The alarm clock rings in a new day and a chance to rejoice in it. After all: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it."
But what about those days when the traffic snarls, airports close, and friends forget? Is there any hope for the days riddled with the hang-ups and bang-ups of life?
In Great Day Every Day Max Lucado unpacks Jesus' blueprint for dealing with such days: Saturate your day in Jesus' grace. Entrust your day to His oversight. Accept His direction. It's the only prescription to fill your day with God-given purpose.
When you find the divine promise of each day, you can face whatever it brings. Speed bumps and speeding tickets won’t derail you. Hiccups and hard times don’t have to ruin your day. In fact those days can become great days. Whatever you face, you can have a great day every day.
Previously released as Every Day Deserves a Chance
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Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 130 million books in print.
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GREAT DAY EVERY DAYNAVIGATING LIFE'S CHALLENGES with PROMISE and PURPOSE
By Max Lucado
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2012 Max Lucado
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Chapter OneEVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE
Sand soft to the feet, breeze cool on the skin. An apron of Pacific turquoise precedes one of deeper blue. Waves lap and slap. Birds whistle and coo. Islands loom on the horizon. Palm trees sway against the sky.
I found myself relishing the morning as I was writing this book. What easier way to have a great day every day, I mused, than starting it right here? I leaned back into a beach chair, interlaced my fingers behind my head, and closed my eyes.
That's when a bird chose my chest for target practice. No warning. No sirens. No "Bombs away!" Just plop.
I looked up just in time to see a seagull giving high feathers to his bird buddies on the branch. Yuck. I poured water on my shirt three times. I moved to a chair away from the trees. I did all I could to regain the magic of the morning, but I couldn't get my mind off the bird flyby.
It should have been easy. Waves still rolled. Clouds still floated. The ocean lost no blue; the sand lost no white. Islands still beckoned, and wind still whispered. But I couldn't quit thinking about the seagull grenade.
Birds have a way of messing things up, don't they? Count on it: into every day a bird will plop.
Traffic will snarl.
Airports will close.
Friends will forget.
Spouses will complain.
And lines. Oh, the lines. Deadlines, long lines, receding hairlines, luggage-losing airlines, nauseating pickup lines, wrinkle lines, unemployment lines, and those ever-elusive bottom lines.
And what of those days of double shadows? Those days when hope is Hindenberged by crisis? You never leave the hospital bed or wheelchair. You wake up and bed down in the same prison cell or war zone. The cemetery dirt is still fresh, the pink slip still folded in your pocket, the other side of the bed still empty ... who has a good day on these days?
Most don't ... but couldn't we try? Such days warrant an opportunity. A shot. A tryout. An audition. A swing at the plate. Doesn't every day deserve a chance to be a good day?
After all, "this is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24 NKJV). The first word in the verse leaves us scratching our heads. "This is the day the Lord has made"? Perhaps holidays are the days the Lord has made. Wedding days are the days the Lord has made. Easter Sundays ... super-sale Saturdays ... vacation days ... the first days of hunting season—these are the days the Lord has made. But "this is the day"?
"This is the day" includes every day. Divorce days, final-exam days, surgery days, tax days. Sending-your-first-born-off-to-college days.
That last one sucked the starch out of my shirt. Surprisingly so. We packed Jenna's stuff, loaded up her car, and left life as we'd known it for eighteen years. A chapter was closing. One less plate on the table, voice in the house, and child beneath the roof. The day was necessary. The day was planned. But the day undid me.
I was a mess. I drove away from the gas station with the nozzle still in my tank, yanking the hose right off the pump. Got lost in a one-intersection town. We drove; I moped. We unpacked; I swallowed throat lumps. We filled the dorm room; I plotted to kidnap my own daughter and take her home where she belongs. Did someone store my chest in dry ice? Then I saw the verse. Some angel had tacked it to a dormitory bulletin board.
