Best-selling Author Max Lucado Frames Every Day as a Gift from God
The 70s songwriter bemoaned “rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” And everyone has days that go wrong, days that don’t go as planned, days that don’t turn out as hoped. But are bad days beyond redemption? In his new book, “Great Day Every Day: Navigating Life’s Challenges with Promise and Purpose” (Thomas Nelson, Hardcover, January 2012), Max Lucado assures readers that each day—regardless of circumstances—has a shot at being an outstanding day because every day is a gift from God.
In “Great Day Every Day”, New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado says it’s easy to credit God with usual good days: sunshine-drenched vacation days, Easter Sundays, super sale Saturdays and unscheduled holidays. Yet he urges readers to consider that every day—including divorce days, final exam days, surgery days, tax days and days when the cemetery dirt is still fresh—can be viewed as a gift from God. “It’s possible,” Lucado explains, “because God is at work in every situation. And when we begin to see our days from God’s perspective, our focus is sharpened; the good in every day becomes evident.”
Originally published in 2007 as “Every Day Deserves A Chance”, “Great Day Every Day” offers a memorable formula for upgrading each day to blue ribbon status: saturate your day in Jesus’ grace; entrust your day to His oversight; accept His direction. “Grace. Oversight. Direction. G–O–D. The perfect prescription for filling a day with divine power,” Lucado summarizes. “And if you can stack one good day on another and another, you link together a good life.”
Lucado shares stories from daily living and from the Bible to illustrate how every day, even bitter days and fearful days, can be transformed into truly good days. This book starts with the familiar Old Testament passage— “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it”—and moves through stories from Jesus’ life as the ultimate example of rejoicing in the day given.
“This is more than a silver-lining attitude, more than seeing the cup as half-full rather than half-empty,” Lucado explains. “It is an admission that unseen favorable forces populate and direct the affairs of humanity . . . there is more to life than what meets the eye.”
“Great Day Every Day” contains an all-new section called “Change Your Day, Change Your Life: A 30-Day Journey” written by Lance Wubbels and based on the Grace-Oversight-Direction formula. This section provides a month-long plan for the reader to apply the concepts in “Great Day Every Day” via daily exercises including Scripture, prayer, and practical application.
Says Thomas Nelson Sr. VP and Group Publisher David Moberg: “Max’s prescription for making every day a good day is not only doable, it’s powerful. Changing one’s perspective—seeing life from God’s perspective—impacts every facet of life. This book can indeed change your life!”