Apr 23, 2011

Live Loved: Experiencing God's Presence in Everyday Life, A Devotional by Max Lucado

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With over 100 million products in print, Max Lucado is one of America’s most widely read authors. He and his wife, Denalyn, live in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the Oak Hills Church.

Visit the author's website at http://www.maxlucado.com/ or the new Live Loved site at http://www.maxlucado.com/static/liveloved/

MY THOUGHTS

If you are a Max Lucado fan like I am, you will love this great new devotional book that gives a daily reminder of God's love for us. All devotionals in this book were originally published in other books by Max Lucado. These titles include the following: It's Not About Me; Facing Your Giants; 3:16, Numbers of Hope; Every Day Deserves a Chance; Fearless; and Outlive Your Life.

The book is separated into five sections:
  • Loved with a Steadfast Love
  • Loved with a Perfect Love
  • Loved with a Wise Love
  • Loved with a Merciful Love
  • Loved to Love Others
Here is an excerpt from one of my favourites on page 248, which is titled Daily Deeds of Kindness:

Follow Mary's example.
     There is an elderly man in your community who just lost his wife. An hour of your time would mean the world to him.
     Some kids in your city have no dad. No father takes them to movies or baseball games. Maybe you can.  They can't pay you back. They can't even afford the popcorn or sodas. But they'll smile like a cantaloupe slice at your kindness.
     Or how about this one? Down the hall from your bedroom is a person who shares your last name. Shock that person with kindness. Something outlandish. Your homework done with no complaints. Coffee served before he awakens. A love letter written to her for no special reason. Alabaster poured, just because.
     Daily do a deed for which you cannot be repaid.


Prayer - Precious Savior, we pass people every day who need a demonstration of your love. May we search for ways to show extravagant gestures of gracious love and outlandish acts of kindness. Make us people who set a goal of doing daily deeds for which we cannot be repaid. Set our hearts on fire for people who do not know you. Consume us with compassion for the desperate and downtrodden. Let us pour our live out in love . . . just because, amen.

I love the way that Max Lucado takes a portion of scripture, explains it in a way that makes it come alive, and then he helps us to personalize it. In the above passage, he is discussing the final days of Jesus life, when Mary poured the precious oil from her alabaster jar, and washed the feet of Jesus.

Although Mary's choice wasn't understood by others, specifically Judas, she did it anyway. She literally poured out her love, even though she was criticized. Mary demonstrated the extent of her love by surrendering her most treasured gift. What an awesome example!

I have never found a book by Max Lucado that I didn't love, and this one is no exception.  Some of the very best portions of the other books were brought together in a fabulous collection that shows how much we are loved by God, and at the same time he challenges us to pass that love on to others.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Thomas Nelson.

1 comment:

  1. I love the examples shared here, and the one about the old man especially touches me. I am a volunteer visitor to a home bound person and we both enjoy the visits.

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