Book Review: Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God

In Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God, Max Lucado presents twenty-two stories of amazing faith from scripture.  Lucado’s ability to take stories from scripture and make them come alive in today’s context is the main appeal of the book.  The stories of David, Lazarus, Paul, and many other beloved Bible figures are presented with a focus on the power of God using ordinary people.  The people who many Christians have looked upon as saints and perfect people who have been used by God are brought back down into the context of the ordinary through Lucado’s book.  The people that Bible readers admire should not be admired because of the things that they have done, but rather they should be seen as ordinary people who were empowered and used mightily by God.  Lucado is intentional to remind his readers that God is the hero of the story, but He is a gracious hero in that He decides to use ordinary people in His plan.  In his typical style, Lucado places profound theological insights in a narrative which is easily accessible to his readers.  This is an inspiring book that encourages readers to allow God to work greatly through them despite being ordinary people.