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3:16: The Numbers of Hope

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  4,005 ratings  ·  152 reviews
A twenty-six word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life, and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions. If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here. We all need the reminder. The heart of the hum ...more
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2007)
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Having religious convictions is difficult to do in the age we live in. Scandals abound. Mega-churches seem to be only after money. And televangelists fake Divine messages through performances best suited as top nominations for The Golden Raspberry. (I mean, c’mon, does that pastor really think that speaking-in-tongues sounds like a miasma of gibberish in the likes I use with my children?)

So it is easy to become cynical. I know. I have. Often.

Still, I try to live my life with a pure heart. I try
I'm actually reviewing the "Teen Edition". My Mom wanted to find a good book for a friend's son who is 15 and non-christian, so we went to the Family Christian Bookstore and picked this one up. I've heard Max Lucado is good, but never read his books. I felt bad giving a book to someone when I have no clue if it's even good, encouraging, or for the intended audience, so I decided to read it. Anyways, I'll admit, I don't read much (I know I should read more). I read this 151 page book in one sitti ...more
Amazing and refreshing! Love the part when Lucado said about God's love and invitation:

Whoever - includes me, you and all
However - God takes us in however state we are in. No need to clean up.
Whenever - Can call upon His name any time
Wherever - Wherever I am, you are, we are not too far from Home!

No status too low
No hour too late
No place too far
However. Whenever. Wherever.
Whoever includes you, me....forever ----Max Lucado

John 3:16
For God so loved the world
that He gave His ONE and ONLY Son
that Wh
Much better than I expected. This is the first Max Lucado book I have read. Although I am a Christian, I tend to shy away from books that for whatever reason, I perceive to be the equivalent of "pop psychology" of the Christian world- i.e. those with the glossy covers that are highly marketed, authors that have a gazillion titles that merely appear to be the same book with a different name, etc. Whether that is an accurate perception or not, I've lumped Lucado in that category. I was pleasantly ...more
I've never heard Max Lucado preach. But if he preaches half as good as he writes, he must be truly blessed by God.

Lucado's writing brings God's word to life. Not only does he help grasp the meaning of the bible, he has a way of making you see it as if you were experiencing it firsthand!

In 3:16: The Numbers of Hope, Lucado takes the most well-known scripture in the bible and breaks it down piece by piece showing how powerfully deep this seemingly simple verse truly is. John 3:16 is more than just
So I am not the evangelical, conservative religious type. That doesn't stop me from liking Max Lucado. Max presents the God we would all like to believe in - a God of love, mercy and forgiveness. This isn't your mother's "Sinners in the Hands of Angry God" God. Lucado's God is one this world could use more of.

Lucado still believes in Hell - although he claims he would be happy to be proven wrong - and he probably doesn't support pro-choice initiaves or same sex marriage, (I am just making an As
Carole Stallman
The way the author takes you step by step through the passage of 3-16 and brings it alive is amazing. He is such a master of using every day experiences to walk you through what the verses you are reading really mean.

I have read several of his other books and I am so drawn to them that I can hardly put them down. My spiritual life has taken on a whole new glow that was never present in my life before and I am just basking in that wonderful special feeling of peace within. I give this and all his
What a perspective on such a short verse! I really love the way Max Lucado can put a new light on teachings we so often take for granted. I not only refreshed my memory of that verse I memorized so long ago, I also found new and true meaning to what it actually is saying. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about God's deep love for us in spite of all our flaws.
Chris Krycho
Lucado's writing doesn't impress, and his treatment of the text is hardly expositional. There's no heresy here, but nothing profound, either.
This book started me on a spiritual journey that I hope never ends...ask me about John 3:16 in my life.
Factual and touching. Lucado has an amazing gift for balance. Easy read for anyone.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His ONE and ONLY SON that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." This scripture is the center of Christianity, and to be a Christian one must believe that Christ died on the cross for our sins.

This short little paperback book goes into depth explaining what that scripture fully encompasses and how we know that we can trust it, trust Christ, and turn our life around through Him.

