Wednesday, March 30, 2016

THE GIFT FOR ALL PEOPLE - Thoughts On God's Great Grace

The Gift for All People - Thoughts On God's Great Grace
By Max Lucardo
Published by Multnomah Books

     Years ago I heard a preacher say that the disciples who walked with Jesus every day  accepted His humanity, but struggled with His deity.  By contract, this preacher said, modern-day Christians accept Jesus' deity but struggle with His humanity.

     In his book The Gift for All People, Max Lucado shares with the reader insight into the human side of our Savior, Jesus, who grew tired, felt hunger, wept, suffered the anguish of separation from the Father, and the cruel pain of the Crucifixion.  To quote the Author:
"We see an agonizing, straining and struggling Jesus.  We see a ‘man of sorrows.'  We see a man struggling with fear, wrestling with commitments, and yearning for relief. ...

"Seeing God like this does wonders for our own suffering.  God was never more human than at this hour.  God was never nearer to us than when he hurt.  The Incarnation was never so fulfilled as in the garden."

But we are not left with just the suffering of our Savior.  The Author goes further than just the Crucifixion: he reminds us through Bible examples and personal experiences how God the Father loves His children with an everlasting love and that the death of our Savior Jesus opened the way for sinful humans to received all of the blessings of forgiveness and His divine presence in our own human suffering.

While each chapter of this 127 page book was taken from prior publications by the Author, the collection is an insightful and uplifting study on the humanity of our Savior and God's wonderful gift of Grace.  

     Easy to read, yet profound in it's truths, The Gift for All People is equally appropriate for the mature Christian as well as the new convert.  


More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado.  He and his wife, Denalyn, live in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves Oak Hills Church.


DISCLAIMER:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  I have not received any type of financial compensation for this review.  C.E. Watson

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