Just Like Jesus: A Heart Like His ( by Max Lucado, the popular author of numerous Christian books, presents the dominant thesis that God loves you the way you are but He does not intend to leave you the way you are. Lucado contends that God wants you to develop a heart like Jesus and He wants to make you just like Jesus. The author asserts that the central focus of a true Christian’s life is patterning his or her thoughts, words, and actions after Jesus.
I found Lucado’s book to provide a substantive understanding of how God will assist you in becoming what He wants you to be. At the end of the book, there is a “Study Guide” for each chapter that enables the reader to engage in critical thought about each chapter. By including this “Study Guide,” the writer evinces his serious desire for the reader to grasp the importance of each chapter’s primary messages. I agree with Lucado’s overriding thesis that God loves you just the way you are but He does not intend for you to remain the way you are.
Too often religious leaders don’t let people know they have greatness already within them. When Jesus comes into their lives, He activates the greatness that lies within them. Lucado’s book is vital reminder to readers that God can use them for His glory as He transforms them into the people He needs them to be. I found his argument that God longs for total control of humans’ lives to be at the core of what it means to be a Christian and a significant message for postmodern Christians to contemplate and embrace.
I highly recommend you purchase this book today! The book can be purchased here: http://www.thomasnelson.com/just-like-jesus-5.html and you can read other reviews of this book here: http://www.booksneeze.com/reviews/bybook/9780849947438. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson to compose this review.
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison