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Max Lucado

Post by Cosima___J » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:03 pm

I don't generally read Christian-themed books, but a friend of mine loaned me a book by Max Lucado called The Applause of Heaven. Mr. Lucado is a wildly popular author and I'll have to admit that he does have a way with words.

He tells the following story in a chapter called "Seeds of Peace":

"The story of Heinz is a good example. Europe, 1934. Hitler's plague of anti-Semitism was infecting a continent. Some would escape it. Some would die from it. But eleven-year-old Heinz would learn from it. He would learn the power of sowing seeds of peace.

"Heinz was a Jew.

"The Bavarian village of Furth, where Heinz lived, was being overrun by Hitler's young thugs. Heinz's father, a schoolteacher, lost his job. Recreational activities ceased. Tension mounted on the streets.

"The Jewish families clutched the traditions that held them together - the observance of the Sabbath, of Rosh Hashanh, of Yom Kippur. Old ways took on new significance. As the clouds of persecution swelled and blackened, these ancient precepts were a precious cleft in a mighty rock.

"And as the streets became a battleground, such security meant survival

"Hitler youth roamed the neighborhoods looking for trouble. Young Heinz learned to keep his eyes open. When he saw a band of troublemakers, he would step to the other side of the street. Sometimes he would escape a fight - sometimes not.

"One day, in 1934, a pivotal confrontation occurred. Heinz found himself face-to-face with a Hitler bully. A beating appeared inevitable. This time, however, he walked away unhurt - not because of what he did, but because of what he said. He didn't fight back; he spoke up. He convinced the troublemakers that a fight was not necessary. His words kept battle at bay.

"And Heinz saw firsthand how the tongue can create peace.

"He learned the skill of using words to avoid conflict. And for a young Jew in Hitler-ridden Europe, that skill had many opportunities to be honed.

"Fortunately, Heinz's family escaped from Bavaria and made their way to America. Later in life, he would downplay the impact those adolescent experiences had on his development.

"But one has to wonder. For after Heinz grew up, his name became synonymous with peace negotiations. His legacy became that of a bridge builder. Somewhere he had learned the power of the properly placed word of peace. And one has to wonder if his training didn't come on the streets of Bavaria.

"You don't know him as Heinz. You know him by his Anglicized name, Henry. Henry Kissinger.

"Never underestimate the power of a seed."

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Re: Max Lucado

Post by Cosima___J » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:18 pm

Here's the local newspaper write-up of Lucado's visit to Augusta over the weekend:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/your- ... inity-hill

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Re: Max Lucado

Post by John F » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:53 pm

That's effective journalistic-style writing. Short paragraphs, often one sentence. Short sentences, sometimes sentence fragments, sometimes one word. The news story you've linked to is a good example. See, I can do it too. :) As a reader, I can take that punchy style for the length of a news story, where it's normal, but not for a 200-page book.

Short paragraphs are normal in newspapers because of the narrow-column format. A paragraph of any length, when typeset for a newspaper, would appear to run on like Faulkner, making it hard to read and forbidding even to look at. That's why the paragraphing in newspapers can seem arbitrary: a paragraph that started out at some length is arbitrarily broken up every inch or so. When this has happened, you can stitch these subparagraphs back together, and I sometimes do when quoting in CMG. Why? Because it's easier to understand what you're reading when the chain of thought isn't arbitrarily broken up every couple of sentences.

How Lucado got into the habit of writing like a journalist, I can't figure. He's a preacher, and most of the sermons I've endured - admittedly not many - haven't been interrupted by pauses for emphasis every fifteen seconds or less. The man is incredibly prolific - he seems to produce three or four books a year - and I gather that the choir he's preaching to buys his books in mass quantities. Clearly his formula works for his readers, maybe he's accurately gauged their attention span, and I imagine his publisher doesn't waste time debating points of style but prints his stuff and gets it out the door as fast as possible. But none of it is coming in my door!
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Re: Max Lucado

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:22 pm

John F wrote:That's effective journalistic-style writing. Short paragraphs, often one sentence. Short sentences, sometimes sentence fragments, sometimes one word. The news story you've linked to is a good example. See, I can do it too. :) As a reader, I can take that punchy style for the length of a news story, where it's normal, but not for a 200-page book.
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Re: Max Lucado

Post by John F » Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:43 am

Those aren't paragraphs, they're verses. :)
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Re: Max Lucado

Post by david johnson » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:29 pm

one of my favorite lucadoisms is -

At the last great meeting of the species, the dinosaurs voted not to change.

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