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Doesn't every day deserve a chance to be a good day? An opportunity? A shot? A tryout? An audition? A swing at the plate? After all: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." But what of those days when traffic snarls, airports close, friends forget, and spouses complain? Or divorce days, final exam days, surgery days, tax days, or even days w Doesn't every day deserve a chance to be a good day? An opportunity? A shot? A tryout? An audition? A swing at the plate? After all: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." But what of those days when traffic snarls, airports close, friends forget, and spouses complain? Or divorce days, final exam days, surgery days, tax days, or even days when the cemetery dirt is still fresh? "Yes, every day," says best-selling author Max Lucado. In Every Day Deserves a Chance he unpacks Jesus' delightful formula for upgrading each of your days 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 your day with divine power and giving every day a chance.


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Doesn't every day deserve a chance to be a good day? An opportunity? A shot? A tryout? An audition? A swing at the plate? After all: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." But what of those days when traffic snarls, airports close, friends forget, and spouses complain? Or divorce days, final exam days, surgery days, tax days, or even days w Doesn't every day deserve a chance to be a good day? An opportunity? A shot? A tryout? An audition? A swing at the plate? After all: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." But what of those days when traffic snarls, airports close, friends forget, and spouses complain? Or divorce days, final exam days, surgery days, tax days, or even days when the cemetery dirt is still fresh? "Yes, every day," says best-selling author Max Lucado. In Every Day Deserves a Chance he unpacks Jesus' delightful formula for upgrading each of your days 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 your day with divine power and giving every day a chance.

30 review for Every Day Deserves a Chance: Wake Up to the Gift of 24 Hours

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    As a lifelong worrier, this book really spoke to me. I've known for a while that I need to improve my attitude, and Max's words here addressed my problem. Great stuff! As a lifelong worrier, this book really spoke to me. I've known for a while that I need to improve my attitude, and Max's words here addressed my problem. Great stuff!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Sanders

    Ten easy read chapters encouraging us to treat each day as a fresh gift from God in spite of what may be lurking round the corner, sitting on the doormat or dogging our wakeful hours. Max's style is unmistakeable, his illustrations appropriate and his conclusions obvious but not always easy for us to put into practice. He urges the reader towards mercy, gratitude, forgiveness, peace, hope, fuel and faith. The book is divided into three sections: Saturate your Day in His Grace; Entrust Your Day to Ten easy read chapters encouraging us to treat each day as a fresh gift from God in spite of what may be lurking round the corner, sitting on the doormat or dogging our wakeful hours. Max's style is unmistakeable, his illustrations appropriate and his conclusions obvious but not always easy for us to put into practice. He urges the reader towards mercy, gratitude, forgiveness, peace, hope, fuel and faith. The book is divided into three sections: Saturate your Day in His Grace; Entrust Your Day to His Oversight and Accept His Direction. HIs conclusion acknowledges that, 'If you look hard enough and long enough, you'll find something to complain about', so urges us to look beyond all that and keep our eyes fixed elsewhere. Good advice.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Noelle Sampson

    Max Lucado brings a fresh voice into the every day drudgery of life. Separated into three different portions- Grace, Oversight, and Direction- Lucado gives you pointers on how to approach every type of day, from difficult to mundane to downright confusing. With openness, this book has the ability to truly change how you approach each day. Using the advice he gives, you will have the proper tools to live each day to the fullest! Suggested for people who are struggling to see the good in their liv Max Lucado brings a fresh voice into the every day drudgery of life. Separated into three different portions- Grace, Oversight, and Direction- Lucado gives you pointers on how to approach every type of day, from difficult to mundane to downright confusing. With openness, this book has the ability to truly change how you approach each day. Using the advice he gives, you will have the proper tools to live each day to the fullest! Suggested for people who are struggling to see the good in their lives or who just need some motivation. Best enjoyed as a daily devotional in the morning accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peter Harrington

    I gave this book four stars; it was easy to read and the writer keeps your attention on a subject that can sometimes get very dry. A good quick easy read for anyone who enjoys listening to motivation type books or simply needs a quick azimuth check on their own life. I would have given it five stars had the writer not relied so much on his own personal religious beliefs in explaining how to give "every day a chance". I gave this book four stars; it was easy to read and the writer keeps your attention on a subject that can sometimes get very dry. A good quick easy read for anyone who enjoys listening to motivation type books or simply needs a quick azimuth check on their own life. I would have given it five stars had the writer not relied so much on his own personal religious beliefs in explaining how to give "every day a chance".

