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The Applause of Heaven

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It comes from God and it is within your reach ... The applause of heaven.

A joy that can't be quenched? A peace that can't be broken? A happiness that can't be threatened?

There is such a joy. It is a sacred delight, a holy gladness. You can't open your Bible without reading about it. You can't live a truly satisfying life without it. And it's nearer than you think.

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 2nd 1999 by Thomas Nelson (first published October 1st 1990)
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Oct 02, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it
Plenty of wonderful, timely thoughts...but too much wasted space.
Apr 11, 2014 Glscales rated it it was amazing
If you think you life is worthless and you deserve to see if you belong. Read this book, I so much have felt alone in this world through family failures, friends failures, but no where else have I learned that God loves me so much that the Angels applause when I arrise in the mornings. No matter the messed up hair, the yawning, the circumstance, the Angels themselves loves us through God and we matter in the scheme of things. I was a new christain when I read this book. It gave me a new prospect ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Kacey rated it really liked it
It's interesting that his publishers/editors/whatever were discussing different titles to this book, and I'm sure they could have gone with others. Max breaks down the Beatitudes discussed in the most famous sermon Jesus ever taught in this book, so I'm sure something with that in mind was thrown around the room. But in all honesty, this title catches your attention. If you were in the bookstore and saw a book with the focus on the Beatitudes, you might be interested but you might also pass it b ...more
Elizabeth C
Nov 18, 2015 Elizabeth C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous Book

I've never looked at The Beatitudes in the same way that Max Lucado describes them in The Applause Of Heaven. Lucado writes that they are a succession of stages in our walk with God and our growth in Christ. What a marvelous book it is, reminding us that we are limitlessly loved by God.
The Book Man
Feb 04, 2015 The Book Man rated it it was amazing
Follows are some of my favorite quotes,

~ “We are very thirsty. Not thirsty for fame, possessions, passion, or romance. We’ve drunk from those pools. They are salt water in the dessert. They don’t quench – they kill.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…’ Righteousness. That’s it. That’s what we are thirsty for.”

~ “Unfaithfulness is wrong. Revenge is bad. But the worst part of all this is that, without forgiveness, bitterness is all that is left.”

~ “The heart is the center of
Apr 18, 2012 Kristi added it
This is amazing and I can reread the past two pages over and over again with tears in my eyes.
Sunny Petkova
Feb 16, 2015 Sunny Petkova rated it it was amazing
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Невероятна книга за радостта в Господа, базирана на Блаженствата!
Whymsy Likes Books
Apr 28, 2014 Whymsy Likes Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rewiewed
You are a child of a King!

The inspiring writing – as always with Max Lucado – in this modern Christian classic is compelling and beautifully phrased. He utilizes amazing examples to highlight his message. Now, I have always thought of the Beatitudes as a list to check off – you know like, 70% or better is a passing grade, but Mr. Lucado shows that is actually a step-by-step progression to rebuild a believer’s heart. And honestly his way makes a lot more sense and is way more productive than my c
Nov 13, 2011 Estelle rated it it was amazing
I never really understood the meaning of the Be attitudes. Couldn't even tell you what they meant or how many but I did wonder about their meaning. Max Lucado has helped to clarify. I will do this without the help of the book and see if I get it right. Probably in a mixed order but that's OK.
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit. In the past I just gave it a passing thought that perhaps that meant the indigent. I find however that I am poor in spirit. but guess what? That's a good thing to realize t
Jun 07, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion-faith
Ok, I am going to have to give this my 5-stars of love rating. Others might not like it, but for me it was a very lovely, special book. I had downloaded a free kindle version a long time ago, and as I read it I fell so in love with the book that I had to order myself a "real" copy for permanent keeping on my real book shelf.

This book is basically a discussion of the Beatitudes, Jesus' sermon on the mount, the "Blessed are those..." sermon. It is written in a beautiful, upbeat, lovely, peaceful
Oct 11, 2011 Bikewriter rated it really liked it
Another terrific volume by Lucado, who writes with such lucidity and simplicity. This book reached me at a low time in my life and served as a great pick-up. Lucado has a keen way of finding us in our vulnerable places and using those places to encourage, rather than berate, us. For example, his description of Robert Reed:

"I have everything I need for joy!" Robert Reed said.
"Amazing!" I thought.
His hands are twisted and his feet are useless. He can't bathe himself. He can't feed himself. He c
Bill Powers
Feb 04, 2016 Bill Powers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Applause from down here too!

