Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review at Next Door Savior by Max Lucado

Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust
by Max Lucado
ISBN 978-0-8499-4745-2
Thomas Nelson
Reviewed by Clint Walker

Max Lucado is a prolific author and a good teacher. He has a way of weaving the stories of the people in Scripture with the stories of people like you and me. In doing so, he makes many of the Bible passages and texts understandable and accessible in new ways to ordinary people.

Next Door Savior is no different than Lucado's previous books. In this book, he examines the people that Jesus encountered and the places that he ministered. In this book, he specializes in emphasizing how Jesus sought to meet ordinary people and addressed their needs in a way that assured people that God loved them, and that God was at work in this person named Jesus. He also shows how Jesus ministered in all sorts of places. While many of the places Jesus went were religious, he also went to the obscure and the out of the way, backwoods places that everyday people like you and I live. The result is the reader comes to feel and understand that God is near to them, he knows their concerns and their needs, and even today Jesus is eager to minister to his peoples' needs. He is as close and as present as our next door neighbor, if not closer, and thus the title, Next Door Savior.

This is a great book. I am willing to put it in the hands of people of the church that I pastor, and I will continue to comb its contents for stories that will communicate God's word to people's hearts.

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