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The 3:16 Promise: He Loves. He Gives. We Believe. We Live.

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  5,348 Ratings  ·  188 Reviews
Building on stories and illustrations from 3:16 The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado, this 64-page evangelistic book leads the readers word-by-word through John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of scripture. It's the perfect way to introduce the gospel to friends and acquaintances through Max Lucado's warm and easy to understand writing style. Experience God ...more
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Published September 1st 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2007)
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Chelsey the crazy cat lady
really great book. John 3:16 is a verse a lot of people know and sometimes we forgot how powerful it is. this book is great for new and mature christians
TK421
Mar 22, 2011 TK421 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
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
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Lizzy Bueckert
Feb 06, 2017 Lizzy Bueckert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favourite verse and I loved this book! I learned some new things about both heaven and hell just because Max said things a bit differently than I've read or heard before. Great book!
Arnold
Dec 26, 2008 Arnold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Natasha
Dec 18, 2010 Natasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
David
May 23, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
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
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Todd
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
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Lc
Jun 07, 2009 Lc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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LemonLinda
Sep 25, 2015 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucado takes probably the most memorized and one of my favorite Bible verses and breaks it down into just what this verse means for our lives. He has a refreshing, modern way of using anecdotes to reinforce his message. Then in the second half of the book he includes forth daily inspiring mini-stories many of which I marked for emphasis to reread.
Kristin
Aug 03, 2008 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alex
May 01, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started me on a spiritual journey that I hope never ends...ask me about John 3:16 in my life.
Rebecca
Aug 04, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Factual and touching. Lucado has an amazing gift for balance. Easy read for anyone.
Jerry
Mar 16, 2016 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading a Max Lucado book in quite a while...but I enjoyed it!
Jayne
Nov 16, 2016 Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful verse, often misunderstood. Max Lucado reminds us about God's love for us!
Terri Fleming
Good but not memorable
Rachel
I loved this book, as Max Lucado takes John 3:16 and breaks it down by each word - “loved”, “world”, gave”, etc. - to really define what God says! God's love, grace, and power is truly in every word and each chapter Max shares.

My favorite chapters focused on God's love {as I can never hear enough how much He loves me!} and on Jesus being God's ONLY Son. It was wonderful to have everything broken down and focus on what is true as a reminder. “When Jesus says, 'In my Father's house are many mansi
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Tania
Nov 12, 2009 Tania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jill Sumstad
Dec 03, 2007 Jill Sumstad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Claire
Dec 29, 2013 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vicki
Jan 19, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Brittney
Jun 12, 2013 Brittney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nina
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
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Ross Heinricy
Jan 01, 2016 Ross Heinricy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first I have ever read by Max Lucado. The book was an option I received for a group study. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I find that his writings are flowery and metaphorical. The book is a phrase by phrase look at the verse of John 3:16, and it involves a lot of imagination and a lot of illustrations. He believes in eternal security. A great book to help illustrate this verse, and also to encourage any and all in the truth of John 3:16 - very light reading.
Ki Goff
Apr 18, 2008 Ki Goff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca
May 14, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a fan of Max Lucado. He has such a great way of presenting spiritual truths in a very accessible and moving manner. In this book he looks at what is probably the most famous verse of the Bible, moving through it word by word he brings in other scripture to help illumine the full power of this promise.

The second half of the book is a 40 day devotional with excerpts from his other books to present Jesus' life in a broad overview.
Amie
Jul 21, 2012 Amie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional, gramma
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.
Brian Meadows
Aug 20, 2013 Brian Meadows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carolyn
Jun 05, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, christian
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.
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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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“We will never be cleansed until we confess we are dirty. And we will never be able to wash the feet of those who have hurt us until we allow Jesus, the one we have hurt, to wash ours.” 34 likes
“You will be at your best forever, Even now you have good moments. Occasional glimpses of your heavenly self. When you change your baby's diaper, forgive your boss's temper, tolerate your spouse's moodiness, you display traces of saintliness.” 27 likes
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