What a great time for “The Lucado Inspirational Reader” to be released! Just in time for Christmas, this book will make great gifts both to those who are fans of Rev. Lucado’s books and to those who are less familiar with his writing. The style of this book is a compilation of different anecdotes, chapters, and sometimes just a paragraph here and there from Lucado’s books, organized by topic. While not as large as a general coffee table book, I can definitely see it serving those purposes.
While I have read some Lucado, I have certainly not read the majority of his work, and I enjoyed both remembering some old anecdotes as well as reading those that were “new-to-me”. My particular favorites included the chapter on the church and church unity, a subject that speaks directly to many of my concerns, the “gallery” anecdote in the encouragement chapter, and the chapter on hope. I also greatly enjoyed the courtroom illustration in the chapter on miracles, walking through the miracles recorded in the book of John as a defense for Jesus as Messiah.
While I would definitely recommend this book and believe that everything Lucado says in here is in line with the scriptures, I would caution against using it as a devotional, as there are only scripture references in about a third of his anecdotes. However, I believe it would make a great gift this Christmas season.
I received a free copy of this book through Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review, and was under no means obliged to write a positive review.