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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Live Loved

Publisher's description:
Imagine how your life would change if you were sure God loves you!

Using the same popular format as Grace for the Moment, Live Loved brings fresh, new devotionals based on the writings of Max Lucado. Included is a broad range of topics such as facing your fears, accepting His grace, and truly knowing God’s omnipresent love. Each devotional is accompanied by an ending prayer to nurture a stronger prayer life for new believers, as well as long-standing Christ followers. It’s a new devotional from one of America's leading Christian writers that will help men and women experience life from a whole new perspective.

My Review:
Another great Max Lucado gift book!    Fair warning to Max Lucado readers though, this is a compilation of excerpts from other books.  Those titles include It's Not About Me, Facing Your Giants, 3:16: Numbers of Home, Every Day Deserves a Chance, Fearless, and Outlive Your Life.  If you have read these books you will not find anything new, despite the organization of topics into the categories of Loved with a Steadfast Love, Loved with a Perfect Love, Loved with a Wise Love, and Loved to Love Others.

I originally agreed to review this book because my heart longed to be loved and while my head knew that God loved me, my heart just wasn't feeling it.  Lucado does and excellent job of organizing Bible verses and connecting them with his commentary to show just how much we truly are loved by the God of the universe.  He shows us how we are loved when we feel depressed as Jeremiah was, when we are experiencing problems, or when we are unsure of the future.  We see how God is unchanging and always with us.

Each subsection begins with a bible verse, goes on with an illustration by Lucado, followed by a prayer and more scripture references to reinforce the point.  Lucado seems to have a gift with bringing scripture references from thousands of years ago into today's situations and making us realize that God is the same yesterday and today and will continue to be the same tomorrow.  We can trust his promises.

If you haven't read all of the above mentioned books, this would be a great one to add to your library for pick me ups on days when you really need a hug from God.  It would also be a great gift book.

This book was received free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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