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 BookSneeze.com