Book Review: “Live Loved: Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life”

Book review by: ellis j. still

Imagine how your life would change if you were sure God loves you!”

I have to be honest… this is the first literary work of Max Lucado that I have ever read. I get his daily devotional emails in the morning, but for some reason I have yet to pick up one of his books. Now I understand what I have been missing. “Live Loved: Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life” which is soon to be released on May 03, 2011, is a series of daily devotions that is a great testimony to love, what love is, and what love does.

The word “love” is often abused and misused in society. People use it loosely, and whose actions often indicate the opposite of what love really is. Dictionaries describe love as affections and emotions. In the bible, God describes love as a set of actions that would demonstrate the affections and emotions. Max Lucado discusses Love from God’s point of view as it relates to His love for you, your love for Him & others, and your love of self. Many people do not like “action” because it implies “work”. But Max lays it out where God’s love is reflective and attainable.

Max Lucado breaks Live Loved out into six areas of devotion that covers a broad range of topics: 

  • Love with a Steadfast Love
  • Love with a Perfect Love
  • Love with a Wise Love
  • Love with a Merciful Love
  • Love to Love Others

One thing that I have learned about Max Lucado is that he is plain spoken, and communicates in a way that is simple so as to better be able to grasp what he is saying to his audience. Live Loved touches on a wide variety of life’s issues, and allows for application to everyday life.

“Live Loved” is a great read, and a great way to start off or end the day (the devotionals are now part of my quiet time in the morning). This collection of devotionals by Max Lucado are all new, but based on his previous writings. If you are already an avid reader of John Maxwell’s work, you may find some redundancies. If you have not read anything of his before, this serves as a great introduction, and is a great investment in yourself.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Cor 13:4-7

Question: What literary works by Max Lucado have you or are you reading?

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