Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#REVIEW: Glory Days by Max Lucado

Title: Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now
Series: none
Author:  Max Lucado
Published Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: hardcover
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780849948497
Genre: Christian Living / Old Testament Bible Study
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.

The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.

Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?

You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped
Egypt. But you can t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You re fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You re out of Egypt, but Egypt s not out of you.

Isn t the Christian life supposed to be better than this?

Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.

But there s good news. With God s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

This is God s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.

You and your Promised Land life.

New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado invites readers to leave the wilderness and discover a life defined by grace, refined by challenge, and aligned with a heavenly call. By studying the life of Joshua and the biblical book that bears his name, Lucado reveals God s promises for every step and reminds readers that God still fights for them.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first Max Lucado book that I have read. I admit that I requested it because all of the hype over Max Lucado. Was he one of those crazy pastors who teach the prosperity theology? That would account for his insane amount of people following him. I was ready to read things like that and rip it apart.
Instead, after a very rough week where it seemed as if everything was going wrong, I found an author who wrote personably, who told me that God had already given me all the tools I need to succeed, it’s just waiting for me to take them. All of the patience I needed? Already given to me by God, I just needed to ask for it. All the strength I needed to get past just one more day? Yup, already have it, just need to ask God. Focus on God and everything I need to be the person I want to be is already there. The author does not preach the prosperity message, in fact, he often says that our rewards will not always be of this world, but they are exactly what we need, what we ask for. We are already the best person we can be; we just need to focus on God to be that person.

The interesting part about the book was that the entire book was focused on the Book of Joshua, each chapter of this book going through the Book of Joshua chapter by chapter. After every chapter, I felt more uplifted, more focused, more able. I could be that patient, loving mother, instead of the stressed, frazzled one I am, she’s already in there, I just need to focus on God and ask Him.  There were some chapters where I didn’t feel very connected to the message the author was saying, but it was because it didn’t directly relate to what I am going through right now.
Now, I completely understand why Max Lucado has such a following. He has an amazing, uplifting, empowering, personable way of writing that makes you feel as if he is writing the book just for you. Definitely going to be following him now.

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