The Numbers of Hope

Large Print - 2008
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A New York Times Bestseller, A CBA Bestseller -- The verse is an alphabet of grace, a table of contents to the Christian hope, each word a safe-deposit box of jewels. Read it again, slowly and aloud, and note the word that snatches your attention. God so loved this world? Heartbreakers, hope-snatchers, and dream-dousers prowl this orb. Dictators rage. Abusers inflict. Reverends think they deserve the title. But God loves. And he loves the world so much he gave his: Declarations? Rules? Dicta? Edicts? No. The heart-stilling, mind-bending, deal-making-or-breaking claim of John 3:16 is this: God gave his son . . . his only son. Not abstract ideas but a flesh-wrapped divinity. Why? So that "whoever believes in him shall not perish." Max Lucado serves as a minister at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is the husband of Denalyn and father of Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. He has authored multiple bestsellers and is America's leading inspirational author.
Publisher: Thorndike Press : Waterville, Me., 2008.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781594152481
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Three sixteen


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Mister_Eugene Dec 28, 2014

This book is not one of Max Lucado's better books (see: Grace).

This book contains way too much fluff and filler (as evidenced by the "3:16ed Life" found at the end of the book), with Scriptural references used to make the same point within the same chapter (and this occurred on multiple occasions).

The topic of 3:16 while worth exploring and discussing is more of a doctoral dissertation than it is a 200+ page book.

While I would not recommend this book, at the same time I would not dissuade readers from reading it for themselves and drawing their own conclusions about the book.

larrydu822 Jul 17, 2012

An absolute wonderful read. It offers encouragement to those who are already living the "3:16ed" life and presents the gift wonderfully to those who need to receive it. Read it, receive it, and share it with someone in need of a life-changing experience!

Jun 11, 2012

Just finished reading 3:16. Would definitely do it again. At first your not sure how many ways you can break the 3:16 biblical verse down and keep from being repetitive, but Max does so. The writer gives you insight into one of the most taken for granted passages of the bible. A short 40 day devotional at the end.

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