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He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  21,188 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Linger on the hill of Calvary.

Rub a finger on the timber and press the nail into your hand.

Taste the tinge of cheap wine and feel the scrape of a thorn on your brow.

Touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God.

Allow the tools of torture to tell their story.

Listen as they tell you what God did to win your heart.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by W Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2000)
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Paola Sunga
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book, all I know is that Jesus died on the cross for me to be saved. That's it. I took it for granted and never appreciated it. I just cannot understand how other people can truly understand the meaning of the cross and how it changed and still changing their lives. But after reading this book, now I understand what the cross truly means. It is a gift. And who am I that God gave His only Son for me to experience freedom, His love and His mercy. Reading this book allowed me to ...more
Dhanaraj Rajan
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
All of Lucado's books are spiritually enriching. I am a priest and Lcado's books always bring God close to me.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Max Lucado writes, "Much has been said about the gift of the cross itself, but what of the other gifts? What of the nails, the crown of thorns? What about the garment taken? What about the garment given?" and it continues. With that as an introduction, I will say that despite reading many books on Christianity, faith, Christ and so on, I had never looked quite at all of the things surrounding the cross, Jesus' crucifixion, and resurrection in the way that Lucado looks at them in this book.

With t
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we think of Jesus' sacrifice, we think of the crucifixion...but, as Mr. Lucado illustrates here, there's much more to it than that! Between the salvation of the thief on the cross, to the temple curtain being torn in two, to even the sign placed above Jesus' head, this book brings the greatest story ever told to life in a new way.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Today is Good Friday -- 4/18/2014 -- As a Christian, this is a book I read every "Good Friday" along with the DVD "The Passion of the Christ," an amazing film. If you watch the film, it will change the way you look at your faith.

This book was inspired by a Russian Christian who left a cross on Lucado's desk one Sunday with a note that said how his new faith in Jesus led him to retrieve the nails from an old abandoned Russian church and form those nails into a cross and around the cross he wove
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing perspective gained thanks to this book! I am all about enriching my relationship with Christ and this book truly further opened my eyes as to what all took place at the Cross! Beautifully yet humorously written! GOD is the Author and Creator and nothing that took place at the Cross was by mere coincidence or random. Nothing Our GOD does is in vain, not the choosing of whom was sacrificed nor how HE was sacrificed. Highly recommended!

Such an AMAZING and LOVING GOD we serve!
Karie Hall
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Max Lucado has such a unique way with words and describes in ways which make you think and actually wonder, why didn't I think of that! This is truly one of my favorite of his books and I have enjoyed all that I have read. His insights are quite amazing.


I am so glad that it fell to my lot to review this book. It has been published some time, but only been brought to my notice recently. Max Lucado writes very simply and clearly, but within his writing is deep underst
N.N. Light
I've been a fan of Lucado's for years. He's one of the many who brought Jesus to life to me. He makes Christianity and spiritualism relatable in this day and age. This is about what Jesus did for each of us and it'll move you without being preachy. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I chose to switch books by Max Lucado to this one since it is Lent season. The book was very touching and thought evoking - I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it to anyone. The book touches on various aspects of the Crucifixion and really shows how much God loves us to be willing to go through what he did. Although the subject matter is very intense and, heart-rendering, it isn't a dark book by any stretch. I was nervous about reading it due to the subject matter but Max didn't focus on the to ...more
Liz Bierly
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a Christian, I never wanted to get to the point where I took Jesus for granted ... and yet, I started to tune out when we talk about the cross in church. This book completely shifted how I view the cross and Jesus' PERSONAL sacrifice for me and my sins. I sat down to read the first few chapters and had to pull out a pen and highlighter because there was so much to dig into. Incredibly blessed by this book and would absolutely recommend it, whether you are a Christian or Atheist or anywhere in ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!!!
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The message of the cross was never intended to be theology for your head, but doxology for your heart. Max writes in a way that helps you think about the cross in a way that brings you to your knees as you experience afresh the meaning of the cross.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I can understand why Max Lucado is a popular Christian author. His spiritual insights are simply stated, easy to comprehend, introduced with relatable stories and leave the reader with a nugget for thought. Even though this book was a bit more simplistic than I prefer, I still found ideas worth pondering.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
An invitation to linger on Calvary. A look at the pieces that make up the Crucifixion. A chance to understand why. The answer may not be the one we want to hear, but it's the one we need and that's that He did it just for me and for you.

From the back of the book:

Linger on the hill of Calvary.
Rub a finger on the timber and press the nail into your hand.
Taste the tinge of cheap wine and feel the scrape of a thorn on your brow.
Touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God.
Allow the tools of to
Carôle Ceres
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is just what is needed to understand from a fresh perspective, the gift of God's Grace, Jesus Christ's Sacrifice & the entire gift of Salvation.

If, after reading this book, you are not assured of God's love for you, then at least when you re-read the accounts in The Gospels, you'll have pause & cause to wonder.

