Item description for 3:16: Los numeros de la esperanza (Spanish Edition) by Max Lucado...
Overview Si 9/11 son los numeros del terror y la desesperacion, entonces 3:16 son los numeros de la esperanza. El autor de gran exito de ventas, Max Lucado, guia a los lectores palabra por palabra a traves de Juan 3:16, el pasaje que el llama el "Diamante de esperanza" de las Escrituras. Hope - Pure And Simple If 9/11 are the numbers of terror and despair, then 3:16 are the numbers of hope. Best selling author Max Lucado leads readers through a word-by-word study of John 3:16, the passage that he calls the "Hope Diamond" of Scripture.
Si 9/11 son los numeros del terror y la desesperacion, entonces 3/16 son los numeros de la esperanza. El autor de gran exito de ventas, Max Lucado, guia a los lectores palabra por palabra a traves de Juan 3:16, el pasaje que el llama el "Diamante de esperanza" de las Escrituras.
3:16 tendra una campana extensa que incluye: Multiples productos autorizados para extender 3:16 al por menor. Los socios hasta el momento incluyen a Hallmark, Dayspring, Kerusso y Bob Siemon Designs 3:16 como el centro de una iniciativa ministerial global lanzado a nivel mundial por medio de la transmision simultanea el Domingo de Ramos, 3/16/08 Publicacion sin precedentes en varios idiomas, incluyendo ingles, aleman, sueco, holandes, coreano, japones y chino Multiples productos auxiliares de publicacion incluiran el libro 3:16, el folleto evangelistico y el libro para regalo
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Grupo Nelson
Running Time: 197.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.76" Width: 5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher NELSON SPANISH #435
ISBN 1602550743 ISBN13 9781602550742
Availability 0 units.
More About Max Lucado
More than 100 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
Max Lucado currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas.
Max Lucado has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Large Print Originals
Inspiration for Everyday Life
Inspirational Bible Study; Life Lessons with Max Lucado
Reviews - What do customers think about 3:16: Los numeros de la esperanza (Spanish Edition)?
Great way to study John 3:16 Feb 13, 2009
Using the CD of John 3:16 is the perfect length for our Sunday School class and triggers some great conversation. Eventhough this book and CD don't have study questions, I can come up with plenty without difficulty. We are very pleased with this format.
Far Less Than Expected Jan 1, 2009
I am somewhat torn in writing this review, for I am critiquing the writing of a brother in Christ whose intent is right, whose heart is right, and his understanding that, in my words, "of the Gospel, through the Gospel, and to the Gospel is all life," is understood.
Max introduces by saying, at the very foundation, the Gospel is everything: We can only know God by the Gospel, man was created because of the Gospel, man understands all theology and doctrine by the Gospel, all life decisions are to be based on the Gospel. All of God's plan for life is about the Gospel and lived by the heart of the Gospel. He didn't say it outright like this, but it appears to be the intent, and I wholly agree.
So why two stars?! I laid my hands on a CD and began to listen. Hmm, for all the glowing reviews I've heard about Max's writings, I wasn't impressed, but figured I'd listen much longer. The first chapter was, well, okay. As another reviewer has mentioned, I have some difficulty with Max's seeming "universal love" theology (yes, I'm Reformed, not Arminian). But that is not what really bothered me.
For what was supposed to be a book on such an amazing verse, Max left me with no amazement at all. And being left with little to hold my interest, I couldn't help but notice a writing style that bothered me from the start. In a word, it was written with a constant verbal witticism that, honestly, unnerved my nerves. It was so overdone that it was no longer an artistic highlight to his writing, but a droning sound of trying too hard to be creative.
Then came chapter two. While the same unamazing and droning wittiness continued, something else occurred that ultimately decided for me to turn it off and return the CD to the library. Max began to talk about "God so loved the world." After about 7 or 8 minutes, I had no idea what he was talking about, where his writing was going, and what it had to do with 3:16. Lot's of information, but no clue, for me, what ever happened to the point.
So, I can say that this is a book for which I'm glad I never spent money. I would never reread it if I had managed to go through it a first time. I cannot speak to the rest of the book; but if you lose me and irritate me in 1 1/2 chapters, you've lost me, period. And any hint of desire that may have arisen to read one of his other works, for which I've heard others brag, has died.
The Gospel Shines Forth Oct 19, 2008
If you've been to a Christian bookstore in the past two months, you've probably seen Max Lucado's newest book: 3:16 - The Numbers of Hope. Thomas Nelson has given this book substantial promotion, and it looks like the campaign is just beginning. Soon to follow is a teen edition, not to mention the trinkets that typically accompany our evangelical fads.
But leaving aside the faddishness of evangelicalism today for a moment, let's get to the book itself. 3:16 will probably be Lucado's best-remembered work. He borrows graciously from his previous works, especially in the devotional half of the book. 3:16 is a good introduction to Lucado's winsome writing. Lucado's ability to communicate is outstanding. I recommend that pastors read him, if only to learn from the delightful way in which he expresses theological concepts.
