23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2008
This was the first book of Max's that I read. Once I finished it I read it again! then a few months later I came back to this book and read it again!
Being a recovering drug addict this book gave me the steps to seek God in my everyday struggles and grow through each wall that stood in my way. Relating with David and seeing what he faced and the steps he took to overcome these obstacles was an exciting process.
I recomen this book time and time again! if you can afford it, Ill send you mine!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2007
I found this book very inspiring and helpful. Apart from knowing that David defeated Goliath and a few other stories about his life, I did not know much about him. This book traces his journey in life and his relationship with God in a very readable manner, and shows quite clearly how David's achievements were only ever possible when he was in tune with God. Whenever he left God out of his life, and surprisingly he did quite often, things tended to go quite pear shaped.
Lucado then uses this to help us to find ways to face our own giants - and let's face it, we all have them, whether it is relationship problems, problems in the office, addictions, abuse.....
Well worth a read - and very readable at that!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Max Lucado is known for his encouraging books, and this book is no exception. Here, he studies King David, both the good and the bad, to show us how to face the giants in our lives.
The ultimate lesson is simple, when your focus is on God, giants fall. Yet he uses stories from first and second Samuel, both the good and the bad, to show us how this played out in David's life.
The book works as a biography, showing us the events in David's life as they happened. While most chapters are a self contained lesson, it does allow us to see how one event often led to another.
Obviously, we see David fighting Goliath. But we also see him hiding from Saul, his friendship with Jonathan, hiding with the enemy, keeping his promises, falling into adultery and murder with Bathsheba, and watching his own children spin out of control. From this we learn the importance of friends and family, but ultimately the importance of putting our focus on God.
Max Lucado very rarely brings anything new to the table. That's certainly the case here. There is very little I haven't heard before. But he always puts such a fresh, encouraging spin on things, I always see things in a new light. And even when admonishing us, he still does it gently.
I set this book down reluctantly when I finished. My heart was encouraged, and my focus was where it needed to be, God. If you need some help remembering where your focus needs to be, this book is for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2010
Facing Your Giants looks at the ordinary struggles of human life from the perspective of King David's experience. Beginning with the well known account of how David faces Goliath and drawing lessons from that unlikely victory Lucado, in his poetic prose, comforts and encourages believers to allow God to meet them in the trials of life.
Lucado writes with honesty from his own heart as well as David's as he tackles such subjects as rejection, fear of others, loneliness and guilt. There are no platitudes or easy answers here but acknowledgement of the devastating impact of sin upon personal lives and comfort for those weary of the world. The core of the solution to our difficulties is summed up by Lucado in these words - focus on giants, you stumble; focus of God, your giants tumble.
This is a book of encouragement and hope for all those who at one time or another feel defeated by the giants in their lives, whatever those giants may be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2009
This book is excellent. It challenges us to move on from just muddling along in life to facing the big challenges in our lives. Based on the story of King David, Max Lucado brings the passages form the bible alive and makes this relevant to our own lives. Good to read on your own or as part of a group and share your own experiences and thoughts. Well worth reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2009
As expected Max Lucado writes with great biblical knowledge, human insight and wit. I found the book extremely easy to read yet very profound, challenging and encouraging. - recommended read.
on 23 July 2015
I was studying the life of David and came across this superb devotional book dealing with the life of David. Popular writer Max Lucado makes the life of a man who lived 3000 years ago relevant to us today and shows that David's heart experiences are just the same as ours. It's one of those books that just gets better the further on you go. I felt the first chapter on 'facing your giants' was perhaps the weakest but I was soon gripped by the stories and the applications to our lives. I particularly loved, 'One man dead and one man dancing' in 'Distant Deity' which I have read over and over. There are so many rich applications to modern life and circumstances that I just want to give this book to so many people... I'l be reading and re-reading this one.
on 21 February 2014
Highly recommend this book. Max puts it all down so you can understand it. With a good sprinkling of humor, just enough that you can't possibly drift off to sleep with this book. I came away from this book with a clearer understanding of how David faced his giants, and how I can face my own. This is a book you can pick up and read over and over to strengthen your faith.