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Fradd

    This is not one of his more profound books, but still has some nuggets of truth. I highlighted at least a line in each chapter. 📑 I didn't realize there is a reading guide in the back until about half way through. This portion solidified the chapter with scripture and questions to consider. 🌄 Easy to read. Good perspective. An over all good (but not great) book. This is not one of his more profound books, but still has some nuggets of truth. I highlighted at least a line in each chapter. 📑 I didn't realize there is a reading guide in the back until about half way through. This portion solidified the chapter with scripture and questions to consider. 🌄 Easy to read. Good perspective. An over all good (but not great) book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jose

    Fun read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sally Andrews

    This is one of my favorites of his. I love the thoughts of waking up every day and making it the best I can make it. Always love Max Lucado's writing. This is one of my favorites of his. I love the thoughts of waking up every day and making it the best I can make it. Always love Max Lucado's writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    A little too short, but relevant stories and uplifting, of course.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    very inspiring

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    “Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” Max Lucado is an American author, and pastor that have written many books. He has won three Christian Book of the Year Awards. In addition, Lucado’s books are inspiring, thoughtful, and life-altering. After reading the book, Everyday Deserves a Chance I had an epiphany. I realized the things I was allowing to hold me back. Through the various stories and illustrations, I was “Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” Max Lucado is an American author, and pastor that have written many books. He has won three Christian Book of the Year Awards. In addition, Lucado’s books are inspiring, thoughtful, and life-altering. After reading the book, Everyday Deserves a Chance I had an epiphany. I realized the things I was allowing to hold me back. Through the various stories and illustrations, I was able to sync my life into the words on the page, and from that moment, I never assessed each day the same. Although each day might vary, and I might face multiple challenges, I have learned to gravitate toward the positive aspects of the day and focus on the potential that still remains. Furthermore, this book forced me to address some past hurts that I thought I had let go, such as forgiving my mom and stepdad. It did not dawn on me that I was carrying yesterday’s trouble into my future. Moreover, I was only limiting myself from being productive. Also, this book taught me to set goals and how to achieve them day by day. As a matter of fact, “Everyday Deserves a Chance,” helped me to stop allowing one issue during my day to throw off my entire day. For example, if I was upset about something, I would stay angry, for the entire day. Now, rather than stay angry I address the matter and move on. In essence, we live in a tough economy, and society is waxing worse by the day. However, it is not the events that occur in a day that matters, but it is the way one handles the matter that make the difference in the day. Therefore, I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is seeking change in their life. Similar to a mirror, “Everyday Deserves a Chance” allowed me to see myself and all the potential that was going down the drain. In addition, I became aware of the countless opportunities that had and would continue to pass me by if I did not choose to give each day a chance. P.S. Thanks Max God Bless you and your future endeavors!!! Every Day Deserves a Chance: Wake Up to the Gift of 24 Hours

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Johnson

    "Basis: Everyday has hope. Everyday deserves a chance to be a great day. YOU have to make the decision to let the day be great. The book was very inspirational, had a great message, and was an well-written, easy read. Okay, sooooo books riddled with bible verses are not usually my speed. Not that I have anything against the bible, I just often have problems when things get ""churchy."" Even though this book is chocked fulled of bible verses; I honestly enjoyed it. Some favorite passages: p. 4 "" "Basis: Everyday has hope. Everyday deserves a chance to be a great day. YOU have to make the decision to let the day be great. The book was very inspirational, had a great message, and was an well-written, easy read. Okay, sooooo books riddled with bible verses are not usually my speed. Not that I have anything against the bible, I just often have problems when things get ""churchy."" Even though this book is chocked fulled of bible verses; I honestly enjoyed it. Some favorite passages: p. 4 ""Days are the bite-size portions of life."" p.9 ""Yesterday...forgiven. Tomorrow...surrendered. Today...clarified."" p. 115 ""If today were your last day, would you do what you're doing? Or would you love more, give more, forgive more? Then do so! Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again."" Yes, this is a very sweet book. In addition to being uplifting, a lot of the stories were colored with darkness and gave some really interesting strategies for dealing with that darkness that lives inside of all of us. "

