Thursday, January 19, 2012

When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado

Let's begin with the summary:

Do you find it hard to believe that the One who made everything keeps your name on His heart and on His lips? Did you realize that your name is written on the hand of God (Is. 49:16)? Perhaps you've never seen your name honored. And you can't remember when you heard it spoken with kindness. In this book, Lucado offers the inspiration to believe that God has already bought the ticket-with your name on it.

And now, my review:

Nuggets. That’s why I read Max’s books. Nuggets of wisdom tucked into anecdotes full of delicious prose. Max covers multiple topics in his essay-type book. One of the insights that stuck out to me was about a people mover.

He wrote of a delightfully exaggerated trip through Dallas-Fortworth’s sprawling airport, complete with descriptions of day-long hikes to find his terminal, mirages and a canteen. But there, in the distance, a people mover—one of those moving walkways that require little to no energy on the part of the person “riding” the belt for long stretches. He tied this to how sometimes we need to rest in God and let Him move us forward. He’s always moving us forward. That ministered to me and I think will speak to anyone who has ever gotten stuck in the striving mentality of having to earn every inch of progress. God commands rest (see the Ten Commandments), but sometimes we forget this.

Wherever you are in your life, this book will speak to you. Hope-filled chapters abound. And who couldn’t use someone coming alongside them and encouraging them? That’s what Max does. He links arms with you, whispers some helpful tale tied to a moral and urges you not to give up, unless it’s to give in to God.

I’ll leave readers to discover why he titled the book as he did. Loved those chapters! If you’re looking for light reading full of heavy doses of hope, this one’s for you.

*I was provided a free e-book copy of this nonfiction title from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review. This title is a reprint from 1999.

1 comment:

  1. Lucado writes in a conversational manner. His strength is in his ability to tell stories. He takes a familiar Bible passage and presents it in a fresh context. Like most writers he also has a gift for creating quotable phrases. An example is "We seldom see history in the making, and we seldom recognize heroes" (p. 33). A second example is "Faith in the future begets power in the present"