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CAST OF CHARACTERS

They aren't all exactly what you'd call a list of "Who's Who in Purity and Sainthood."

In fact, some of their antics and attitudes would make you think of the Saturday night crowd at the county jail. What few halos there are among this cast of characters could probably use a bit of straightening and polish. Yet, strange as it may seem, it is this very humanness that makes them refreshing. So...

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CAST OF CHARACTERS

They aren't all exactly what you'd call a list of "Who's Who in Purity and Sainthood."

In fact, some of their antics and attitudes would make you think of the Saturday night crowd at the county jail. What few halos there are among this cast of characters could probably use a bit of straightening and polish. Yet, strange as it may seem, it is this very humanness that makes them refreshing. So refreshing that should you ever need a reminder of God's tolerance and love, you'd find it in these people:

Moses—who murdered; Joseph—who strutted like a proud peacock; Matthew—the tax collector most people hated; Peter—who denied his Lord, but got a second chance.

If you ever wondered how in the world God could use you to change the world, look at these people—common people in the hands of an uncommon God.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781598595680
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Lucado
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings ofMax Lucado. He ministers atthe Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Joseph 1

Joseph's Prayer

Chapter 2 Matthew 11

Friend of Flops

Chapter 3 Woman Who Washed Jesus' Feet 19

The 7:47 Principle

Chapter 4 Mephibosheth 29

The Privilege of Paupers

Chapter 5 Samaritan Woman 43

Two Tombstones

Chapter 6 Mary, Martha, and Lazarus 55

Your Place in God's Band

Chapter 7 Abigail 65

Barbaric Behavior

Chapter 8 Paralyzed Man 75

Bright Lights on Dark Nights

Chapter 9 John 85

I Can Turn Your Tragedy into Triumph

Chapter 10 Paul 95

Hidden Heroes

Chapter 11 Two Criminals 103

I Will Let You Choose

Chapter 12 Moses 111

The Voice from the Mop Bucket

Chapter 13 Joseph 121

When Crickets Make You Cranky

Chapter 14 David 131

Facing Your Giants

Chapter 15 Esther 141

Touching the King's Heart

Chapter 16 Job 151

Where Man Covers His Mouth

Chapter 17 Nicodemus 159

The Most Famous Conversation in the Bible

Chapter 18 Jairus 169

The Sparkle from Eternity

Chapter 19 Rich Young Ruler 183

The Affluent Poor

Chapter 20 Sarah, Peter, and Paul 191

The Kingdom of the Absurd

Chapter 21 Lazarus 203

The Final Witness

Chapter 22 Peter 213

The Gospel of the Second Chance

Chapter 23 Conclusion 219

Cast of Characters

Notes 223

Sources 226

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    Amazing¿

    Cast of Characters<BR/>Max Lucado<BR/>Thomas Nelson, 2008<BR/>ISBN: 9780849921247<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 12/08<BR/>5 Stars<BR/>Amazing¿<BR/>Too often, we think the scriptures are filled with flawless characters. In truth, the opposite is true. The characters are human, each flawed, yet our Lord used them. Moses was a murderer, yet God used him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Saul/Paul persecuted Christians, yet God used him to reach the Gentiles. Max Lucado is an amazing writer who is always able to bring the gospel to life. He makes the characters easy to relate to. As an adult Sunday School Class leader, I am always looking for ideas for new studies. I hope Lucado develops a DVD to go along with this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    Relevant Characters in the Bible to help us Today!

    What I love most is that Max Lucado as a writer is that he has a gift of taking ancient stories of these bible characters and making them so relevant to what we go through today. Love it! I look forward to this new release of his!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    Treat yourself to Max Lucado's Cast of Characters.

    I received Cast of Characters in July, but left it behind as I went on vacation. Then it got lost among the accumulations of summer. I am so sorry it did. This is a delightful, humorous, but very poignant look at some famous and not-so-famous people in the Bible. I wish I had read it earlier. Max Lucado re-introduces us to God's "cast of characters", showing us how ordinary they were, but how we can learn valuable lessons by watching them in the stories they enact in the pages of Scripture. There are the obvious, such as Peter, Job, Paul and Joseph. There are the obscure, such as Mephibosheth. And there are characters from parables who come alive in a fresh way at the pen of Lucado. Through all these people, Lucado focuses not so much on them, but the God behind them: the "Uncommon God" in Whose hands we all are. We are urged to allow God to work us and work through us to do uncommon things, as He did with all the twenty plus examples in the book. The book is an easy read, refreshing and challenging. Each chapter is followed by questions to help the reader (or a group of readers) assimilate the lesson offered by the character(s) of that chapter. Treat yourself to Max Lucado's Cast of Characters.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

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    A great reminder that our imperfections are like pearls in the eyes of God.

