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About Max Lucado
In just under two decades of writing, Max Lucado has accomplished more than most writers hope for in a lifetime. Most of his books have appeared on one or more best seller lists, including those published by the "New York Times," "USA Today," "Publishers Weekly," and the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). Aside from hardcover books, Lucado's writings have also been published as children's books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, music CDs, mass paperback booklets, apparel, giftware, bookmarks, calendars, study Bibles, workbooks, curricula, and plush products. In spring 2003, Hallmark/Dayspring Cards launched a new gift card line featuring excerpts from Lucado's writings--and has already sold more than one million cards.
All this success has drawn more than a little attention to a previously low-profile Texas author and minister. Lucado has been featured in a wide range of media, including "USA Today," "Larry King Live," and "NBC Nightly News." He has spoken at the National Prayer Breakfast before the President of the United States. He has traveled with internationally renowned musicians as a special speaker on their music tours, such as the highly successful "Come Together & Worship Tour" (sponsored by Chevrolet) with Grammy Award-winning artists Michael W. Smith and Third Day.
Journey to the Top
Lucado was born in 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, and raised in Andrews, Texas, the youngest of four children. His father was an Exxon oil field mechanic who, Lucado remembers, always smelled of grease cleaner. "It makes it easy for me to see a God who is loving and kind--because my dad was," he says. His mother was a nurse who grew up working in the cotton fields.
Lucado went through a period of rebellion against his parents' values and their God during his teens and into college. But it wasn't long before he found himself drawn back to his roots, back to God. He married, spent time serving as a missionary in Brazil, and returned to the States, where he began working as a church minister and writing on the side.
Secret to Success
From all accounts, Max Lucado is not a man consumed by sales, awards, and achievements. He often turns down media interviews since they impede on family and ministry commitments. He spends the bulk of his week serving as senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. And he is truly surprised by his own success--more impressed by his one-in-a-million wife and three amazing daughters than by his successful writing career.
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Experience the true meaning of Christmas with this giftable volume of Christmas stories from beloved storyteller Max Lucado.
These stories—like your favorite Christmas ornaments—come in various shapes and sizes. They unfold in settings from ancient Bethlehem to rural England. From a small Texas town to the heavenly realms. Others imagine Christmas through the eyes of a burned-out candle maker and a lonely businessman.
Discover the heavenly battle between angels and demons preceding Christ’s birth. Walk in Joseph’s shoes as he ponders the miracle before him. Travel to a modern-day nativity scene where the baby Jesus is missing. You'll be awed anew at God’s gift to us with this beloved collection of yuletide tales.
“In the mystery of Christmas,” Max writes, “we find its majesty. The mystery of how God became flesh, why he chose to come, and how much he must love his people. Such mysteries can never be solved, just as love can never be diagrammed. Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but imagination.”
In the midst of the bustle and hurry that often distracts us this time of year, these stories free us to explore the ways in which Christ’s coming has forever changed history—and us.
- Beautiful, giftable hardcover edition
- Perfect as a stocking stuffer or as a host or hostess gift
- Hopeful and encouraging Christmas stories from one of America’s greatest storytellers
For some, Christmas is a time of excitement, celebration, and quality time with loved ones. For others, it's full of loneliness, grief, and loss. Join New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado as he unwraps the enduring promises of Christmas and discovers a lifetime of hope, all because of one baby born in Bethlehem.
It's easy to lose sight of the remarkable story of Christmas. We forget that a king ordered a census, Joseph was forced to travel, Mary bounced on a donkey's back, the hotel was full, the hour was late, and the event was one big hassle. Yet, out of that hassle, hope was born.
In Because of Bethlehem, Max invites us to look at the Christmas story from a different perspective. He reminds us that Christmas is about more than a pretty tree with presents piled up underneath it. Christmas begins what Easter celebrates: the child in the cradle who goes on to become the King on the cross. Because of Bethlehem, we have a place on earth and a Savior in heaven.
In the midst of your hectic Christmas season, Max will give you the encouragement, advice, and tools you need to:
- Rekindle your connection to the Christ of Christmas
- Receive the promises of the Christmas season
- Lay down your endless Christmas to-do list and trust what Jesus has already done
- Heal your heartache by embracing the God who is always near you, always for you, and always with you
Each copy of Because of Bethlehem will also include an Advent Devotional Guide designed to help you reflect on the miracle of Christ's birth and the promise of his return.
As you curl up in a comfortable spot and take a closer look at the wild and wonderful story of Bethlehem, may you find enduring faith for all seasons of your life. No matter what this season holds for you, rest in the truth that the promise of Christmas has the power to bring you a lifetime of hope and healing.
Are you weary? Worn out by the bills that keep stacking, a virus that keeps raging, or a heart that keeps aching? If so, the book of Esther brings welcome news: Relief will come!
To be clear, you didn't ask for this struggle. You want to get past it. You don't know how much longer you can hold up. But what if God is with you in this difficult season? When life seems off the rails, remember this truth: the minute you bow your head to pray is the moment God lifts his hand to help.
