Monday, February 11

Savior Next Door by Max Lucado

Too often Christians explain Jesus in terms that can make him seem unreachable. Or they go in the opposite direction, and talk about his humanity while neglecting the divine. In his book Next Door Savior, Max Lucado writes to bring both to the table. One of the things I appreciate about Lucado is his simple writing. He is down to earth and I can imagine him sitting across the table talking with me. However, the simple writing does not mean he dumbs things down. While not an exegetical paper, he does work with a multitude of different topics.

The beginnings of most chapters read as a dramatization of a biblical story. Without changing the meaning of the story, Lucado adds little details. These might be sights or smells that would be encountered. When reading the Bible, it can be hard to actually imagine these events happening. Yet Lucada breaths a life into the stories that I think we too often gloss over when reading. We can read about the blind man that Jesus healed with a gob of spit, but we don’t always try to think of what it would’ve been like

Lucado includes scriptural references in each chapter, making it easy to follow his thoughts. And then he ties the passages to our world today.  If you want to go deeper into Lucado’s writing, there is a lengthy discussion guide in the back. Most books include one or two pages which tend to feel shallow at best. Lucado’s guide is much longer and. Of if you use it, will hopefully spur much discussion.

I found this book to be a quick read, in part because of its short length, and in part because of how easy it is to read Lucado’s writing. While it might not answer all of your questions, it will hopefully help lay down a foundation.

4/5 stars

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze 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 

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