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Just Like Jesus: Learning to Have a Heart Like His

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In his best-selling book Just Like Jesus, Max Lucado explains that God loves you just the way you are . . . but He refuses to leave you that way. Why? Because our ultimate goal should be a life that is just like Jesus. And with determination, faith and God's help, we can all change for the better, no matter how long the bad habits have settled in. The reputation and recogn ...more
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Published February 10th 2003 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent look at what it means to truly live like Jesus. I particularly liked the story about where the phrase "face the music" came from.
Barry Smith
Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
God loves you just as you are, but refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be …JUST LIKE JESUS, is the longer than typical title of a book by popular Christian author Max Lucado (Word Publishing, Nashville, 1998). Lucado’s book is about a topic that is central to recovery – change.
Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for you life? According to the Apostle Paul God’s will for you is to be “conformed [or changed] to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29). In other words, God wants you to
Demiee Grace
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Demiee by: Holy Spirit :D
This book is all about, transforming into the image of Christ. Jesus is the perfect example. He had no guilt, no bad habits, no fears, no anxiety and no sin. God wants us to be the same. God wants us to be like Him and have a heart like His.
Jesus has a forgiving heart. He forgives everyone. The Lord wants us to bear with one another and forgive others as He forgave us. A compassionate heart, Jesus showed compassion on the one’s who people disliked. He intentionally reached out to those in need
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
I loved this book. I can't stand Christian preachers/writers/friends who pretend that now they have Christ they never had a previous life and temptations. I often think we can be in denial as to who we are and how we are made. This book reminds its reader of that in a lighthearted way. If you are a Christian who is struggling with try to stay in the light, then read this. You will feel better about who you are and laugh at what you do. I found that while I was trying to be faithful to my faith t ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful :) :) :) :) And inspiring!!!!
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Today I am reviewing Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado. I will be the first to admit I am not a big Lucado fan, in fact it took me several days to read the first 3 pages of this book. In order to write an honest review I knew it would require me to actually read the book, so I trudged on. Much to my surprise just a few short pages later I found I did not want to lay Just Like Jesus down! The chapters were short and pretty concise making the 12 chapters a quick read.
I enjoyed the theme of each chapte
Loraine Alcorn
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was able to read Just Like Jesus By Max Lucado through book sneeze and I really loved it . This is such a great book and Max is really at his best and most helpful.
I Have read many a book by Max Lucado and they are always so good and so uplifting that I re-read them all the time. Just Like Jesus By Max Lucado is going to be one I treasure always.

What I really like about Max is his ability to really get to the heart of an issue and apply humor to it in a way we can all relate to. This book as 1
Mary Ladrick
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just Like Jesus written by Max Lucado was a great easy read! I highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning about how to be just like Jesus. Each chapter starts with a relevant verse from the bible, a personal experience from Lucado and exploration of a particular theme. The themes included forgiveness, compassion, listening, contact with God, worship, focusing on Jesus, honesty, the mind, finding hope, heaven and finishing the journey strong. There are questions at the end to reflect ...more
Marquis Walker
Feb 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: done
This book is a blessing to me. The Max Lucado really took the time to really paint a picture of what it would be like to be like Jesus. The book challenged me on so many different levels. The There are so good lesson through out the whole book, but the one that stuck to me like glue is when Max asked me, "What if you had a normal day, but with the heart of Jesus. Would their be something about you different that people notice?" He went deep in to detail. I really enjoyed it.
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010s
A great book, I need to read it again and do the Bible study along side it. This was my first Max Lucado book.
Nov 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Listened to audio book. I'm always inspired by Max Lucado.
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent !!!
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. The message behind the whole book of trying to become more and more like Jesus was really well put and all the chapters had great points. I would definitely recommend this book to Christians who need encouragement on their walk with Christ and who need help becoming more and more like Jesus and finishing their Christian race.
Teri Reck
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another beautifully written book by Max Lucado. As he puts it, " God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus." God wants us to give up our sinful ways and become Christ-like --not in order to save ourselves, which is impossible. But because Christ already has saved us and His way is a better way. Worth reading!!
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was an inspiration to me. We are to be like Jesus everyday. Max puts a new perspective on it.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
E.G. Cassady
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jason Bailey
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my go-to books. I used to listen to it once a day with Audible and I have read it more times than I care to count.