How can you go wrong with anything Max Lucado writes. His style is so easy to read. So personal. So down to earth and relatable. And yet, the truths communicated are so deep and life changing! This book unpacks the Beatitudes and makes them so relevant to our lives today. Oh yes I recommend it to anyone wanting to go a little (or a lot) deeper in their quest to become more like Jesus.. I'll never forget what I learned!
Kat Valdez
Aug 24, 2014 Kat Valdez rated it it was amazing
Sacred delight is good news coming through the back door of your heart. It's what you'd always dreamed but never expected. It's the too-good-to-be-true coming true. It's having God as your pinch-hitter, your lawyer, your dad, your biggest fan, and your best friend. God on your side, in your heart, out in front, and protecting your back. It's hope where you least expected it: a flower in life's sidewalk.
Maggie Boyd
This is easy to read and enjoyable. It's got a very positive vibe and has some charming anecdotes. However, I'm not sure that gives the subject matter of the book the gravity it deserves. It's a nice beginners look at the Beatitudes but folks searching for a deeper look than an intro need to keep searching.
Feb 12, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
This book was written in true Max Lucado fashion. Anecdotes of real life mixed with the story of the Sermon on the Mount. I can't wait for God's applause when I get to heaven. Follows are a paragraph and a quote that stirred my soul.

"An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook "extra" on the front of the ordinary, the night would have gone unnoticed. The sheep would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have slept the night awa
Apr 22, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book taught me that I really need to trust God, which most of the time is very hard for me.

"God is wanting us to to trust in the good times and the bad. For if we don't trust when times are tough, we don't trust at all.

Such a powerful read!!
Jan 07, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! "The Applause of Heaven" looks at the Beatitudes and brings them to life with stories and lessons for everyone. Two of my favorite passages are:
pg. 51 "But when you mourn, when you get to the point of sorrow for your sins, when you admit that you have no other option but to cast all your cares on Him, and when there is truly no other name that you can call, then cast all your cares on Him, for He is waiting in the midst of the storm."
pg. 66 "And it is when we are out of op
Maureen Mcgrath
Mar 10, 2014 Maureen Mcgrath rated it it was amazing
Reread this book this weekend. Loved just as much the second time as I did the first. Max Lucado has a way of writing that captures so much meaning in just a few words. He gave me a whole new perspective and understanding of the Beatitudes.
May 20, 2016 ChrisGA rated it it was amazing
Once again, the author is able to take the familiar, illustrate it with just the right stories, wrap it all in figurative but easily understood word pictures, and let the reader gain fresh insight that touches his or her own experiences in specific and meaningful ways. He uses The Beatitudes to struggle true his message of hope and c omfort.
Randy Grossman
Jun 12, 2015 Randy Grossman rated it really liked it
Brother Lucado has a very POSITIVE outlook style of preaching/writing. I think he made several good points about one's (my) relationship with God. He reinforced several times that God WANTS us to be His children. Yet, Max did not overlook that in order to do so we need to admit we are sinners and Jesus died on a cross to take our sins on and give us a hope of forgiveness and a way to be forgiven. I suppose my only drawbacks are at times Max seem to be a little "chummy" in his illlutsrations of G ...more
Mary Rose Relente
Jul 04, 2015 Mary Rose Relente rated it it was amazing
The Applause of Heaven. The title of the book will make you wonder at first sight. And will make you wonder more after reading the description of its content at the back. It's about The Beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5.

It's a WOW for the irony of life. It made me realize the sense of life--the sense of it being unfair sometimes. I realized LIFE IS BEAUTIFULLY UNFAIR, of course in an ironic perspective.

And there's more. There's more in how Max Lucado's picture-building words added wisdom to my l
Kevin Clouse
May 17, 2014 Kevin Clouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one by Max. It seemed to start off a little slow to me, but the content is solid and encouraging. Full of great illustrations and stories.
Jan 15, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing
a beautiful book on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). I will keep this book close and examine it again to really grasp each Beatitude into my life!
Alice William
Mar 13, 2014 Alice William rated it it was amazing
I cannot remember the last time I grabbed a book and finished it at a stretch, in few hours, on a single day. That’s because I’ve never stumbled on a book more gripping… more spellbinding… more realistic…

There’s something about Max Lucado’s style that is addictive! His words have a unique blend and taste that when put together is like a water flowing seamlessly and breathtakingly from a waterfall. He narrates stories from the Bible like he’d walked with them and talked with them, like they were
Judy Short
Great book- I love Max Lucado. His interpretation of the beatitudes was great. Really puts it in plain language and with the study questions one can get a real picture of what Jesus was trying to preach through these scriptures.
Lee Whitney
Lucado is such a writer..I never tire of his always new perspective on the Lord Same message but for everyone else different meanings. WE as Christians reach more this way of biblical porportions.
Thanks for reminding me of the applause I yearn to hear from my Christ!!
Regina Gadad
Mar 02, 2016 Regina Gadad rated it it was amazing
This book fed my soul. Struggling with failure as a Christian, it helped to heal my hurts.
Gladz Cojo
Jan 12, 2015 Gladz Cojo rated it it was amazing
This book pointed me to God and made me change my course from a wrong decision. Thank you.
Caleb Sargent
Dec 02, 2015 Caleb Sargent rated it it was amazing
By far and away Max's best work ever. Powerful. Convicting. Life-changing.
Jirah Mae
Jul 12, 2016 Jirah Mae rated it it was amazing
Got to understand Beatitudes clearly because of this book. Excellent!
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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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