Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life NowMax Lucado
Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a spiritual rut or that you're running on empty? The Israelites certainly did, but just as they did, you too can move from the wilderness to the Promised Land. In Glory Days, Max Lucado invites readers to leave the wilderness and discove... Read More
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- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Sep 8, 2015
- UPC: 9780849948497
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 272
- Publish Date: Sep 15, 2015
- Language: English
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- BISAC: "REL012040"
- ISBN: 0849948495
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- This Book Changed My Life! by Charity on 11/12/2015
There are days in my life where I feel like I am drowning in despair, and overcome with defeat. There are other days where I feel as if I could take on the whole world and conquer every temptation that comes my way. But during those days when I feel depressed, one of my favorite things to do, other than turning to the Word of God, is to pick up a book such as this one and just devour it. And with a title such as Glory Days, Max Lucado pens a book that allows the reader to draw strength and feed off the scriptures enclosed within its pages.
I found myself drawn to this book after reading an excerpt and seeing the author talk about "wilderness Christians". Those who are still wandering in the wilderness of life and they haven't gotten to their "glory days" yet. They are saved, love the Lord and His Word, but are not experiencing the full joy over life like they should. Maybe they are still struggling with defeat, not getting the victory over temptation, etc. It could be a whole host of things. But Max Lucado shows from Scripture how as a Christian, we should be having "more victory than defeat, more joy than sadness, more hope than despair". I found myself encouraged to love the Lord more and not live in the despair I have been recently. One of my favorite quotes is this one, "Jesus spilled His blood for you, you can spill your heart before God". Man, it made me realize I haven't been loving Him the way I should be, which was making my days more difficult than they should be, hence the reason I wasn't having my Glory Days. If you feel like you know exactly what I am talking about, I would urge you to pick up this book. It will change your life if you allow it!
- Are we living in the "Glory Days" by Books By Corine on 11/5/2015
I am still unsure of how I feel about Glory Days because it reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.” I do believe as Christian we often fail to live the life God intended us to have here on earth. However, I also do not know how much I buy into the concept that life here on earth should be considered “glory days.” I know that the Bible says “For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that” (Hebrews 4:8). The day after that that this verse is referring to is life in heaven.
There are definitely some truths in the book that make it worth the read. However, I think this book is best used as a devotional or Bible study guide because the material leaves one with a lot to wonder and pray about (I am still left praying and thinking about many of the concepts in this book). Max Lucado also makes it easy to use this book as a devotional by including a chapter-by-chapter study guide with discussion questions as well as a promise prayer.
In the end, I appreciate Max’s effort to help Christian leave fear and worry behind, deal with our doubt, demolish our strongholds, overcome rejection and dare to live. I guess when I we meet in heaven, we can as Jesus if life on this side of eternity meant to be our “glory days.”
- Perfect people? No. Perfect Messes? You bet. by Amia on 10/22/2015
"A surprising and welcoming discovery of the bible is this: God uses failures. God used Joshua's failures to show us what to do with ours. God quickly and urgently called Joshua to get on with life." (Max Lucado pg. 109)
I recently posted on social media, a photo of a stolen quiet moment at a coffee shop in between weekend kid activities. Someone commented that they wanted to know what the book was about because the title seemed interesting. My immediate response...it's about why you don't need to wait for what God has promised you but that you could actually be enjoying it now. Their response "Oh wow, Ok I'm going to go get it today"...
Max Lucado has taken a familiar bible story of Joshua and unpacked the "levels of inheritance" we often mistake as reserved just for the biblical characters from our Sunday School classes; vividly walks us down their dusty roads, in the trenches, in the fear, through the victories and give us the chance to lean in, listen and learn from the quiet conversations with God. In this midst of our voyage we find our story. We find our past, our present and our future. But it’s not a 12 steps to remarkable joy, it’s a looking glass, a microscope almost that allows us to sit for a moment and talk with God.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that intriguingly pulled me into the pages of biblical historical accounts that became a road map to my own life and Glory Days.
“Failure finds us all. Failure is so universal we have to wonder why more self- help gurus don’t address it. Bookstores overflow with volumes on how to succeed. But you’ll look a long time before you find a section called “How to Succeed at Failing”. Maybe no one knows what to say. But God does. His book is written for failures. It is full of folks who were foul-ups and flops.” but were created specifically for our promised land, now!
