Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Max Lucado - You'll Get Through This [Book Review]

I have read Lucado since I knew the worth of books. I remember finishing “The Applause of Heaven” and taking a long walk with a friend. We talked about our expectations of heaven and lots of things beyond this place. I remember finishing “Travelling Light” one cold morning in my sophomore year in college. As I read the last chapter holding the book with one hand, I rummaged for my school things, finished my mug of cocoa and headed out the door wishing my roommate a great day ahead with my eyes still glued to the book. I remember finishing “A cure for the common life” and heading into the discussion section at the back of the book. It felt so surreal. Like my whole life was laid before me as I pulled out my journal and wrote, planned and dreamed. It was a moment I would never forget, a defining one. I can remember a lot more and each book had been an experience except a few I wish I didn't bother starting and of which I am not mentioning these titles.

Every moment with Max is one worth marking down. No doubts, you want Max in your house. You two continually carrying an ongoing discussion on life, faith and the things that matter most throughout the day. In fact you would opt to be a baby again and hear Max read you bed time stories. In fact there’s a modern joke that goes around that: if Max lived in bible times, he would be one of the book authors of the bible. No doubt Max Lucado is an excellent writer and he has earned that title over the years.

You will get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or na├»ve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this. 

This is the central premise of Max’s new book and he does justice to it well. In a part, You Will Get Through This is also a study on the life of the biblical Joseph. You will love it as Max draws modern, relevant and practical insights from the age old story.

You Will Get Through is very practical and actionable, reminiscent of all we loved in The Cure For Common Life and yet so inspiring the usual Max style. In an interview with Ken Coleman of Catalyst, (a tribe of next generation leaders) discussing his new book, Max says “Gratitude is the vitamin C for a tough day”. Max’s new book is power combo of lots of spiritual and practical vitamins. You need this. 


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