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Max Lucado, one of America's most popular Christian writers, has assembled more than 30 of his most inspirational essays in The Gift for All People. Each brief chapter offers a lesson for Christian living based on biblical Scripture. For example, in the chapter titled "Grace Means..." Lucado extracts the phrase, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31). This means "God is for you," he goes on to explain. "Had he a calendar your birthday would be circled. If he drove your car, your name would be on his bumper. If there's a tree in heaven, he's carved your name in the bark." In knowing this truth, Lucado asks, "Could death harm you now? Can disease rob your life.... You are protected. God is for you. And that's what grace means." The pages of this book are filled with words of reassurance such as these, offering steadfast comfort to numerous Christian fans. This book also comes in a gift set with a musical CD and elegant cross. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Max Lucado's numerous bestsellers include And the Angels Were Silent, God Came Near, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior, Six Hours One Friday, and The Gift for All People. He is pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Max and his wife, Denalyn, are the parents of three daughters, Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (December 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159052439X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590524398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By vvhrasar on January 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Not only was the book easy to read (big letters, short stories) but it had basic examples correlating with todays life. I like short stories so I complete what I start. I thought just one or two stories a day will satisfy me but once I started I felt so good in my understanding that I found myself telling people what I just read and I finished the book before I knew it. Most of all I finally understood that I am saved. This must sound foolish as I have been walking with the Lord for some time. How did I misunderstand? I didn't understand His grace. What happiness and satisfaction this brings. The book is pocket size and makes a great gift. I almost kept it for myself, but I know better. I recommend you read, enjoy, and make yourself and someone else happy -- SHARE IT! ----- PS. It was a Christmas gift to me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George Koulousias on May 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I received this little gem as a gift from my wife. Each story Max tells will touch your heart. This is an excellent book to buy for yourself or for someone you care about. It's an excellent introduction for someone who hasn't read any of Max's books. It's also a great gift for someone who has read some of Max's books but needs some refreshment. In this little volume, you're getting a first class compilation of Max's thoughts on grace, forgiveness, what the cross means, and other weighty spiritual topics in UNDERSTANDABLE, plain language. The one story in the book that touches me each time I read it is the one about the boy buying a puppy. I challenge anyone who is flesh and blood to read it and not get emotional. This little gem has a number of other wonderful stories that will touch your heart. Thanks Max for an excellent little gift that truly brings joy to the receiver.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 1999
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A wonderful book, simple in its delivery but profound in meaning. The message that God loves me and wants me for his child was just the message I needed to hear today.I had read and reread several chapters many times before I finally finished this book. Mr. Lucado makes God's love for all of us truly "The Gift for all people". I will definitely purchase several copies for friends.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wingfield on September 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you're a fan of Lucado, you should find each story to be a unique jewel. However, if you've read many of his other books, you may be disappointed as this book is actually a collection of stories you probably remember from his other works. However, the title of this book captures the theme so precisely; a gift. The gift of Grace, there is no greater gift. And this title explains the purpose of this book: to be a gift to others...for those who would feel comfortable with a smaller book... for those who may only have the time to ocassionally read... or where a story needs to be precise in its brevity. This is such a book. One book that sets out to be a gift, one book that succeeds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lyddy Joshua on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Being the kind of person who prefers books that are challenging, I must concede that this wasn't one of my favourite books. The writing is beautiful and thoughtful, however a little too soft on occasion. Nonetheless, the content of the book was outstanding. The most important subject concentrated on was Christ and His work, and it's relation to us. What greater subject is there?

This book would make a great gift for a struggling believer, or someone on the verge of salvation. The chapters are brief and easy to read, so anyone can find time to read it. At the close, there is a commendable call for salvation, where Max does not beat around the bush.

Also, if you love to love the Lord, this book will provide you with wonderful material for meditation and worship. However, if you prefer an in depth study or a challenging book, you'll need to look elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mark@xsn.net on August 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
WOW! Max has done it again. I am always eager to read and re-read Max's work. As a missionary serving in Puerto Rico, I have used this book as inspiration for teaching and as a witnessing tool to those seeking Jesus. Trully inspired by God and a wonderful gift to all who read it's pages. Thank you Lord and thank you Max.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Missouri Girl on June 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift and have much enjoyed it. Max Lucado has a wonderful way with words and it's apparent on every page just how much he loves God. I would recommend this book to anyone, I'm planning on purchasing it as a gift to a friend. The last chapter is especially important as he talks about what it is to be a Christian. Definitely a lovely book, a gift to us from Max Lucado and God!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on November 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have read several of Max Lucado's books. Though the myopic focus of book may cause your interest to wane at times, the book is not any less important for the reader. Jesus gave his life for us. This central theme is the most basic tenant of Christianity. Even if you already know this to be fact, Lucado makes stunning points about this event. Readers may find themselves shaking their head saying, "That was a good point." Even the most staunch Christian could find value in this book.
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