Max Lucado shares real life stories, ones that remind you just how much God loves us and how He shows up in the most unlikely ways. Stories that draw you in and then directly links to Joshua transforming the life of Joshua to feel as if you're reading your own life story, not just a bible story.
My favorite part of the book is when he describes the battle of Jericho. Most of us know the story. But what really made me open my eyes was the fact that Joshua had to explain to his troops what the battle plan was. Most often when we’ve had those quiet conversations with God people may look at us like our ‘strategy to take down our Jericho’ is foolishness. Joshua learned, as we should, this was less about what the people thought of the plan and had everything to do with his obedience to God’s plan. This is the secret to living our Glory Days now!
- Live in Your Promised Land! by Andrew on 10/7/2015
I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of “Glory Days” for this review.
In Glory Days, Max Lucado explored the Book of Joshua and how believers today can live in their promised land. Max Lucado has discovered that many Christians aren’t living in their glory days. They are stuck in the wilderness like the Israelites traveling around and not living the full life God intended believers to live. In this book, Lucado discussed our inheritance in Christ and how we our joint heirs with Christ. He looks into how the Israelites struggled to believe and claim their inheritance in Canaan. Max Lucado strongly believes if believers would live out their inheritance, we would witness deliverance from strongholds and anything that is holding us back from living in our promised land. The book also contains discussion questions where readers can dig deeper into the message.
One of my favorite chapters was the chapter entitled, “Unpack Your Bags”. Max Lucado shared a story about Country music singer, Jimmy Wayne. He grew up without a father and his mother was in and out of jail. She eventually abandoned him at the age of thirteen years at a bus station in Florida. He was alone and had no idea what he was going to do next. He came across an elderly man and he asked him for work. The man pay him twenty dollars a week to mow his grass. He eventually admitted that he didn’t have a place to live and he moved him in with the man and his wife. Jimmy struggled unpacking his bags before he was afraid, he would be forced to leave any minute. Max Lucado used this story to convey how many of us still have trouble trusting God completely and we fear His rejection. Lucado shared the power of the cross and how God loves us and now we have a covenant between him.
I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who is stuck in a rut and they are ready to begin to live in their promised land. I love how Max Lucado writes in a modern way that makes the readers able to relate with the Biblical stories. I liked how he included a number of different scriptures verses throughout the entire book. I enjoyed the lesson found in reading about Jimmy Wayne’s life and his challenges. It was a great example of learning to trust our Father and His inscribable love for His people! I also connected with the true story of Christian artist, Tammy Trent and how she leaned on God during her darkest hour. This book taught me a lot about the story of Joshua and how he led the Israelites into the promise land. I was encouraged to learn about how I can live in my own promise land pursuing God’s plan for my life.
- And now for my Glory Days! . . . by Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim on 10/2/2015
In Glory Days, Lucado shares even more of his anecdotes with us as he takes us through the book of Joshua. The Israelites are not much different than we are nowadays. They knew who God was and knew that it was in their best interest to follow Him. He is after all a jealous God and will have no other gods before Him. BUT just like children, the Israelites griped and complained all the way through the desert. Their punishment? Forty years walking in the desert when they were right next to the Promised Land! How often do we whine when we should be thankful? How often do we miss our own blessings because of our attitudes and our lack of obedience? What is amazing though, is even though we choose the wrong path, God still loves us and He makes sure that we are cared for. If it weren't for Moses pleading his case for the Israelites God would have destroyed them for their sin. Who do you know that has pled your case for you before the Throne?
It has been a long time since I read Joshua. I had to reacquaint myself. Joshua begins right after the death of Moses (remember God told Moses he would not enter the Promised Land because of disobedience?) Right away God gets busy telling Joshua what must be done to inherit the land the Israelites were promised. Few people believed they could take over the land of milk and honey, but two spies had faith. They met Rahab and she protected them until they were safely out of the city. She accepted their God and because of that she and her family were saved from the destruction brought on the rest of the land.
Once again the Israelites had to cross a body of water. This time it was the Jordan River. After crossing twelve men were to take stones and make an altar so that all who saw it would be reminded of God's power and how He saved the Israelites once again.
How far do you trust God? Would you walk into a rushing river if He told you to? Would you walk quietly around city walls for seven days and then party on the last lap? (Joshua 6) Would you fight a large army that looked from the world's view a losing battle because God said so?
