I have been enjoying Max Lucado's writing for many years, and a few years ago, I used one of his small daily devotional books in my morning quiet time. Those pages were highlighted and highlighted and highlighted. I was completely blessed by that devotional.
Recently, I've had the pleasure of going through His Name is Jesus, The Promise of God's Love Fulfilled. It follows the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection, according to the publisher the first of Lucado's books to do so. Here is the official blurb:
Drawing from his classic writing on Jesus combined with new
reflections and breathtaking art, Max Lucado again opens our eyes—and
hearts—to the life and work of the Savior in a way that will change
lives forever. “Jesus was, at once, common and not; alternately normal
and heroic. One minute blending in with the domino players in the park,
the next commanding the hell out of madmen, disease out of the dying,
and death out of the dead.” Who was this man who spoke as easily with
kids and fishermen as widows and waves? It is the question that has
echoed down through the centuries to us today, and here is a visually
stunning book that answers aspects of that question.
This is, unsurprisingly, a wonderful book from a wonderful author. It's a small coffee-table book, and should be left out for others to see and open and read. Here is a sample that jumped out at me:
The next time you are called to suffer, pay attention. It may be the closest you'll ever get to God. Watch closely. It could very well be that the hand that extends itself to lead you out of the fog is a pierced one.
Isn't that beautiful? And oh-so-true. I know. I've taken hold of that pierced hand in more than one trying time in my life.
Treat yourself to this book. You'll be glad you did.