The book is focused on the question of whether God uses simple, ordinary people to advance his Kingdom. Of course we know this is true, but sometimes it helps to be reminded. One of my favourite lines is “We do not hear ‘I was sick and you healed me’ or ‘I was in prison and you liberated me.’ The works of Mercy are simple deeds. And yet in these simple deeds, we serve Jesus.”
The book has 16 short chapter, of about 5 or 6 pages each. Each chapter focuses on a simple aspect of service to others, and out own attitudes towards Christ and his call to change the world. As always, Max Lucado makes it all seem to straightforward.
I like the structure, which I think, lends itself to use in a Bible Study group, or for a teaching series. I read the book in one sitting, so it is quite light, but I think it should probably be savoured, and I will definitely be re-reading it chapter by chapter to re-examine some of the lessons.
What didn’t I like about it? Nothing much springs to mind. He fictionalises a number of biblical stories, and adds certain elements which might jar with certain readers. But nothing that bothered me, or detracted from the message, so it’s all good.
I received this book for free as part of Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze programme.
Learn more about the book here.