Book Review by
George A. Peters Sr.
With use of modern Bible translations, his family’s personal Christian practices and his church pastoring events, Max Lucado shows how God’s story in Jesus became and continues to become alive when people truly turn to Him.
The chapter “You Know Satan’s Next Move” is a great eye-opener for the tricks that devils and demons use to divert and destroy Christian testimony and deeds. Another chapter describes how God’s voice became real for people in the Bible and becomes just as real for people in our day and time.
Lucado describes the miraculous power of Jesus’ death and atonement on the cross, using illustrations from biblical times, as well as modern times – all equally touching.
The resurrection power of Christ, both in His first confrontations with people, and in present-day times, could not be more effectively described.
Our human weaknesses and tendencies to drift to self-sufficiencies – rather than to fully depend on God’s supernatural power – are honestly and revealingly described.
The chapter “Power Moves In” begins with the unforgettable transformation of Peter “from wimp to warrior in 50 days.” The author compares the birth of electric power for the masses and the lack of understanding people had to grasp the new “electric” asset they had with the role and power of the Holy Spirit in peoples’ lives. A couple of very honest, yet difficult, personal experiences of the author are given to show how we may need the Holy Spirit’s personal guidance in our most down-to-earth living.
The spread of God’s story in the Book of Acts is compared to the 90-pound golden retriever of Lucado and wife, Denalyn, and how the dog was trained to recognize their home’s open and shut door system by a combination of signals to entrances and exits.
Paul and Silas had to learn about the closing and opening of doors by God in His guidance and directions to share His story. So also we must learn the same principles.
Another chapter describes Paul’s early years – in vocational training, Scriptural teaching, acquisition of language skills and Roman citizenship – as a graphic illustration of the truths of the Bible verse Romans 8:28.
In closing chapters, Lucado writes about the Second Coming, the resurrection of believers and victories over disease and death. One moving story was about the Lucado daughter, Sara, and her grandmother – Max Lucado’s mother, Thelma – both graduating at the same time. At the moment Sara was receiving her high school diploma to the cheers of their family, her grandmother was graduating at the same moment – to glory in heaven! Seventy-six years separated the two family members, but they were graduating at the same moment.
After Lucado’s final chapter, another writer has a brief discussion and action guide for each chapter, should a person or group wish to follow it.