In case you don’t recognize Max Lucado’s name, let this be the book to introduce you to one of my favorite Christian authors. Lucado has a way with words to reshape our view on simple principles of Jesus in our lives. Next Door Savior brings Jesus into our neighborhood.
“The God of the Universe left the glory of heaven and moved into our neighborhood.” (page 85)
The discouraged, suffering, grieving, tormented, spiritually weary, and so many more can find rest in the Bible verses and examples Lucado reminded us of in this book. The stories in the Old Testament, the lessons the disciples learned, all that was written for us. It’s easy to point out the lessons the Bible characters learned, but often it can be difficult to translate those lessons to our modern lives. Lucado aids us in doing this for 240 pages of the most inspirational messages.
“It’s not that sin has no more presence in your life, but rather that sin has no power over your life. Temptation will pester you, but temptation will not master you.” (page 69)
A definite must-read for anyone seeking to live with Christ.
“He will come out in your speech, in your actions, in your decisions. Every place you live will be Bethlehem, and every day you live will be a Christmas. You, like Mary, will deliver Christ into the world.” (page 91)
“God’s greatest blessings often come costumed as disasters.” (page 145)
“With hands nailed open, he invited God, ‘Treat me as you would treat them!’ And God did. In the act that broke the heart of the Father, yet honored the holiness of heaven, sin-purging judgment flowed over the sinless Son of the ages.” (page 142)