On the Anvil

On the Anvil [BOOKS] ⚡ On the Anvil Author Max Lucado – Tbjewellers.co.uk Lucado's keen observations on finding fulfillment in everyday life are beautifully presented in this gift edition, interspersed with fullpage calligraphic renderings of Scripture by artist Timothy Bot Lucado's keen observations on finding fulfillment in everyday life are beautifully presented in this gift edition, interspersed with fullpage calligraphic renderings of Scripture On the Epub / by artist Timothy Botts Through inspirational anecdotes and observations of life, Lucado compares the lives of Christians to blacksmith's tools in various stages of usefulness.


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  • Hardcover
  • 140 pages
  • On the Anvil
  • Max Lucado
  • English
  • 08 April 2019
  • 9780842345682

10 thoughts on “On the Anvil

  1. says:

    “Time on God’s anvil should [...] clarify our mission and define our purpose. [...] Our Master does not play games with us. We know who we are. We know what we are for.”

    oops i read the whole thing today.

    this book isn’t a novel or a story, but a compilation of musings on the way the Lord molds our hearts. it reads like a more staccato version of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. i thoroughly enjoyed it!

  2. says:

    Sometimes early attempts are not the best.

    I'm a longtime fan of the Christian band Audio Adrenaline, but their very first album is an assault on my ears...and that's coming from someone who has given their other albums countless spins!

    Such is the case here with Max Lucado's first book.

    While there is some good content here, there's a lot of wasted space, and the chapters are so short, it's almost like a Twitter feed.

    Mr. Lucado admits in the foreword that this wasn't his best book, and I'd agree; unless you're a die-hard fan of his writings, I'd suggest reading one of his other published works. Even It's Not About Me, which suffered from some of the same problems, had more fulfilling content than this.

  3. says:

    If this book were caught in a breeze, all its content would be at risk of blowing away.

    There is hardly anything to this book at all. It's even shorter than it looks, with each chapter barely two pages, and reading like an eighteen year old youth group leader's unedited tumblr blog posts, or even merely Facebook updates.

    I have been grateful for Max Lucado's later writing. But I'm not sure how this one even was published. There is very little to justify why these short reflections even belong together.

    The writing style and quality is horribly inconsistent.

    Most of the book
    is very shallow
    in a style
    that pretends



    Many of the reflections do not give a clear enough connection from anecdote to conclusion without making a lot of assumptions. Some are very poorly reasoned, or simply unsound.

    There are a few nuggets in here worth giving the book two stars rather than one, but the book isn't worth wading through to find them.

  4. says:

    Very pedestrian. I appreciate that it was his first book, but it's very didactic in tone...the stories are transparent...just not an engaging read. The one important thing I found, though, was chapter 43. The rest can disappear, but chapter 43 is important wisdom for all. I was hoping it would be more focused on the anvil analogy than it was, as my grandfather was a blacksmith and I love those types of anologies...but it was disappointing at best...the kind of book you just muscle through so you can get to the next one. Frankly, I'm surprised he found a publisher for this one. But...we all start somewhere, and just look where he has ended up!

  5. says:

    Very insightful

    As a new Pastor, even though I'm almost 71 years old , I've been encouraged to press on in this calling God has placed upon my life with my bride of 48 years by my side. There are times when failures of my past haunt me and cripple what God is trying to accomplish through me and I read these examples of others that face the same issues, then I know I must make sure I'm hearing the right voice and know that He has equipped me for which He has called me. Thank you Max, this has been such a blessing.

  6. says:

    The introduction for this edition indicates this was the first of his books and was drawn from articles written for the weekly church bulletin. I enjoyed it because he generally packs a lot in to the short entries. The idea for the whole book is the process of God molding and shaping us. The section headings are: The Pile of Broken Tools, On the Anvil, An Instrument for Noble Purposes. The shortness of the entries made it easy reading as a bedtime devotional with plenty to ponder afterwards.

  7. says:

    As Max Lucado explains in the beginning, these short stories were originally written for a weekly church bulletin. I found some to be inspiring and thought-provoking, while others were just plain amusing. I enjoyed the insight into Max Lucado's life and look forward to reading more of his books.

    Note: My favorites were chapters 16-19, 35, and 36.

  8. says:

    I think this was the first book he published, long before he became commercialized and a bestselling author. This is a book for the broken, forgotten, and discarded people that sit inside & outside the church. It is a loving reminder that God has a purpose for you and that He will continue to shape you into someone He can use in His kingdom.

  9. says:

    I recommend this book for others to read. Who are you, who's purpose are you living for, yours of God's, are you living a life knowing that when your years on this life is to elapse, you can say you lived it well pleasing to God. I haven't read any of this author's book before now, but I sure do enjoyed this.

  10. says:

    Short, everyday stories of inspiration that give you a little glimmer of God’s grace in each chapter! Max Lucado writes so well and easy to read I had to slow myself down to sit with the sweet messages and not speed through it and miss things!

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