Sunday, April 12, 2015

Book Review: Let the Journey Begin by Max Lucado

Graduation is a time of huge milestone and major change. Graduates will be facing a world of opportunities, dreams, challenges, and decisions. They may also face doubts, fears, anxieties, hurts, questions, etc. They need God's wisdom and guidance to make wise choices and they need God's love and grace to carry them through ups and downs. This book will help them remember that they are not alone on this new journey of their lives. God has plans, purposes, and promises for them and His presence is with them. Max Lucado shares Biblical insights, encouragement from God's Word, and valuable advice to help graduates be ready for the adventure ahead. 

The book is divided into five main categories: God's Plan for the Journey of Life--A Road Map for Success, Stop, Look, and Listen--Good Habits for a Good Journey, A Fork in the Road--Deciding Which Way to Go, Dangers and Detours Ahead--Slow Down, Avoid Disaster, and Two Is Fine Company--A Friend for the Journey. At the end of the book, you will find some blank pages for writing a prayer for your life, writing your personal, professional, spiritual goals and steps you have taken to reach your goals, and writing down your favorite Scriptures or quotes and notes. This book consists of excerpts from Max Lucado's various books such as In the Grip of Grace, Max on Life, Outlive Your Life, The Great House of God, You'll Get Through This, When God Whispers Your Name, and more. It is written in a devotional style. Each reading is short and concise but meaningful and inspirational. Let the Journey Begin is an ideal gift book for graduates! I myself enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it!

"This is no cruise ship; it's a battleship. We aren't called to a life of leisure; we are called to a life of service. Each of us has a different task...There is one captain and one destination. Though the battle is fierce, the boat is safe, for our captain is God. The ship will not sink. For that, there is no concern." (p. 49)

"Lay your motives before God daily, hourly. Do good things. Just don't do them to be noticed. To do a good thing is a good thing. To do good to be seen is not." (p. 55)

"Turbulent times will tempt you to forget God. Shortcuts will lure you. Sirens will call you. But don't be foolish or naive. Do what pleases God. Nothing more, nothing less." (p. 69)

Max LucadoMax Lucado serves as a minister at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is the husband of Denalyn and father of Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. He has authored multiple bestsellers and is America's leading inspirational author. He also has an insatiable appetite for strawberry sundaes. Visit his Web site at Max Lucado currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas. 

~I received a free copy of this book via in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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