As many Christians have, I've read my fair share of Max Lucado books. In my case, it's mostly his books for kids. However, I jumped at the chance to read "Cast of Characters." It sounded like my kind of book: short and Christian (I've been struggling to tackle long-winded books lately). The book itself is not short but the chapters are the kind you can read in a sitting. I greatly appreciate anything I can read in segments because often that's all the time I have.
"Cast of Characters" is a gathering of selections from Lucado's vast works. You find tales about the most extraordinary characters in the Bible: Mary, Peter, Matthew, Joseph, Nicodemus, Woman at the Well, David, Esther, Job, The Samaritan Woman, John, Rich Young Man. Or are they extraordinary? As we look back on their histories, we find that they weren't all that extraordinary. They all had their faults, their hangups, and their own sins. Sounds a lot like me (and you?). Just an ordinary person trying to do God's Will in my life.
Many of these chapters helped me realize that not only do I have similarities with heroes of the Bible (Martha's Type A personality perhaps?) but that God can use me to do extraordinary things, too. He doesn't require us to have certain characteristics to do His Works; He works with what we have (or rather, what He gave us). Lucado brings to life these Bible figures and brings them into modern-times to show us that God can use anyone, anytime.
This is such a terrific book. Great for a small group study or bedside reading. I will admit it took me a bit longer to get through, but mostly because I think I was itching for a book with a plot line. But I definitely got some inspiration from these pages and highly recommend it to anyone who needs a little pick-me-up.
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