Max Lucado has a God given talent for teaching the Gospel in such a way that 20th & 21st century citizens can be guided to God in a language they understand.
David Wijaya
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Very worth it.. I love the way Max explains everything!
This might be one of my most favorite Christian books i've read.
Max Lucado has become one of my favorite Christian authors, he is funny and a great story teller, he also writes in a way that really speaks to the heart and soul.
He Chose the Nails was very thoughtfully written.
You may want to keep your journal and a pen near you as you read this book, there are quotes and beautiful poetry you may want to jot down, as well as any thoughts or feelings his writing brings up in you.
Max's writing sta
Hannah H.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Lucado does such a good job of weaving truth and story together to create compelling books, especially in audiobook form. While his stuff is never the deepest or most challenging (which is largely why this book didn’t get high marks from me), it never fails to be refreshing. This book in particular helped me see the realness of Jesus in a new way, as Lucado looked at the life and ministry of our Savior as it relates to our humanity. He too, suffered in all the ways we have. What a mind blowing a ...more
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I will be purchasing it for my library. I highly recommend it to all who want to know our Saviour more.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
I am not a big fan of Lucado, so I will save space so that others may gush about his saccharine sweet salvation-y snippets.
Jeffery Bertram
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite authors!
Faye Villanueva
Jan 29, 2010 is currently reading it
i'm getting magnetized by the cross. it's irresistible!
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heavenly
the first book i read from max. brought me to tears and on my knees. great book.
Naomi Campbell
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
A lady from Bible Study loaned me this book. I wanted to read it but you know how sometimes they sit there for a while because there are a ton of books you want to read and you kind of just go down the list? God saved this book though. Ha. Our basement flooded and this book was on the floor, but it was on a plastic grocery sack and it never got wet at all. I read this book in like three days. I loved the part about how you are saved but you fall more in love with Jesus as your relationship grows ...more
Anne Marie
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book five stars because out of all the religious books I’m reading this Lent, Max Lucado writes in a way that makes one have no doubt that we are all saved, even though we are all sinners. That doesn’t mean we can go out and do whatever we want. We should treat moments in our lives as ones where Jesus is leading us, and we should put all our trust in Him. If we do, we will all meet one day in Heaven. Jesus has laid out all our sins on the cross and we are forgiven. Jesus chose the na ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first foray into the books of Max Lucado. While I love the book and the way he presented the various gifts of the cross, which I had not of thought of in this way before, I was less impressed with the study guide that goes along with this book. The study guide in the back of the book differs from the one used with his video study. Discussion questions are hard to find amid his continued teachings and, in my opinion, some of the questions seem to come out of nowhere or seem so superfi ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to an audio version of this book and was moved to tears a few times. Never before have I considered the true depth of the sacrifice of Jesus for me. It was not delivered from a viewpoint of guilt or what I should do now to pay Him back. It was a sacrifice stemming from God's love for us, His creation.

Whether you are a long time believer, newer to the faith, or just wanting to figure some things out, you should read this book. Better yet, listen to it. Bob Holland narrates Max Lucado'
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Max Lucado's book. They are usually a quick but powerful read. I read through this one while doing the video and the study guide (separate book) with a friend. There is repetition between the 3, but I liked that some of the points he made were really settling in with me. This book offers some great insight on Jesus' act on the cross. The book could easily stand alone without the separate study guide and DVD - in fact the book has study questions for each chapter in the back. Great ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Max Lucado brings God's love and the gift of His son to you in an easily understandable and emotional way. The stories and examples he uses will touch your heart...they will grab your attention and make you sit up and listen closely.

This book really makes you think about Christ's sacrifice for each of us and the fact that He "chose the nails." And while Christ chose the nails, it's up to us to choose. His ultimate expression of love allows us the ability to accept this amazing gift of
I am giving this book a 3.5
Some of the chapters were AWESOME . . . great illustrations, wonderful analogies, deep applications of the Biblical truths. Then there were some chapters that just fell flat for me. But that is okay, because over all this was a good read for the end of the Lenten season and Holy week.
I didn't realize until I was finished that each chapter has a personal application section at the back. I think it would have been more helpful to have those questions and personal challe
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With more than 130 million products in print and several NYT bestsellers, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy. His next book is publishing August 2018 and is titled Unshakable Hope.

“The same hand that stilled the seas stills your guilt.
The same hand that cleansed the Temple cleanses your heart.
The hand is the hand of God.
The nail is the nail of God.
And as the hands of Jesus opened for the nail, the doors of heaven opened for you.”
“But here the correlation with Beauty and the Beast ends. In the fable, the beauty kisses the beast. In the Bible, the beauty does much more. He becomes the beast so the beast can become the beauty. Jesus changes places with us. We, like Adam, were under a curse, but Jesus "changed places with us and put himself under that curse" (Gal. 3:13).” 22 likes
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