Wednesday, 08 September 2010

Review: Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

Cast of Characters
Written by Max Lucado
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-8499-2155-1

How do you bring Bible characters to life for today’s readers? Many authors take us back in time and show the folk in Bible days, but Max Lucado uses an innovative approach. He blasts them into modern society—then tells their stories with modern twists. For example, Matthew, the first-century tax collector, becomes the guy who's never invited to the neighborhood cookouts or high-school reunions.

“Cast of Characters” is gleaned from Max Lucado’s best-sellers. The Bible folk are chosen from the Old and the New Testament, and include lesser known people like Mephibosheth and heroes such as Paul. It was exciting to see myself in the book—if these peoples’ lives counted, then mine, with all its shortcomings, also counts in the hands of a loving God.

Max Lucado’s conversational style is a pleasure to read. The chapters are short and stand alone. They start with a Bible reading and then retell the character’s story set in modern society and laced with anecdotes from Max Lucado’s life. Questions for discussion and reflection end each one.

 I found this book ideal for a quick read during a coffee break as well as a great tool for my devotional time. It also lends itself for use in a Bible Study group.

I enjoyed “Cast of Characters” and highly recommend it.

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