If you are looking for an old familiar friend in a new and exciting way, look no further! 3:16 is the book for you. Max Lucado has once again brought fresh insight into a verse (John 3:16) that all Christians can recite on demand. We’ve heard it since childhood and many of us proudly received our “gold star” as our memory verse badge of honor. Yet this is a verse we do actually remember, and recite over and over again. This is our old standby, the foundation of churches and Christians; we understand it, agree on it, proclaim it, we get it … or do we?
Max Lucado offers a deeper and clearer understanding of this simple but oh so powerful verse in scripture. He calls it “The Hope Diamond of the Bible” and reminds us of the depth of its meaning. He breaks the verse apart and takes us through, chapter by chapter, the intricacy of each phrase’s meaning. As usual, Lucado interjects his always-relatable stories with other scripture to bring everything into crystal clear focus. His descriptive narrative makes every scene jump off of the page and transports you back into time as if you were truly there with Jesus and Nicodemus. 3:16 will give you a new definition of love; not the “warm and fuzzy” love that a lot of us learned about in Sunday School, but a powerful, gut-wrenching, life-changing kind of love. Love that … Includes everyone, even the unlovable
… Forgives and shows mercy, even to the undeserving
… Offers hope even to the hopeless
… Brought a perfect and worthy Son, to us the unworthy
This book is an easy and fast read. Curl up on a cold or rainy day and I promise you won’t put it down. It also includes a 40-day devotional guide, 40 Days with the Son.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I am forever changed. 3:16 is also a musical we performed at church a few years ago, BEAUTIFUL songs that will fill your heart with praise, thanks Jeremy! So if you get a chance, pick up the CD (yes they still make them!) Lucado dedicated this book to his daughter Sara, who was recently on HGTV’s Fixer Upper with Chip and Jo. I am a Big Fan!
I will end with a quote from the book:
“A twenty six word parade of hope: beginning with God, ending with life and urging us to do the same. Brief enough to write on a napkin or memorize in a moment, yet solid enough to weather two thousand years of storms and questions. If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here. We all need the reminder. The heart of the human problem is at the heart of the human. And God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16.” “He loves. He gave. We believe. We live.”
Happy Reading, Lisa
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