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For The Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    Gift Book Draws on Lucado's Strengths

    This little gift book demonstrates Max Lucado's chief skill, which is his ability to offer short, simple words of comfort to people in pain. My favorite sections of this devotional book are "The Bitter Taste of Revenge," and "From God's Perspective" which, despite the bland title, is about death. In these chapters, Lucado's writing actually reaches me on a more visceral level. The other six chapters are a pleasant read to while away a few minutes in a doctor's waiting room.<BR/><BR/>I'm not a huge fan of Lucado's written work, in general. His sentences are very short; if I had to take a guess, I'd say that he writes on the fourth grade level. I don't mean to devalue his work at all. Somebody has to write for the multitudes of people who prefer to read fairly simple material. And when people are in spiritual pain, easier reading can be a good choice because it requires less concentration.<BR/><BR/>There is definitely an audience for this gift book. Giving a book like this to someone who is experiencing a trial always shows sensitivity; this isn't a book that will offend anyone. If I had experienced a loss or trauma recently, I would find this gift touching simply as a sign that someone cared, even though I'm not a Lucado reader. So I would recommend it, under the right circumstances.

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