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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849946328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849946325
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

More About the Author

In just under two decades of writing, Max Lucado has accomplished more than most writers hope for in a lifetime. Most of his books have appeared on one or more best seller lists, including those published by the "New York Times," "USA Today," "Publishers Weekly," and the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA). Aside from hardcover books, Lucado's writings have also been published as children's books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, music CDs, mass paperback booklets, apparel, giftware, bookmarks, calendars, study Bibles, workbooks, curricula, and plush products. In spring 2003, Hallmark/Dayspring Cards launched a new gift card line featuring excerpts from Lucado's writings--and has already sold more than one million cards.

All this success has drawn more than a little attention to a previously low-profile Texas author and minister. Lucado has been featured in a wide range of media, including "USA Today," "Larry King Live," and "NBC Nightly News." He has spoken at the National Prayer Breakfast before the President of the United States. He has traveled with internationally renowned musicians as a special speaker on their music tours, such as the highly successful "Come Together & Worship Tour" (sponsored by Chevrolet) with Grammy Award-winning artists Michael W. Smith and Third Day.

Journey to the Top
Lucado was born in 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, and raised in Andrews, Texas, the youngest of four children. His father was an Exxon oil field mechanic who, Lucado remembers, always smelled of grease cleaner. "It makes it easy for me to see a God who is loving and kind--because my dad was," he says. His mother was a nurse who grew up working in the cotton fields.

Lucado went through a period of rebellion against his parents' values and their God during his teens and into college. But it wasn't long before he found himself drawn back to his roots, back to God. He married, spent time serving as a missionary in Brazil, and returned to the States, where he began working as a church minister and writing on the side.

Secret to Success
From all accounts, Max Lucado is not a man consumed by sales, awards, and achievements. He often turns down media interviews since they impede on family and ministry commitments. He spends the bulk of his week serving as senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. And he is truly surprised by his own success--more impressed by his one-in-a-million wife and three amazing daughters than by his successful writing career.

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I enjoyed reading it and in fact couldn't put it down, as with any book I like.
J. Brunialti
The book will change not only the way you look at God & Jesus, but how you look at you.
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Lucado's style of writing flowed so smoothly as I read this chapter (and the whole book).
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ian Acheson on October 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've only recently started reading Max Lucado and everything I've read is simply wonderful. He's the master storyteller using true stories from the everyday to illustrate a Biblical truth.

This little gem about Jesus Beatitudes documented in Matthew 5 is no exception. I have read them many times over the years but now having read this book feel the scales have fallen from my eyes and I can see their wonder and relevance to my life. If seeking a more intimate spiritual posture with Jesus, then read this book.

It's easy to read, a chapter for each verse, full of practical and, at times, very simple stories like the joy Max feels when he's heading home after a week on the road. His language is so powerful, he allows the reader to see and feel a situation the way he does. Masterful. There's also a study guide in this edition for further reflection and group study.

Now, which Lucado will I tackle next?
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up on sale, and Jesus came home with it. The book will change not only the way you look at God & Jesus, but how you look at you.
There is an aura in this book that tells you when to put it down and think. You can feel His presence as Rev Lucado opens your eyes so you can open your soul to the word.
This is one of the few books I have read that had the ability to make me laugh, cry, and pray all at the same time. It is definitely a MUST read for anyone unsure of their faith or their fate.
The "Study" guides at the end of the book are like postage stamps on your heart and soul, guiding you ever closer to home and Him.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on December 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This was the first book by Max Lucado that I have read and now I am a fan of his work! His style of writing makes you laugh, cry and best of all....gives you hope! God does exist and he is waiting for us! I highly recommend it!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the most profound book I have ever read. A very easy book to read and you'll want to read it over and over. I had never considered the Beatitudes in this light before and found it very enlightening. Thank you Max Lucado ... may God bless you many times over.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Miss Donna on March 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you have been away from God for a long time this is welcome home. Max expesses the unbelievable truth of God's love and grace for you. Plan to read it through with tears in your eyes.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L Pastuer on December 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Max Lacudo explains the beatitudes in such a simple yet enlightening way one can't help but say "yes" as you read! He literally changed my life as I realized through this book that I too wanted to be up on the Mountain, and not left in the valley. And King of the Mountain is not the goal! For anyone looking to find the light this is the book! I keep extra copies to pass on and give as gifts. A wonderful book!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Kasumu O. Salawu on February 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
After a diligent search, I selected this book as the syllabus for the Adult Bible Study I moderate at the Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church in Maplewood, New Jersey. As a former college professor and scientific researcher, the "footnotes," collected at the end of the book, that direct the enthusiastic reader to further references, swayed my judgment. The penetrating questions and more sources in the book's Study Guide, matched with each of the ten Sessions, challenge even the most percipient reader to contemplate the verse of the Beatitudes according to Saint Matthew just covered.
The book is very accessible and a compelling read. Reverend Lucado employs a narrative style and strong figurative language to create unforgettable images - metaphors, similes and puns punctuate his anecdotes that all can relate to. Without proselytizing, the minister imaginatively explicates the paradoxes and jarring hyperboles that comprise the Beatitudes. He invites the reader of The Applause of Heaven to a preview of the eternal blessing of unbounded joy promised to the believer in the Kingdom of God. Whether, as a drunk, one uses the lamppost for support or to find ones way, this book guides one on the path to meet with Jesus on the Mount. As recommended for the performing artist's arduous journey to Carnegie Hall, practice, practice and more practice of each "be attitude," the text assures us, will land the Christian in heaven to be greeted with God's thunderous applause.
As one rebuilds ones heart using the Beatitudes as the blueprint for living, ones contemporary values are disabused by John Elliot's admonition that "he is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By occassional reader on April 7, 2011
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I found this book in the Church library and out of curiosity I took it home. I couldn't put it down and was amazed at how many chapters I could relate too. A fast and easy read.
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