Max Lucado’s goal with this 30 day devotional is to help us get to know the heart of Jesus so that our heart can experience a make-over as we strive to make our daily life more reflect Jesus.
Being a fan of Lucado’s writing, it is no surprise that I enjoyed this devotional. Up to this point I have not read his book Just Like Jesus, from which the devotional is derived, but this can definitely be a stand-alone book.
I so enjoy Lucado’s down to earth conversational style of writing. Each day he shares family stories and personal observations, all peppered with his homespun terminology (ie “stuckititis”). Pair this with lots of scripture and some serious self-examination questions and somehow he makes God feel closer and more accessible.
This would be a terrific devotional to start in the days leading up to Easter or Christmas, but the 30 day format makes it easy to start at any time.
Each daily devotional starts with a Bible verse. Lucado uses several translations including NKJV, NLT, NIV, MSG, and KJV. Next is the daily writing. These often include more Biblical references along with Lucado’s personal reflections, observations, and anecdotes. Each day’s “Thinking” section includes 2-3 questions to uncover how the topic fits in with your life. The “Hearing” section includes more scripture giving additional insight into what God’s word has to say on the subject. “Reflecting” on that scripture reading, Lucado includes a couple more questions to help as you examine your relationship with God. And finally, “Speaking” is like a mini conversation starter for your prayer time with the Father each day.
I found this book a great resource in my ongoing minute-by-minute, back-up-and-start-again, learn-from-my-mistakes-and-move-on, quest to become “Just Like Jesus”.
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through their BookSneeze program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.