Some writers have a way of picking you up and sweeping you along on a journey — sometimes up and sometimes down but always interesting.  Max Lucado is one of those writers.

Max has a way of engaging you with his words.  He paints pictures that invite you in to investigate.  He pulls you inside the story so that you can see the truth in it.  His words inspire, encourage and build you up even as he exposes your weaknesses and failures.

There are currently over 75 books that Max has authored, including some for children. He is a pastor in Texas and has radio and web ministries as well. I subscribe to the UpWords newsletter which is a weekly excerpt from one of his books.

When God Whispers Your Name is one of his older works, published in 1994.  It is a collection of chapters that were written to encourage and uplift.  In the introduction Max explains himself this way:

And so may I introduce you to this book?  It’s a book of hope.  A book whose sole aim is to encourage.  For the last year I’ve harvested thoughts from a landscape of fields.  And though their size and flavors are varied, their purpose is singular: to provide you, the reader, with a word of hope.  I thought you could use it…

And so as I wrote, I thought about you.  You aren’t evil.  You aren’t hardhearted, (hardheaded occasionally, but not hardhearted).  You really want to do what is right.  But sometimes life turns south.  Occasionally we need a reminder.

Not a sermon.

A reminder.

A reminder that God knows your name.

And that is what this book is.  A collection of reminders that God does know our name.  He has it written on his hand.  These reminders come in the form of stories of Max’s family or pets.  They come in the form of stories from the bible and historical figures.  They come from pure parables.  In each short read we are taken on a journey to see the beauty of the love of God, the God who whispers our name.

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