Book Review- Just Like Jesus By: Max Lucado

I picked this up at the library a couple week’s ago and it has truly been a blessing! The cover looks a little corny with an image of Jesus and a shadow of a man under him, but this is a case of ‘don’t judge a book by the cover.’
It’s easy to read, I’ve been using it like a devotional the last couple of weeks. It’s a little dose of falling in love with Jesus by reminding the reader of Who Jesus is, how He lived His life and all that He has done and wants to do through us.
Each chapter is a look at a different attribute of Christ and focuses on how God wants to change the heart of His believer’s to conform to His image. The tag line of the book is “God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be… JUST LIKE JESUS.”
Topics covered include forgiveness, compassion, hearing God’s voice, following/ being led by God, worship, honesty, purity, spiritual endurance and more.
One of my favorite chapters was chapter 5, “Being led by an unseen hand- A God intoxicated heart.” He shares an interesting thought in the first few paragraphs. He tells how he used to view God as the CEO of a company where he would come before Him, get some support and direction and then leave to go about his work. He explains how his perception was changed by 2 Corinthians 6:1 which refers to us as “workers together with him.” Max Lucado says, “Fellow workers? Collaborators? God and I work together? Imagine the paradigm shift this truth creates. Rather than report to God, we work with God. Rather than check in with him and then leave, we check in with him and then follow. We are always in the presence of God. We never leave church. There is never a nonsacred moment! His presence never diminishes. Our awareness of his presence may falter, but the reality of his presence never changes.”
This chapter also contains some entries in a journal kept by a man named Frank Laubach who was born 1884 and worked as a missionary to those who were illiterate. He kept a journal recording his attempt to keep unbroken prayer and thoughts of God in his heart as he worked and lived his life. It’s really interesting to read through.
I would recommend this to a believer in need of some encouragement by being reminded of some basic truth’s about Jesus.

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