(Thomas Nelson, September 2020)
By Max Lucado
Ever feel like no one’s listening? No one cares? Ever feel stuck? Like no one can help you, hear you, or heed your call? Then this book is for you.
Packed with parables of hope, grace, and healing, You Are Never Alone takes readers on a rousing ride through gospel of John. A fresh coat of joy, perspective, and personal polish is applied to Jesus’ miracles, from Cana to Capernaum. A storm in Galilee. A crowd listening to their tummies growl. A paralytic. A blind man. Two cemeteries. And an empty tomb.
The heartbeat of this book is this:
The Greatest Heart in the universe loves you and means you well. Because life, with all its crazy ups and downs and inexplicable twists and turns, isn’t up to you. It’s up to the One who loves, cares, and comes to your aid. In easy to understand, down-to-earth language and illustrations, Lucado also shows why and how you can trust Him.
A Gentle Call
Indeed, Never Alone is a gentle call to immerse in the strength of the loving God. The core question in this book is: Does God care? The answer, per the gospel of John and emphasized by Lucado, is an empathic Yes!
To be clear, Never Alone isn’t a pie-in-the-sky puff piece. It’s a nitty-gritty, tough-as-nails look at reality. Difficulty. Adversity. Pain. And much more. It also offers a lively look at what happens when God steps into all of the above.
Pacing & Pictures
Briskly paced with brief, pithy sentences, Never Alone includes vivid word pictures wrapped around Lucado’s vintage warm, homespun style and gentle self-deprecatory humor. Never Alone gently debunks the myth of a pain-free life in a fallen world. It also tackles the thorny issue of unanswered prayer and what to do about it. (Like, remember those five loaves and two fishes? What’s in your basket?)
As readers travel through the gospel of John with Lucado as tour guide they’ll learn how to place their confidence in the One who made them and loves them. They’ll also discover why leaning on the strength of a living, loving Savior makes all the difference.
“Don’t let the storm turn you inward,” urges Max. “Let it turn you upward.”
If you’ve ever felt lonely, defeated, helpless or hopeless, then Never Alone aims straight for your heart. It’s a keeper.(I made the mistake of starting this book shortly before bedtime. I stayed up until the wee hours to finish it! Couldn’t put it down!)