An Interview with Max Lucado About His New Book, Grace

In my thirty-plus year career in publishing, I have had the privilege of working with a number of amazing authors. One of those is my friend, Max Lucado.

In twenty-five years of writing, Max has sold more than 80 million books. His new book, Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine, was published by Thomas Nelson last month.Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with Max and talk with about his new book. In this interview, I asked him:

  • A lot of people say grace has been your life message, do you believe that is accurate?
  • How has your understanding of grace changed over the years?
  • What is the difference between saving grace and sustaining grace?
  • Do you think the average person today understands grace, and if not, what is in the way?
  • What does grace look like when we experience it and express it?
  • Where does this book fit into the full scope of your work?

The book really is terrific. Classic Max. And, it’s on a topic that is always refreshing.

I gave away 50 copies of Grace. To qualify, my readers had to comment below. You can find the list of winners here.
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  • Michael Nazarene

    grace is when you get something that you didn’t deserve.

  • Michael Nazarene

    grace is when you get something that you didn’t deserve.

  • Hotrodguitarist

    Grace is giving me what i need or even want when i don’t deserve it at all. I deserve to die for my sins but Christ have me Grace by doing it for me.

  • AbySam

    Grace is everything that you receive when you don’t deserve it. My eternal life, my family, my friends, my worldly and spiritual blessings are GRACE from my Father Almighty!

  • Pappdawn

    I really don’t understand grace, so many believers talk about and I just don’t get it or feel it.

  • Bridgette

    I think Max said it well, ” the Grace that saved me, also sustains me”. I know that I have the Grace of God and it is important to me that others see that in me and ask “What gives me the strength, courage, and joy to handle life’s circumstances?” I always have my answer ready.

  • Waleous200

    Grace is favour i don’t deserve, its a gift, its not earned. Its the difference between christianity and the other religions of the earth. Where other religions of the world tell me to do something so that i may gain heaven, christianity tells me to come as I am not on the platform of my performance but on the platform of what Christ did on the cross of calvary for me. Grace is what makes the difference in my life, Grace is what makes me stand out amongst my peers. Grace is Jesus, in Him whom I live, move and have my being in.

  • Dolphin7707

    Grace is one word which encompasses all of who God is. From “In the begrinning God…” to the last “Amen”, grace is woven througout Scripture. Because of grace, we know forgiveness, freedom, unfailing and unconditional love; we have hope and a future in these uncertain times.

  • Alisonjane

    Grace – unmerited favour, something we need to understand more because it can have explosive dramatic effects on our lives, walk with God and affect on others.
    It gives the opportunity to experience a greater depth of God if we can understand Grace
    A very important aspect of our Christian walk, something we need to believe in!

  • Bryce

    In my mind, grace is a gift. It cannot be bought or earned, but only received. God continues to give us grace, even when we don’t deserve it. Gods grace is perfect, and everlasting, and no matter what you do, God will never stop giving you grace.

  • Rayn Daniel Leatemia

    Grace is the only ticket for us to know who God is. We are all saved only by grace… If grace is an ocean, we are all sinking….

  • Rayn Daniel Leatemia

    If grace is an ocean we are sinking…

  • Abcdee2000

    What a great explaination – GRACE: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

  • Eshatterly

    God’s grace is a gift we do not deserve.  He gave us the ability to make our own decisions and when we messed it up he still loved us and made a way to spend eternity with him.

  • Daniel Bray

    In my opinion, Grace is something that is undeserved that is given freely without asking anything in return.  I am thankful for the Grace of Jesus for which I did not deserve, and that he loves me despite my sin.  God bless.

  • Rebeccadavis19

    Grace – is forgiveness that we don’t deserve, but that we have through Jesus Christ sacrifice.

  • Heather Eslick

    Grace = Jesus, plain and simple. Jesus is the reason God can look on us with love because when He looks at us, He doesn’t see our guilty selves, He sees Jesus. Undeserved love poured out to us through the Grace that is Jesus Christ.

  • Monalisacpalacio

    Grace is unmerited favor, it’s getting something good without deserving it. As Max said,grace is God’s best idea. Absolutely. Grace is important because it reminds our humanity, our being limited beings, that there is a good God out there who thinks wonderfully outside the box. And that we can look up to Him and depend on Him even if we’re the most undeserving. I think that’s the best shot tohope.

  • Gen

    Grace is the unmerited and undeserved favor from God. Grace is forgiving 7 X 70, and then some. Grace is God’s uncondional love. Grace is God sacrificing His Son, so I can be close to Him and have a personal relationship with Him and Jesus.

  • Cathi E

    Grace to me means we receive God’s favor without deserving to receive it.

    It is important as it is one of the foundations of our faith. I am thankful for that grace everyday and work hard to deserve it even though there is no way I would ever be able to do that.

  • Chuck Jonas

    Grace is something that we don’t deserve, but it because of God’s love for us we have His grace that never fails.

  • Don Haflich

    Grace is God’s unending kindness to me, a sinner, who does not deserve anything but the white hot judgement of God. Though I deserve it, I do not come under because of that which Christ has done for me and clothed me with.

  • Don Haflich

    Grace is God’s unending kindness to me, a sinner, who does not deserve anything but the white hot judgement of God. Though I deserve it, I do not come under because of that which Christ has done for me and clothed me with. 

  • Don Haflich

    Grace is God’s unending kindness to me, a sinner, who does not deserve anything but the white hot judgement of God. Though I deserve it, I do not come under because of that which Christ has done for me and clothed me with. 

  • Jerry Robertson

    Beautiful. The job of the church is to give grace. We are the only ones that can do that so if we don’t it is not given the way God intended. The church can do many things but giving grace is the one thing we must do. Thanks for writing the book.

