Review: He Chose The Nails – Max Lucado
Belief and faith in God are two things that guide many along the righteous path. The scriptures show us that anything is possible; we only need to believe. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. It’s hard, sometimes, to believe in something we can’t see, to place our trust in someone we’ve never truly met, but that’s what faith is about, isn’t it? To love God whole-heartedly and place our lives, our trust, and our beliefs within his hands.
Using aspects of his own life to show us what the grace of God has done for him, Max Lucado is able to broaden the reader’s understanding of what having faith in Him is like. He breaks things down so that anyone of any age can find significance with the passages he writes. Embedded throughout the book are lessons he’s learned along the way, lessons meant to enrich and fulfill the life he’s lead. With each stroke of the pen, he allows us to understand the sacrifice that our beloved God has made in order for us to life a fulfilling and righteous life.
The book is quite thought-provoking and the meaning behind Max’s analogies strike deep within one’s soul. This book will definitely give the reader a thorough understanding of what Jesus Christ went through in order to cleanse of us of our sins. I truly recommend this book for reading and enjoyed reading it very much.
Reading a Max Lucado book is as comfortable as having coffee and conversation with a close friend. He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart is signature Lucado: warm, conversational storytelling blended with scripture, humor, and vulnerability.
Lucado invites us to understand the symbols surrounding Christ’s crucifixion and celebrate the significance of the promises they offer. From the sign in different languages tacked to the cross (“I will speak to you in your language”) to the burial clothing (“I can turn your tragedy into triumph”), he speaks of each symbol as a “gift of grace” that reveals God’s love for mankind.
Lucado takes us to Calvary and shows us our sins nailed between the hand of Jesus and the cross. “You’ve made some bad choices in life, haven’t you,” writes Lucado. “You’ve chosen the wrong friends, maybe the wrong career, even the wrong spouse. You look back over your life and say, ‘If only I could make up for those bad choices.’ You can. One good choice for eternity offsets a thousand bad ones on earth. The choice is yours.”
About The Author:
Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition, he has been an ECPA Gold Medallion finalist with more titles than any other author in the industry.
In 1994, he became the only author to have 11 of his twelve books in print simultaneously appear on paperback, hardcover and children’s CBA bestseller lists. Lucado set a new industry record by concurrently placing nine different Word Publishing titles on the CBA Hardcover Bestseller List in both March and April 1997. Max Lucado is a fixture on the national bestseller lists – a Max Lucado title has appeared on the CBA hardcover bestseller list every month for the past dozen years. He has appeared on the Publishers Weekly, USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. He has won eight ECPA Gold Medallion awards.
In addition to his nonfiction books, Lucado has authored several award-winning children’s titles including, Just In Case You Ever Wonder, The Crippled Lamb, Alabaster’s Song and the award-winning You Are Special. Max is also the author of Hermie: A Common Caterpillar, and the Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends collection of books and DVD’s are quickly becoming a fixture on bestseller lists. He also served as the general editor for the best-selling Lucado Study Bible and God’s Inspirational Promise Book.
In the Fall of 2006, he released Facing Your Giants, followed by Every Day Deserves a Chance in April of the 2007.
For over twenty years, Max has served as the Senior Pastor of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. But he says his greatest accomplishment is finding a one-in-a-million wife in Denalyn and having three unbelievable daughters: Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.
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