God Came Near
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 pr...more
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 ...more
Alas, life does not always go the way I intend it to. But even so, I really enjoyed this, as always. I love how a familiar book can bring so much new things to my attention every time (or old ideas i needed a reminder for). I hope to try (and succeed?) again next year.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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.
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The first time I read this book was 2 months before my mom was diagnosed with cancer. The focus of this book on little miraculous moments helped prepare me for that difficult time by helping me see God's hand in the small blessings around me when life was clouded over with adversity.