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Books by
Max Lucado


LIVE LOVED:
Experiencing God's Presence in Everyday Life


OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE:
You Were Made to Make a Difference


FEARLESS:
Imagine Your Life Without Fear


HIS NAME IS JESUS:
The Promise of God's Love Fulfilled


CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God


3:16
The Numbers of Hope


EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE:
Wake Up to the Gift of 24 Hours


YOU! GOD'S BRAND NEW IDEA:
Made to Be Amazing


FACING YOUR GIANTS:
The God Who Made a Miracle Out of David Stands Ready to Make One Out of You


THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE

CURE FOR THE COMMON LIFE:
Living in Your Sweet Spot


GOD'S MIRROR:
A Modern Parable


COME THIRSTY

IT'S NOT ABOUT ME:
Rescue from the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy


NEXT DOOR SAVIOR:
Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to Trust



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GOD'S MIRROR: A Modern Parable
Max Lucado
Integrity Publishers
Inspirational
ISBN-10: 1591452791
ISBN-13: 9781591452799

Max Lucado has more than 40 million books in print and is one of Christian publishing's favorite authors. In his latest title, GOD'S MIRROR: A Modern Parable, he tells two stories that reflect on what it means to be God's ambassadors in the world. One of those stories is that of G.R. Tweed, a young navel officer who spent three years hiding on the island of Guam during World War II.

"When the Japanese occupied the island in 1941, he ducked into the thick tropical brush. Survival hadn't been easy, but he preferred the swamp to a POW camp. Late in the day July 10, 1944, he spotted the friendly vessel. He scurried up a hill and positioned himself on a cliff. Reaching into his pack, he pulled out a small mirror. At 6:20 p.m., he began sending signals. Holding the edge of the mirror in his fingers, he tilted it back and forth, bouncing the sunrays in the direction of the boat. Three short flashes. Three long. Three short again. Dot-dot-dot. Dash-dash-dash. Dot-dot-dot. SOS.

The signal caught the eyes of a sailor on board the USS McCall. A rescue party boarded a motorized dinghy and slipped into the cove past the coastal guns. Tweed was rescued."

It was a good thing Tweed had that mirror and knew how to use it. But Lucado goes on to entertain a crazy idea: what if the mirror hadn't cooperated? "Suppose the mirror had resisted, pushed its own agenda. Rather than reflect a message from the sun, suppose it had opted to send its own."

After all, says Lucado, after three years of isolation the mirror might have been starved for attention. What if, instead of sending an SOS, it sent a LAM (Look At Me!) signal? What if, after three years of inactivity, the mirror was insecure about its abilities? "What if I blow it? What if I send a dash when I'm supposed to send a dot? ... Self-doubt could paralyze a mirror."

So could self-pity. "Been crammed down in that pack, lugged through jungles, and now, all of a sudden expected to face the bright sun and perform a crucial service? No way. Staying in the pack. Not getting any reflection out of me."

Yes, it's a good thing that mirror didn't have a mind of its own. But Lucado points out that we, God's mirrors, do have minds of our own. After a short Greek lesson parsing out 2 Corinthians 3:7, he goes on to unpack the idea of what it means to be a mirror and issues a challenge: "Dare we hope to be a mirror in the hand of God, the reflection of the light of God? This is the call."

GOD'S MIRROR is more a series of thoughtful questions than an in-depth teaching about the Christian life, though it's certainly instructive at a basic level. As such, it's a gift book that would be well-suited for friends and family members just starting to grapple with what it means to be God's ambassadors in the world.

   --- Reviewed by Lisa Ann Cockrel

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