Thursday, January 8, 2009

For the Tough Times by Max Lucado

I'm an official book review blogger for Thomas Nelson Publishing. Have I mentioned that before--maybe once or twice? Behold, my first review!

This is the first book by Max Lucado that I have read. For The Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope is a very quick, easy read. I read it in less than an hour. Lucado’s style flows easily and has a nice, relaxed, comfortable feel to it.

This little book would be really good for a new believer or young person but it is probably too simplistic to appeal to anyone who has done a lot of in-depth bible study. I also wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who is in the midst of a crisis as it tends to come across a little trite and cliché.

I was a little disappointed because most of the book builds up to the climax question of “How should I pray in times of great suffering?” but then only offers the usual examples of Job and Lazarus. Nothing really new or earth-shattering here but instead offers a good reminder of things we probably already know.

If you just want a simple, quick read that will remind you of some basic principles regarding pray or if you want something easy to jump start a study on prayer this book will offer several Scriptures that would make for good in-depth study.

Oh, and Dazey was right, it could have used a little more salt!


The Blonde Duck said...

I just stumbled along in on your blog. How did you become an offical book blogger? That's really cool!

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

That was fast...What book are you getting next.

Amber said...

You read fast! Your shelves are going to be stocked....and fast!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Here from Stephanie... I'm glad some other people have joined the book bandwagon. I'm currently reading the Lucado book.