Monday, July 12, 2010

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

Book Description

Some of the most powerful stories from the Bible will come alive for today’s readers through these inspiring selections from the writings of Max Lucado. Max provides a compelling look at the most high-impact moments in the biblical narrative, drawn from his previous 20+ years of writing.

At the end of each chapter will be study guide questions so the reader can go deeper into this scripture.

Extraordinary stories are told about the following characters:

Mary, Peter, Matthew, Joseph, Nicodemus, Woman at the Well, David, Esther, Job, The Samaritan Woman, John, Rich Young Man, and more.

My review:

I have enjoyed some of Max Lucado's books more than others. This is one of his better ones. In it, he takes several Bibe characters and shows how God can work through simple, ordinary, and even the ones with messed up lives.

Lucado has a unique way of looking at things, and I enjoyed seeing the stories of these Bible characters through his eyes. Most of the chapters are fairly short, but it is an enjoyable read, and a great way to acquaint yourself with some of these Bible characters. He addresses questions such as after the woman caught in adultery went home, what did she say to her husband? After the demoniac was delivered, what did he do for a living?After Jairus’s daughter was raised from the dead, did she ever regret it? And more. Also with the style it is written in, it would make a great book for a group study, and even has study guide questions at the end of each chapter.
A recommended read.

About the author:

Max Lucado loves words – written, spoken – it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 65 million books filled with his words have been sold.

Max is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year* awards—in 1999 for Just Like Jesus, in 1997 for In the Grip of Grace, and in 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest magazine dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher” and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him “America’s Pastor.” The product line for 3:16—The Numbers of Hope sold more than four million units worldwide, including one million units of the cornerstone trade book of the same title (released in September 2007), making it the fastest selling Lucado product in his career.

His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts.

Max’s writings have been published in a wide array of formats including adult books, gift books, children’s titles, Bibles, commentaries, calendars and devotionals. He is also the author/creator of “Max Lucado’s Hermie & Friends” brand family, one of the most popular animated DVD series in the marketplace, with more than 5 million units sold to date. His words have also inspired a branded line of greeting cards and gift books for Hallmark/Dayspring that has sold more than 15 million copies since its 2001 debut.

Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. He has been married to Denalyn Preston Lucado since 1981, and they have three grown daughters—Jenna, Andrea and Sara—and one son-in-law, Brett.

Cast of Characters is avaiable from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy.