Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God is the full title of this compilation of portions of Lucado's previous books. The "characters" are all familiar figures from the Bible. Lucado chooses an event in the life of each person and analyzes how that person reacted. He also speculates about how that person might have felt about the circumstances.

Lucado's gift is the ability to take a familiar Bible passage, character, or subject, and make it relevant to modern life. We tend to think of Bible characters as being angelic types who fulfilled their roles without struggle. But, Lucado shows us that most were ordinary people living very ordinary lives...until God intervenes. Beginning with Joseph, the father of Jesus, and ending with St. Peter, you can get to know your Bible heroes like never before.

Each of the 23 chapters begins with scripture.  The narrative comes next, followed by a set of study questions. Lucado's down-to-earth style is easy to read, and because the chapters are fairly short. It's a good book to carry with you for travel or waiting rooms. You can take a break without breaking your concentration.This would be a good book for a small group study.

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.”

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