Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Second Chances by Max Lucado

Second Chances by Max Lucado is the newest compilation of  of Lucado's writings. Almost all of Lucado's works are inspirational and worthy of re-reading. This book is filled with short stories of people, real, imagined and biblical in order to offer readers true hope and empowerment.  In essence each of these stories is like a modern day parable- a retelling of Jesus' own parables and the events and miracles of the New Testament.    Although most of the material in this book is not new, and selected from his previous works- much of what Lucado writes can be re-read- especially in times of great spiritual need.  I have found that when I read Lucado's writings, I will find many noteworthy and inspiration ideas and passages- which I do mark so that I can return to at a later time.  I have noticed that his most recent books are shorter, more intense and focused.  Perhaps this is in response to a greater urgency to share the gospel truths to a new generation that is less inclined to read.  Each chapter of this book is a story in of itself and stands on its own merits.  Readers regardless of their past will find real inspiration and support.

 Perhaps the devil's advocate may believe that the publication of this book is simply another attempt to make even more money on previously published books, while putting in minimal effort.  While this may be true, in part, this book is worth reading for those familiar with Lucado's books as well as for those readers new to his works. Any book by Max Lucado proves itself to be among the most uplifting books that I have recently read. This book specifically helps those who are enduring really diffcult times, to endure and persevere. The author address real issues- job loss, terminal illness, grief and loss. This book is designed to help those who are suffering from extreme circumstances.  This book offers real help!  If you are bellyaching because you burned your husband's dinner, or the grass stain won't come out of the soccer uniform, or if missed an apointment for your pedicure, or your favorite coach bag sold out before you reached the mall, then this book isn't for you.  What you need is a fluffy, superficial, condescending, feel- good, women's devotional book.  But, if you truly suffer from life's heartaches, then this book will offer the comfort you need.

In true Lucado fashion, Max writes in an animated, easy to understand style that communicates biblical truths to the reader. His books bring bible stories and biblical truth to life in an inspirational way that speaks out to the reader. "Catch God in a bad mood? Won't happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he's given up on you?" ..... Lucado's use of colorful language and his conversational tone, make it so that biblical truths are memorable and meaningful to the average modern reader. You need not be a theologen, educated in an expensive seminary or college to understand Max Lucado's books. This inspirational book will be certain to leave the reader with a lasting impression. In today's self centered society, without offense Max Lucado illustrates the importance of living life based on biblical principles. After reading this book, and really meditating on the biblical truths communicated via Max Lucado, one can feel a renewed sense of embpowerment to live a selfless life style. Max makes use of personal anecdotes as well as bible stories to illiustrate the importance of depending on God rather than on the material things of this world. If you are a theologen, looking for an apologetic defense on the purpose of depending on God then this book isn't for you. But, if on the other hand you are simply looking for bible based motivation and a relief in a world that takes pride in materialism, selfish ambition and competition, then this book is perfect. As a blogger for booksneeze, I receive books from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for writing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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