Monday, August 10, 2015

Glory Days

Glory Days
Living Your Promised Land Life Now

Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now 
Release Date Sept. 15, 2015
Published by Thomas Nelson
5 Stars

These days are Glory Days. 
My past is past, 
my future is bright, 
God's promises are true and 
his Word is sure.
With God as my helper, 
I will be all he wants me to be, 
do all he wants me to do,
and receive all he wants me to receive.
These days are Glory Days.

Brief Description:

 The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck. Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?

You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can't remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You're fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You're out of Egypt, but Egypt's not out of you.Isn't the Christian life supposed to be better than this? Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.

But there's good news. With God's help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

This is God's vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.

You and your Promised Land life.

 I attend a small, rural Missionary Baptist church and our congregation maybe small, but faithful.  We have a new pastor, Bro. Chad Clark, and I have really enjoyed his sermons.  Bro. Chad has brought us the message of not only salvation, but also of revival.  Each Sunday as I leave church I am infused with excitement about God and doing good works, but as the week progresses, or in other words as life happens, my excitement tends to wane until the following Sunday morning.  When I opened this book and started reading suddenly my eyes opened and I felt a stirring in my heart.  

Max Lucado explores the book of Joshua in a very personal way.  He points out that with faith in God all things are possible.  He compares and explains how our lives can mimic the Hebrews pilgrimage out of Egypt.  Their bondage in Egypt represents how we are held in bondage by our sin.  Crossing the Red Sea illustrates how we are washed free of all sin from our old life and offered a brand new life with Salvation.  
In the wilderness the Hebrews were free of slavery from the Pharaoh, but the were still enslaved to fear. Many Christians are just chugging along.  Do they put their full faith in God?  Do you take the leap and trust God will catch you or do you take that leap and know God will either catch you or let you fly?  

What kind of Christian do you want to be?

Wow what a book!!!
Yes, it has opened my eyes and heart.  
When I started reading this book I felt that God was showing me that I was still in the wilderness walking in circles and it was time to take the next step.  This is a perfect book for a bible study in a group or alone.  Yes, I will pass this book along to Bro. Chad and suggest we have a bible study on it.  
This book is well written and references scriptures in the bible to back up the ideas put forth.  It's designed to be easily read.  It begins with the explanations of what the Promised Land is and each section explains how to go about reaching it.
I received this book from Litfuse and the publisher for a honest review without bias or outside influence as stated above.  I want to thank them for this privilege and  opportunity.  

Meet the Author:
Max Lucado
Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition, he has been an ECPA Gold Medallion finalist with more titles than any other author in the industry.

In 1994, he became the only author to have 11 of his twelve books in print simultaneously appear on paperback, hardcover and children's CBA bestseller lists. Lucado set a new industry record by concurrently placing nine different Word Publishing titles on the CBA Hardcover Bestseller List in both March and April 1997. Max Lucado is a fixture on the national bestseller lists – a Max Lucado title has appeared on the CBA hardcover bestseller list every month for the past dozen years. He has appeared on the Publishers Weekly, USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. He has won eight ECPA Gold Medallion awards.

In addition to his nonfiction books, Lucado has authored several award-winning children's titles including, Just In Case You Ever Wonder, The Crippled Lamb, Alabaster's Song and the award-winning You Are Special. Max is also the author of Hermie: A Common Caterpillar, and the Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends collection of books and DVD’s are quickly becoming a fixture on bestseller lists. He also served as the general editor for the best-selling Lucado Study Bible and God's Inspirational Promise Book.

In the Fall of 2006, he released Facing Your Giants, followed by Every Day Deserves a Chance in April of the 2007.

For over twenty years, Max has served as the Senior Pastor of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. But he says his greatest accomplishment is finding a one-in-a-million wife in Denalyn and having three unbelievable daughters: Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.


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