Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Review: Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado

Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado starts off with a confession of the author on some things in his life that he has started that never got to finish. Good things like books on speed reading, power abs and a health supplement. Max Lucado clearly got the message across through this confession that it is not uncommon for us, imperfect human beings, to not always finish what we start. We are not alone. The book further encouraged me to press on reading when Max said, "My desire is to encourage you to finish the right thing. Certain races are option - like washboard abs and speed reading. Other races are essential - like the race of faith. Consider this admonition from the author of Hebrews: "Let us run the race that is before us and never give up." Hebrews 12:1

Max Lucado could not have introduced his book, Just Like Jesus any better. The best-selling author surely knows how to make captive of his audience and he was again effective at it in this book. Just Like Jesus reinforces what the Bible teaches about God's love for us and his admonition of us to be like Jesus. Every chapter of the book ushers us to the kind of heart God wants to give us. As it does, it further encourages believers not to base our spiritual growth to second hand faith. More often than not, we do not experience the awesomeness of knowing God primarily because of this. We should choose to nurture our personal relationship with Him to taste and see that He, indeed, is good. (Psalm 34:8) A pure heart, a forgiving heart, a listening heart, a hope-filled heart. Each brought encouragement to my sometimes, anxiety-driven heart. We do not need to be towards the end of our lives and prepare some texas last will and testament to live our lives to the fullest. I love how the book ends with a study guide that can easily make the book a small group material. I highly recommend this book. 

Disclosure: I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.