Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Live Loved by Max Lucado

Using the same popular format as Grace for the Moment, Live Loved brings fresh, new devotionals based on the writings of Max Lucado. Included is a broad range of topics such as facing your fears, accepting His grace, and truly knowing God's omnipresent love. Each devotional is accompanied by an ending prayer to nurture a stronger prayer life for new believers, as well as long-standing Christ followers. It's a new devotional from one of America's leading Christian writers that will help men and women experience life from a whole new perspective.

Max Lucado is a Christian author whose books I absolutely love.  I’ve read and own quite a few of these books. I’ve also loaned some out to friends who were interested in reading his books. The one thing we all agree on is that Max’s writing style is easy to follow.

A lot of times, theologians can lose the reader in their explanation. There is a lot of depth to their story but relating the story to others who might not necessarily have the same training, that’s the difficult part, and the reader is sometimes lost. Max Lucado’s stories, however, are so relatable that the reader can easily understand the spiritual truths that he is trying to relay.

Live Loved, while a devotional, does not stray away from this sort of narration. While you can read the entire thing from cover to cover in a sitting or two, I would recommend going through day by day and thinking about the passages that he outlines for the day. It’s a great way to jumpstart your devotional and to spend time thinking on the word and understanding its meaning.

Format-wise, each day starts with a scripture verse, a short thought/story/excerpt from Max’s previous books, and ends with a prayer and some related verses. This is a great way to dig deeper into the word and I appreciate this format because, as a devotional tool, I’m looking for something to start my thoughts and lead me into a further study not necessarily a full Bible study.

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