Max Lucado is an acquired taste.
My husband hates his writing style, I can live with it, and others absolutely love it.
Glory Days is in that sense a classic Lucado book: full of stories, examples, practical theology, and above all encouragement.
The latter is exactly why you need to read this book. Seriously, even if you don’t particularly care for his style, Glory Days is an uplifting book for the weary and tired, especially those in ministry. Lucado follows the story of Joshua in broad strokes, drawing life lessons from the main events in the Bible book of the same title. And most of those life lessons are about trusting God and following His plan. I tore through this book, feeling encouraged in every chapter. I’ll definitely go through it again, at a slower pace this time, to let it all sink in and act on it.
What I admire about Bible teachers like Lucado is that they are able to make familiar stories come alive and fresh, no matter how well you know them. I’ve certainly acquired new insights into Joshua’s life and the events surrounding the ‘occupation’ of the promised land.
My biggest worry when I saw the title and the topic, was that Lucado would go down the slippery slope of the prosperity gospel (which in my opinion should not be called a gospel at all, since it’s not…there’s nothing good about substituting wealth for Jesus!) I am very happy to report that he goes nowhere near that edge. On the contrary, he makes very clear that he’s talking about spiritual blessings mainly, though God may decide to bless you in material ways as well.
If you’re looking for a book that’s light reading (make no mistake: the theology is there; Lucado just doesn’t use nor need big words to communicate it) yet incredibly encouraging, try this latest work from Max Lucado. You may still not like his style, but there’s no denying the power of the message of hope and encouragement. As a bonus, there’s also an extensive study guide that will help you work and think through the various chapters.