June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by



Aug 30, 2010

Book Review ... Cast of Characters by Max Lucado

I think I recognize these people… that’s the thought that came to mind as I read Max Lucado’s book Cast of Characters. I enjoyed the way he showed biblical characters that I’ve read about from I was a child in a more human and relatable way. The way he used personal stories alongside that of the characters made the book a more interesting read.

I love that the book sometimes asks questions… almost like an imaginary interview like, “Joseph, did you and Jesus arm wrestle.” Sections like that made me smile because I enjoy thinking of our biblical heroes as men and women just like us.

I silently cheered are I read about Mephibosheth… to go from having nothing, living in the shadows to sitting at the kings table.

As I read through the book each chapter and each character presented had something that tugged at my heartstrings, inspired me or simply made me reflect on my life and spiritual walk.

I like the fact that each chapter of the book ended with questions for reflections and discussion because it made me dig a little deeper into God’s word.

I love Max Lucado’s conversational style of writing and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

14 comments:

bluecottonmemory said...

I love Max Lucado - and this sounds like a great one to read with my boys! Thanks for the review.

Michelle said...

It was great to have you stop by, Bernadine! Have a blessed week!

Krista said...

I haven't read any booksy by Max Lucado yet, but i plan to! I have heard that he is a fantastic writer! Great Post! I have a blog of my thoughts on the books I read...you should check it out! :) I just started it and I really like writing about what I read!!

http://passionatelyseeking.blogspot.com

Blessings,
Krista

Alene said...

Thank you for this review. I've been looking for a book to accompany a class I'm teaching. This Cast Of Characters might just be the one. Thank you!

Toyin O. said...

Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing.

Faith Imagined said...

I'll check to see if they have this on Kindle. Sounds awesome! Thanks for the review!

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi Bernadine!! My stack of books to read is -- nearly toppling over!! I love books and this looks like a book to put on my list of future reads!! Thank you for making me aware of it! Have a glorious day in Him!! :)

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Thank you for your reflections on this book seems like a real good purchase! I hope this comment makes its way to you - seems like the blog problem still limits comments. I have been able to leave a couple though! :)

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WHAT DID THE FIRST CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST HAD ITS BEGINNING ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST 33 A.D.. WHAT BELIEFS AND ACTIONS DID THE THREE THOUSAND CONVERTS TO CHRIST HAVE IN COMMON? DID GOD APPROVE OF EVOLVING BELIEFS, DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION? IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN WOULD IT NOT BE FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES?

Acts 2:41 So then, those who received his word were baptized; and there were added about three thousand souls. Acts 2:47....And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

All three thousand believed the apostle Peter's message and were baptized in water. Then they were added to the Lord's church by the Lord Himself. The Lord did not add the unsaved to His church. They had to believe and be baptized in water prior to being added to the body of Christ.

1. Acts 2:22 Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know---

All three thousand believed Jesus was a miracle worker.

2. Acts 2:31-32 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.

All three thousand believed in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

3. Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ---this Jesus whom you crucified."

All three thousand believed that Jesus was Lord and Christ.

4. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All three thousand repented in order to have sins forgiven. (repentance meant that they made the commitment to turn from their unbelief and sinful lifestyle and turn toward God).

All three thousand were baptized in water in order to have their sins forgiven.

All three thousand received the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit after they believed, repented, and were baptized in water.

5. Acts 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"

All three thousand were saved after they believed Peter's message: They believed, repented, confessed, and were baptized in water. (Mark 16:16, John 3:16, Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:35-38) THEN THEY WERE ADDED TO THE LORD'S CHURCH! (Acts 2:47)

WHAT THINGS DID PETER NOT PREACH AND WHAT THINGS DID THE THREE THOUSAND NOT BELIEVE.

1.Peter did not preach that men were saved by grace alone.

2.Peter did not preach that men were saved by faith only

3.Peter did not preach that God had selected a few to be saved and that all others would go to hell.

4. Peter did not preach that water baptism was not essential to salvation.

5. Peter did not preach that Jesus was just one of many Saviors.

6. Peter did not preach that once you were saved, that you could continue in a sinful lifestyle and still be saved.

7. Peter did not preach that God did not have the power to give us an inerrant translation of the Scriptures.

8. Peter did not preach that God would provide hundreds or thousands of different Christian denominations, and that they would teach different ways of being saved.

9. Peter did NOT preach that you had to speak in tongues as evidence that you were saved.

AS BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, MEN SHOULD USE THE BIBLE AS THEIR GUIDE FOR SALVATION. Looking to man-made creed books, Bible commentaries, denominational statements of faith, and church catechisms, is looking in all the wrong places for the absolute truth!

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