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It all happened in a moment -- a most remarkable moment. God came near. He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty. No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. God had come near ... for you. Travel It all happened in a moment -- a most remarkable moment. God came near. He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty. No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. God had come near ... for you. Travel back in time and relive Christ the Son of God becoming man. Come with Max as he brings to life the most important event in history ... when God came near. And as you catch a vision of this incredible moment, let it mark the beginning of a new life for yourself. God came near. If he is who he says he is, there is no truth more worthy of your time.


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It all happened in a moment -- a most remarkable moment. God came near. He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty. No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. God had come near ... for you. Travel It all happened in a moment -- a most remarkable moment. God came near. He came not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as One whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. The hands that held him were not manicured, but callused and dirty. No silk. No ivory. No hype. No party. No hoopla. God had come near ... for you. Travel back in time and relive Christ the Son of God becoming man. Come with Max as he brings to life the most important event in history ... when God came near. And as you catch a vision of this incredible moment, let it mark the beginning of a new life for yourself. God came near. If he is who he says he is, there is no truth more worthy of your time.

30 review for God Came Near Deluxe Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ty Lukasiewicz

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! I really enjoyed this book. Lucado draws you in with short stories that paint an elegant picture. These short stories fill the book with great life lessons that anyone can relate too. This book is a two part book the first part focuses on stories in the Bible especially those when God came near. The second part lucado writes about life lessons God has taught him and the instances he learned them in. Here are some things that I liked and learned. Lucado gives eye Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! I really enjoyed this book. Lucado draws you in with short stories that paint an elegant picture. These short stories fill the book with great life lessons that anyone can relate too. This book is a two part book the first part focuses on stories in the Bible especially those when God came near. The second part lucado writes about life lessons God has taught him and the instances he learned them in. Here are some things that I liked and learned. Lucado gives eye opening details about stories told of Jesus in the Bible. It helped me know more about who Jesus was. It opened my eyes to see more of God’s glory in a beautiful way. I liked the story about death. Wait hold on, before I lead you the wrong way; It was his hospital story about how death is all around us and yet no one talks about it. “It’s kept hush hush” he says. And it is true no one ever talks about death unless a relative dies and even then it’s just “sorry for your loss”. Max says let’s talk about death more. It’s a natural part of our life on earth. Even more Importantly, let’s talk about how death was defeated on the cross by Jesus Christ. In Christ death is just a passage way to eternity with God. The stories in the book are quick to read and short. It was easy to put down for a moment and then right back up again with a new story to start every time. Lucado does a great job painting a picture in his writing. He gives details that allow you too understand the surroundings, time frame, and events that shape each moment that God came near. Great book recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Max Lucado is at his finest when he is telling stories, and this book is full of beautiful and captivating stories. Even in very short chapters, Lucado is able to create memorable scenes with vivid images, often making Biblical figures come alive with his imaginative takes on their thoughts or conversations. He doesn’t preach or teach directly; he merely shows. A thought-provoking and enjoyable read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Great short stories that are Lucado's take on stories about Christ throughout the new testament. Makes a good bedside book if you want a short 3-5 page story to read when winding down for bed. Keeps you focused on the important stuff. Great short stories that are Lucado's take on stories about Christ throughout the new testament. Makes a good bedside book if you want a short 3-5 page story to read when winding down for bed. Keeps you focused on the important stuff.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I am a Max Lucado fan. This was my favorite of all his books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    A book that tries to explain how the historical Jesus dealt with people, and how he might be perceived today. Not bad, if you're in the audience. A book that tries to explain how the historical Jesus dealt with people, and how he might be perceived today. Not bad, if you're in the audience.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    An enjoyable, short read I had just ended a book and was casting about for something to read in my big pile of books in the closet. I came up with God Came Near more as a "Why not?" choice than anything else. I've seen different versions of this book around for years, but I'd never picked it up. I soon found myself drawn in. Lucado revels in the "God in the small things moments." He also focuses his readers on Jesus the man - not the movie version of Jesus, the untouchable, above it all Holy An enjoyable, short read I had just ended a book and was casting about for something to read in my big pile of books in the closet. I came up with God Came Near more as a "Why not?" choice than anything else. I've seen different versions of this book around for years, but I'd never picked it up. I soon found myself drawn in. Lucado revels in the "God in the small things moments." He also focuses his readers on Jesus the man - not the movie version of Jesus, the untouchable, above it all Holy Man. Instead, as the title of this book reminds the readers, God Came Near - Jesus was God becoming one of us - a walking, talking human being with sore feet, who got thirsty, who took naps and who was known almost exclusively by his first name by everyone, and a fairly common first name, at that. He came as nobody special and became the most written about and talked about figure in history. I was especially struck by a passage in Chapter 9 that noted that... Read more at: http://dwdsreviews.blogspot.com/2010/...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elke