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
I stopped, stared, and let the words sink in. God made this day, ordained this hard hour, designed the details of this wrenching moment. He isn't on holiday. He still holds the conductor's baton, sits in the cockpit, and occupies the universe's only throne. Each day emerges from God's drawing room. Including this one.
So I decided to give the day a chance, change my view, and imitate the resolve of the psalmist: "I will rejoice and be glad in it."
Oops, another word we'd like to edit: in. Perhaps we could swap it for after? We'll be glad after the day. Or through. We'll be glad to get through the day. Over would suffice. I'll rejoice when this day is over.
But rejoice in it? God invites us to. As Paul rejoiced in prison; David wrote psalms in the wilderness; Jonah prayed in the fish belly; Paul and Silas sang in jail; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remained resolute in the fiery furnace; John saw heaven in his exile; and Jesus prayed in his garden of pain ... Could we rejoice smack-dab in the midst of this day?
Imagine the difference if we could.
Suppose neck deep in a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day," you resolve to give it a chance. You choose not to drink or work or worry it away but give it a fair shake. You trust more. Stress less. Amplify gratitude. Mute grumbling. And what do you know? Before long the day is done and surprisingly decent.
So decent, in fact, that you resolve to give the next day the same fighting chance. It arrives with its hang-ups and bang-ups, bird drops and shirt stains, but by and large, by golly, giving the day a chance works! You do the same the next day and the next. Days become a week. Weeks become months. Months become years of good days.
In such a fashion good lives are built. One good day at a time.
An hour is too short, a year too long. Days are the bite-size portions of life, the God-designed segments of life management.
Eighty-four thousand heartbeats.
One thousand four hundred and forty minutes.
A complete rotation of the earth.
A circle of the sundial.
Two dozen flips of the hourglass.
Both a sunrise and a sunset.
A brand-spanking-new, unsoiled, untouched, uncharted, and unused day!
A gift of twenty-four unlived, unexplored hours.
And if you can stack one good day on another and another, you will link together a good life.
But here's what you need to keep in mind.
You no longer have yesterday. It slipped away as you slept. It is gone. You'll more easily retrieve a puff of smoke. You can't change, alter, or improve it. Sorry, no mulligans allowed. Hourglass sand won't flow upward. The second hand of the clock refuses to tick backward. The monthly calendar reads left to right, not right to left. You no longer have yesterday.
You do not yet have tomorrow. Unless you accelerate the orbit of the earth or convince the sun to rise twice before it sets once, you can't live tomorrow today. You can't spend tomorrow's money, celebrate tomorrow's achievements, or resolve tomorrow's riddles. You have only today. This is the day the Lord has made.
Live in it. You must be present to win. Don't heavy today with yesterday's regrets or acidize it with tomorrow's troubles. But don't we tend to do so?
We do to our day what I did to a bike ride. My friend and I went on an extended hill-country trek. A few minutes into the trip I began to tire. Within a half hour my thighs ached and my lungs heaved like a beached whale. I could scarcely pump the pedals. I'm no Tour de France contender, but neither am I a newcomer, yet I felt like one. After forty-five minutes I had to dismount and catch my breath. That's when my partner spotted the problem. Both rear brakes were rubbing my back tire! Rubber grips contested every pedal stroke. The ride was destined to be a tough one.
Don't we do the same? Guilt presses on one side. Dread drags the other. No wonder we weary so. We sabotage our day, wiring it for disaster, lugging along yesterday's troubles, downloading tomorrow's struggles. Remorse over the past, anxiety over the future. We aren't giving the day a chance.
How can we? What can we do? Here's my proposal: consult Jesus. The Ancient of Days has something to say about our days. He doesn't use the term day very often in Scripture. But the few times he does use it provide a delightful formula for upgrading each of ours to blue-ribbon status.
Saturate your day in his grace.
"I tell you in solemn truth," replied Jesus, "that this very day you shall be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43 WEY)
Entrust your day to his oversight.
