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I’ve said many times on my blog that non-fiction is not my genre of choice. However, when presented with a book by Max Lucado, I simply cannot pass up the opportunity to read it. I absolutely LOVE this man’s work! His books are simple and easy to read. They hold my interest and make me want to read through to the end (unlike a lot of non-fiction books that I get half-way through and can’t seem to finish). And they apply to me and my life. So, when I saw the chance to read and review The Great House of God, I went for it . . .
He doesn’t want to be merely a weekend getaway. He has no interest in being a Sunday bungalow or even a summer cottage. He wants to be your mailing address, your point of reference, your home…always. He wants you to live in the Great House of God.
Using the Lord’s Prayer as a floor plan, bestselling author Max Lucado takes you on a tour of the home God intended for you. Warm your heart by the fire in the living room. Nourish your spirit in the kitchen. Seek fellowship in the family room. Step into the hallway and find forgiveness.
It’s the perfect home for you. After all, it was created with you in mind. There’s only one home built just for your heart. No house more complete, no structure more solid.
The roof never leaks. The walls never crack. The foundation never trembles.
In God’s house, you’re home. So come into the house built just for you. Your father is waiting.
Heidi Says . . . As has been my experience with each and every book by Max Lucado, I loved this book. I read it as part of my daily devotional – reading one chapter per day. As I pick the book up and glance through it now, I see a lot of yellow highlights. I kept a highlighter with me as I was reading to highlight thoughts that stood out to me as applicable – things I wanted to remember to read through again later.
This book is based on The Lord’s Prayer – a portion of Scripture that most everyone has committed to memory at some point in their lives. Each portion of the prayer is assigned a certain “room” in the House of God. So, as you read, you are essentially taking a tour of this amazing house, and finding out how YOU fit into it.
Max’s writing style is simplistic enough for anyone to understand, while being extremely profound at the same time! Here’s an example of what I mean (simple, yet profound) as taken directly from chapter 4 (entitled “The Observatory”):
God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren’t even in the same neighborhood. We’re thinking, Preserve the body; he’s thinking, Save the soul. We dream of a pay raise. He dreams of raising the dead. We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace. “I’m going to live before I die,” we resolve. “Die, so you can live,” he instructs. We love what rusts. He loves what endures. We rejoice at our successes. He rejoices at our confessions. We show our children the Nike star with the million-dollar smile and say, “Be like Mike.” God point to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, “Be like Christ.”
Our thoughts are not like God’s thoughts. our ways are not like his ways. He has a different agenda. He dwells in a different dimension. He lives on another plane. And that plane is named in the first phrase of the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father who is in heaven.”
The whole book is like that! In simple terms, Max will challenge you! The Great House of God will take up residence on my bookshelf, beside all my other books by Max Lucado. It will be shared and re-read over the years, too!
NOTE: I received a free copy of the above-mentioned book from BookSneeze, in exchange for my reading it and sharing my honest thoughts on it. I was not obligated to write a positive review and I only share items that I feel will be of interest or help to my readers.