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The Devotional Bible

Max Lucado considers himself a storyteller. He loves to tell stories about real life, real joy and sometimes real sorrow. He spends most Sundays telling stories at his home church in San Antonio. And the more than 50 books he has written are filled with real-life stories. Yet all of Lucado's stories relate to what he believes is the greatest story of all-how Jesus, the Son of God, came to save the ones he loves. And Lucado's personal favorite book is the one that tells the story of Jesus better than any other-the Bible. Now this husband, father, pastor, writer and former missionary combines his gift for storytelling with the text of his favorite book, serving as general editor for The Devotional Bible: Experiencing the Heart of Jesus, releasing from Nelson Bibles in March 2003. Max Lucado grew up in a small West Texas town, the fourth child of an oil-field mechanic and a nurse. Although he was raised in a loving, Christian home, once Lucado entered his teens, Max recalls, "I decided to sow more than my fair share of wild oats." It was during his college days at Abilene Christian University that his heart was changed. A Bible professor made Jesus' story come to life for him, and Lucado later rededicated his life to Christ during a campus-wide revival. It was through the study of Scripture that Max knew he wanted to teach and preach God's word. Lucado's writing journey began by contributing small articles to a weekly church bulletin at his first pastoral job in Miami. Then when he and his wife Denalyn were missionaries in Brazil, devotional writing helped keep his mind sharp in the use of the English language. When a friend encouraged him to submit his writings to a publisher, Lucado sent his manuscript to 15 publishers. The 15th one accepted. That was 17 years ago, and now Lucado has more than 28 million books in print. Editing a devotional edition of the Bible is a natural next step for Lucado. He enjoys the challenge of working with the entire range of Scripture, tackling both the simple and challenging sections, because they all point readers to Jesus-and that's the story he wants to drive home. "I try to come through the back door of the familiar and sneak up on the reader. I want to take a concept where they think, 'Oh, I've heard this story before,' and put a new twist on it," says Lucado. Even though millions of copies of his books are in circulation, Lucado is more impressed by the knowledge that his stories have made readers think, even weep, and close his book somehow stronger. This knowledge, along with his roles as pastor (Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio), husband (to Denalyn) and father (to Jenna, Andrea and Sara) make Lucado's story a very good one indeed.