  • Bledi

    Grace is about God doing what is humanly illogical and that blows your mind to the benefit of other people. We would be way better people if we were to surprise people by being God-like in this regard. 

  • Simplyjoey

    My husband has been doing an in depth study on Grace and I would so love to get this book for him.

  • Courtney

    I’ve been looking for a good book on grace.

  • Kathy

    Grace is a gift from God that we neither earned or deserved. It is His mercy, love and forgiveness. We can do nothing by our own actions to gain or receive it. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved. We need only repent, ask forgiveness and turn our life over to God and He will extend His grace to us.

  • Zina Hermez

    Grace is something that works in the depths of my soul. It breaks down the pain in my heart year after year through human kindness, friendship, and love. I can’t always see it, or even know it’s there but when realized, I feel a sense of happiness, joy, and peace. It’s hard to describe, because it’s from above. An arrival. A destination. It makes me whole.

  • Uthguycbc

    Grace is getting candy from God when I didn’t even knock on His door! And it’s amazing!

  • Djessica + Maiko

    Grace means: God have my life in his Hands and and by his love he don’t  let me go down.

  • Djessica + Maiko

    Grace means: God has my live in his hands and by his love he don’t let me go down

  • Megan DePetro

    My understanding of Grace is simply that Jesus died on the cross for the absolution of the sins we have committed, are committing, and will commit in the future.  Grace simplified is Jesus.  The more we strive to be like Jesus, the more we will understand Grace.

  • Shelly

    Grace as an example- Our being able to do things from a place of love without our knowing that we are- without our trying- then comes a day when other people may notice this in us and tell us- and we are like wow! I am? I think that is an awesome picture of Grace!

    Grace allows us to do what we could not do. It is a divine influence put upon our heart- which allows us to want to love more and sin less. It enables us to want to help and bless others. It is Empowering Reflection given to us from our Heavenly Father so we can live life here on earth! -More Papa more! :) Our daily drink of Jesus! Grace is Light- Grace is Love! Grace = Jesus!

    Why is important? We cannot live without it- if we are a child of God- and I am! :)

  • J. Gary Ellison

    Grace is not only unmerited favor which God gives to the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45), it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:8-9), as well as the power of God to will and to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13), to renounce ungodliness and live godly lives (Titus 2:11-13), and to serve Him in the various ministries that He gives (Ephesians 3:7-8; 4:7; Romans 12:6-8). So grace covers the past and empowers for the present and future.

  • Ysche

    Grace is something God reveals to us in His time. when we think we know, that is precisely when He rocks my world and I experience His grace in a whole new way.

  • Mwaddle2

    Grace is getting what I do not deserve! 

  • Wilma Hill

    Grace is God’s offer of salvation, only offered because of the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. He didn’t have to do that… but He did… THAT’s GRACE! It isn’t anything that we deserve or that we can buy. It is offered… but we must accept it and ask for forgiveness of our sins then live a Godly life. It is a gift from God that cannot be earned but does require obedience on the part of man. It is forgiveness… by request.

  • Shieldsw

    I do not understand Grace! I do know it is undeserved favor. I’m so thankful God show His Amazing Grace on me by having Jesus die on the cross for my SIN debt that I could not pay. THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THEN ANYTHING…..!!!

  • Ashley Payne

    Grace to me, is God’s ultimate gift to mankind. Grace is His love, His forgiveness, His guidance and protection. It’s important to be aware of this grace because once we realize it’s unconditional and omnipresent, we can extend this grace to others and forgive them, love them, etc. which in turn blesses us as much as it blesses them.

  • Tamara

    Grace to me is God’s forgiveness as He died for my sins, though I will never deserve it. 

  • Mary Meens

    Grace is God’s love for us manifested in our spirit, making us worthy of His presence and sanctification.

  • Nancy Ramirez

    Grace is Jesus and Jesus is Grace. Through grace we have eternal life, salvation, and all GOD’s best. We don’t deserve any good but GOD’s grace ( and his love and mercy) made it possible! 

  • Wsnerdy

    Grace means to me that God gives us his love, his blessings, and his forgiveness when we don’t deserve it. We couldn’t be in his presence without it.

  • Tkgant3

    Grace to me is who God is; love. God always loves us, but I believe there are times when we are outside of His grace, where He has called us to be. I can tell when I’m outside of His grace because I’m frustrated, impatient, anxious, and unkind simply due to the fact that I’m selfishly worried about me and what I’ve got going on. I’m worried because I’m doing it all on my own, in my own strength and in my heart I know that I’m not capable without Him. Once I release all my concerns to Him I receive peace along with many more blessings. “Thine preparest a feast in the presence of my enemies…” A feast of His fruits: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness. gentleness, and self control. When we are walking with Him, allowing Him in our hearts so that we are IN HIM, we don’t have to work at it. It’s not so difficult. We trust Him. That’s grace to me.

  • janelle

    grace is an undeserved favor and mercy, it is by God’s grace that we received our salvation without it we are doomed.

  • Chris Young

    I believe that grace is the overflow and effect of God’s love for us. 

    Max Lucado’s children’s characters, in particular Punchinello, have helped us to teach our kids the amazing truths and principles of the Bible. 

  • Patrick Bartkus

    My understanding of grace changed radically by “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” by Tullian Tchividjian (different publisher – sorry). Pastor Tullian helped me understand that I bring nothing to my salvation except the sin that made it necessary.

  • Stephen_jones

    Grace is receiving what we do not deserve while at the same time not receiving what we do deserve.