Recommendation: I happen to be Christian, but I bel
Do you find it hard to share your faith with family and friends? This easy-to-read little booklet is a great way to start the conversation. It is only 58 pages long and engages the reader from the beginning, making John 3:16 relevant to each one of us. Max Lucado has a very special gift of bringing scripture to life and I highly recommend any of his writings.
This book was a very easy read. The only part of the book/style I didn’t really like were the embellishment on the scriptures. I enjoy his personal stories but I do not like modern characterizations/thoughts/words/actions applied to the people in the Bible, and I don’t think we should take liberties with the written Word. For that reason I did not read through the 40 day devotionals at the end. That discrepancy aside, the message delivered by this book is a powerful one and rings true to what I ...more
Don Weidinger
Gift of God to mankind, harden hearts from unhealthy reaction to fear, hopelessly confused as cow nose in can, trust God to save marriage, I am the way truth and life, Christ saved you—believe, do not deny him 13% of preaching on hell a location not state of mind of hard hearted weeping gnashing of teeth God offers you choose open door let Him in choose God.
Jill Sumstad
Dec 04, 2007 Jill Sumstad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Whoever
Max Lucado has a fresh and approachable writing style which makes this an easy read. My favortie chapter is the one on hell: "no topic [such as hell] stirs greater resistance. Who wants to think about eternal punishment? We prefer to casualize the issue, making jokes about its residents or turning the noun into a flippant adjective. 'That was a hell of a steak.' Odd that we don't do the same with lesser tragedies. You never hear, 'My golf game has gone to prison.' Or, 'This is an AIDS of a trafi ...more
This is an amazing book about spirituality! If you are in question about what Jesus did for you or why he did it, read this book. You won't be in question any longer.
Syd Perry
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Max takes this scripture phrase by phrase and reveals the essential ingredients of a life reconciled to God. Max has a way with words, they flow easily and are not difficult to understand.

One thought that kept coming to mind was, "This all makes sense to our western lifestyle but does it apply to people in poverty, say in areas of Africa?" I'm thinking of pe
This is an encouraging book! If you are curious, thanks to Tim Tebow, about why some people go on and on about Christianity or about John 3:16, read this book! If you think God is not involved with earth, read this book! Also, because of the 40 day devotional, this book would be perfect for Lent, because it walks through the life of Christ, manger to cross in 40 days. Beautiful, encouraging read focusing on the grace that came through the gift of the one Man, Jesus Christ. Good, fundamental read ...more
One of my favorite authors, he is truly blessed with knowing how to use words to really motivate the heart.
Max Lucado is one of my favorite theological writers. So I went into this with hopes that it would be as good as his previous books I've read. I was not disappointed.

3:16: The Numbers of Hope is a book that deals a lot with death. Or more precisely, life after death. Breaking down one John 3:16, Max Lucado takes us step-by-step through the promise of salvation, and how we can believe the Bible's promise. Personal stories, both the author's and 2nd hand accounts, litter the book as parables to G
Es ist der Hoffnung spendende Vers der Bibel schlechthin: Johannes 3,16. In nur wenigen Worten erklärt Johannes 3,16 die zentrale Botschaft der Bibel. In zwölf Kapiteln durchleuchtet Max Lucado den bekannten Vers, indem er bei jeder Passage innehält und anhand von Geschichten und Beispielen die weitreichende Bedeutung der Worte für unser Leben erläutert.
Die wichtigsten Nachrichten dieses Buches sind einfach und verständlich zu lesen, es
ist amüsant geschrieben und einfach zu lesen und zu verstehe
Brian Meadows
Dec 07, 2014 Brian Meadows rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Brian by: Kirsten Meadows
Max Lucado is an outstanding author in part because he can take a powerful message and connect with the reader in plain, simple, easy-to-understand terms, adding enough color to pique the reader's interest. This book is like that as are previous works that I have read by him. This is basic Christianity 101 aimed at the skeptical inquirer, but there is still plenty for one who has believed for years. A good read and I recommend it to skeptics, new believers, and veteran believers alike.
Great book! .... 4.5
Loved this book. It was very well written. I can't wait to read more of Max Lucado's books.
It's definately a Christian book, so if you aren't in to that kind of thing, it won't do you much good to read this review, let alone the book.

As far as Christian writing goes this is the best inspirational book I've ever read. No exceptions. I'll still go to Lewis for my apologia, but Lucado gets right to the heart, in simple everyday language. Beautiful. I loved it.

Highly recommended, no matter which specific Christian sect you may be.
There's nothing heretical here, but there's also very little substance, in my opinion. It's nice and fluffy, probably a good introduction for new Christians (or curious non-Christians, I suppose), but nothing of it has stuck with me-- except for some of his descriptions of heaven and the life eternal which are more earthy and more appealling than those that are usually given. Overall, nothing wrong with it but nothing amazing, either.
Cannot get enough of Lucado!!!
Oct 19, 2014 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Julia Flood
Loved it.
Christy Connolly
I would use this book when discussing different religions and why Christianity is so important. It does not matter if you don't know anything about the Bible, you'll love this book. If you know this Bible, you will still love this book. I always need a good collection of Christian books for students to read as they are always asking me something new to read in this area.
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