"Not since Robert Folghum (It was on fire when I lay down on it) have I read anything by anyone who could find so much meaning and depth in the seemingly ordinary.Max Lucado (Pronouneced Lu- KAY doh not Lu-KAH-doh He wrote an intresting chapter on this) uses ordinary events to illustrate and explain biblical concepts in simple and easly understood ways.He also has some fascinating insights in to the crucifcation of Jesus. Every detail of the crusifiction is explained with amazing clarity, from the crown of thorns and the inscription above his head to the burial and reserection. The only problem I had with this book was it's brevity the book can easily be read in less then five hours leaving the reader wanting more. The last fifty pages or so are a kind of study guide for the book. I would have preferred an extra fifty pages of Mr. lucado's insights than a chapter by chapter study guide. All in all though this is an excellent book for all christian and contains some useful insights and humor."
A Heart Felt - Easy Read
K.H. | 08/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Max Lucado turns out Christian books like Stephen King writes novels - often. It is no wonder that he could arguably be one of the most proliftic Christian writers in the last few years. I am not really a fan of Lucado's work. Not becasue he isn't a skilled writer, but instead, because I enjoy more apologetic type material (if and when I'm not reading my deeply moving and insightful Batman comics). This new book, "He Chose The Nails", is probably his best work since "In The Grip of Grace."This book is heart felt and honest. In writing it, Max often refers to the lessons he has learned in life, and then makes a great parable for the reader. This is always his strength - his ability to communicate to just about anyone who is willing to listen. His points and lessons are well made. He is funny, honest, as well as hopeful and sad. In a quick two hours, the reader, approaching this material in a spirit of openness, will expierence many emotions: hope, loss, joy, sadness, laughter, and peace.This book is an outstanding read. Pastor Lucado's style is easy, yet, insightful. He gets right to the point and draws on a vast-array of expierence and stories to guide the reader to his conclusions. No mis-interpretation about the thesis or conclusion here. The opening, middle and end-game are skillfully woven into a heart felt, deeply moving read."
Jase1125 | Dallas, TX USA | 08/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished reading this book and Max Lucado, as always, has written another outstanding book. He analyzes the symbolism of the three crosses, the nails and the actual crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. His use of imagery in the book is second to none as you feel as if you were actually present during the actual event. I have walked away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for what God chose to do for me (and you) because of His love. You MUST read this book!"
Paperback Not The Same As The Hardcover!!
rypped | Los Angeles, CA USA | 05/23/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"You need to make it clear to readers that the "paperback" edition of this book is not the same text as the hardcover. I had this book recommended to me and decided to purchase the paperback. I just received it, and it is a "Participant's Workbook".... sort of a self-study course. Your website uses the same reviews for the paperback as it does for the hardcover which is very misleading. Now I'm going to have to return this and purchase the hardcover."
He Chose the Nails: God's love letter to me
cdspeak | Piscataway, NJ United States | 02/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As it always does, Max Lucado's writing once again grips your heart and gives it a big squeeze. His humor and folksy stories make you feel like you're listening to a close friend. I read this book at a time when I was emotionally drained and wrung out-and what a thirst-quencher. Chapter after chapter, his vivid descriptions made me feel (only in a much greater way) like I do when I realize my husband did something incredibly caring or sacrificial on his part; I sit back and think, wow, he really does love me. On such a larger scale, each aspect of what Jesus did on the cross and leading up to it was Him saying to me personally, I love you, I hurt when you hurt, I do know your pain. The title says it: he didn't have to - he CHOSE to because God Almighty, creator of the universe, LOVES ME! Wow. I gave this book to a friend having a rough time. The next day, she called me in tears, sobbing "He really does love me, doesn't he?" What a love letter."