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When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado points to the only real answer to tragedy and crisis: Prayer. In For These Tough Times, Lucado helps us understand how to pray despite our doubt and fear....

Title : For These Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope and Healing
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ISBN : 9780849901706
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 83 Pages
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For These Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope and Healing Reviews

  • Lionel Valdellon
    2019-01-31 17:00

    I’ve learned that judging a book by its length is just as unfair as by its cover. Lucado’s For the Tough Timesis one of those small gift books that at first glance seems light and fluffy, but actually contains more than you may have bargained for. It’s a quick, easy read that makes a perfect gift for a loved one undergoing a trial.That’s what the book is about: trials. Tough topics such as death, grief, pain, revenge are handled and given the proper solutions: faith, silence, intercession, forgiveness, knowledge that God remains on His throne, and in His infinite wisdom, he turns tragedy into triumph, meaning to provide you with good out of a difficult trial. (See Gen 50:20. Also Romans 8:28 “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.”)From chapters dealing with how our Lord Jesus loves each of us as a parent, and has control over every aspect of our lives, Lucado then delves into how God uses trials (and even Satan) for His ultimate good: to refine the faithful, to awaken the faith of “sleeping” Christians, and to teach the church.He also tackles the fruitlessness of revenge and how peace can only come from treating others as you would want God to treat you: with generosity, with forgiveness, with love.He then recommends silence in order to hear God’s voice. No peace can be had without being still and knowing that He is God. (Ps. 46:10) And then he encourages us to intercede for others’ trials and pains. Finally the book deals with grief and death: and how for Christians, there is no hopeless goodbye, just hope-filled eternal life in the presence of God.The book ends with a prayer for troubled times which summarizes the contents by recalling how God has turned grieving into dancing all throughout the Bible, and which pleads for the Lord’s mercy and grace in every painful situation.In the end, the book is encouraging and universally appealing to Christians of all kinds. A wonderful gift book, even during good times, which reminds us that God is in control.* * *Disclosure: The publisher Thomas Nelson (via their BookSneeze program) provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

  • Cynthia Boyd
    2019-02-13 23:11

    Great read!I would recommended Max Lucado books to anyone that is looking for a Christian author. His books make me reflect on my own life.

  • Katie
    2019-01-30 23:13

    For the Tough Times is the first book by Max Lucado I have ever read, so I cannot say whether this little book is representative of his body of work. If it is, however, I cannot say that I would rush out to pick up another of his books. The strongest feature of Lucado’s small book (it is 96 pages long and about half the size of a standard paperback) are the Bible verses he quotes. His book is intended for an audience who is suffering extreme difficulty—the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or other hardships—but unfortunately I didn’t find his words all that comforting. He picked out a number of verses that I think may be helpful for anyone struggling through difficult times to meditate upon, but I find it difficult to believe that anyone would find much in For the Tough Times to draw strength from outside of those verses. I wonder if the lack of depth or powerful insight is a result of the book’s small size or its nature as an adaptation of previous work or a combination of the two. Everyone finds it hard to know what to say to those in our lives who are struggling through tough times, so I can’t completely fault Lucado for struggling to find poignant and meaningful phrasing. However, that is what this book is supposed to be, and I’m not sure it has succeeded in being that.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-01 15:47

    "When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?' The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord sits on his throne in heaven." - Psalm 11:3-4."Isn't David's question ours? When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do? When illness invades, marriages fail, children suffer, and death strikes, what are we to do?" - For The Tough Times: Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope by Max Lucado.Don't we all ask those questions at times? I know I have. When my Grandma died after battling cancer. When we left a church after 7 years. When I endured a miscarriage at 8 weeks.I find great comfort in knowing God is sitting on his throne!In this small book Lucado does an excellent job of reminding us that God has a plan for each life. Not even Satan can derail the plan of God. In fact, Satan is often an unwilling participant in God's plan.This small (only 83 pages long) book would make an excellent book for someone going through a difficult time. Or as a Gift Book for an introduction to Lucado's books.It's a quick read. Not terribly meaty or deep but it will make you think about God, prayer and Heaven.

  • Josh L
    2019-02-08 16:50

    You can find my full review at Quieted Waters.This was the first Max Lucado book I’ve read, but it fit with everything I’d heard of him. The book was true to Christianity’s basic principles, was easy to read, and was comforting to the reader. On the other hand, it was also a bit simple, and perhaps too trite for some. Overall, it is a very pleasant read, and it represents God’s goodness in a loving way.The basic idea of For The Tough Times is that God is sovereign and watching out for us, so we may find comfort during trials. Lucado assures the reader of God’s goodness, of His sovereignty, and of His historical use of trials to bring about good.

  • Tim
    2019-02-16 22:51

    A small book with a big message.This is a very timely book that has been re-released by Thomas Nelson (For These Tough Times was the original). I hadn't read that version, but I found this one to be very encouraging and brought focus during my own tough times. So many are facing tough situations right now, this would be a perfect gift for them.The chapter entitled "In The Silence God Speaks" was especially poignant to me as I so often don't take the time to quietly wait to hear God's voice.This is a worthy read, if just to have some encouragement for someone you know that is going through difficulty.

  • Cathy Bryant
    2019-02-10 20:55

    The topic of suffering is relevant to every human being on the face of the planet. As times get tougher, we tend to question why more often. A quick perusal of newspaper headlines or television news will show us that times are growing tougher by the moment.Max Lucado once again delivers the answer--God.For The Tough Times is a small book that packs a big punch. (See for a more in-depth review.)

  • Rich Abraham
    2019-01-26 17:51

    It tackles the toughest of situations we face and it is so true, God has it all in the palm of his hands and isn't surprised one bit about a loss, struggle, hardship or the likes. I'm hoping to pass on some of this encouragement to those facing such challenges in the future and already have passed some of this along to those in need as well.

  • Honeypie
    2019-02-09 15:05

    This is actually the "version" I bought.ISBN: 978-971-789-228-3OC lang. Hehehe!---If you think your life is tough, you got it right! Read this to have a little more understanding of what you're going through. Read this to be comforted. : )

  • Jordan
    2019-02-03 21:08

    I enjoyed and was blessed by this book. I really recommend it for those of you going through something difficult who need encouragement.

  • Thompson
    2019-02-13 16:51

    Very helpful little book for when we face tough times.

  • Tamara
    2019-02-10 21:03

    Love, love, love Lucado!!!!!

  • Chris
    2019-01-22 16:59

    I really liked the book. Again, it contained some glaring errors that disappointed me.

  • Mark Mccay
    2019-02-19 21:15

    Full of encouragement for any situation you may be facing.

  • Michael Ellis
    2019-01-23 19:03

    This was extremely short, especially when I listened to the audio book on 1.5x speed. I probably could have slowed it down and listened a little harder but I think I got the heart of it anyway.

  • Caleb Warren
    2019-01-29 22:06

    Great book on the sovereignty of God.

  • Debbie Desotell
    2019-01-25 22:04

    it was very spiritual, I enjoyed it very much! It lightened my heart!

  • Melissa
    2019-02-16 16:14

    Good little book. You can read it in an afternoon and I guarantee you'll want to pass it along.