The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You’re fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You’re out of Egypt, but Egypt’s not out of you.Isn’t the Christian life supposed to be better than this?Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.But there’s good news. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance. This is God’s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.You and your Promised Land life.New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado invites readers to leave the wilderness and discover a life defined by grace, refined by challenge, and aligned with a heavenly call. By studying the life of Joshua and the biblical book that bears his name, Lucado reveals God’s promises for every step and reminds readers that God still fights for them.
I always get so excited when I see that Max Lucado has released another book, and this time was no different. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t get a great message from a Max Lucado book. It seems that God has them all timed out well for me and my life too – the message I read and learn in a Max Lucado book seems to be exactly on point with what I need to learn at that time to continue growing in my walk with God…..and this time is no different than the rest.
Glory Days by Max Lucado helps teach readers how to change those negative mindsets we often make permanent in our life and how to understand how to listen to the right voice instead of the wrong one. It shows us how to make better choices in our spiritual life and helps lead us to a great fulfillment of the future God has laid out just for us, if we are only willing to take that first step of faith. Mr. Lucado helps us see all the blessings and goodness that come from realizing who we are in Jesus and shows us how to get out of the rut we are sometimes stuck in throughout our lives.
I’ve never been a person who could recite the Bible word-for-word. I will take it a step further and admit there are sections of the Bible that I don’t even understand. Max Lucado always has such a unique way of writing that help me understand the Bible in a simple and easy way by breaking it down in a language I understand. Using the book of Joshua, Mr. Lucado takes incidents from Joshua’s book and applies the principles to Christians today. Lucado shows us through scripture and the story of Joshua how God wanted us to live in our inheritance, to live beyond our pasts and our hurts, beyond our stumbles and our pains.
In Glory Days, Mr. Lucado points out that with faith in God all things are possible. He compares and explains how our lives can mimic the Hebrews pilgrimage out of Egypt. Their bondage in Egypt represents how we are held in bondage by our sin. Crossing the Red Sea illustrates how we are washed free of all sin from our old life and offered a brand new life with Salvation.
With plenty of scripture and several life stories, Mr. Lucado provides solid wisdom, backed by Gods word on how we an achieve the life you have always wanted as a Christian right now, instead of waiting for someday. Glory Days shows us show to have the life we always wanted as a Christian, to learn to live our lives fighting from victory and not for victory – for the battle has already been won by Jesus. It’s a wonderful book filled with practical information on how to help yourself find the joy again, how to live a life knowing that better days are ahead and how to overcome rejection by understanding what it means to be a child of God.
I love that Mr. Lucado provides the scripture reference so that I can look it up for myself. Glory Days is truly an energizing book that is timely for today and is definitely a perfect book for a bible study in a group or alone. The book was interesting and an easy read that packs a great message. I highly recommend it. The last lines of Glory Days beautifully sum up its message:
“This is your inheritance: more victory than defeat, more joy than sadness, more hope than despair. These days are Glory Days.”
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Disclosure: I’d like to thank Family Christian for providing me with my hardbound copy of this book without cost in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion. They are the greatest!