Max Lucado is a writing legend, known for his clear and direct writing that often opens a window to a simple and fresh take on scripture. Next Door Savior is no exception. Each chapter focuses on scripture or a story of Christ and how despite is full divinity, was also fully man. Often with prose and examples taken from contemporary times, Jesus becomes a man you can relate to, a friend you may have over for coffee rather than an unreachable deity. My favorite quote in the book seems to sum it all up for me
"His uncommon approach to his common life groomed him for his uncommon call."
Next Door Savior is not a long book that requires a front to back reading for understanding. Rather, each chapter is almost like a stand alone devotional- often focusing on a certain topic. When you feel like you are struggling in a certain area, you can just look up that chapter in this book and be encouraged by a Jesus who was just like you. I would see a great use for this book as a devotional tool for meetings, classes, or groups to use.
Do not read this book with the intention of having a proverbial 2x4 to the head. This is book is not overly deep in its undertaking- but its clean approach to the stories of Christ will be uplifting and encouraging. It may even help you see in your day to do day that we truly do have a friend in Jesus- a man who came and lived as we did, not unreachable, but a neighbor.
*I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze in partnership with Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.