Monday, March 18, 2013

Just Like Jesus - A Review

Just Like Jesus
Max Lucado

A Comparative Review

Max Lucado has two books with this same title.  The first is a typical Max Lucado book - a readable book drawing us to be to be followers of Jesus.  The second takes much of the same material and rewrites it for use as a 30 day devotional.  Though much of the same material exists in both volumes, they are not word for word duplicates.  On the other hand, if the reader’s interest is in reading a Max Lucado book, only one of these books needs to be chosen.  It might be useful for a small group or church to offer both books, allowing each participant to choose the format most comfortable for each individual.

The books allow the reader to examine what it means to be a follower of Jesus - and, like most of Lucado’s books, is very practical and down to earth.  Conservative and biblical, the book, like most of Lucado’s work, is full of modern stories, anecdotes, and parables.  It is the stories, anecdotes, and parables, that make both books so inviting to the reader.  The stories are set amidst scripture - both presented as stories and as truths that will define our faith.  

Having worked through both books, I preferred the devotional format - but that is really a result of who I am rather than on one book being better than the other.  Just Like Jesus will allow us to examine our lives - whether as a monograph or as a daily devotional.  
This review is based on free electronic copies of these books provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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