"Give us day by day our daily bread." (Luke 11:3 NKJV)
Accept his direction.
"If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me." (Luke 9:23 CEV)
Grace. Oversight. Direction.
Fill your day with God. Give the day a chance. Choose to make it great. And while you are at it, keep an eye out for the seagull with the silly grin.
The next time you are mired in a bad day, check your outlook with these three questions:
1. What do I feel guilty about?
2. What am I worried about?
3. What am I about?
Reflect on your answers with these reminders: Yesterday ... forgiven.
Tomorrow ... surrendered.
Today ... clarified.
Jesus' design for a good day makes such sense. His grace erases guilt. His oversight removes fear. His direction removes confusion.
Chapter TwoMERCY FOR SHAME-FILLED DAYS
What the thief sees. Dirty walls and a dingy floor. Rationed sunlight squeezing through cracks. The prison cell is shadowed. His day, more so. Rats scurry through corner holes. He'd do the same if he could.
What the thief hears. Soldiers' feet shuffling. A prison door clanging. A guard with the compassion of a black widow spider: "Get up! Your time has come."
What the thief sees. Defiant faces lining a cobbled path. Men spitting in disgust, women turning in derision. As the thief crests the top of the hill, a soldier yanks him down. Another presses his forearm against a beam and braces it with a knee. He sees the soldier reach for the mallet and spike.
What the thief hears. Pounding. Pounding hammer. Pounding head. Pounding heart. Soldiers grunt as they lift the cross. The base thuds as it falls into the hole.
What the thief feels. Pain. Breathtaking, pulse-stopping pain. Every fiber on fire.
What the thief hears. Groans. Guttural moans. Death. Nothing but. His own. Death. Golgotha plays it like a minor chord. No lullaby of hope. No sonnet of life. Just the harsh chords of death.
Pain. Death. He sees them; he hears them. But then the thief sees and hears something else: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34 NKJV).
A flute lilts on a battlefield. A rain cloud blocks the desert sun. A rose blossoms on death ridge.
Jesus prays on a Roman cross.
Here is how the thief reacts. Mockery. "Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him" (Matthew 27:44 NKJV).
Having been hurt, the thief hurts. Having been wounded, he wounds. Even Skull Hill has a pecking order, and this thief refuses the bottom rung. He joins the jeerers who are saying: "He saved others—he can't save himself! King of Israel, is he? Then let him get down from that cross.... He did claim to be God's Son, didn't he?" (Matthew 27:42–43).
But Jesus refuses to retaliate. The thief sees, for the first time that day (for the first time in how many days?), kindness. Not darting glances or snarling lips, but patient forbearance.
The thief softens. He stops mocking Christ and then attempts to stop the mocking of Christ. "We deserve this, but not him," he confesses to the crook on the other cross. "He did nothing to deserve this" (Luke 23:41). The thief senses he's close to a man heaven-bound and requests a recommendation: "Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom" (23:42).
And Jesus, who made and makes an eternal life out of inviting illegal immigrants into his Oval Office, issues this graced-renched reply: "Don't worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).
And the bad day of the bad man is met with the gracious gift of a mercy-giving God.
What does the thief see now? He sees a son entrust his mother to a friend and honor a friend with his mother (John 19:26–27). He sees the God who wrote the book on grace. The God who coaxed Adam and Eve out of the bushes, murderous Moses out of the desert. The God who made a place for David, though David made a move on Bathsheba. The God who didn't give up on Elijah, though Elijah gave up on God. This is what the thief sees.
What does he hear? He hears what fugitive Moses heard in the desert, depressed Elijah heard in the wilderness, adulterous David heard after Bathsheba. He hears what ...
a fickle Peter heard after the rooster crowed, the storm-tossed disciples heard after the wind stopped, the cheating woman heard after the men left, the oft-married Samaritan woman heard before the disciples came, the hardheaded and hard-hearted Saul would hear after the light shone, the paralytic heard when his friends lowered him through the roof, the blind man heard when Jesus found him on the street, the disciples would soon hear from Jesus on the beach early one morning.