Queen Esther learned this truth firsthand. When confronted with a royal decree that would annihilate her people, she had to make some tough choices. Would she remain silent in the face of this challenge, or would she speak up? Would she blend in, or would she stand out? But after Esther spent three days in prayer and fasting, God gave her the courage to speak up. God used her to save the nation. And God can do the same with you.
In You Were Made for This Moment, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado will help you:
- put your hope in the God of grand reversals, trusting that God will right every wrong
- cultivate courage for your challenging times by leaning on the God who redeems and restores
- discover your role in God's story by exploring how God can use your experiences and circumstances to join him in his holy work
God never promised us a life without trials, but he does promise to be with us as we walk through them. Trust that he can redeem your struggles for a mighty purpose. You, friend, were made for this moment.
Do you desire to take long looks at Jesus? You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees.
At the birth of Jesus while the theologians were sleeping, the elite were dreaming, and the successful were snoring, the meek were kneeling before the One only the meek will see. They were kneeling in front of Jesus.
Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado invites readers to witness the birth of Christ as they've never seen it before, through twenty-five inspirational selections from his most popular books. Selections are taken from 3:16, God Came Near, The Applause of Heaven, and more.
While reading In the Manger you will stand in awe that:
- The Author would enter his own story.
- The Word would become flesh.
- The Creator would become creation.
Join Mary and Joseph inside a stable, beside a shepherd, at the feet of the King in the manger.
Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night? Is anxiety your constant companion? We've all been there, but we don't have to let those racing thoughts control us. It's time to let God help you win the war on worry and start living a life full of calm.
Anxious for Nothing, from pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, provides a practical and powerful roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety. Combining hopeful scripture with timeless stories, Max will equip you with the tools you need to overcome your anxieties, no matter what you're facing.
Throughout Anxious for Nothing, Max reminds each of us that God has more in store for us than a life defined by the things we dread. Max invites us to take a closer look at Philippians 4:6-7--one of the most highlighted passages of any book in the world:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Max shares the story of the apostle Paul in a new light, giving us everyday insights into how we can all replace our angst and trepidation with true gratitude and peace. Max will also teach you how to:
- Reframe the way that you view your fears and stressors
- Receive bad news through a lens of sovereignty
- Tell yourself the truth in every stressful situation
- Leave your worries with the Lord and meditate on the good things in your life
Each copy of Anxious for Nothing also includes questions for reflection that will give you the opportunity to dive even deeper into the lessons you'll learn in every chapter.
You deserve to discover a life characterized by calm instead of chaos. Join Max on the journey to lasting freedom from your anxiety and embrace joy, clarity, and contentment as you learn to be Anxious for Nothing.
In the Because of Bethlehem video Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado guides you through the Advent season to its source at an unassuming stable in Bethlehem...
No one expected the Messiah to come the way he did. Yet the way he came was every bit as important as the coming itself. The manger is the message.
Because of Bethlehem, God knows what it's like to be human. Because of Bethlehem, when we talk to him about tough times, he understands. He's been there. He's been here. Because of Bethlehem, we no longer have marks on our record...just grace.
In the midst of your hectic Christmas season, this 4-session Bible study with Max will:
- Revive your wonder that the One who made everything chose to make himself nothing for us.
- Rekindle your connection to the Christ of Christmas who offers lasting hope.
- Help you lay down your endless Christmas to-do list and receive what Jesus has already done.
- Heal your heartache by embracing the God who is always near you, always for you, and always in you.
For some, Christmas is a time of excitement, celebration, and family, while for others it is a time of loneliness, grief, and loss. No matter what this season holds for you, the promise of Christmas will bring you a lifetime of hope.
The Because of Bethlehem Study Guide includes video notes and discussion questions, Bible exploration, an individual application activity, and an Advent practice to complete between meetings.
- God Has a Face
- Worship Works Wonders
- God Guides the Wise
- Every Heart a Manger
Designed for use with Because of Bethlehem/He Chose the Nails Video Study (9780310687849), sold separately. The DVD is a two-disc set for Christmas and Easter.
We all experience disappointing setbacks, overwhelming loneliness, and paralyzing fear at some point in our lives. It sometimes seems as if nothing will help. In God Will Help You, New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado encourages us to trust in the God who is working miracles in the big and small things. With God, no setback is too big to solve, and no prayer goes unnoticed. God is still working.
Each chapter offers reassurance through miracles big and small that He will meet us in the midst of life's messes. God will help
- if you feel anxious, solve your problems, through fear
- if you are stuck, when you are lonely, in daily life
- in illness, during grief, with guidance, to forgive
God Will Help You is an interactive book:
- filled with biblical miracles and current stories
- thoughts to ponder, prayers, Scripture, and journaling prompts with space for reflection
- with an easy-to-read and easy-to-use design and a beautiful ribbon marker
This book is a great self-purchase for anyone struggling with anxiety, loneliness, grief, or fear. God Will Help You is a thoughtful gift for anyone who has recently lost a loved one, needs an encouragement, endures a difficult season, or struggles with daily stressors.
