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God Came Near: Chronicles of the Christ

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Christians want so desperately to see Jesus. To squint through their pain, sorrow, fear, and dizzying distractions, and really, truly focus on Him. Now they can, with the help of this much-loved pastor and writer! Lucado touches readers right where they
Paperback, 203 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Multnomah (first published 1986)
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Jun 16, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, short read

I had just ended a book and was casting about for something to read in my big pile of books in the closet. I came up with God Came Near more as a "Why not?" choice than anything else. I've seen different versions of this book around for years, but I'd never picked it up.

I soon found myself drawn in. Lucado revels in the "God in the small things moments." He also focuses his readers on Jesus the man - not the movie version of Jesus, the untouchable, above it all Holy Ma
Jul 28, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
It was different than I originally thought it would be. Some say it does not have a central plot, and while it does not go like many stories, starting up in one chapter where the other left off, it does have a central idea approached from different angles.

I have always loved Max Lucado's children stories, so when I picked up this book for a school thing, I was already expecting something pretty good. But it took what he says in an underlying message in the kids books to a completely bold and unc
Sep 23, 2015 Animal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Pure poetry. This is how I can best summarize "God Came Near". Lucado is a master craftsman of the written word. Able to bring new insight and perspective to God's word with language that is beautiful and creative. Emotion is drawn out and deep thoughts are invoked. This is by far the best Lucado book I've read and quite possibly his signature work. If you feel God is some distant cosmic force, then please read "God Came Near" where you will see, hear, and touch God in a very personal way as if ...more
Jim Smith
Apr 21, 2016 Jim Smith added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jim by: Mike Boehmer
A long time ago, a very good friend of mine recommended this book to me. Back then, I read it and absolutely devoured it, completing it in just a few days. A couple months ago, I picked up a copy at a local used book store and decided to read it again. This time, I didn't devour it. I simply read it whenever the urge hit me. The rest of the time, it sat on the nightstand. I only vaguely remembered the book as I read it, now so many years later. I was comforted, challenged and edified by it. It i ...more
Sep 27, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short stories that are Lucado's take on stories about Christ throughout the new testament. Makes a good bedside book if you want a short 3-5 page story to read when winding down for bed. Keeps you focused on the important stuff.
Apr 20, 2008 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is more a collection of essays than it is one flowing thought. Great for introspection on God's great sacrifice, the life of Christ and how He is still living with and for us today.
Oct 03, 2007 Lina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian youth
It's been a long time since I read it. Max is good in making such a circumstances that we 're like hearing good-night story preaching from our Sunday school teacher (kind of old one ^_^)
Oct 02, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am a Max Lucado fan. This was my favorite of all his books.
Nov 21, 2010 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not long ago, I had a conversation with a friend at work about the book You Are Special. When I mentioned the author, he perked up a bit and said "oh, I didn't know he wrote books for children." I responded that I wasn't aware that he wrote books for adults. So - we swapped. He borrowed my copy of You Are Special and I borrowed God Came Near.

As others have noted, this isn't exactly a book with a central plot. It's more a collection of assorted thoughts on various aspects of Christ, his life, and
Michael Boling
Aug 23, 2013 Michael Boling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:25)

The incarnation of Christ is an event remembered each Christmas season; however, it is likely most Christians do not fully understand what the Son of God coming to earth in the flesh was and is really all about. The reality that Jesus, for around 33 years, bled, sweat, got tired, was hungry, and encountered the same things we face on a daily basis is arguably lost
Nov 23, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a jaw-dropper. It is one of those books that you must read one chapter at a time to get the goodness and wonder and flavor of it all. I cannot describe it. Max Lucado is not like any other writer out there- Jesus turns from a religion and king sitting high up in heaven to a guy standing right next to you, making you laugh and see life as the crazy, incredible and fantastic adventure it is, giving you a totally new love for his people. I'm so glad God Came Near for you and me.
Oct 24, 2013 Svetlana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-books-2013
I found this book when I really needed it. I would describe it in one word "inspiring".
I liked the writing style and that it was a collection of short stories. I just loved the idea of showing Christ not only like a perfect God but also like an average human being who could suffer, who could be tempted, who came so near to all people, to everyone.
This thought really inspired me!
But there is one moment that I didn't like. In the first part of the book there were so many speculations: what Joseph
Sep 14, 2013 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This is no run-of-the-mill messiah. His story was extraordinary. He called himself divine, yet allowed a minimum-wage Roman soldier to drive a nail into his wrist. He demanded purity, yet stood for the rights of a repentant whore. He called men to march, yet refused to allow them to call him King. He sent men into all the world, yet equipped them with only bended knees and memories of a resurrected carpenter."