He hears the official language of Christ: grace. Undeserved. Unexpected. Grace. "Today you will join me in paradise" (Luke 23:43).
Paradise. The intermediate heaven. The home of the righteous until the return of Christ. The Tree of Life is there. Saints are there. God is there. And now the thief, who began the day in a Roman jail, will be there.
With Jesus. No back-door entrance. No late-night arrival. Paradise knows neither night nor second-class citizens. The thief enters the gate on Jesus' red carpet.
Today. Immediately. No Purgatory purging. No Hades rehab. Grace comes like a golden sunrise, illuminating the thief 's dark day. Execution hill becomes a mount of transfiguration.
Perhaps you could use some of the same. Yesterday's mistakes play the role of the Roman death squad: they escort you up the calvary of shame. Faces of the past line the trail. Voices declare your crimes as you pass:
You neglected your father and me!
You let the habit rob your youth!
You promised you'd come back!
You're soon nailed to the cross of your mistakes. Dumb mistakes. What do you see? Death. What do you feel? Shame. What do you hear?
Ah, this is the question. What do you hear? Can you hear Jesus above the accusers? He promises, "Today you will join me in paradise."
Today. This day. In the stink of it, the throes of it, Jesus makes a miracle out of it. When others nail you to the cross of your past, he swings open the door to your future. Paradise. Jesus treats your shame-filled days with grace.
He'll take your guilt if you'll ask him. All he awaits is your request. The words of the thief will do. "We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing ..."
We are wrong. He is right.
We sin. He is the Savior.
We need grace. Jesus can give it.
So ask him, "Remember me when you enter your kingdom."
And when you do, the one who spoke then will speak again. "Today you will join me in paradise."
Next time your day goes south, here is what you do. Steep yourself in the grace of God. Saturate your day in his love. Marinate your mind in his mercy. He has settled your accounts, paid your debt. "Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross" (1 Peter 2:24 NCV).
When you lose your temper with your child, Christ intervenes: "I paid for that." When you tell a lie and all of heaven groans, your Savior speaks up: "My death covered that sin." As you lust, gloat, covet, or judge, Jesus stands before the tribunal of heaven and points to the blood-streaked cross. "I've already made provision. I've taken away the sins of the world."
What a gift he has given you. You've won the greatest lottery in the history of humanity, and you didn't even pay for the ticket! Your soul is secure, your salvation guaranteed. Your name is written in the only book that matters. You're only a few sand grains in the hourglass from a tearless, graveless, painless existence. What more do you need?
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Table of Contents
1 Every Day Deserves A Chance 1
Section 1 Saturate Your Day In His Grace 9
2 Mercy For Shame-Filled Days 13
3 Gratitude For Ungrateful Days 19
4 Forgiveness For Bitter Days 29
Section 2 Entrust Your Day To His Oversight 39
5 Peace For Anxious Days 43
6 Hope For Catastrophic Days 53
7 Fuel For Depleted Days 63
8 Faith For Fear-Filled Days 73
section 3 Accept His Direction 83
9 Calling for Purposeless Days 87
10 Service for Fork-in-the-Road Days 95
Conclusion: The Blade of Uncommon Color 107
Discussion Guide 117
Change Your Day, Change Your Life: A Thirty-Day Journey 137
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Great Day Every Day” by ‘Max Lucado’ is a book for everyone who find their life boring or overwhelming or depressive or stressed out. The book can be related by anyone who is struggling to lead a balanced and happy life. Lucado gets to the hearts of the readers and impresses them with his lucid and ‘easy to understand’ style of communication. He keeps his message simple and straight. Apart from the content, Lucado has included a discussion guide and a thirty day journey guide to help the audience practically implement whatever the principles they learn from this book. Max Lucado has taken the pain to share with us the secrets to encounter -- shame filled days -- ungrateful days -- bitter days -- anxious days -- catastrophic days -- depleted days --fear filled days Some highlighters which I loved the most from the book: “Gratitude is the firstborn child of grace, the appropriate response of the blessed.” (pp 21) “Don’t let the bumps in the race keep you from the award ceremony at its end.” (pp61) “If you look hard enough and long enough, you will find something to complain about.” (pp109) Lucado has done a great job of instilling hope and promise in the people’s mind. I was delightful to get biblically sound tips from the author through this book. Overall, this was a precise and concise read. I give this one four out of five stars. Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. Lucado has written more than 50 books with 80 million copies in print. His books are regularly on the New York Times Best Seller List. Please note that I received this book from Thomas Nelson through its book review bloggers program Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review. Also be informed that the opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
"great day every day" is a very helpful and inspirational book. max lucado shows how many people go through tough times but in this remarkable book shares many stories and people and scripture from the Bible to show how you can get through your storms and get through another day with Gods help. what I like most about this little inexpensive book is its easy reading and there is a study guide in the back of the book which has simple questians to help you win over your hurtful times and get through the next day that od has waiting for you. great gift idea for a friend or family member or Bible study.
Great Day Every Day was another great book by Max Lucado. I¿ve read two of his earlier books, which I thoroughly enjoyed so I had no doubts when getting this book that I would enjoy it too.One of the things I love about Max¿s writing style is how casual it is. It gives the feeling as if you are sitting down and having a conversation together. Another thing I like is his sense of humor. He is able to write serious books about serious issues but still be funny, I often found myself smiling or laughing as I read. I also like how he uses real life examples of church members, athletes, etc. to get his point across. I¿ve learned so many amazing stories from his books. Here is my favorite from this one. ¿When ancient sailors sketched maps of the oceans, they disclosed their fears. On the vast unexplored waters, cartographers wrote words such as these: ¿Here be dragons.¿ ¿Here be demons.¿ ¿Here be sirens.¿ ¿Unlike his colleagues, however, Sir John Franklin was a man of faith. The maps that passed through his possession bore the imprimatur of trust. On them he crossed out the phrases ¿Here be dragons,¿ ¿Here be demons,¿ Here be sirens.¿ In their place he wrote the phrase ¿Here is God.¿Each chapter was closed with what was called A Daily Compass, which summarized the key point and offered encouragement for bringing this to fruit in your own day; each one also included a few Bible verses. This format seemed to me that you were meant to read a single chapter a day, but I often read two or three in a sitting.The actual book was only 112 pages, with a large discussion guide (pgs. 117-136) in the back as well as a Thirty Day Journey that offered daily goals, encouragement, and Bible verses.It¿s been a while since I read one of Max¿s books and I forgot that you always have to have a pen/highlighter handy while reading. I found myself tearing little scraps of paper and marking a bunch of pages I wanted to go back to later. Here are just a couple of the parts I marked. ¿Worry is to joy what a Hoover vacuum cleaner is to dirt: might as well attach your heart to a happiness-sucker and flip the switch.¿ ¿Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.¿I found his words sticking with me throughout the day. I would often be at work or about to complain about something when a specific passage would pop into my mind and help me to work on changing my attitude. This book is definitely one I¿ll be keeping on the shelf to read again.
Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado is an excellent book! It will make you stop and think about the good and bad things in life and how your sometimes blessed through our experiences, good and bad. Finding ways to continue on with your day, allowing it to be a great day even if it starts out not so good. We do not have to allow all the negative experiences we have form our days, our life. We can learn to see the good through the bad, learn to see the blessings in every part of life. I read this because I have a special needs child who says every morning"Today is a great day" It made me think of him when I saw the book, and wonder if I could be more like my son. This truly is a great book to read for anyone wanting to learn to see through the annoyances in life and find a Great Day waiting every day.
