“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it” is one of the verses I use to start my day every day. Max Lucado’s “Great Day, Every Day” is a great read to align my vision to see that every day, even the most challenging days, is worth great praise.
In “Great Day, Every Day” there are those Max Lucado book certainties: great use of words, incredible images, strong encouragement and best of all an awareness that God is at work in one’s life every day in the mundane and the momentous.
The book is broken down into 3 categories that feature Max’s gifted writing:
1. Every Day Deserves a Chance (also the title was originally published under in 2007). Chapters in this section look at the power of grace, mercy, gratitude and forgiveness in one’s life. I love his line on gratitude, “Gratitude lifts our eyes off the things we lack so we might see the blessings we possess.”
2. Entrust Your Day to His Oversight. Chapters in this part look at peace, hope, fuel and faith. The Daily Compass (a one page feature at the end of each chapter) for the Fuel for Depleted Days chapter has this Max reminder, “God’s solution is a prayer away.”
3. Accept His Direction. These 2 chapters look at calling and service amid days they feel purposeless or a fork in the road kind of day. As a reminder that each day is not about me, but about God, Max writes: “To take up the cross, then, is to take up Christ’s burden for the people of the world.”
Comparing “Great Day Every Day” to the earlier addition, “Every Day Deserves a Chance“. The writing seems similar with a bit of change in the words, and a common theme of a good day, every day. Both books feature a discussion guide. The bonus in “Great Day, Every Day” is the Change Your Day, Change Your Life 30 Day Journey that actually builds off the wording of the 3 parts from Every Day, Deserves a Chance. Each day highlights the theme of the book and provides a specific Bible passage and action step to rejoice each day as a gift the Lord has made.
The subtitle for “Great Day, Every Day” is “Navigating Life’s Challenges with Promise and Purpose“. Max delivers and provides a word of encouragement in a challenging time. If you need a pick up to your day, and want to rejoice in the gift of this day no matter what, Max will help navigate your way through and the 30 Day Journey will help develop such an attitude as not merely a good back to read, but a daily habit to live.
I give Great Day, Every Day 5 stars out of 5 stars. Even though I had read the older version 5 years ago, the updated version still inspired me to live out the gift of every day.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program that provided a free copy to read. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255