Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God, by Max Lucado

Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon GodHow many times have you read the Bible, and wished there was a way to make some of the stories seem more relevant to the times you live in?  Have you wished for a deeper connection to the lessons available in the Scriptures?  Max Lucado writes about some key Bible players in a way that is new and fresh, opening up doors of understanding like never before.

Having been familiar with a few of Lucado's past works, I was thrilled about having the opportunity to review Cast of Characters.  And I can honestly say, it surpassed even my highest expectations.  Lucado writes about key Biblical figures in a way that makes their stories so incredibly relatable, we can easily see the same lessons playing out in our own lives.

The book is peaceful and reflective, but also very very humorous, and I think that is a quality many theological writers greatly under appreciate.  I truly believe that Lucado has a gift to make the Scripture live and breathe to people who would normally be put off my too many thees and thous.

Each chapter focuses on a particular story or lesson theme, and ends with questions for reflection.  This book would be perfect for small group discussions or Bible study supplements.  I think that this book would also be great for youth groups, to help them see these lessons in a way that makes more sense to them.  Overall, I was completely enraptured by the book, but not at all surprised at the wisdom and heart Lucado shares with readers.  It is simply what I have come to expect from him.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”