Book review: 3:16 (written by Max Lucado)

Title: 3:16

Author: Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

This book is about John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

In the first chapter, Max Lucado presented the context of the verse – the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus – including the thoughts that might have gone through Nicodemus’ mind, and a brief explanation of the verse. He then went on to dissect the verse and the next 11 chapters are devoted to explaining virtually every word in the verse.

Max Lucado used stories to explain the words. For example, for the word “loved“, not only did he explain the meaning of the Greek word agape that was used, he also used illustrations from the story of Hosea and some personal stories. I think the stories helped to reinforce the concepts and ideas he was trying to bring across.

The second section of this book is a 40-day devotional where Max Lucado presented the story of Jesus in 40 short articles. Each article is a retelling of an event that can be found in the gospel, and each article ends with a take-home lesson.

I am amazed that someone could actually write a book based on a verse. And Max Lucado has shown the importance of the verse using very simple words and interesting stories.

“If you know nothing of the Bible, start here. If you know everything in the Bible, return here. We all need the reminder. The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human. And God’s treatment is prescribed in John 3:16.”

PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


2 thoughts on “Book review: 3:16 (written by Max Lucado)

  1. Z, I absolutely loved this book. Something about those simple words and truths, and the stories . . .I liked it so much. I loaned it to some one and it never came back. Maybe they loved it too? haha! Will have to get another and you’ve reminded that I wanted to have some on hand to give as gifts too. God bless you and your book reviews!


    1. hi deb, i think it is really a good gift for christians and non-christians. as max lucado puts it, christians need to be reminded of john3:16, non-christians need to know john3:16.


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