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Book review: For the Tough Times

January 28, 2009

tough-timesI’ve never read anything by Max Lucado. I recognized the name on the book because you just can’t be a Christian for very long in this country and not see or hear it scores of times. I’ve seen dozens of his small, hard cover books but never heard anything extraordinary or controversial about Max Lucado … so I didn’t ever bother to pick one up.

For the Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope is a collection of about 80 beautiful pages for someone dealing with life’s hardships. I am not in a desperate situation, but found reassurance in the book just the same. Everyone needs to be told what they already know about matters of faith sometimes.

Max inspires awe at God’s majesty and nearness, and reassures the reader of His constant presence and ultimate control. He reminds the troubled reader that even Satan serves God’s purposes. He passionately encourages forgiveness, and counsels the reader to reverently shut up sometimes and let God be God. He discusses the power and importance of prayer, and dedicates the last chapter to comforting someone who has lost a loved one.

Personal and historic stories make the book an even easier, more applicable, read, and Max’s constant musings of situations that the reader may be facing unveils his heart for whatever a person may be suffering from.

While it is not extraordinary or controversial, For the Tough Times is biblical comfort for someone in need of God’s voice. For the wavering Christian it will surely reignite faith, and for the most grounded believer it will reassure in the midst of uncertainty. I plan on shelving my copy to be lovingly handed over the next time someone I love is in tough times.

PS- If you want to get free books from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a 200+ word review, go here!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2009 6:50 pm

    sounds like it is worth look.

  2. January 28, 2009 10:15 pm

    the Nelson program is pretty sweet!

    It’s good to know about books like this that, while maybe not riveting – have a place and time for people in unique seasons.

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