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. I also must say that the opinions are all mine.
The play has been cast and the characters have been chosen by God to fulfill His purpose and teach us the lessons we need to know. Max Lucado takes persons from the Bible, the characters, and their stories and portrays them in a modern day language and world so we can more easily apply the situation to our lives. Each chapter is based upon an ordinary person from the Bible who fulfills an extraordinary purpose for God. They are written with the story from scripture at the beginning of each chapter and questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter. This format would be valuable and very useful in a group discussion setting. I have always been inspired by the simple messages that Max Lucado gives us in his writings. He writes in a modern day language using personal stories and reflection to support his points. God used the characters in the Bible to change the world and fulfill His plan. Many of them were seemingly unimportant until they carried out His ultimate plan. Lucado makes us realize that we can identify with anyone of these characters and work toward completing Gods will for our lives.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.
I really wasnt sure what to expect, when I first picked up the book Cast of Characters, by New York Times Best selling author, Max Lucado, to read.This book is about aCommon People in the Hands of An Uncommon God.Story after story, marked by scandal, stumble , and intrigue. Who are these people? Theyre the people of the Bible. And theyre us. We find our stories in theirs. We find our hope, where they found theirs. In the hands of an Uncommon God.As I read through the book, I could see, but who else, God in them all! He was, and is, theirs and our Maker, Shaper, Rescuer, and even a hero! This book is filled with many inspiring stories, and the master story teller, Lucado has revisited many of his favorite bible Characters, bringing alive their weaknesses, to show that they were, and are just like us, yesterday, today, and forever! This book would make a great gift or even tool, to use for small groups or even in Sunday School.As per FTC guidelines, I must state that I received a complimentary copy of the book Cast of Characters, to read for review. My opinions are expressly my own and are in no way influenced positively or negatively, due to receiving this review copy.