The quote above should be enough to describe what the book is like.

I've read this boo
Dec 21, 2014 Marlo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't want a steady diet of Max Lucado, but it's been quite awhile since I picked up one of his books. This was nice Christmas reading (although it would be fine any other time as well). I appreciated the first few chapters more so than the last ones; they helped me to consider different aspects of Christ's life and ministry and reminded me how thankful I am that He came near.
Mar 16, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it
Christians want so desperately to see Jesus -- to squint through their pain, struggles, fear, and dizzying distractions, and really focus on Him. Now they can, with the help of much-loved pastor Max Lucado! In this newly repackaged edition of a timeless bestseller, beloved author Max Lucado gently leads readers to glimpse the risen Lord in all His glory and feel His loving presence in their lives. This warm, insightful book offers an irresistible opportunity for seekers and Christians alike to b ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short stories with scripture basis for the account of his points. ... As always Max Lucado always points away from himself to Jesus (or heavenly things) One does not became drawn ~ addicted ~ to a particular author unless they are writing readable material that in this authors case teaches & reaches his intended audience ... I am an avid reader of Max Lucado just for this reason ...
Dec 08, 2014 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Christianity, in its purest form, is nothing more than seeing Jesus. Christian service, in its purest form, is nothing more than imitating Him who we see. To see His majesty and to imitate Him...that is the sum of Christianity." (page 161). I include the quote because it so neatly summarizes the book. Section 1 is about seeing Jesus - the One Who came down at Christmas to make a way for us to be with Him. Section 2 focuses on our imitation, or, what will we do with what we have seen.
I particu
Chad Lamb
Nice short chapters serve as great daily devotionals. Some of them, especially the one about his daughter's near drowning in a family friend's pool, are very poignant and thought-provoking! Lucado is one of the best Christian writers out there.
Clay Leonard
This is now the fourth book I've read by Lucado. I find that I generally prefer his earlier writings. This one had some good content, but I felt that this was not his strongest overall.
Sep 14, 2010 Sharran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of the book I didn't think I would like it. The book seemed to start out slow and was written in a way that was different than any other book I had read. I guess, in looking back, it was written as a devotional. By the middle and end of the book I would look forward to reading a chapter every day. One attribute I really like about the book is that the chapters are small and stories/devotionals contained in itself so it doesn't take much time at all to read through one each day. ...more
Adrienne Naibauer
This book talks of so many things that I already knew and believed. Then it made me think of each in such a new way as to leave me speechless. Loved it!
Andy Daugherty
Sep 04, 2015 Andy Daugherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EXCELLENT book! Perhaps the most influential book (behind the Bible) to my spiritual formation.
Alexis Neal
Lucado's strength is phrasing well-worn ideas in new ways that strike a chord with his readers. Sadly, while this book has a lot of creative thoughts on the incarnation, it lacks a coherent presentation of the Gospel or any real solid theological teaching. As such, it's a good read for a solid Christian well versed in the Gospel already, or perhaps for younger Christians or non-Christians if combined with other more substantive texts. Still, I appreciate his ability to make me see the familiar l ...more
Susan Sheppard
Mar 24, 2016 Susan Sheppard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone would enjoy adding this book to their library.
Dec 25, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Wonderful to read at Christmas!
The Book Man
Mar 07, 2015 The Book Man rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~ "'Love your neighbor' was spoken by a man whose neighbors tried to kill Him."
Jan 22, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the very first Max Lucado book I read and it is amazing! Still my favorite. And speaks right to the heart of how God loves us
S. Ann Cole
Jun 17, 2015 S. Ann Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotionals
Some of the most beautiful writing I have ever come across.

Wow. Just wow.

Jan 04, 2016 Bledar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His poetic style provokes good thoughts.
Jan 22, 2014 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started off with a bang and then fizzled.
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Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition, ...more
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