Great Day Every Day: Navigating Life's Challenges with Promise and Purpose

Great Day Every Day: Navigating Life's Challenges with Promise and Purpose

by Max Lucado
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Great Day Every Day: Navigating Life's Challenges with Promise and Purpose by Max Lucado

The alarm clock rings in a new day and a chance to rejoice in it. After all: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it."

But what about those days when the traffic snarls, airports close, and friends forget? Is there any hope for the days riddled with the hang-ups and bang-ups of life?

In Great Day Every Day Max Lucado unpacks Jesus' blueprint for dealing with such days: Saturate your day in Jesus' grace. Entrust your day to His oversight. Accept His direction. It's the only prescription to fill your day with God-given purpose.

When you find the divine promise of each day, you can face whatever it brings. Speed bumps and speeding tickets won’t derail you. Hiccups and hard times don’t have to ruin your day. In fact those days can become great days. Whatever you face, you can have a great day every day.

Previously released as Every Day Deserves a Chance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780849949708
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/02/2012
Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 542,396
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

With more than 130 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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Great Day Every Day 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
mahez007 More than 1 year ago
“Great Day Every Day” by ‘Max Lucado’ is a book for everyone who find their life boring or overwhelming or depressive or stressed out. The book can be related by anyone who is struggling to lead a balanced and happy life. Lucado gets to the hearts of the readers and impresses them with his lucid and ‘easy to understand’ style of communication. He keeps his message simple and straight. Apart from the content, Lucado has included a discussion guide and a thirty day journey guide to help the audience practically implement whatever the principles they learn from this book. Max Lucado has taken the pain to share with us the secrets to encounter -- shame filled days -- ungrateful days -- bitter days -- anxious days -- catastrophic days -- depleted days --fear filled days Some highlighters which I loved the most from the book: “Gratitude is the firstborn child of grace, the appropriate response of the blessed.” (pp 21) “Don’t let the bumps in the race keep you from the award ceremony at its end.” (pp61) “If you look hard enough and long enough, you will find something to complain about.” (pp109) Lucado has done a great job of instilling hope and promise in the people’s mind. I was delightful to get biblically sound tips from the author through this book. Overall, this was a precise and concise read. I give this one four out of five stars. Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. Lucado has written more than 50 books with 80 million copies in print. His books are regularly on the New York Times Best Seller List. Please note that I received this book from Thomas Nelson through its book review bloggers program Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review. Also be informed that the opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"great day every day" is a very helpful and inspirational book. max lucado shows how many people go through tough times but in this remarkable book shares many stories and people and scripture from the Bible to show how you can get through your storms and get through another day with Gods help. what I like most about this little inexpensive book is its easy reading and there is a study guide in the back of the book which has simple questians to help you win over your hurtful times and get through the next day that od has waiting for you. great gift idea for a friend or family member or Bible study.
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ladyjaenh More than 1 year ago
Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado is an excellent book! It will make you stop and think about the good and bad things in life and how your sometimes blessed through our experiences, good and bad. Finding ways to continue on with your day, allowing it to be a great day even if it starts out not so good. We do not have to allow all the negative experiences we have form our days, our life. We can learn to see the good through the bad, learn to see the blessings in every part of life. I read this because I have a special needs child who says every morning"Today is a great day" It made me think of him when I saw the book, and wonder if I could be more like my son. This truly is a great book to read for anyone wanting to learn to see through the annoyances in life and find a Great Day waiting every day.
poohbeargirl More than 1 year ago
I guess I shouldn't have expected a deep book, considering the author, but I didn't expect Max Lucado's Great Day Every Day to be so "devotion-like". I felt like I was reading a feel-good devotional. Or reading Joel Osteen, with all positive thinking, positive messages. I have read some of Lucado's books before and although I wouldn't call them deep, at least they have a little substance. This book was shallower than most. Like all his other books, this book includes the false easy-believism gospel. Lucado teaches that all we need to do is believe in who Jesus is and what he did and we will be saved. But the gospel that Jesus preaches in the Bible is all about dying to self, conviction of sin, and repentance. Why else did John the Baptist and Jesus keep going around saying "Repent! Repent!" Lucado does not include repentance in his version of the gospel. A gospel without the core message is no gospel at all. Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher but I am not required to give a positive review in exchange for the book. This is my critical review of the book as if I had bought the book with my hard earned money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Max Lucado's intention in this book was to life people up and make them feel good. This book is about having a positive outlook on life and turning a bad day into a good day. The problem I had with this book was that in seeking to make people feel better, Lucado's words can be easily read as false assurance and a license to sin because you already have your ticket to heaven. Example: "As you lust, gloat, covet, or judge, Jesus stands before the tribunal of heaven and points to the blood-streaked cross. “I’ve already made provision. I’ve taken away the sins of the world.” What a gift he has given you. You’ve won the greatest lottery in the history of humanity, and you didn’t even pay for the ticket! Your soul is secure, your salvation guaranteed." My favorite part of the book was in Ch 4, when Lucado interprets Matthew 18:23–25: "Tell me, how do you plan to pay God for your 4.3 million sin increments? Your payout is unachievable. Unreachable. You’re swimming in a Pacific Ocean of debt." This is like our debt of sin. There is nothing we of ourselves could ever do to pay for our own sins. This is why we need Jesus Christ. But then I didn't like how Lucado goes back into this idea of Jesus forgiving anyone and everyone because it sounds like easy believism and a false assurance of salvation and a license to sin: "God pardons the zillion sins of selfish humanity. Forgives sixty million sin-filled days." Lucado uses this to give a blanket statement that we must forgive everyone always. Yes, we must. But we must also not forget Mt 18 and 1 Cor 5, where it tells us to expel the wicked brother. We can forgive, but still hold others accountable until they repent. I wish Lucado made this clear instead of always going for the feel good stuff. I also noticed Lucado teaches of a temporary state of Paradise, before man goes to heaven. Outside of Abraham's Bosom and Purgatory, I hadn't been aware of any Christian teachings on temporary places prior to our eternal states in heaven or hell. I understand Lucado is a Church of Christ pastor, so maybe this is one of their teachings? Lucado wrote: "[The thief on the cross] hears the official language of Christ: grace. Undeserved. Unexpected. Grace. “Today you will join me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Paradise. The intermediate heaven. The home of the righteous until the return of Christ. The Tree of Life is there. Saints are there. God is there." This book was positive and light easy reading. It was not deep at all - it was shallow. More like a short story devotional, encouraging readers to stay positive throughout each day and that this will make an overall positive life. I wouldn't recommend this book. There was nothing much to it. Kinda fluffy, feel good stuff and not all that biblically accurate. Lucado's statements are so wishy-washy that they can easily be misinterpreted into an incorrect view of scripture. Lucado does not make his statements clear because that would "not make readers feel so good". So Lucado focuses only on the positive stuff. If you're bored, I guess you could read this, but I would warn readers to discern very carefully. Disclaimer: I gave my honest review. I received this book from the publisher but a positive review was not required
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"Great Day Every Day" is an awesome book by Max Lucado that deals with finding God's grace even in disappointment and despair. Lucado addresses such issues as grief, purpose, anxiety, catastrophe, and fear within this book, combining personal stories with Biblical resources to help us find a way to rejoice in the midst of our pain/anxiety/hurt/etc. What I really liked about this book was that it offered stories from the Bible to supplement the text, showing us that even when we are hurting, God's grace is still there. I liked this book, and think it is the perfect book to help find a little inspiration for a hard day - and really who doesn't have those days once in awhile? The chapters are relatively short, and each is centered on dealing with a certain type of struggle, so if you are having an anxious day, you can skip right to the chapter titled, "Peace for Anxious Days", or if you have having a fearful day, "Faith for Fear-Filled Days" might be a good read for you. Great book - I loved it!
richardblake More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado continues to inspire, encourage, and challenge readers with his unique gift for adapting Biblical stories into contemporary, relevant, insight with meaningful applications. “Great Day Every Day – Navigating Life’s Challenges with Promise and Purpose” includes a “Daily Compass” to help the reader start each day right. Early in my reading I captured Max’s theme including the three concepts introduced throughout the pages of the book: Saturating my day in Jesus’ grace, entrusting my day to His oversight, and accepting His direction. The accompanying discussion guide provides the reader with thought provoking questions designed for further consideration, contemplation, or meditation. These questions can also be adapted for use with a small group to stimulate discussion and interaction among group members. Another feature found in this edition of the book (published earlier as “Every Day Deserves a Chance) is the “Day Changer” thirty day journey. Each “day changer” reflection helps the reader identify and record a specific area of focus, consideration, or action for the day. Lucado’s writing is Christ centered, straightforward, simple, yet profound. A rich experience in fulfilling your potential, claiming Christ’s promise, and living out His purpose. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The expressions expressed are my own. As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
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uncommongirl More than 1 year ago
Previously published as Every Day Deserves A Chance, Max Lucado shares stories, scripture, and insights that minister to us, to keep God as our focus every day. The book is divided into three parts: book, study guide, and devotion. Following the ten chapters is a discussion guide for each of the chapters. The end of the book includes “Change Your Day, Change Your Life: A Thirty-Day Journey”. I am still reading through the devotion; I think it’s the best part of this book. Chapter One, “Every Day Deserves A Chance”, ends with the formula (grace, oversight, direction) for upgrading our days to “blue-ribbon status”. This formula is the basis for the following chapters. The short chapters are easily read in a few minutes and can be used with the discussion questions for group or individual thought. I felt that the sentences were sometimes a bit on the choppy side in this book. It also bordered on being too much of a gladness book and not so much of a book to strengthen our attitudes. I personally found the two following excerpts to benefit me and I’d like to share them in this review. Chapter Three – “Gratitude For Ungrateful Days” Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which ones will you choose to heed? You have a choice, you know. “We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ”. -2 Corinthians 10:5 Do you let anyone who knocks on your door enter your house? Don’t let every thought that surfaces dwell in your mind. Take it captive…make it obey Jesus. If it refuses, don’t think it. Negative thoughts never strengthen you. How many times have you cleared a traffic jam with your grumbles? Does groaning about bills make them disappear? Why moan about aches and pains, problems and tasks? “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.” Proverbs 4:23 Chapter Six – “Hope For Catastrophic Days” Over a hundred years ago in England, the borough of West Stanley endured a great tragedy. A mine collapsed, trapping and killing many of the workers inside. The bishop of Durham, Dr. Handley Moule, was asked to bring a word of comfort to the mourners. Standing at the mouth of the mine, he said, “It is very difficult for us to understand why God should let such an awful disaster happen, but we know Him and trust Him, and all will be right. I have at home,” he continued, “an old bookmark given to me by my mother. It is worked in silk, and, when I examine the wrong side of it, I see nothing but a tangle of threads, crossed and re-crossed. It looks like a big mistake. One would think that someone had done it who did not know what she was doing. But when I turn it over and look at the right side, I see there, beautiful embroidered, the letters GOD IS LOVE. “We are looking at this today,” he counseled, “from the wrong side. Someday we shall see it from another standpoint, and shall understand.” Book Recommendation: Lord, Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late. James MacDonald.