Originally published Thursday, 08 October 2015.
As an avid reader and writer, you’d think I would never attempt to judge a book by its cover. Although Max Lucado’s newest release,Glory Days, is a lovely hard-back book with a very simple, yet bold appearance, I have to be honest, when I read the sub-title, I was already imagining what I was in for before I ever even cracked the book open.
“Living you promised land life now” sounded a lot like another book that I read early on in my walk with the Lord by a very well-known American pastor. The longer I have walked with the Lord and read my Bible, this idea of making your life here on earth the best life you will ever experience, has definitely left a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t know about you, but I believe that heaven will be far better than any life we could live here in this fallen world.
But like I said, after diving into Mr. Lucado’s newest release, I realized that I did indeed judge this book by its cover…
…And I was so wrong about my initial judgement!
Once I discovered that Glory Days was in fact a journey through the book of Joshua, I got really excited. I’m currently doing a One-Year Bible reading plan with the YouVersion Bible App and wouldn’t you know it, I am smack-dab in the middle of reading Joshua! This made my experience reading Glory Days that much more gloriousfor me because Mr. Lucado did a tremendous job beefing up my Bible study and helping me see where I could fit into this story of standing on God’s promises!
Using personal stories, including his own, as well as examples from other characters in the Bible, the often grueling process of making it through some of the Old Testament books came alive for me and made me eager to learn more about Joshua’s adventures leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. I was also able to grasp a deeper understanding as to what God wanted for my life here on earth by using principles mapped out in Joshua such as the meaning of inheritance, listening to God’s instruction, failure, not trusting in material possessions, praying boldly, and remembering that the battle belongs to the Lord, among many others.
This book stands alone as a thought-provoking read, but it can also be used as Bible study tool. I definitely plan on using the reflection questions in the back of the book as a Bible study resource while I continue to travel through the book of Joshua.
Also found in the back of the book is an added bonus- Mr. Lucado and his publishing team decided to include a preview of his upcoming daily devotional, God is with You Everyday, which is scheduled to release in December 2015.
As a part of Max’s book team through Family Christian, I’m looking forward to reviewing that devotional in the coming months and sharing it with you, my readers.
In the meantime, grab your copy of Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now today at Family Christian and discover more of the promises God has for you. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
*I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”