  12. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    We read this with my Sunday School class. Even though I found it incredibly cheesy to the point of annoyance at times, I did find myself thinking of the book in a positive light when I was having a bad day. (I can think of one bad day in particular.) For me though, there were too many lists. Like Cathy . And I'm not a big Cathy fan. Also, the metaphors were a BIT over the top for me. But, I liked the anecdotes. Sometimes, I think the cheesiness of it detracted from the overall message, which I th We read this with my Sunday School class. Even though I found it incredibly cheesy to the point of annoyance at times, I did find myself thinking of the book in a positive light when I was having a bad day. (I can think of one bad day in particular.) For me though, there were too many lists. Like Cathy . And I'm not a big Cathy fan. Also, the metaphors were a BIT over the top for me. But, I liked the anecdotes. Sometimes, I think the cheesiness of it detracted from the overall message, which I thought was a really good one. That's why I'm glad we read it as a class, because we could hone in on the message and leave the cheese, the silliness, the overdone metaphors, the "I'm getting paid by the word so I need to add a little bit more here," behind.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Super cheesy. It felt very unrealistic and idealistic. The thoughts and overarching ideas were good, but the execution of the book was simply fluff and cheese. I do think a lot of the things in the book are effective in dealing with life in general, but just the way it's written... it feels out-of-touch, like Grandpa talking about how to be smart about using The Internet. I feel like I'm being told about life from someone who hasn't had a very interesting or difficult one. The whole book is just Super cheesy. It felt very unrealistic and idealistic. The thoughts and overarching ideas were good, but the execution of the book was simply fluff and cheese. I do think a lot of the things in the book are effective in dealing with life in general, but just the way it's written... it feels out-of-touch, like Grandpa talking about how to be smart about using The Internet. I feel like I'm being told about life from someone who hasn't had a very interesting or difficult one. The whole book is just the kind of feel-good tone that makes me roll my eyes a little bit... Maybe it's me being a little cynical toward a book that's very, VERY optimistic and not cynical even in the slightest. But I could hardly finish it, it was so fluffy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Neumann

    This book caught my eye, because so many days, I get up and just live another day, finding many things to be sour about or complain about. But God's word says that this is the day that He has made, and to rejoice and be glad in it. Wow! How often do we do that? This book was a good read, and worth your time if you struggle with being thankful for each day. Each day deserves a chance. It's a gift from God. He is capable of blessing you in the most unexpected ways. And even if everything does go wr This book caught my eye, because so many days, I get up and just live another day, finding many things to be sour about or complain about. But God's word says that this is the day that He has made, and to rejoice and be glad in it. Wow! How often do we do that? This book was a good read, and worth your time if you struggle with being thankful for each day. Each day deserves a chance. It's a gift from God. He is capable of blessing you in the most unexpected ways. And even if everything does go wrong, He is still with you, and if you look hard enough, there is always a small blessing you can find. Thinking this way isn't easy. But each day is a gift from God, and one we should be more thankful for. Being thankful is so key in life!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I love how Max Lucado can take just a simple phrase and break it down into so many levels, showing you nuances you would never have thought about. I was lifted up by reading this book, it made me strive to give every day a chance. Another great read from Max Lucado, you should definitely check it out. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008... I love how Max Lucado can take just a simple phrase and break it down into so many levels, showing you nuances you would never have thought about. I was lifted up by reading this book, it made me strive to give every day a chance. Another great read from Max Lucado, you should definitely check it out. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was an amazing book, although most of the messages were very similar to those that are in Come Thirsty: No Heart Too Dry for His Touch. This book shows that every day can be a good day. It also shows how you can have hope and happiness when the situations that you currently are in are not very good. This was an amazing book, although most of the messages were very similar to those that are in Come Thirsty: No Heart Too Dry for His Touch. This book shows that every day can be a good day. It also shows how you can have hope and happiness when the situations that you currently are in are not very good.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I've read many of Max Lucado's books and this one has to be one of the best. Maybe it is just where I am as I read it, but it has encouraged me to think about how every day of my life fits into God's overall plan for me. It is fantastic and I may go back and read through it again once finished. It makes for a great daily devotional book of encouragement in the mornings. I've read many of Max Lucado's books and this one has to be one of the best. Maybe it is just where I am as I read it, but it has encouraged me to think about how every day of my life fits into God's overall plan for me. It is fantastic and I may go back and read through it again once finished. It makes for a great daily devotional book of encouragement in the mornings.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carôle Ceres

