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Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust

Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust

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by Max Lucado

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We applaud men for doing good things.

We enshrine God for doing great things.

But what about a man who does God things?

One thing is certain. We can't ignore him. If these moments are factual, if the claim of Christ is actual, then he was, at once, man and God.

The single most significant person who ever lived. Forget MVP. He is the entire


We applaud men for doing good things.

We enshrine God for doing great things.

But what about a man who does God things?

One thing is certain. We can't ignore him. If these moments are factual, if the claim of Christ is actual, then he was, at once, man and God.

The single most significant person who ever lived. Forget MVP. He is the entire league. The head of the parade? Hardly. No one else shares the street. Who comes close? Humanity's best and brightest fade like dime-store rubies next to him.

Dismiss him? We can't. Resist him? Equally difficult. Why would we want to?

Don't we need a God-man Savior? A just-God Jesus could make us, but not understand us. A just-man Jesus could love us, but never save us. But a God-man Jesus?

Near enough to touch. Strong enough to trust. A next door Savior.

Editorial Reviews

Master storyteller Max Lucado reflects on the two natures of Christ in an inspiring new book that invites us to embrace the humanity and divinity of the Savior, who is at once God and man.
Publishers Weekly
If Christian publishing phenomenon Lucado has been criticized for anything, it's for repeating the same basic themes in his books: Christ, his death on the cross and the grace and forgiveness offered to those who follow him. This latest doesn't deviate, but somehow manages to make these themes crisp and compelling. The essays, each built around an episode in the life of Jesus, are often unabashedly poignant, at times humorous and always hopeful. Lucado's unique retellings cast Jesus as a compassionate personal friend who isn't put off by anyone's past mistakes. In one essay, Jesus urges a reluctant Matthew (the tax collector) not to ditch his old acquaintances, while Matthew argues "But Jesus, these guys... half of them are on parole. Josh hasn't worn socks since his Bar Mitzvah...." A reach-for-the-hanky story portrays Jesus as "The Trashman," willing to take the burdens of others on himself. Throughout this book-as he has in others-Lucado explores the paradox of Jesus as both fully human and fully divine: "Midwifed by a carpenter. Bathed by a peasant girl. The maker of the world with a bellybutton. The author of the Torah being taught the Torah." Lucado clearly portrays God's love, forgiveness and concern about the smallest details, "for even though he is in heaven, he never left the neighborhood." Solidly grounded in Scripture, drenched in the trademark Lucado anecdotes that have endeared him to legions of fans, this book may be his best in a decade. (Sept. 4) Forecast: With this title Lucado will have 33 million books in print, not including the music, audio and video products that have been spun off his various books. At least one of his titles has appeared on an ECPA bestseller list every month for the last 12 years (and in February, he had 18 different books on the various ECPA lists). Watch for PW's interview with Max Lucado in late August, as part of our "Innovators" series. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Other Books by Max Lucado