    Stories of uncommon people in the hands of an uncommon God - that's what all this book is about. Max Lucado takes stories of simple people from the Bible and presents one story after another of God using man's best and overcoming man's worst. A simple book with a simple message - God uses imperfect people and makes them perfect through his love. The book is structured in small chapters, each chapter is entitled by the name of a character from the Bible. What I loved the most is that before every chapter the author presents the actual passage from the Bible that speaks about the character, therefore it is easier to follow what the Scripture says as you read Lucado's thoughts on the characters presented in the book. In my opinion Cast of Characters is a wonderful book, and I would recommend it to anyone that still thinks that there is no way that God can use them for his glory. The Bible is full of simple people that had nothing special about themselves, but God saw something that nobody could see inside of them, and that made them special.

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

    Excellent, well-written, life applicable.

    Max Lucado always tries to tie in life applications to the Scriptures and stories he relates. In this book, he helps us study various Biblical characters, some with admirable qualities, some who had serious challenges, some who should have listened to the Lord more, some champions of the faith. The questions at the end of each chapter are very good for using this in a Sunday school setting but can also be utilized for self-study.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Yes!

    Awsome read this one also, now we have book 2 YEAH!TEAH! THATS RIGHT!

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great Book

    I am currently reading this book, I ordered this book because I have enjoyed all the books that I read of his. I am glad I choose this book Max Has a way of putting everyday life in reference when he writes his book.I like the way he used every day examples to better explain what his ponit is and it makes it very easy to understand.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!! Should be on every Christian's bookshelf!

    I was sent Cast of Characters by Max Lucado. It was such an awesome read! It opened my eyes to so many characters in the Bible. Things that one wouldn't normally think about... such as the character of Joseph. It also talked about Job, Peter, Esther, among many others. It's not only an encouraging book, but a wonderful resource. I own many of Max Lucado's books, and to be honest, I think this is one of my favorites. Max Lucado has a wonderful reputation of writing easy-to-read Christian books. I would recommend this book to be on every Christian's bookshelf. It can also be used as a Bible Study, which I plan to start at my own church.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Great read!

    "Cast of Characters", by Max Lucado. Lucado writes in this book about the people of the bible, and he delves deeper then maybe you have every heard or thought about what these people were doing and what they were feeling. He weaves stories from today's world that mimic the themes and stories of each chapters characters, and begins each chapter with the verses he will be discussing taken directly from the Bible. As he tells each character's story he shares some insights on the character and relates the happenings of this biblical character to life in today's world. Each chapter ends with some discussion questions.
    I have loved reading this book for many different reasons. First off the chapters are short, to the point and yet I feel like I should be highlighting almost everything he has written. The stories and examples that he gives from today's world our poignant and moving, and yet really relate to the biblical stories he is talking about. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has some biblical knowledge and yet I feel it would be good for someone who is a new Christian or contemplating becoming a Christian, because I feel each chapter has something for everyone

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Emotional & Inspirational

    Cast of Characters is one of Max Lucado's newest contributions to the "Christian Life" genre. Mr Lucado sets out to dig past the biblical narrative of 24 different individuals throughout the Old and New Testaments. The Cast consists of the following well-known and lesser-known biblical characters: Joseph (the N.T. one), Matthew, the woman who washed Jesus' feet, Mephibosheth, the Samaritan Woman, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, Abigail, the paralyzed man, John, Paul, the two criminals, Moses, Joseph (the O.T. one), David, Esther, Job, Nicodemus, Jairus, the rich young ruler, Sarah, Peter, and Paul.