    A really good read. Informative, instructional & most of all, empowering! The section on 'The Choice' discussing actions & attitudes around Galatians 5's Fruit of the Spirit (v 22 & 23) is humbling… Max Lucado has a God given talent for teaching God's Word in such a way that 20th & 21st century citizens can be guided to God in a language & method they understand. A really good read. Informative, instructional & most of all, empowering! The section on 'The Choice' discussing actions & attitudes around Galatians 5's Fruit of the Spirit (v 22 & 23) is humbling… Max Lucado has a God given talent for teaching God's Word in such a way that 20th & 21st century citizens can be guided to God in a language & method they understand.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather Larcombe

    Probably would get a much higher rating from a Christian reader. He has several good inspirational stories and a few secular good ideas, but his primary message is "give over your will and worries to God and trust that Jesus will take care of everything." Awesome for the faithful, not so useful to the atheist. Probably would get a much higher rating from a Christian reader. He has several good inspirational stories and a few secular good ideas, but his primary message is "give over your will and worries to God and trust that Jesus will take care of everything." Awesome for the faithful, not so useful to the atheist.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ninia

    When you feel like you're life is painstakingly useless, this book heals you. "Everyday Deserves a Chance" gives you meaning and purpose. Gives you hope for a better tomorrow, and that every mistake does not mean you are worthless. Learning everyday life is tough but motivating. Everyday indeed is a new day! When you feel like you're life is painstakingly useless, this book heals you. "Everyday Deserves a Chance" gives you meaning and purpose. Gives you hope for a better tomorrow, and that every mistake does not mean you are worthless. Learning everyday life is tough but motivating. Everyday indeed is a new day!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

    Light, a little fluffy. Good for someone who needs a light boost, but doesn't have much time, or just someone who is a new Christian and could use some direction to get started. Max Lucado has a smooth writing style that slides you through the book. Light, a little fluffy. Good for someone who needs a light boost, but doesn't have much time, or just someone who is a new Christian and could use some direction to get started. Max Lucado has a smooth writing style that slides you through the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Max Lucado is amazing. He is very inspirational. In this book he presents the day. That period of 24 hrs. that we sometimes chooses to waste. He has great antedotes. He also includes the Savior in how to model our day. A great read with a great perspective.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Ansley

    Wow I enjoyed this book! It's simple, fun to read, and definitely a great "life-help" book. Basically Lucado just talks about all these reasons why you can have a good day, no matter what. I finished the book and thought I still had a few chapters left, but it was only the notes, so I was sad! Wow I enjoyed this book! It's simple, fun to read, and definitely a great "life-help" book. Basically Lucado just talks about all these reasons why you can have a good day, no matter what. I finished the book and thought I still had a few chapters left, but it was only the notes, so I was sad!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rick Elliott

    Max Lucado has a way of presenting stories from the Bible in a way that gives me a fresh and unique perspective on its application to my life. This book is no exception as it encourages the reader to greet each new day as a gift given to us to grow in relationship to the God who gives it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    No matter what challenges we face, we should accept each day as a gift from God and make the best of it. I started reading this book when I felt like my life was falling apart, and it has really helped me to appreciate each day and continue to take one day at a time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Any book with the goal to bring you closer to Christ and to help you become a more happy person deserves 5 stars. Not all books are meant to be literary masterpieces. This one had lots of practical applications to making every day a good day. It had great examples and stories too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Homer H.

    I wuld recommend this to anybody. I need this book to straighten me out on bad days. I would recommend it for cell group study material. The stories or anecdotes were well written, like it was part of a literary piece like a novel. Enjoyed those stories immensely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Bushnell

    In true Lucado fashion, this little book helps you "look on the bright side" and challenges the futility of negativity. I love the way he writes. If you need a lift, and perhaps a perspective on finding the positive then you must read this book. In true Lucado fashion, this little book helps you "look on the bright side" and challenges the futility of negativity. I love the way he writes. If you need a lift, and perhaps a perspective on finding the positive then you must read this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I love Max Lucado's books but this seemed like his weakest book, almost like he was forcing himself to write it. However, it is definitely a little gem and can inspire anyone to live more happily and peacefully. I love Max Lucado's books but this seemed like his weakest book, almost like he was forcing himself to write it. However, it is definitely a little gem and can inspire anyone to live more happily and peacefully.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This book was wonderful! I learned plenty of lessons about positivity and God's greatness. There was never a dull moment and had some cute humor. This book teaches so much and everyone should read it! This book was wonderful! I learned plenty of lessons about positivity and God's greatness. There was never a dull moment and had some cute humor. This book teaches so much and everyone should read it!

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