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3:16: The Numbers of Hope [Hardcover]

3:16: The Numbers of Hope [Hardcover]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.1" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2008
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814630979  
EAN  9780814630976  

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If 9/11 are the numbers of terror and despair, then 3:16 are the numbers of hope. Best selling author Max Lucado leads readers through a word-by-word study of John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of scripture.

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More About Max Lucado

Max Lucado More than 100 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

Max Lucado currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas.

Max Lucado has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bestseller Collection
  2. Christian Large Print Originals
  3. Coloring Faith
  4. Favoritos
  5. God's Promises
  6. Inspiration for Everyday Life
  7. Inspirational Bible Study; Life Lessons with Max Lucado
  8. J-B Leadership Network
  9. Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends
  10. Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends (Hardcover)
  11. Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends (Spanish Video)
  12. Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends: Level 2 Reader
  13. Max Lucado's Little Hermie
  14. Max Lucado's Wemmicks
  15. Max on Life
  16. New Stories and Products in Max Lucado's
  17. Outlive Your Life
  18. Proclaiming the Gospel
  19. Story
  20. Thorndike Inspirational
  21. Topical Bible Study
  22. Wemmicks
  23. Wemmicks Collection
  24. Word of Promise

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Beautiful & Powerful!  May 12, 2008
Reading this book was an incredible experience for me and brought me to tears, all with gratitude, for what Jesus out of His love for me and others. Max Lucado has a beautiful and gifted way of presenting the meaning of John 3:16 and provides the vivid descriptions and context, which is helpful to understanding the power of this verse. Prior to reading the book I could say I was familiar with the scripture, hearing it so many times throughout the years, but reading this book provided me with the understanding of what this scripture really means. I encourage anyone who is actively seeking a spiritual relationship experience with Jesus Christ (versus a religious experience) to read this book.
The bible verse that still shakes the world today!  May 1, 2008
As the title of Mr. Max Lucado's "3:16: The Numbers of Hope" suggests, this book is almost entirely centered on the most famous bible verse, John 3:16. Mr. Lucado's writing style is very easy to read and digest and his use of analogies throughout the book provide an excellent context to some of the deeper meanings of this simple yet so complex bible verse.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 King James Version)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 English Standard Version)

You see references to this verse throughout your daily walk. People at sporting events hold it up for the television cameras, etc. But have you really ever sat down and thought about the profound meaning of this short verse? That is exactly what this book tries to do. While it does go too deeply into theology, it provides an excellent platform to build off of. Some people have complained in their review of the book about the fact of a lack of deeper study but I don't think that was the intended audience of this book.

Jesus turned the world upside down with his teachings and many argue that this quote is perhaps the cornerstone of Christianity. Contrary to many religious theologies this verse points out the fact that you can't "earn" your way to heaven. How could you? How could you ever good enough in the eyes the perfect being? Instead John 3:16 shows the beauty and easiness to receive eternal life. And yet we as human beings take it and make it difficult.

This is the third book I have read by Mr. Lucado. The other two were Facing Your Giants: A David and Goliath Story for Everyday People and And the Angels Were Silent: Walking with Christ toward the Cross (Chronicles of the Cross). I would also recommend both of these books.
A lovely reminder of God's love   Apr 11, 2008
In this book, Max Lucado takes readers on a short tour of John 3:16--one of the best known and most beloved verses in the Bible.

As always, Lucado does a fine job of articulating God's love and longing for humanity. While some might consider "God loves you" a simplistic message, it is the heart of the gospel and a much-needed word of comfort and encouragement for today's increasingly fragmented society.

Suitable for both believers and seekers, the book includes a bonus 40-day devotional on the life of Chirst.
Numbers of Hope is Lucado's stream of consciousness reflection of John 3:16  Mar 27, 2008
Max Lucado's 3:16: The Numbers of Hope tantalizes many a reader in Christian bookstores the world over. Lucado is an international bestselling author and knows how to pick a title.

3:16 is a reference to the sixteenth verse from the third chapter of John: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life" (RSV). Lucado, a minister at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, wrote a book appropriate for its intended audience of Caucasian, protestant babyboomers. He dissects 3:16 in the most obvious of ways. Much of the narrative consists of Lucado's personal opinion rather than those of scholars or biblical historians. Readers should expect a lengthy, off-the-cuff impressions of Lucado's 3:16.

It reminds me of C.S. Lewis, had he come of age in the 1980s and attended a megachurch. No one can deride Lucado's natural, simple prose--not altogether different from Ernest Hemmingway. The book is so conversational that it could be assumed much of 3:16 was borrowed from sermons at Oak Hills Church and conversations with parishioners.

What is lacking in 200 pages of a book centered on one verse of John is any historical context, theology or connection to the rest of the New Testament. Lucado's anecdotes range from mildly amusing to memorable, but how much more effective would the text be if he brought 3:16 to life in an intellectually forceful manner? Numbers of Hope need not have longer. Clever editing would have made room for two much-needed, substantive chapters within the small frame of this popcorn-fluff book.

Lucado is at his best when summarizing the life of Christ in the final third of the book. Every day mentioned in the Gospels is accounted for and placed in chronological order. The mystery is why the passage closes Numbers of Hope rather than introducing it.

Many a lay reader will love Lucado and all his work. He sheds a perspective on 3:16 that deserves consideration. A sprinkling of Greek words is spread throughout the book, just so we know that he has some grasp of the original languages--but not enough to really tell us anything unique. 3:16 is certainly one of the most powerful verses of the Bible. They deserve better treatment than Lucado delivers.
Bringing words to life...  Feb 17, 2008
Max Lucado is one of my favorite Christian authors, in that he has a style of writing that takes you beyond the words and into the emotions of people and places. In 3:16: The Numbers of Hope, he uses the verse John 3:16 for a number of mini-sermons that place emphasis on each word and phrase of the verse. It's an excellent read, and forced me to stop and actually contemplate all that the verse means again...

The Most Famous Conversation in the Bible; No One Like Him; Hope for the Hard Heart; When You Get Booted Out; The Only One and Only; The Heart He Offers; Heaven's "Whoever" Policy; Believe and Receive; God's Gracious Grip; Hell's Supreme Surprise; What Makes Heaven Heavenly; The Last Word on Life; The 3:16ed Life; Only Jesus - 40 Days with the Son; Notes

Lucado is able to break down the verse in ways that you might never think of. Each chapter starts off with a story from his life or some illustration from life that anyone can relate to. From there, he turns the illustration in a spiritual direction and shows how the words of John 3:16 in many ways encapsulates everything that the Bible teaches and stands for. To me, the best value comes from his ability to paint color with his words, to give us a scene from the Bible and bring the characters and the message to life in a way that brings fresh perspective. I guess since I've always had a hard time doing that on my own, I appreciate and value it all the more when I come across it in someone's writing. For non-Christians, this book will succinctly provide the message of the Gospel. For Christians, you'll once again be reminded in fresh ways of God's love...

An excellent read...

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