Max Lucado is a very practical writer. He is often very repetitive yet filled with practical insights. His work in this book is no exception. However, I still cannot recommend it highly enough.
Toyin A
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books by Max Lucado. I imagine him being a soft-spoken gentleman with a very close relationship with God who delights in pointing others to Him.

This book is such an amazing book for anyone who is in doubt or not fully convinced that it is possible to be like Jesus. Max starts and ends this book by stating that “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. More than anything, He wants you to be just like Jesus.” What an amazing revelation.

The layout of
John Willis
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
As with all of Lucado's books for me, a very light spiritual uplifting book.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Amazon states: "This best-selling book Just Like Jesus, Max Lucado explains that God loves you just the way you are...but He refuses to leave you that way. Why? Because our ultimate goal should be a life that is just like Jesus. And with determination, faith and God's help, we can all change for the better, no matter how long the bad habits have settled in. The reputation and recognition of the bestseller is sure to make this new edition an instant favorite."

I don't really think it is as glamoro
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Typical Lucado. He presents anecdotes seemingly light and superficial and then he lowers the punch and it is impactful.

Don't skip the introduction, "Dear Friend". It is almost the most powerful part of the book.

For example, he writes: "Where do we get the idea we can't change?...'I'm just that way'... Would we make similar statements about our bodies? 'It's just my nature to have a broken leg. I can't do anything about it.' Of course not...We seek help. Jesus can change our hearts. He wants us
Debra Oehlberg
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
The reason why it took me so long to read this book was that I misplaced it for several days, but wanted to read it. Most of the book was extremely interesting. My book was actually the orange paperback version, but I could not find the ISBN on Goodreads. The book emphasized over and over that enthusiasm must be part of the faith. That even means that children watching their parents in days prior to getting ready for church must "feel" that the parents are just as excited about going to church a ...more
Ginny B
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 12 chapters Max Lucado walks us through some of Jesus attributes and reminds us that we are called to imitate Him, to have a heart like His. We are to have a forgiving, compassionate, listening, God-intoxicated, worship-hungry, focused, honest, pure, hope-filled, rejoicing, enduring heart. Perhaps Max summed it up best when he said having a heart like Jesus "means to kneel as Jesus knelt, touching the grimy parts of the people we are stuck with and washing away their unkindnesses with kindnes ...more
Nicole Rivera
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Description: Over and over Max tells us, "God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you there. He wants you to be just like Jesus." This is the crux of the book. God loves us too much to leave us just as we are, he wants to make us better, to make us as great as his Son. But how do we do that? ... That's what Max gets into in each chapter of Just Like Jesus.

Recommendations: If you are seeking and wanting to grow in your Christian walk, this is the book for you. It will bo
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max Lucado is the author of a number of inspiration, gift and children’s book. In ‘Just Like Jesus’, Max takes us on a journey to restore our hearts and to understand how we can change aspects of our lives to be ‘Just like Jesus’. In each chapter we look at different ways in which this can be done and for us to ultimately model our lives on him, settling for nothing less. We seen in each chapter examples of the way that God loves us – just the way we are, but that he refuses to leave us the way ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christianity
I did not like this book. The reviews had me really thinking it was going to be good so I was disappointed. I guess I should not have expected so much from it. The title is Just Like Jesus and the author's goal is to make you be just like Jesus. I assumed the book would be full of examples from Jesus' life and ways we can try to incorporate the likeness of Jesus in our everyday life. BUT this book was a typical Christian self help book about getting closer to God. The author barely even mentione ...more
Kitty Nottoli
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome opportunity to dig deeper into your understanding of who you are and how to become more like Jesus!
Colleen Patricia
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It all starts with change. God is Love and love always win. Learning how to have a heart like Jesus require patience and a willingness to change for the better. Great book!
B.J. Nicol
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book many times over the years. Each time is like the first time. I speaks to me in ways that only a very few books really do. It's like Max knew the combination to the lock on my heart when he wrote this and it was just for me. The words, thoughts, phrasing - everything about it is perfect, like an arrow flying straight and true. Every time I read it, I am stirred - like a cup of warm tea. And like the honey sitting in the bottom of the tea cup, when the stirring begins, the sw ...more
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“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.

Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.

God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. "Spit out the dirt, honey," our Father urges. "I've got something better for you." And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don't enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. "I can eat dirt if I want to!" we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”
“God rewards those who seek Him. Not those who seek doctrine of religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus himself. And what is the reward? What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of the heart of Jesus.” 104 likes
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