JUST LIKE JESUS by Max Lucado: A Review

This book, published in 1991 came from my church library and was a very inspirational read from my favorite inspirational author.  The premise is, “God loves you the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way.  He wants you to be…Just Like Jesus.”  Sounds impossible?  I thought so too.  However, Lucado gives examples of people learning to be like Jesus in some hard relationship situations and offers encouragements and strategies to act/think/be more like Jesus in those situations.  Lucado helps us develop a heart like Jesus’: a forgiving heart, a compassionate heart, a listening heart, a God-intoxicated heart, a worship-hungry heart, a focused heart, an honest heart, a pure heart, a hope-filled heart, a rejoicing heart, an enduring heart…(chapter titles) and he tells us the way to do this is to focus on Jesus, to “fix your eyes upon Him.”

There is also an excellent study guide in the back for those who wish to read and study the book in groups. As always, Lucado’s writing is almost lyrical.  Here is an example: “‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’ (John 1:38) Pretty bold request.  They didn’t ask Jesus to give them a minute or a message or a miracle.  They asked for his address. They asked to hang out with Him.  They wanted to know Him.  They wanted to know what caused His head to turn and His heart to burn and His soul to yearn [use of rhythm and rhyme].  They wanted to study His eyes and follow His steps…They wanted to know what made Him laugh and if He ever got tired.”   This kind of excellent writing, keeps the reader turning the pages and allows the author’s “message” to sink in without deliberately  “preaching-at” the reader.

I got a lot out of this book and can say I enjoyed every minute of reading it.  You will too.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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