Christian Non-Fiction

On Calvary’s Hill by Max Lucado | #BookReview


It’s early in the final week. The props and players for Friday’s drama are in position. Five-inch spikes are in the bin. A cross-beam leans against a shed wall. The players are nearing the stage–Pilate, Annas and Caiaphas, Judas, the centurions.

Players and props. Only this is no play; it’s a divine plan. A plan begun before Adam felt heaven’s breath, and now all heaven waits and watches. All eyes are on one figure–the Nazarene.

Commonly clad. Uncommonly focused. He’s on his final journey.

Join bestselling author Max Lucado in an exploration of the final days in the life of Christ. Draw near to the Savior and prepare to celebrate the greatest miracle ever conceived.

Feel the passion. Sense the truth. Hear the promise.

Death has no power.

Why I chose this book…

I am easily distracted. For instance, I can be cleaning the kitchen and the next thing I know I’m reorganizing my daughter’s closet (true story). While not all of my distractions are unproductive, if left unchecked they can keep me from the people and activities that truly important — even from God. Pastor Adrian Rogers once said, “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Busyness is one of Satan’s favorite tools for getting us to shift our focus to ourselves. This Easter (Lenten) season I am committed to keep my focus on the cross. To do so, I need commitment and a plan. On Calvary’s Hill by author Max Lucado is part of that plan.

My Thoughts

On Calvary’s Hill will help readers recapture the awe of their salvation and refresh their faith in the Mighty God who pursues us heart and soul. Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado has assembled 40 readings that will humble our hearts and help us focus our minds on Christ this Easter season.

I liked how Max Lucado used one New Testament verse as a launching point for each day’s lesson. By the end readers will attain a comprehensive view of the entire Easter story. Expanding upon the daily verse he helps his readers linger in the Word by giving voice to those nearest Jesus. Max explores their motives, doubts, and the eventual choice they must make to either believe or deny Christ. Throughout the narrative the author puts to rest common conspiracies theories surrounding Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. I believe this book would we a wonderful gift for new believers or believers standing on wobbly faith. The prayers that accompany each reading are simple and powerful, and regularly spotlighted areas of my own walk that needed reinforcement or encouragement.

For some it is easy to stand on this side of the cross and judge the unbelief of first-century peoples. Yet, for others their doubts may be your own. Perhaps you need to be reminded of what Christ sacrificed to woo you to himself. Christ walked this earth, withstood temptation, knew grief and joy, reverence and scorn, friendship and betrayal. These are the reminders I took away from this book.

This Easter season resolve to spend time with the One who loves you. Set aside time in your day, minimize distractions, and use On Calvary’s Hill to help prepare your heart for Easter.


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About the Author

Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift—a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. With more than 100 million products in print, Max Lucado is one of America’s most widely read authors.

Max’s words have traveled around the world in more than 54 languages via more than 120 million individual products. Of these 120 million, 90 million are books and have occupied spots on every major national bestseller list. He has been dubbed “America’s Pastor” by Reader’s Digest, and even named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times.




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