Non Fiction – Adult – Christian/Self Help
Publication Date: 1990
Max Lucado shows that The Beatitudes are more than just a teaching on the mountain, but that Jesus was actually showing us a way to grasp peace and joy to live a fulfilling life.
The inspiring writing – as always with Max Lucado – in this modern Christian classic is compelling and beautifully phrased. He utilizes amazing examples to highlight his message. Now, I have always thought of the Beatitudes as a list to check off – you know like, 70% or better is a passing grade, but Mr. Lucado shows that is actually a step-by-step progression to rebuild a believer’s heart. And honestly his way makes a lot more sense and is way more productive than my checkup list. He provides ways to overcome the road blocks between you and Jesus. With the focus on changing your heart and attitude so that you may have a more fulfilling relationship with God, it allows you to defeat the world and those critical voices in your head with the truth. You are a worthy child of a King and by remembering that and giving yourself over to God you can face anything with the confidence that Jesus is always in your corner.
When I get bogged down in the ugliness of myself and the world, I reread this book to remind myself what really matters. I savor it, and let the message soak into my soul like a soothing balm. It is a reminder that I am precious to God, that he can even use me - flawed, broken and weak - for his purposes. And in those moments when I truly believe and can see past myself, that is when I am at peace and resting in the arms of Jesus.
When Mr. Lucado speaks of God and his delight in us it reminds me of my Grandma. Grandma J is engaging, passionate, and energetic, and when she talks with you, you feel like she genuinely wants to hear about your life and there is nothing more important she would rather do. She hurrays the good, mourns the sad, calls you on your mistakes, but has the faith that no screw up is too big to overcome. Everyone leaves her feeling like they are her favorite. This is the kind of relationship God would like to have with us.