**Book received for review. All thoughts are my own.It's no secret to most that I love Bibles. In fact, I collect them. I have several varieties with all different styles, all different translations, and all different purposes. I love the stories inside, I have my favorite verses and even my favorite books that I go back to time and time again.
But can I be honest for just a minute? There are many stories- especially those in the Old Testament- that I just don't get. Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a great story when I read one but going beyond that? I'm just not the most educated on the subject. I don't always understand exactly what the significance of these stories are or how they apply to my life now.
Take the story of Joshua for instance. I know that this is an amazing battle story... but what can I learn from it? This is so far in the past, how is it relevant to my life and my relationship with God? This is just what Max Lucado looks at in his latest book, Glory Days.
Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a spiritual rut or that you're running on empty? The Israelites certainly did, but just as they did, you too can move from the wilderness to the Promised Land. In Glory Days, Max Lucado invites readers to leave the wilderness and discover a life defined by grace, refined by challenge, and aligned with a heavenly call. By studying the life of Joshua and the biblical book that bears his name, Lucado reveals God’s promises for every step and reminds readers that God still fights for them.
If you've not yet read anything by Max Lucado, you must change that immediately! I was first introduced to Max Lucado several months ago with his wonderful book on prayer, Before Amen. I immediately fell in love with his storytelling and couldn't wait to read more. I have since had the chance to read several more of his books- both for adults and children alike- and with each one I find myself becoming a bigger fan. He has a way of effortlessly weaving together personal stories, modern news stories and Bible stories in a way that makes it understandable to even the theology novice like myself. He doesn't just tell you the who and the what...he digs deeper into each story and show what this means for us now, today!
In Glory Days, he takes us through the book of Joshua and encourages us too to face our own Jericho--- the struggles or obstacles that are keeping us out in the wilderness and away from the glory days that God has promised. Again in that unique was that he weaves stories together, I found myself discovering this story all over again, and wanting to go back and reread it all now that I knew what I was missing. (And to make that even easier, there are questions to reflect on at the end of the book relating to each chapter and giving the Bible reference to study!)
If you're feeling like you too are stuck in the wilderness and need help making it past the wall, this book has a lot to offer. Or if you're just like me and looking for a way to dig a little deeper into this great Bible book, this is worth checking into too.
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