Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Max Lucado’s The Lucado Inspirational Reader: Hope & Encouragement for Your Everyday Life is a timely inspirational book that comes as a breath of fresh air. Though some have derided the book as a mere collection of quotes and anecdotes from his earlier books, it is an amazing book! While opinions may differ, it still is a mine of wisdom, insights, truths and spiritual nourishment to the discerning reader.

This book of over 450 pages offers hope, comfort, and encouragement as much as challenges and searching questions in each and every page. The Lucado Inspirational Reader is a unique offering as it is a one-in-many book, in a way, a compilation of the best from Max Lucado’s many best-selling books. For the uninitiated, it is a digest of the best, gems from all his works.

He writes, “Trust God’s Word. Don’t trust your emotions. Don’t trust your opinions. Don’t even trust your friends. In the wilderness heed only the voice of God.”

If you are looking for a dose of hope and encouragement, The Lucado Inspirational Reader offers words of wisdom straight from Max's heart to yours. If you are a Max Lucado fan, this is a must-read book – a collector’s item, to remind yourself again the words Lucado brings through his written books. If you haven’t read Lucado before, this is the one to get started with. It can point you to his other books as you turn the pages of The Lucado Inspirational Reader.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through their review program BookSneeze®

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Max Lucado loves words – written, spoken – it does not matter. He loves to craft sentences that are memorable, inspiring and hopefully life-changing. In almost 25 years of writing, more than 100 million products—80 million books—filled with his words have been sold.

Max is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year* awards—in 1999 for Just Like Jesus, in 1997 for In the Grip of Grace, and in 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest magazine dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher” and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him “America’s Pastor.” The product line for 3:16—The Numbers of Hope sold more than four million units worldwide, including one million units of the cornerstone trade book of the same title (released in September 2007), making it the fastest selling Lucado product in his career. His latest, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference (September 2010) hit both the Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestseller lists and has been featured on “Fox & Friends” and “CNN American Morning.” He has participated on the “Good Morning America” Christmas Day panel in 2009 and 2010.

His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts.

Max’s writings have been published in a wide array of formats including adult books, gift books, children’s titles, Bibles, commentaries, calendars and devotionals. He is also the author/creator of “Max Lucado’s Hermie & Friends” brand family, one of the most popular animated DVD series in the marketplace, with more than 5 million units sold to date. His words have also inspired a branded line of greeting cards and gift books for Hallmark/Dayspring that has sold more than 15 million copies since its 2001 debut. He is currently serving as a contributing editor for Leadership Journal magazine.

Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. He has been married to Denalyn Preston Lucado since 1981, and they have three grown daughters—Jenna, Andrea and Sara—and one son-in-law, Brett.

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