I avoided Max Lucado books for a long time partly due to my own arrogance (graduate school leads you to sometimes believe that the thicker, denser books are more profound) and partly due to his immense popularity (alternative music, yes….indie films, yes….indie bookshops, yes…but Lucado?)
With Lucado’s latest, I find myself smiling at the hope and encouragement and genuinely feeling that Lucado truly can be a champion for grace. In fact, his book entitled ‘Grace’ was the first Lucado book I read from cover to cover. That then led me to read a few more (In the Grip of Grace and Outlive Your Life). In his new book, Lucado draws lessons from the narrative of Joseph, made famous for the secular world by Lloyd-Webber’s musical and made infamous for the amazing dysfunction in his patiarchal Genesis family.
On page 151, Lucado summarizes the book and admonishes us all when he writes, “Don’t let the crisis paralyze you. Don’t let the sadness overwhelm you. Don’t let the fear intimidate you. To do nothing is the wrong thing. To do something is the right thing. And to believe is the highest thing. Just…keep calm and carry on.”
This refrain to press forward, not give up, and get up when life knocks you down permeates the book and it’s always a welcome reminder. Now, some people don’t recover from cancer, some marriages do fall apart, some people do lose their jobs and some loved ones die too early in life, but Lucado knows this and that’s potentially another book altogether. For this book isn’t about whether or not you’re an optimist, but whether God’s plan can be trusted and in the end, the answer must be yes, for faith to mean anything.
I don’t know what it means that God will see you through the pain and suffering of this life, but Lucado is challenging us to believe that indeed, by faith through grace, it’s possible that “You’ll Get Through This,” and such a message hardly goes out of style.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review as part of the Booksneeze program)