Over 82 million readers are finding grace with Max Lucado, American’s favorite pastor. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Max by phone about his latest book: Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, releasing September, 2012. I asked Max, “How will saving grace change a person’s life?”
He laughed, and in his soft Texas accent answered:
“Yeah. I think the question is really, how could it not change someone’s life? Grace is another word God uses to describe God’s relentless commitment to change us. Grace is more than just a legal transaction from unforgiven to forgiven, it’s really a process to which God moves in and takes over, requisitioning us from the inside out. So I think that a person who attempts to live in the place of grace by trusting Christ, who attempts to listen to him, is in for the adventure of their lives. They may have bits and spurts and stops and starts, but you can bet that God is going to change that person gradually—and in a major fashion.”
I also asked, “Max, why do you think we have trouble believing God’s grace applies to us?” He replied:
“I think we question God’s grace because we do exhaust the grace of people, the grace of companies, and the grace of institutions. There are times in which one spouse will look at their spouse and say, “You know, I can’t forgive you anymore. I can’t love you anymore.” Or a company will say, “I can’t loan you anymore, I can’t give you anymore.” We are accustomed to hearing that and we assume God will say the same. He will not. That’s what makes grace so astounding.”
After our talk, it was easy to see why so many readers are finding grace with Max Lucado. And if you’re wondering if he has anything left to say on the topic of grace, let me assure you he has. Take a peek over my shoulder to read from my prelease copy of his book, Grace, More than we Deserve, Greater than we Imagine:
“Grace is God’s best idea. Rather than tell us to change, he creates the change. Do we clean up so he can accept us? No, he accepts us and begins cleaning us up. Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart–poisoned as it is with pride and pain–and replacing it with his own. His dream isn’t just to get you into heaven, but to get heaven into you. What a difference this makes! Can’t forgive your enemy? Can’t face tomorrow? Can’t forgive your past? Christ can, and he is on the move, aggressively budging you from graceless to grace-shaped living.” — Max Lucado, Grace More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Imagine from Thomas Nelson Publishers.
The book trailer below will help you find grace with Max Lucado as it discusses his book, Grace, More than we Deserve Greater than we Imagine.
See what Max had to say in our sister publication, Thinking About Suicide, to the hurting and suicidal, click HERE.
You may also be interested in Max’s books, including the one that led to my interview with him; Grace, More than we Deserve Greater than we Imagine, coming September, 2012 from Thomas Nelson Publishers.