Today's worries and anxieties can seem overwhelming, but trusted pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado leads you to greater peace through this 365-day devotional of short, powerful readings and Scripture verses.
No matter what happens in this ever-changing world, God invites us to count on him because he never changes. Each dated entry in You Can Count on God includes:
- an engaging devotion from Lucado with his trademark inspirational style
- comforting Scripture to bring us back to God's promises
- encouragement to receive God's peace even in challenging circumstances
- reminders of how God gives us courage to try new things
- strength to make it through any trial we face.
The ribbon marker and beautiful cover make this year-long devotional a perfect gift for men and women needing courage for a new season of life or anyone struggling with anxiety about the future. You Can Count on God calls us to know God on a deeper level as we remember his faithfulness through all generations.
When life gets difficult, is God paying attention? If I'm facing challenge after challenge, will God help? When my days become dark and stormy, does God notice? The answer in the life-giving stories in the Gospel of John is a resounding yes.
In You Are Never Alone, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado reminds us that our miracle-working God sees us, cares about us, and will always come to our aid, no matter what we're up against.
By tracing Jesus' miracles as told in the book of John, You Are Never Alone invites us to take a closer look at the good news John shares with each of us: God is never afraid to meet us in the middle of life's messes, extend a helping hand, and lift us out of our troubles.
You Are Never Alone will equip you to:
- Get unstuck and take your first step into a better tomorrow
- Dwell in the grace of the cross and the miracle of the empty tomb
- Believe that God is your ever-present source of help and hope
- Take comfort that you are never without God's protection
You Are Never Alone also includes thoughtful, comprehensive reflection questions designed to go along with each chapter, giving you a chance to dive even deeper into the ways that God walks with you every step of the way.
Do you ever feel like Jesus couldn’t possibly know what you are going through? He’s the God of the universe after all! Does he really know your daily struggles? The good news is: he does.
For thirty-three years Jesus felt everything you have ever felt: weakness, weariness, sadness, rejection. His feet got tired and his head ached. He was tempted and his strength was tested. And you know why? Because in becoming human, Jesus made it possible for us to see God. His tears, God’s tears. His voice, God’s voice. Want to know what matters to God? Find out what matters to Jesus. Want to know what in the world God is doing? Ponder the words and life of Jesus.
For more than three decades, pastor and bestselling author Max Lucado has shown us Jesus. In this capstone book, he takes us further on the journey to know the life and character of the Savior.
This book describes both the person Jesus was on earth and how to live in a personal relationship with him and is divided into six sections:
- Miracle Worker
- Lamb of God
- Returning King
By exploring Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as well as specific details like how he interacted with his friends and his enemies, what he did with time alone, how he acted at a party, this compilation from Max Lucado—now with original never-before-read content from Max—gives readers the chance to become more familiar with the man at the center of the greatest story ever told.
Max writes “Don’t settle for a cursory glance or a superficial understanding. Look long into the heart of Christ and you’ll see it. Grace and life. Forgiveness of sin. The defeat of death. This is the hope he gives.”
Jesus wants you to know him. As you read these pages, may the hero of all history talk to you personally, and may you find in him the answer to your deepest needs.
Searching for an Advent devotional that is intentional and easy-to-follow? Let Advent come alive in your life this Christmas with Celebrating Christmas with Jesus: An Advent Devotional written by New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado.
Every Christmas, Christians all over the world celebrate the Advent season, recognizing the love, hope, joy, and peace that is found only in Jesus Christ. Through this 30-day devotional, Max Lucado:
- Brings to light the many events in the life of Christ from birth to ascension that demonstrate His omnipotence
- Reflects on the gift that God has given each one of us to enjoy during this Christmas season
- Invites you to experience each moment as our Savior becomes the center of this Christmas for you
Celebrating Christmas with Jesus:
- Is an affordable gift for neighbors, Bible study groups, worship leaders, fans of Max Lucado, and holiday gift baskets
This Advent devotional gives readers the chance to slow down and get ready for the special birth of Jesus.
Do you find it easier to face the day when you know God is with you? Max Lucado believes it is! In God Is With You Every Day, Max uses his signature reassuring and encouraging voice, paired with practical, relevant, and personal messaging, to remind you that God is with you every day.
This 365-day devotional begins each week with a prayer and scripture, followed by six days of devotions and scripture for reflection. Weaving messages of comfort, grace, and encouragement, this book is wonderful for:
- Anyone who wants a fresh infusion of faith to start each day
- Those walking through difficult seasons of life such as loneliness, grief, or change
- People in need of courage to face each day
God Is With You Every Day makes a great:
- Self-purchase for those needing an extra pick-me-up or Max Lucado fans
- Inspirational gift for friends and family walking through a tough season, experiencing loss, or overwhelmed by life's challenges