Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

_140_245_Book.221.cover We find our stories in theirs. We find our hope where they found theirs. In the midst of them all...hovering over them all...is the hero of it all: God. Maker. Shaper. Rescuer of sinking hearts.

Do you believe that God can use you to accomplish extraordinary things? If you have any doubts, take a look at the heroes in the Bible. You'll find people like Mary, Peter, David, Joseph and Esther--ordinary people who allowed God to work through them in amazing ways.

In Cast of Characters, Max Lucado gleans from several of his best-selling works to present some of the Bible's most interesting lives. Each chapter includes related Biblical text and discussion questions for individual or group study. Come closer to God's heart for you, by spending time with this cast of characters.

Cast of Characters contains 22 character studies, profiling both men and women who loved and were loved by God. These heroes—from King David to Joseph, Moses to the Samaritan Woman, Abigail to Lazarus—may be known for their achievements, but 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.

Extraordinary stories are told about the following characters: Mary, Peter, Matthew, The Samaritan Woman, Esther, David, Joseph, and more…

maxLucado-headshot-100px Max Lucado, Minister of Writing and Preaching for the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, is the husband of Denalyn and father of Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. In a good week he reads a good book, has a few dinners with his wife, and breaks 90 on the golf  course. He usually settles for the first two.

Heidi Says . . . I love every book by Max Lucado!  Cast of Characters was no exception.  Even though this book is a compilation of segments from Max’s other writings, it’s new and fresh.  You may have read some of the accounts in other books, but in their new setting, they will have an all new meaning. 

I enjoyed reading through one chapter of this book each day, as a sort of devotional.  Each section starts with the passage of Scripture on which the passage is based.  Then, it goes on with the passage – and concludes with questions for reflection and discussion.  This book would work great for small group settings – but it’s also ideal for personal reading. 

Those people that you read about in your Bible are ordinary people – just like you and me.  God chose to use some of them in extraordinary ways.  Is He doing the same with YOU? 

NOTE:  I received a free copy of this book via BookSneeze in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.

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