    It was my intention to read a story from this book every day from the advent. I wanted to be more mindful of the fact that Christmas was coming, and not only because I had to buy gifts. Alas, life does not always go the way I intend it to. But even so, I really enjoyed this, as always. I love how a familiar book can bring so much new things to my attention every time (or old ideas i needed a reminder for). I hope to try (and succeed?) again next year.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This book is more a collection of essays than it is one flowing thought. Great for introspection on God's great sacrifice, the life of Christ and how He is still living with and for us today. This book is more a collection of essays than it is one flowing thought. Great for introspection on God's great sacrifice, the life of Christ and how He is still living with and for us today.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma Skinner

    An easy read of short essays! A reminder that Jesus had flesh and bones. His humanity is beautiful yet holy. His blood and veins are comfort to us as we struggle towards holiness.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jona Gwen

    I was on the 8th grade studying at a public school in the Philippines. I picked random books out of the dusty shelves of our library. One was about Marine mammals, one was about myths and legends and one was this. Out of curiosity I read pages through pages. The words and how it described the beauty and compassion of Christ described on the mundane but complex human life struck me to my core. I never forgot the book. The author and the title. Even though I didn’t finish it that time. I was preoc I was on the 8th grade studying at a public school in the Philippines. I picked random books out of the dusty shelves of our library. One was about Marine mammals, one was about myths and legends and one was this. Out of curiosity I read pages through pages. The words and how it described the beauty and compassion of Christ described on the mundane but complex human life struck me to my core. I never forgot the book. The author and the title. Even though I didn’t finish it that time. I was preoccupied by my high school life. I went on searching for the book 17 years later. It was just a compelling as when I first read it. Thank you Max Lucado.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Washington

    This is not a book of theology. This is a book of truth. Each chapter is a new story, a new thought, each refreshingly told. This book helped change the way I think about God, and in my opinion, everyone should read this book to reshape their knowledge of God.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lina

    It's been a long time since I read it. Max is good in making such a circumstances that we 're like hearing good-night story preaching from our Sunday school teacher (kind of old one ^_^) It's been a long time since I read it. Max is good in making such a circumstances that we 're like hearing good-night story preaching from our Sunday school teacher (kind of old one ^_^)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I finished this book in January but had found it very difficult to get into and actually enjoy. The very beginning made the book promising but by the end, I just wanted it done and over with.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna Rogers

    Great Max Lucado words flow like poetry. Simple truths about our God. Such a good insightful book. I really enjoyed it

  15. 5 out of 5

    GJ Refill

    In regard to a very bad decision I made, someone I trust recommended reading Max Lucado. Good recommendation. Deciding to begin with one of Lucado’s earliest books titled “God Came Near”, I found it was essentially devotionals. The general premise is that Christianity is basically us seeing Jesus, and our Christian service is fundamentally us imitating Him. How easy it is to forget this because it sometimes feels that the worst parts of Christianity are the Christians (of which I am one) with our In regard to a very bad decision I made, someone I trust recommended reading Max Lucado. Good recommendation. Deciding to begin with one of Lucado’s earliest books titled “God Came Near”, I found it was essentially devotionals. The general premise is that Christianity is basically us seeing Jesus, and our Christian service is fundamentally us imitating Him. How easy it is to forget this because it sometimes feels that the worst parts of Christianity are the Christians (of which I am one) with our attitudes and convenient forgetfulness of the cost paid for our forgiveness. Though part of that is certainly our natural human selves, it is also ungrateful. Not typically a reader of devotionals, I still see their purpose, and “God Came Near” is a fine example of their usefulness. Not all appealed to me as much as others and there is a certain amount of corniness, but some were particularly charming to read (the story of the candles is a delight – no pun intended.) Above all, though, looking past certain cheesy elements, it’s hard not to appreciate the positivity. We can talk about death, and the wages of sin, and how terrible hell sounds, and that even Jesus died in His human lifetime, but how can Christians not ultimately be positive? Forgetting that goes back to the ungratefulness, and Lucado provides 31 examples of why we should. An overall good read that can be described as hopeful, honest, and engaging. Even if you do not care for some, they are short enough to where you will quickly be able to move on to the next. There’s some humor, some charm, and lots of positivity. I want to state it unequivocally, I believe I am forgiven for my sins because I have accepted the grace of Jesus Christ who died for me. That includes my sin of divorce, a decision I sincerely regret. Thanks to my graceful ex-wife for recommending Lucado. To quote chapter 19, “God doesn’t just forgive, he forgets. He erases the board. He destroys the evidence. He burns the microfilm. He clears the computer.” 3.5 stars out of 5