The Israelites were by no means perfect. Look at Achan. Even after everything he saw, he still disobeyed God for some treasure. It caused him to lose his life and the lives of his family members. Once they removed the sin from their people, the army was able to defeat its enemies and inhabit the land.
Joshua 21:43-45 New International Version (NIV)
43 So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemieswithstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
The book concludes with a study guide by David Drury. Each chapter is broken into three study sections: 1. Your Wilderness 2. Your Crossing Moment 3. Your Promised Land. You will get a lot more from the lessons in the book if you use this section. There is also a DVD and a soft cover study guide available for purchase that is broken into sections for small study and further reflection.
I was surprised to learn that Max Lucado storyteller to storytellers was shot down the first time he preached. He was told he gave too many pictures and stories in his sermon. If he had allowed this bad advice to go unchecked, he may not be the man he is today. His father heard the reason he was dismayed after teaching and went back to the church and corrected the situation. Why? Because Dads stick up for their kids, just like God watches out for us!
PS. But wait, there's more! In December 2015 Lucado's latest 365 Daily Devotional God is With You Everyday will be released. There is a two week sample of the devotional in Glory Days! Enjoy!
- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Glory Days by Amanda on 9/17/2015
Over the years, I've read a number of books by Max Lucado. I return to this author time and again because he is relatable and possesses an uncanny ability for pointing out the relevance of scripture in today's life. With his latest book, Max steps his readers through the book of Joshua – encouraging us to stop wandering in the wilderness and to move into our Promised Land — to live in our Glory Days.
Of the many lessons this book holds, my favorites were recorded in chapters 3, 6, 9 and 13. I was nodding my head in agreement as Max Lucado expounded upon the critical importance of biblical literacy. In it's simplicity, chapter 3 is a plea to the church to return to the Bible and into communion with God through prayer; sighting that we would benefit with both spiritual growth and blessings. Chapters 6, 9, and 13 all relate to trusting God in one way or another. Trusting Him to see us through challenges, relying on his promise to provide, and trusting Him to have a unique purpose for our lives. You will find the entire book has personal applications--chapter 13 stood out as a great tool for ministry leaders because it speaks about people finding their unique giftedness for work and service.
Max Lucado writes in such a way that you feel like you are casually unpacking the book of Joshua with him over a cup of coffee. Due to his amiable writing style and the valuable insights he offers, I believe this book will appeal to a wide audience. Furthermore, Glory Days has a similar format to Before Amen with it's "Questions for Reflection" making it a great choice for book clubs. At times, I felt his take-away message came close to the "identify and conquer your giants" message I've heard associated with David and Goliath's story. In addition, occasionally Max's humor or the stories he incorporated missed the mark for me. Yet as a whole, I enjoyed the author's teachings and I feel the book is a valuable investment.
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.”
- Lucado Knocks It Out Of The Park by Laura Hix on 8/30/2015
Have you ever been in that place where you are just floundering. Never really gaining speed, never really losing ground, but you know that there has to be more.
Could this be your "Wilderness"
Max Lucado gives so many reasons to move on up out of the wilderness with practical Biblical ways to get there. Lucado's style is to take a Biblical story and give you those ways to get you into the thick of it through Bible Study but then also to get you into life learning through the same Bible Study.
Glory Days does just that. Quit floundering in a life of just existing and move into the Promised Land, Spiritually, Emotionally, Mentally and Physically. While all of this is so much, there are many practical life stories and life examples in this Bible Study.
My opinion of the study, was that I loved the topic and the way Lucado expresses himself. He is always a pleaser. The one thing I didn't like and it's probably just me on this, was that almost every verse he referenced, used a different version of the Bible. Now there was some reuses of some obviously, but to me this is distracting and well surprising from Lucado. However, on his website, he says the following
What version of the Bible does Max use? The Bible was originally written in ancient Hebrew and Greek, with a few sections in Aramaic. Therefore, any English Bible is a translation. In his bible study, Max uses many different versions interchangeably. He is not a Greek scholar, so he leaves the translating work to the experts, and accepts these many versions prayerfully inviting God’s direction in his study.
That being said, I get the jest of using so many versions of the Bible to study. For Reference. So for me that was the only thing I didn't like. But still all in all, this book is right up there with all the rest of his books, and kicks it out of the park!