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Review – Cast of Characters

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was given the honor of reviewing a copy of the new Max Lucado book “Cast of Characters” by my new friends at Thomas Nelson Publishing. I also mentioned that I had the blessing of meeting Max and his wife Denalyn about a year ago. To this day it was one of the best memories of my life. It was great to see that the man behind the books is just as real as his writing. I count it such a blessing that this book came at just the right time for me. Several chapters felt like they hit right in a spot that I have been evaluating, discerning or questioning. The short version is that I loved this book.

Cast of Characters can probably best be summed up as a “greatest hits” from some of Max’s other books. He has taken sections where he gave insight into, as the book says, “common people in the hands of an uncommon God”. His ability to tell their story and give another look into how God can use ANYONE for his purpose was refreshing. I think we often hear the stories, but forget that God will use people in amazing ways to glorify his name and advance his kingdom. Check out this list of “characters” (*notes my favorite chapters):

Joseph
Matthew
Woman Who Washed Jesus Feet
Mephibosheth *
Samaritan Woman
Mary, Martha and Lazarus *
Abigail
Paralyzed Man
John *
Paul
Two Criminals *
Moses
Joseph *
David *
Esther
Job *
Nicodemus
Jairus
Rich Young Ruler
Sarah, Peter and Paul
Lazarus
Peter

It is quite a list and quite a book. If you’re looking for a gift for someone for Christmas, I would highly recommend “Cast of Characters”. Even if you have read all of Max’s previous books, this is a wonderful collection which will inspire you no matter where you are on the journey. God has blessed Max Lucado with the gift of reaching people right where they are. This book will do the same. Thanks again to Thomas Nelson for the honor of previewing it and thank you Max Lucado for using your spiritual gift to advance the Kingdom!

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Comments · 3

  • jessica · October 20, 2008

    How cool to have met Max Lucado! (I love his children’s books just as much as the adult ones! I have 3 of them to keep for myself!!)
    And what an honor to review (or actually preview) his newest release. I can’t wait to check it out. It sounds wonderful!

  • Matt · October 20, 2008

    It’s sounds like a great book and it is awesome that you got to meet Max Lucado and review one of his books! It’s on my Christmas list!

  • cherie van der merwe · November 7, 2008

    Although I am Roman Catholic, I am one of Max Lucado’s most ardent fans. I have read all his books. I don’t think ‘Cast of Characters’ has been released in South Africa yet, as I haven’t seen it. Must start pestering all the Christian Book Shops till they get the book for me. I can’t wait!!!

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