    As we stop to view vignettes in the lives of these individuals, Mr Lucado draws out principles for Christian living - using their lives as a sort of moral compass by which to steer our own actions and choices. Mr Lucado's writing, as always, is emotional and inspirational. His recounting of broken people living victorious lives is moving and endearing. I was particularly drawn to his chapter on Mary, Martha and Lazarus - highlighting how each of the three characters are necessary and have important functions, and yet each tend toward a particular flaw when left on their own.

    As I typically feel about Mr Lucado's style, it leaves something to be desired. I know many, many people are touched by his writing, and for that I must give him credit. His writing is emotional and sincere. I can't help reading one of his books, however, and wishing that he would plumb a little deeper, reach beyond the simple, surface-y, Sunday School answers and really point me to Jesus' for Jesus' sake alone.

    I couldn't help feeling that the whole emphasis of the book just slightly missed its mark. I wanted the pages to be full of God's glory for God's sake, but I seemed to only find God's glory for our sake. For my sake - for your sake - for the sake of David, and Esther and Peter and Paul and all the rest. Maybe I've missed Lucado's point entirely - and I will be the first to admit that is possible. Yet I couldn't help feeling that somewhere, in all of it - God's glory was downplayed so that I could feel good. God has found a place for me - even if I am a classic Martha grumbling to myself in the kitchen that I don't have enough help - and I am so special because God found a place for me. As I read, I found myself looking inward, not to examine my own sin but to look for how I could be the next Paul, the next Peter.

    Aside from my theological caveats and my personal preference for deeper theological writing, I will say that this book has something to offer to any reader. It reads quickly and easily, so if you're not much of a bookworm or need a book to relax into rather than mentally challenge you, Cast of Characters is the ideal read. If you chose to pick this up, I hope that you are inspired to look into the face of these long-past saints and sinners, and find inspiration to fuel your spiritual journey!

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    Great devotional!

    Cast of Characters is a wonderful book that really shows how God has used the common, every day person to do great things. It shows that we don't need to be perfect in order to do His work. If we are just willing, He will mold us into the type of person He needs us to be. Max Lucado uses 22 different characters from the Bible to show just how ordinary the great men and women of the Bible were and how they impacted so many others, were given second chances, or became a model for others to follow.

    This book is a very inspiring read and really helps a person to realize we all can make a difference. It also could be used as a devotional because the chapters are fairly short, making it possible to read one each day.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

    Takes you there...

    Do you find you have a hard time connecting with the people we all know from our favorite Bible stories? Do you start seeing them in the same light you would a fairy tale character? People whose life begines and ends in that one story, people with few enothions, who were there only to fulfill their designated part in the story? People whose lives are really just a part of a play?

    This book will help you feel the things they felt, and you will see how very much like US they really were. We are all the same, after all. We all feel the same emotions and search after the same things, and we all have sinned and are in desperate need of a savior. I really liked this book. When I first got it I thought I might offer it as a giveaway on my blog... but I don't think I can part with it! I know I want to read it again, and if you are looking for some reading that tastes like a novel, but reaches out and touches your heart with the true love of Christ, this is it!

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

    I think I recognize these people. that's the thought that came to mind as I read Max Lucado's book Cast of Characters. I enjoyed the way he showed biblical characters that I've read about from I was a child in a more human and relatable way. The way he used personal stories alongside that of the characters made the book a more interesting read.

    I love that the book sometimes asks questions. almost like an imaginary interview like, "Joseph, did you and Jesus arm wrestle." Sections like that made me smile because I enjoy thinking of our biblical heroes as men and women just like us.

    I silently cheered are I read about Mephibosheth. to go from having nothing, living in the shadows to sitting at the kings table.

    As I read through the book each chapter and each character presented had something that tugged at my heartstrings, inspired me or simply made me reflect on my life and spiritual walk.

    I like the fact that each chapter of the book ended with questions for reflections and discussion because it made me dig a little deeper into God's word.

    I love Max Lucado's conversational style of writing and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

    Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

    This is a book that's likely to come in for a bit of flak.

    The first reason is that **it's not original material** as it's mostly other writings from Max Lucado put together in a combined format. There's nothing wrong with this of course, but it would have been good if it were more obvious up front.

    The second issue is that it **feels very light**. I suspect this barb will be flung from the "intellectuals", or at least those who consider themselves to be such. But I think it's important to look at who the book is aimed at.