On the Anvil, Tyndale House

No Wonder They Call Him the Savior, W Publishing Group

God Came Near, W Publishing Group

Six Hours One Friday, W Publishing Group

The Applause of Heaven, Word

In the Eye of the Storm, Word

And the Angels Were Silent, W Publishing Group

He Still Moves Stones, Word

When God Whispers Your Name, Word

A Gentle Thunder, Word

In the Grip of Grace, Word

The Great House of God, Word

Just Like Jesus, Word

When Christ Comes, Word

He Chose the Nails, Word

Traveling Light, W Publishing Group

A Love Worth Giving, W Publishing Group


Children’s Books

Just in Case You Ever Wonder, Tommy Nelson

Tell Me the Story, Crossway

Tell Me the Secrets, Crossway

The Crippled Lamb, Tommy Nelson

Alabaster’s Song, Tommy Nelson

You Are Special, Crossway

Because I Love You, Crossway

Jacob’s Gift, Tommy Nelson

Just the Way You Are, Crossway

All You Ever Need, Crossway

Small Gifts in God’s Hands, Tommy Nelson

With You All the Way, Crossway

You Are Mine, Crossway

He Chose You, Tommy Nelson

If Only I Had a Green Nose, Crossway

Hermie, A Common Caterpillar, Tommy Nelson

Just Like Jesus for Tweens, Tommy Nelson


Gift Books

God’s Inspirational Promises, Word

The Greatest Moments, Word

Let the Journey Begin, Word

The Cross, W Publishing Group

The Gift for All People, Multnomah

Grace for the Moment, J. Countryman

In the Footsteps of Jesus, Tyndale

America Looks Up, W Publishing Group

Traveling Light Journal, W Publishing Group

One Incredible Moment, J. Countryman

Just for You, W Publishing Group

Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms, J. Countryman

Traveling Light for Mothers, W Publishing Group

God Thinks You’re Wonderful, J. Countryman

Just Like Jesus Devotional, W Publishing Group



An Angel’s Story, W Publishing Group

The Christmas Child, W Publishing Group

Meet the Author

With more than 125 million products in print, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy.

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Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Max Lucado and I say thank God for Max Lucado. He puts the things we endure daily and shows just how Jesus dealt with the same thing while He walked the earth. This book helps put in perspective that no matter what you are going through God understands and He cares. I recommend this book highly to anyone who is just having a hard time understanding.
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PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Next Door Savior - Near Enough to Touch Strong Enough to Trust By Max Lucado is among the most uplifting books that I have recently read. In true Lucado fashion, Max writes in an animated, easy to understand style that communicates biblical truths to the reader. His books bring bible stories and biblical truth to life in an inspirational way that speaks out to the reader. His analogies are very relevant and simple to understand words, he expressed the warped priorities of our society where the speitiual insignificant such as physical beauty and sucess is valued while the dignity of human lived is considered worthless. His words speak to everyone... "Catch God in a bad mood? Won't happen. Fear exhausting his grace? A sardine will swallow the Atlantic first. Think he's given up on you?" ..... Lucado's use of colorful language and his conversational tone, make it so that biblical truths are memorable and meaningful to the average modern reader. The text makes it easy to visualize biblical truth in a whole new way. True to life dialog brings the gospel message and its heros to life. The gospel message is made personal and relevant. You need not be a theologen, educated in an expensive seminary or college to understand Max Lucado's books. This inspirational book will be certain to leave the reader with a lasting impression. In today's self centered society, without offense Max Lucado illustrates the importance of living life based on biblical principles. Lucado illustrates with clarity the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. In real life words he explains the significance of Jesus' diety- as God in human flesh. In vivid detail, he makes clear, in everyday words and language, the significance of Jesus' life and death for us. After reading this book, and really meditating on the biblical truths communicated via Max Lucado, one can feel a renewed sense of empowerment to live a selfless life style. Max makes use of personal anecdotes as well as bible stories to illiustrate the importance of depending on God rather than on the material things of this world. If you are a theologen, looking for an apologetic defense on the purpose of depending on God then this book isn't for you. But, if on the other hand you are simply looking for bible based motivation and a relief in a world that takes pride in materialism, selfish ambition and competition, then this book is perfect. Difficult biblical concepts such as Jesus being God in human form, are explained in a way that everyone can appreciate. As a blogger for booksneeze, I receive books from Thomas Nelson publishers in exchange for writing an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
seven07 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. The many short stories allow you to see yourself or the person in the story so clear. This book is a must read if you want to conquer and have victories in your life from the many challenges we all face.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the title says it all. Very well written. Life changer. Wow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I have never read Max Lucado before this, and I really wasn't sure what to expect. I was completely shocked when I found myself laughing hysterically so much while reading it! Max puts these important issues in terms that are very easy to understand. He adds just the right amount of humor, but still gets through these very important messages. This book really helped me to understand Jesus and know Him better, which is something that I think everyone needs. This is one of the few books I've had that I was actually sad when I finished it! I recommend this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really does show that. It is so easy to read and so down to earth. It puts many stories of Jesus I heard in scripture so real to me in my everyday life. I enjoyed everypage and can't wait to read more of his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 16 years old and a really avid reader and I usually read Fiction until someone said I needed to broaden my reading. I started with this book thinking it would be boring but it was amazing. The visual lessons and examples just leave thinking 'That's so true' ' That's just like my life' I loved it.