I guess I shouldn't have expected a deep book, considering the author, but I didn't expect Max Lucado's Great Day Every Day to be so "devotion-like". I felt like I was reading a feel-good devotional. Or reading Joel Osteen, with all positive thinking, positive messages. I have read some of Lucado's books before and although I wouldn't call them deep, at least they have a little substance. This book was shallower than most. Like all his other books, this book includes the false easy-believism gospel. Lucado teaches that all we need to do is believe in who Jesus is and what he did and we will be saved. But the gospel that Jesus preaches in the Bible is all about dying to self, conviction of sin, and repentance. Why else did John the Baptist and Jesus keep going around saying "Repent! Repent!" Lucado does not include repentance in his version of the gospel. A gospel without the core message is no gospel at all. Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher but I am not required to give a positive review in exchange for the book. This is my critical review of the book as if I had bought the book with my hard earned money.
I'm sure Max Lucado's intention in this book was to life people up and make them feel good. This book is about having a positive outlook on life and turning a bad day into a good day. The problem I had with this book was that in seeking to make people feel better, Lucado's words can be easily read as false assurance and a license to sin because you already have your ticket to heaven. Example: "As you lust, gloat, covet, or judge, Jesus stands before the tribunal of heaven and points to the blood-streaked cross. “I’ve already made provision. I’ve taken away the sins of the world.” What a gift he has given you. You’ve won the greatest lottery in the history of humanity, and you didn’t even pay for the ticket! Your soul is secure, your salvation guaranteed." My favorite part of the book was in Ch 4, when Lucado interprets Matthew 18:23–25: "Tell me, how do you plan to pay God for your 4.3 million sin increments? Your payout is unachievable. Unreachable. You’re swimming in a Pacific Ocean of debt." This is like our debt of sin. There is nothing we of ourselves could ever do to pay for our own sins. This is why we need Jesus Christ. But then I didn't like how Lucado goes back into this idea of Jesus forgiving anyone and everyone because it sounds like easy believism and a false assurance of salvation and a license to sin: "God pardons the zillion sins of selfish humanity. Forgives sixty million sin-filled days." Lucado uses this to give a blanket statement that we must forgive everyone always. Yes, we must. But we must also not forget Mt 18 and 1 Cor 5, where it tells us to expel the wicked brother. We can forgive, but still hold others accountable until they repent. I wish Lucado made this clear instead of always going for the feel good stuff. I also noticed Lucado teaches of a temporary state of Paradise, before man goes to heaven. Outside of Abraham's Bosom and Purgatory, I hadn't been aware of any Christian teachings on temporary places prior to our eternal states in heaven or hell. I understand Lucado is a Church of Christ pastor, so maybe this is one of their teachings? Lucado wrote: "[The thief on the cross] hears the official language of Christ: grace. Undeserved. Unexpected. Grace. “Today you will join me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Paradise. The intermediate heaven. The home of the righteous until the return of Christ. The Tree of Life is there. Saints are there. God is there." This book was positive and light easy reading. It was not deep at all - it was shallow. More like a short story devotional, encouraging readers to stay positive throughout each day and that this will make an overall positive life. I wouldn't recommend this book. There was nothing much to it. Kinda fluffy, feel good stuff and not all that biblically accurate. Lucado's statements are so wishy-washy that they can easily be misinterpreted into an incorrect view of scripture. Lucado does not make his statements clear because that would "not make readers feel so good". So Lucado focuses only on the positive stuff. If you're bored, I guess you could read this, but I would warn readers to discern very carefully. Disclaimer: I gave my honest review. I received this book from the publisher but a positive review was not required
"Great Day Every Day" is an awesome book by Max Lucado that deals with finding God's grace even in disappointment and despair. Lucado addresses such issues as grief, purpose, anxiety, catastrophe, and fear within this book, combining personal stories with Biblical resources to help us find a way to rejoice in the midst of our pain/anxiety/hurt/etc. What I really liked about this book was that it offered stories from the Bible to supplement the text, showing us that even when we are hurting, God's grace is still there. I liked this book, and think it is the perfect book to help find a little inspiration for a hard day - and really who doesn't have those days once in awhile? The chapters are relatively short, and each is centered on dealing with a certain type of struggle, so if you are having an anxious day, you can skip right to the chapter titled, "Peace for Anxious Days", or if you have having a fearful day, "Faith for Fear-Filled Days" might be a good read for you. Great book - I loved it!
