Item description for Turn: Remembering Our Foundations by Max Lucado...
The very breath that sustains you. The prosperity of our land. Both---and everything in between--- are gifts from the same God. Remember Him. And turn to Him in heartfelt prayer. America's beloved author and 2005 National Day of Prayer spokesman Max Lucado pursues a revolutionary call to return to the Source of our personal and national blessings. Max's teaching and storytelling skills engage and encourage your commitment to daily enter into the presence of the giver of all good things, your Father. Turn is striking a chord in hearts and souls across America ---bringing, one by one, a nation back to the foundation on which it was built.
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Studio: Oasis Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.96" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Feb 28, 2005
Publisher Oasis Audio
ISBN 1589269179 ISBN13 9781589269170
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More About Max Lucado
Max Lucado (MA, Abilene Christian University) serves as the minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and is a best-selling author and speaker. His award-winning books have been translated into more than fifty-four languages and he has been named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times. Max lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Denalyn, and has three daughters and one granddaughter.
David Wenzel received a BFA from Hartford Art School and has been illustrating professionally for nearly thirty years. He is recognized for illustrating the graphic novel adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, as well as numerous other children's materials.
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
Historias Biblicas Ilustradas
Inspiration for Everyday Life
Inspirational Bible Study; Life Lessons with Max Lucado
Reviews - What do customers think about Turn: Remembering Our Foundations?
Christian Fundamentalsim Aug 19, 2005
I'll agree with the writer that found this book to be divisive and take it a step further - Max Lucado, an author I loved in "The Touch of The Master's Hand," has gone to the level of blaspheme. What else can it be when a writer put's God as the speaker of a phrase in quotation marks to words that God never spoke? Quoting directly from the book here: "'America," God says, 'you exist by my power.'"
Yes. America does exist by God's power, as does the world and the known and unknown universe. America is but one nation, with many of God's people attempting to lead lives pleasing to God. Max goes too far, attempting to lay the groundwork for the faithful to be instructed that all of America must become Christian by legislation if not by personally shared faith. Faith that is legislated brings only the face of faith, faith that is shared personally is the faith of eternal life.
Does America need to Turn? Yes. But let it be led by the people that choose to turn helping others to turn. Yes, to God and to Christ. But let us not, as Max writes "Lay our great nation at His feet. And take God at His word." Let us pray unceasingly for our nation and for the world as a whole, for our leaders and for other nations' leaders, and let us strongly question anyone that claims to speak for God in absolute manner - they may be false prophets. [...]
An Important and Timely Book Aug 8, 2005
Max Lucado has written a book to challenge Christians to adhere to II Chron. 7:14. It is very simple, but well done.
In contrast to what one reviewer wrote, this has nothing to do with being divisive. It is not written for the population at large. It is written to Christians specifically letting them know what God has said that they need to do in their own lives to turn things around in our nation.
Mr. Lucado goes through II Chron. 7:14 phrase by phrase. The text of that Scripture is as follows: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
The solution found in this single verse is really quite simple. Christians need to do the following: 1) Acknowledge God, the Creator of the Universe, and his dominion; 2) Pray; 3) Seek His face - Read His word, worship Him, etc.; 4) Confess our sins and ask for forgiveness.
The simplicity of the verse is amazing. The book is well done. I highly recommend it to Christians.
Reminding us of who we are. Jul 10, 2005
It reminds us that God comes first and that he put us here. He created this world.
God is magic and believing in him is magical.
Everything Max said in this book I see in everyday life.
A perfect example is the people trying to remove pray from school or trying to remove "under God" from the pledge of alligence.
Max Lucado is one of the best writers I've read in a long time.
Prophetic exhortation or culture war manifesto? Jun 23, 2005
"Turn: Remembering Our Foundations," by Max Lucado, is a short book (96 pages) that is structured around a single biblical verse--2 Chronicles 7:14. Through biblical citations, quotes from other authors, and his own words, Lucado exhorts the people of the United States to turn back to God--the Christian deity, to be specific. The back cover notes that this is the "Official 2005 National Day of Prayer Theme Book."
It's an eye-catching presentation, with a blend of different typefaces, red and black ink, different font sizes, and photographs. But the book left a bad taste in my mouth. Lucado seems to be using the mantle of prophetic exhortation as an excuse for pushing a right-wing political agenda. He seems intent on furthering an ugly and divisive culture war. And in doing so in this book, he uses intellectually lazy and dishonest tactics. In particular, he fills the book with invalid generalizations and unsupported accusations.
Consider Lucado's inflammatory claim, "God's definition of the family has come under question. . . even ridicule." He doesn't back up the statement with any facts. Who is ridiculing the family, and how? Or are these Lucado's code words for a political agenda? Lucado also presents an odd perspective on prayer, making it sound almost like some sort of primitive magic. His view on the Bible is also simplistic and ignorant of the wide range of biblical interpretation within the Christian world.
Lucado shamelessly exploits fears of the Bible being banned from public schools and courtrooms, while ignoring the fact that Americans probably enjoy more religious freedom than any other people on the earth. Indeed, Lucado seems to care little for the First Amendment. Lucado's vision for the U.S. is focused only on conservative Christians, and ignores Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Native American religionists, neo-Pagans, and the other peoples of faith who make up the complex tapestry of American religious life. Furthermore, Lucado depicts an unpleasantly selfish God. Although Lucado may have had good intentions when he wrote this book, it comes across, to me at least, as angry, hateful, paranoid, and religiously chauvinistic. This is the type of book that divides people in ugly ways.
Turn May 29, 2005
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14.
Lucado's entire book unpacks this verse and challenges us to consider:
God will heal the land when people turn back to him. God is the one who decides all things with respect to a country. God determines national leaders and decides national blessings. And God listens to the prayers of his people - if and when they pray. Even Jesus, rather than acting, turned to prayer and asked God, his heavenly father, to act. In Matthew 14:23 it says, "Jesus went up on a mountainside alone to pray." Jesus did not call us to teach, preach, have committee meetings or do anything without ceasing - except to pray without ceasing. Jesus did not call his house a house of fellowship, music, study, political activities, exposition or anything else - except a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13).
The author encourages us to take our nation, family, and friends and present them before God in prayer.
Even Peter, one of Jesus' inner circle, could not stand by the Savior but denied Him three times in His hour of need and turned and ran. But He also turned, returned, and confessed and repented - and he was forgiven and restored.
What God wants us to do, Lucado asserts, is to stop pointing the finger at others, point the finger at ourselves, get real before God so that God can heal our land. Yet, as Lucado says, we typically pray as casually as we'd order a burger at a drive through.
If you get the idea that I think that everyone needs to read Turn: Remembering Our Foundations, - you're right.