Lucado Gift Book - A Review (of Sorts)
You know that you are a superstar Christian author when you can church out sound bite-sized devotions that get published into uplifting, inspirational gift books. Such is the case with best-selling Christian author, pastor, teacher and speaker, Max Lucado. You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be seems at first blush to be the kind of book that only the Joel Osteen-listening crowd would love. There was a sticker on the cover, in fact, that indicated it would be a "great gift for a grad!" But I have to say, I was mildly surprised by the depth of this pithy little book. I was expecting another Christian self-help book full of Hallmark card aphorisms about growing where you are planted, striving to be more in Christ (especially if more means more of the American dream). Lucado actually addresses some serious stuff here---self-image, faithfulness, dedication, obedience to God and much more. I plan on keeping this little book--instead of passing it on to my favorite grad--and reading it from time to time when I feel like I am stuck in self-pity and feeling morose about my lot in life. Because in the end, as Lucado points out repeatedly, it's really about God all a long and what God wants my everything to be.