I generally like Lucado’s writing. He tells a wonderful story. But this one didn’t seem to register with me. Perhaps I thought it would simply be a dramatic retelling of the events of Good Friday. Part of it was. But he weaves together modern stories with Biblical stories, taking some license with the rewriting of the Biblical accounts into modern day scenarios.
Don’t get me wrong, I still like his writing style and some of the things he says are very helpful. But this book felt disjointed. He weaves together stories of the prodigal son, the woman caught in adultery and the thief on the cross. Each meaningful on their own. Perhaps I would have preferred them as separate short stories or even devotionals. Together I thought there was too much back and forth.
I was moved by the final chapter where Lucado tells the story of the last look as his father lay dying. The look he knew in his dad’s eyes was one from this child hood “it will be alright.” He parallels that with the final glance of the centurion as Christ died on the cross.
For those struggling through the storms of life, Six Hours One Friday: Anchoring to the Power of the Cross offers encouragement through three anchor points of life. The anchor points come from an illustration of a boat anchored in a hurricane. To survive, we need solid anchor points in our life: Our life is not futile, our failures are not fatal, and our death is not final.
Max Lucado has written numerous books in 25 years, selling more than 80 million copies of his work. His works have been on the best seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and the Christian Booksellers Association.
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