    It's aimed clearly at the ordinary, broken person. The everyday individual who stumbles and bumbles their way through life, trying to do what's right but often not quite getting there.

    These sort of people need help and encouragement, not a weighty tome to digest. They need to know that God loves them. They need to know that God can use even them.

    But we don't like to admit to being that sort of person... (Even though **we all are!**)

    Personally I need to thank Max Lucado for writing this book. Quite simply, I needed to hear what God had to say to me through it.

    _Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [BookSneeze.com](http://BookSneeze.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the [Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255](http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html) : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."_

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    Thoughts on Cast of Characters...

    From the Back Cover:

    Common People.

    Story after story marked by scandal, stumble, and intrigue. Who are these people? They're the people in the Bible.

    And they're us. We find our stories in theirs. We find our hope where they found theirs. In the hands of an Uncommon God.


    In Cast of Characters Max Lucado tells us the stories of normal everyday people in the Bible that God used to make a difference for all eternity. Lucado doesn't just touch on the well-known heroes of the Bible, he also tells the stories of those lesser known Bible characters. He tells us about the common everyday people who existed in those times, those who even though they were not perfect (as none of us are), were used greatly by a perfect God. Especially when they doubted it was possible.

    Max Lucado is a masterful storyteller. Whenever I read one of his books I feel as if I am sitting down with a great friend and a cup of coffee (or soda in my case since I don't drink coffee) having a wonderful conversation. This book is no exception. Max gives us Bible stories that are familiar, and some that maybe we've never thought about in depth before, and puts a new spin on them; gives us a new perspective on these people, so to speak. Many times speaking from the viewpoint of the character, Lucado gives us an interesting viewpoint as to what these people might have thought and felt as they were going through their life. When we read the Bible, or at least when I read the Bible, sometimes it is easy to lose perspective on the characters. We tend to view them as distant (which they are) but not just time-wise. I think that often we think of them as larger than life people of great faith and without doubt. Lucado helps us to remember that these people were just like you and I. They had problems, doubts, fears, frustrations, and the whole gamut of emotions we still feel today. Each chapter includes a list of reflection and discussion questions which would make this book great for a Small Group or Study setting. Each chapter, each story, makes you think and want to come back for the next chapter. Cast of Characters is a new spin on Bible stories, but it does not stray from the Truth. There are plenty of Scriptures listed throughout the book, and peppered within the stories (of course since they are Bible stories). This book is a wonderful read, very thought provoking and enlightening. Anyone with any interest in the Bible at all should pick it up, I'm pretty sure you won't' be able to put it down.



    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    This is a great book.

    This is a great book. Written in a storytelling style, this book addresses the basic spiritual need of every individual drawing from the rich examples we find on the pages of the scriptures where "common people" meet and experience the "uncommon God". With a cast of Characters that comprise of the most unworthy people you can find in the scriptures.
    It is a book where one is richly blessed reading. I find the book a must have for every Christian, both cleric and the "common pew sitter".

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

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    Cast Of Characters

    Cast Of Characters - Common People In The Hands Of An Uncommon God by Max Lucado is an enjoyable book that is based on biblical characters. These characters are ordinary people God used to do extraordinary things. As you read this book these characters will grab your attention and you will come to realize that the same struggles they were faced with then, are the same ones facing us today. Even though these bible characters are from so long ago we can see the relevance in today's modern world.

    These are people who have stumbled and struggled just the same way we do today, and rescued by the same God that rescues us. Max uses these characters to show us that despite our trials and tribulations and flaws, their is a God who cares and is concerned about us. A God of hope we can turn to, one that we can put our trust and faith in. One who will show us the light at the end of the tunnel.

    This was an easy to read book, Max has a way of writing that grabs your attention and at the same time convey great biblical truths. I especially like the discussion and review questions at the end of the chapters. This is an enjoyable book for everyone and I highly recommend it for those going through struggles and fell like there is no end to their situation.



    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

    Excellent ReaD

    ITS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO SUM UP THIS REVIEW IN MUCH DETAIL. IF I WERE TO PICK OUT MY FAVORITE PARTS; THE ONES I FOUND MOST IMPACTING AND EASY TO RELATE TO, I'D HAVE TO QUOTE 3/4 OF THE BOOK.
    AS USUAL, MAX LUCADO HAS A WAY WITH WORDS THAT NOT ONLY COMPELS THE READER TO WANT TO KNOW THE "CHRIST" HE SO ELOQUENTLY TALKS ABOUT, BUT ALSO INPIRES THE READER TO SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES AND STORIES IN HIS BOOKS FOR THEMSELVES.
    SUCH IS THE CASE IN "CAST OF CHARACTERS". MOSES, PAUL, JOSEPH , AND MANY OTHERS ARE PORTRAYED TO THE READER AS EVERY DAY PEOPLE. PEOPLE WE CAN RELATE TO. STORIES WE CAN RELATE TO. LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM. MOMENTS WE'VE ALL EXPERIENCED. TRIALS WE'VE ALL FACED AND MAY QUITE POSSIBLY BE ENDURING AT THIS VERY MOMENT.
    ONE OF MY FAVORITE PASSAGES FROM THIS BOOK IS WHEN LUCADO IS TALKING ABOUT JOSPEH; CREATING A BELIEVABLE DIALOGUE THAT MAY HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH JOSPEH'S MIND...

    He was obedient to God.

    He was obedient when the sky was bright.

    He was obedient when the sky was dark.

    He didn't let his confusion disrupt his obedience.


    OBEDIENCE. IF I HAD TO SUM UP THE IDEAL OF THIS BOOK, I'D USE THAT WORD. THE REWARD THAT COMES WHEN OBEDIENT TO GOD AND HIS PLAN IS FAR MORE REWARDING THAN WHEN WE LEAN TO OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.

    GREAT BOOK. GREAT AUTHOR.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    A Great Novel by Max Lucado

    In Cast of Characters, Max Lucado emphasizes the significance of individuals in the Bible. He discusses their strengths, their imperfections, and how God still loved all of them, despite their choices. Lucado also provides a modern depiction of the characters. This make them far easier to relate to and understand.

    For many of us, I believe the events in the Bible do not get the full appreciation they deserve. Perhaps it is because we have heard the stories so many times. Or maybe it is lack of emotional detail expressed in the Bible. However, when Lucado puts the stories into modern context, suddenly, the events seem far more significant. For example, Lucado tells us to imagine a young woman with AIDS in a crowded bus station. After touching Jesus's robe, she is cured! Lucado then tells us about how Jesus and the woman are smiling at each other and the woman's eyes are sparkling. Through his contemporary depictions, Lucado really helped me appreciate the just how amazing the events in the Bible were.

    Cast of Characters is a great novel for a wide variety of readers. The chapters are fairly short, making it a quick read for someone who has limited time. Yet, there are also thought provoking discussion questions at the end of each chapter, making it a great book for bible study groups. (As part of a bible study group myself, I would definitely recommend this book!) Lucado makes himself an active part of your reading by explaining how he can relate to the different stories. So even if you read the book alone, there is still someone you can compare your experiences with.

    The only downside of this novel was a lack of discussion in a few chapters. A couple of entries only consisted of the modern depiction of the Bible's stories and nothing else. I felt that these chapters could have been expanded upon and given the reader more to think about. Overall, however, I still feel that Cast of Characters is a fantastic book. It had me underlining and starring passages throughout, and I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    A Good Devotional Book

    Cast of Characters by Max Lucado is a compilation of stories he has shared about common people. People who struggle, who are marked by scandal, who stumble. But they are all people of the Bible. It's the stories that we can connect to and find hope in. Because we have an amazing God. One who rescues, who offers second chances and who calls those whom he qualifies.

    Each chapter offers the story of someone new. Each also ends with questions for reflection and discussion. It was well organized and I found it to be written in an efficient and entertaining manner. The short chapters made it easy to read without feeling bogged down in text.

    I have not previously read anything by Max Lucado but would be interested in reading more from him after this book. Esther, Job, Mary, Joseph, Lazaus, they all have a story to share. One you may be able to relate to. And through their story you may find the comfort in the hands of the Father who loves you. Because we are "common people in the hands of an uncommon God."

    I would recommend this book as devotional. I found that is what I used it for. I would read the chapter, read the story in the bible of the person Lucado was writing of and reflect using his questions at the end of the chapter. (Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.)

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