Max Lucado continues to inspire, encourage, and challenge readers with his unique gift for adapting Biblical stories into contemporary, relevant, insight with meaningful applications. “Great Day Every Day – Navigating Life’s Challenges with Promise and Purpose” includes a “Daily Compass” to help the reader start each day right. Early in my reading I captured Max’s theme including the three concepts introduced throughout the pages of the book: Saturating my day in Jesus’ grace, entrusting my day to His oversight, and accepting His direction. The accompanying discussion guide provides the reader with thought provoking questions designed for further consideration, contemplation, or meditation. These questions can also be adapted for use with a small group to stimulate discussion and interaction among group members. Another feature found in this edition of the book (published earlier as “Every Day Deserves a Chance) is the “Day Changer” thirty day journey. Each “day changer” reflection helps the reader identify and record a specific area of focus, consideration, or action for the day. Lucado’s writing is Christ centered, straightforward, simple, yet profound. A rich experience in fulfilling your potential, claiming Christ’s promise, and living out His purpose. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The expressions expressed are my own. As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
Previously published as Every Day Deserves A Chance, Max Lucado shares stories, scripture, and insights that minister to us, to keep God as our focus every day. The book is divided into three parts: book, study guide, and devotion. Following the ten chapters is a discussion guide for each of the chapters. The end of the book includes “Change Your Day, Change Your Life: A Thirty-Day Journey”. I am still reading through the devotion; I think it’s the best part of this book. Chapter One, “Every Day Deserves A Chance”, ends with the formula (grace, oversight, direction) for upgrading our days to “blue-ribbon status”. This formula is the basis for the following chapters. The short chapters are easily read in a few minutes and can be used with the discussion questions for group or individual thought. I felt that the sentences were sometimes a bit on the choppy side in this book. It also bordered on being too much of a gladness book and not so much of a book to strengthen our attitudes. I personally found the two following excerpts to benefit me and I’d like to share them in this review. Chapter Three – “Gratitude For Ungrateful Days” Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which ones will you choose to heed? You have a choice, you know. “We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ”. -2 Corinthians 10:5 Do you let anyone who knocks on your door enter your house? Don’t let every thought that surfaces dwell in your mind. Take it captive…make it obey Jesus. If it refuses, don’t think it. Negative thoughts never strengthen you. How many times have you cleared a traffic jam with your grumbles? Does groaning about bills make them disappear? Why moan about aches and pains, problems and tasks? “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 4:23 Chapter Six – “Hope For Catastrophic Days” Over a hundred years ago in England, the borough of West Stanley endured a great tragedy. A mine collapsed, trapping and killing many of the workers inside. The bishop of Durham, Dr. Handley Moule, was asked to bring a word of comfort to the mourners. Standing at the mouth of the mine, he said, “It is very difficult for us to understand why God should let such an awful disaster happen, but we know Him and trust Him, and all will be right. I have at home,” he continued, “an old bookmark given to me by my mother. It is worked in silk, and, when I examine the wrong side of it, I see nothing but a tangle of threads, crossed and re-crossed. It looks like a big mistake. One would think that someone had done it who did not know what she was doing. But when I turn it over and look at the right side, I see there, beautiful embroidered, the letters GOD IS LOVE. “We are looking at this today,” he counseled, “from the wrong side. Someday we shall see it from another standpoint, and shall understand.” Book Recommendation: Lord, Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late. James MacDonald.