Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Book Review: The Lucado Inspirational Reader

Max Lucado has a God-given gift for making scripture and Biblical teachings come alive through stories.  His words are easy to read, easy to relate to, and easy to remember.  His latest book is just as captivating as his many other books.  It is titled, The Lucado Inspirational Reader: Hope and Encouragement for Your Everyday Life.   He has taken the best of the best from many of his books to compile a categorical collection of stories.
The 400+ pages of stories cover a myriad of topics, including  salvation, wealth, busyness, comfort, anger, anxiety, the Bible, the Church, comfort, creation, encouragement, faith and family, God's Love, Miracles, Peace, Second Chances, Spiritual Refreshment & Worship, and more.  In addition to the stories, there is an index of topics and sources in the back of the book.
He delivers what he promises – hope.  That seems especially appropriate during the hard times many individuals and families are facing during this season.  Every week, I encounter a new friend struggling with something life-changing – depression, marital struggles, divorce, alcoholism, bankruptcy, health concerns…  Even with a counseling background, I often feel ill-equipped to listen and support them.  This book has given me a good shot of Biblical hope to keep in my back pocket to encourage others.  Thank you Max!
I would recommend it as a daily reading, as a book to keep on hand for counseling and encouraging others, and as a pastoral/teaching tool.  It’s a beautiful 5x7  book with a special place for an inscription,  so it would also make a lovely gift for a friend, teacher, pastor, counselor, or even teen.
 I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest and nonbiased review of the contents.



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