From a theological standpoint, 3:16 doesn't break new ground, thankfully so. Lucado affirms the major Christian doctrines of the faith. He speaks rightly of Christ's substitutionary death, the "Great Exchange" (our sin for Christ's righteousness), the need for faith, the exclusivity of faith in Christ for salvation, and the existence of both heaven and hell. Lucado is a traditional, conservative evangelical. Yet, he manages to package these doctrines with grace-filled illustrations, explaining Scripture while challenging and comforting his readers all at the same time.
Those of us who lean Reformed may grow weary of Lucado's constant appeal to humanity's free will and choice. At one point, he states boldly that God never forces himself on anyone. So, although he claims that salvation is a work generated and based solely in God, he makes it clear that the choice of salvation is exclusively in human hands.
But let's not get hung up on technicalities. The gospel shines forth in the book. I was thankful to see an emphasis on the resurrection and not just the cross (something that Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life completely neglected).
3:16 is an easy book to read and digest. I have no doubt it will make an impact on many a lost person and that God will use it to bring people to himself. God bless Max Lucado for using his gifts to preach the gospel!
Numbers to live by Jul 16, 2008
Master storyteller and popular pastor Max Lucado is at his best in his 130-page riff on one of the best-loved passages of the Bible, John 3:16, a verse he beautifully calls "an alphabet of grace, a table of contents to the Christian hope, each word a safe-deposit box of jewels." Following the main text is a 40-day devotional study on the life of Jesus, excerpted from many of his widely-read books.
Lucado kicks off his book with a retelling of Nicodemus's famous conversation with Christ, in which Jesus tells him, "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (NKJV) The thought, Lucado says in his trademark prose, "coldcocks Nicodemus." When he asks Jesus how anyone could possibly be reborn, Jesus responds with John 3:16.
The words of John 3:16, Lucado says, are to Scripture what the Mississippi River is to America --- an entryway into the heartland. "Believe or dismiss them, embrace or reject them, any serious consideration of Christ must include them." They are "heart-stilling, mind-bending, deal-making-or-breaking." Lucado's anecdotes are warm, poignant, often funny, and help him make his points. Chapter by chapter he unpacks each piece of John 3:16, mining the treasures to be found.
One of Lucado's trademarks is his ability to retell biblical stories in a way that refreshes them for Christians who may have heard them a hundred times before or that piques the interest of the first-time listener. He is not afraid to introduce scholarly terms (anothen) but always unpacks them for his audience in an informative, inviting way. His language is vivid and precise, and his writing reflects that of someone who makes it look easy because he has wrestled over every sentence. "Heart-breakers, hope-snatchers, and dream-dousers prowl this orb.... But God loves."
Humility permeates his work and continues to endear this mega-selling author and his writing to his readers. When Lucado writes about himself, he pens lines like this: "Burger dependent. Half asleep....and sinless? I can't maintain a holy thought for my two-minute commute."
Yet there is a toughness to his theology. Lucado is quick to reach out with comfort, but also refuses to compromise his beliefs. His writing on the "in Him" portion of the passage emphasizes this. Looking at the popular belief that all spiritual paths lead to heaven, he takes a firm stand. "Salvation is found, not in self or in them but in him," Lucado writes. "...Don't believe in you; you can't save you. And don't believe in others; they can't save you."
In another uncompromising and passionate look at the word "perish," Lucado writes a no-holds-barred short treatise on hell. "Hell, like heaven, is a location, not a state of mind...an actual place populated by physical beings." He adds, "There is no point on which I'd rather be wrong than the eternal duration of hell...if God, on the last day, extinguishes the wicked, I'll celebrate my misreading of his words." It is not God's will, Lucado says, that anyone should perish. "...but the fact that some do highlights God's justice." There's plenty of fodder here for discussion among Christians. Yet Lucado doesn't leave it there. He adds that "The supreme surprise of hell is this: Christ went there so you don't have to. Yet hell could not contain Him."
Lucado can be as reassuring as he is tough. Consider this lovely passage:
"Allow the only decision maker in the universe to comfort you. Life at times appears to fall to pieces, seems irreparable. But it's going to be okay. How can you know? Because God so loved the world. And, since he has no needs, you cannot tire him. Since he is without age, you cannot lose him. Since he has no sin, you cannot corrupt him. If God can make a billion galaxies, can't he make good out of our bad and sense out of our faltering lives?"
This is a fine introductory book for those new to Lucado's writing and will also be appreciated by his legions of readers. Don't miss it.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
3:16 The Numbers of Hope Jul 3, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed the vivid homey style of Max Lucado in this work which is just one more example of his ability and skill as writer who knows his subject well and lovingly.