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Rojewski

    Another excellent offering from well-known author, Max Lucado. This book captures the essence of the arrival, actions, and long-term impacts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The book is composed of 31 individual stories relating the "Majesty in the midst of the mundane" (page 4), and continues to present day insights and observations. Following the initial stories is a second section that provides topic related questions for the reader to have insight into the possible effects of his life centur Another excellent offering from well-known author, Max Lucado. This book captures the essence of the arrival, actions, and long-term impacts of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The book is composed of 31 individual stories relating the "Majesty in the midst of the mundane" (page 4), and continues to present day insights and observations. Following the initial stories is a second section that provides topic related questions for the reader to have insight into the possible effects of his life centuries ago on our life today. These questions are designed to provide the reader with a method to engage in the Majesty, as seen personally. About 184 pages, but each story may take up to 3 to 5 minutes to read and enjoy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sam Pauley

    Not one of my favorite Mac Lucado books. I'm not 100% sure where he was going with a few of the chapters. The one chapter that confused me the most was about singing candle flames? He never explained the point and how it associated with the book. I was expecting to follow more of Christ through his life, not jump to different topics. In the end, it wasn't a bad book, and had some good points. I do love that his books are easy to read, follow and understand if you are a new or veteran believer. Not one of my favorite Mac Lucado books. I'm not 100% sure where he was going with a few of the chapters. The one chapter that confused me the most was about singing candle flames? He never explained the point and how it associated with the book. I was expecting to follow more of Christ through his life, not jump to different topics. In the end, it wasn't a bad book, and had some good points. I do love that his books are easy to read, follow and understand if you are a new or veteran believer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lenita Sheridan

    A Definite Spirit Lifter I would recommend this book to anyone who feels lonely during this health crisis. The book can help you “draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” as Scripture says in the book of James. The book waxes poetic in many parts and shows Lucado’s writing skills at their finest. He uses both biblical and contemporary examples to make his points throughout the book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Max Lucado has a gift for making faith, grace, and other Christian ideas accessible. In this book, he breaks down what Christianity should be into two ideas: Christianity is seeing Jesus and imitating what we see. With his real life anecdotes typical of his style, once again his work left me inspired, humbled, and hopeful.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy J.

    Great short read. Insightful with quotes I just had to write down. Love how Lucado explains things in a way that although I have read the verse dozens of time, i see it from a completely different angle.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary Quire

    Truly the best Christian study book I've ever read. I highly recommend it. Truly the best Christian study book I've ever read. I highly recommend it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Cho

    An excellent collection of chapters about bits of stories, ideas, concepts, and poems that really puts you into perspective and think about God and Jesus a little differently, in a better light.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Flores

    As if taken from his intermittent journal, the chapters are observations or narrated questioning. I read from November to February. Fav chapter was four, Mary's Prayer. As if taken from his intermittent journal, the chapters are observations or narrated questioning. I read from November to February. Fav chapter was four, Mary's Prayer.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Very short stories which highlight God's presence in our lives. Questions, with scripture at the end if the book give this book more depth and meaning. Very short stories which highlight God's presence in our lives. Questions, with scripture at the end if the book give this book more depth and meaning.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Great book to read anytime but hit the point at Christmastime.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Martha Poe

    Truth I needed every word of this book! It reminded me of all the seemingly "normal" things God puts in our paths to show His love. Thank you! Truth I needed every word of this book! It reminded me of all the seemingly "normal" things God puts in our paths to show His love. Thank you!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Collins

    Lots of GREAT essays to make you think!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Love Max Lucado. This book has a study guide at the end of each chapter.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Fradd

    A good book, but not one of Lucado's best. A good book, but not one of Lucado's best.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Gibson

    Reading Max Lucado's newest book made me want to re-read his older ones. This was one of my favorites. Reading Max Lucado's newest book made me want to re-read his older ones. This was one of my favorites.

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