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You Are Never Alone: Trust in the Miracle of God’s Presence and Power

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You Are Never Alone: Trust in the Miracle of God’s Presence and Power

by Max Lucado

The focus is on Jesus. The focus is always on Jesus in Max Lucado’s writing—on how much God loves YOU, enough to send His Son Jesus to cover your sins with His shed blood. The God of the universe loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. That is the message of You Are Never Alone.

Max Lucado’s style of writing is so appealing; it’s like sitting down with an old friend who loves you and has great anecdotes and wisdom to share. He has a way with words. Even his acknowledgements section, often the boring part of a book, is a masterpiece of prose. Lucado can paint word pictures that make you feel you are right there in that hospital waiting room with a hurting mom or having a fish breakfast on the beach with Jesus, risen from the dead, and Peter who denied him. The writing can grip your heart as you see yourself as Jesus does, make you smile as you respond to the humor in a situation, and bring you to your knees as you realize the enormity of God’s love for you.

You Are Never Alone weaves anecdotes Lucado has collected along the way with Scriptural lessons from the book of John in the New Testament. He writes in everyday language with inspiration that will keep you turning pages. Look for theological soundness that never seems pompous and scenarios that depict life as we know it in vivid language we understand. There is a lot of tongue-in-cheek that you are not meant to take literally but which elucidate the heart meaning of the passages. He jumps from Jesus cooking “fish tacos” for His disciples to earlier references of art restoration as Jesus wipes away “layers of guilt and shame” in Peter’s heart with a “cotton swab of grace.” Lucado makes these complex connections seamlessly, and the reader emerges with a new understanding of the old story of God’s redemption of man.

This inspirational book can be devoured as a whole, read chapter by chapter over several days, or studied in depth using the “Questions for Reflection” prepared by Andrea Lucado. This section occupies one quarter of the text and takes the reader through thought provoking questions that encourage you to invest yourself, including your imagination and feelings, in the study which never strays from the Scripture. This book is an examination of the themes and miracles found in the Gospel of John. It is inspirational, humorous, and insightful. You Are Never Alone is yet another of Max Lucado’s books that will encourage you to trust in God during life’s storms.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category:  Christian

Publication:   September 15, 2020—Thomas Nelson

Memorable Lines:

If you see your troubles as nothing more than isolated hassles and hurts, you’ll grow bitter. But if you see your troubles as opportunities to trust God and his ability to multiply what you give him then even the smallest incidents take on significance.

John did the math: the stone rolled away, the now-tenantless tomb, the linens in their original state. Only one explanation made sense. Jesus himself did this! He passed through the burial wrap as if it were a sunrise mist.

Call me simple, but I think God is a good Father. I think he knows something about life. And I think he invites us to take the step, to take the plunge, to jump—not into a pool but into a relationship with him that is vibrant, joyous, and, yes, fun!


10 Comments

  1. mysm2000 says:

    Sounds great! Now that covid seems to be coming under control with vaccinations I’m thinking about getting a new study book to share with a small group and this sounds like just the thing. Thanks.

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  2. This sounds amazing, inspiring and uplifting, thank you Linda…

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  3. lghiggins says:

    You are welcome. It is all of those things.

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  4. I was just visiting another blog that was talking about the show Alone where people are given very little to survive and dropped off in nature. Then I click on your blog next and there it is again….Alone. I sit at my cabana to be alone with God and nature and reflect on my life. This week was the first I have been back out there since the weather warmed up. This sounds like a wonderful book thank you!

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    • lghiggins says:

      I love that! What another great use for your cabana. It can be filled with family at times and it can just be you, God, and this beautiful world. Being lonely is not good, but being alone with God by your side is a great thing. Enjoy your cabana and the lovely weather. We are having snow this weekend, but I know warmer weather will return soon! (And the snow is beautiful and the moisture needed.)

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  5. Carla says:

    This book sounds amazing. My ladies group are finishing up our study on Proverbs with Chuck Swindoll and I would love to do something Christ centered. This might be the ticket. If they don’t want to do it, I might just read it myself and do my own study each day. Thanks Linda, off to Amazon I go.

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