Recently, I had the opportunity to receive a most unusually-titled book: Max Davis’ When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette. Now, isn’t that an intriguing title? FlyBy/Propeller Promotions not only was kind enough to send me a copy to read and review, they’re providing one for one of my readers! Stay tuned to the end for your chance to enter.
I am a sucker for a good book. And if it’s funny…heartwarming…meaningful…and inspirational? Even better. There are several things that draw me toward a particular book. Is it written by a favorite author? Does it have amazing cover art? Or, could it be the subject matter? It may even be the title. I have to admit, this time, it was a combination of those!
When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette definitely sounded most unusual. And it was!
Gifted storyteller Max Davis tells his own story of redemption and the way he came to Christ, after seeing Jesus so vividly in the life of a green-eyed brunette at his high school. He begins the book with a Bible verse you’re probably familiar with, which defines the stories and experiences he is about to share:
Now thanks be to God who always leads us
in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance
of His knowledge in every place.”
–I Corinthians 2:14
Max’s life was impacted for eternity when he met a young lady in high school, the green-eyed brunette of the title. He was living the high life as a popular football player. But actually, he was garnering Fs in his classes, accumulating speeding tickets, partying. His grandmother even said he was “going up Fool’s Hill.” He looked carefree on the outside; but on the inside, he was terrified of what God thought of him, and of hell.
Into his life walked the green-eyed brunette. She loved God and clearly, He lived in her. Max was so drawn to her yet flabbergasted by her at the same time (she’d never heard of the group Boston???). And she lived a beautiful life of holiness without legalism. Seeing this in her, and experiencing the love and life in her church and family, Max came to Christ.
And this is just a few of the chapters! Throughout the rest of When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette, Max tells the stories of men and women who are hugely impacted, and transformed, by the way Jesus is living through others. Here are a few of them, just to whet your appetite:
- Max’s call from “The Voice” to become a writer
- The “Iron Butt” guy–and the cool ways God has moved in others through him
- How God carried an abused child through terrible danger and to Himself
- Moments of believers passing from life to death that illustrated that there really is something…and Someone…on the other side
- A man rescued from a real-life fiery furnace; and another man who was not, yet God was tangibly with them both
- A Christian imprisoned in the Far East for his faith in the worst of conditions, who saw that he was not left alone by God
- And more!
This book isn’t just about telling stories–amazing and wonderful though they are (and even documented, so that Max is telling things that really happened, not that somebody just made up). No, it’s about addressing the questions so many of us have about life and about God. Will following God steal freedom and joy from me, and make me follow a never-ending list of dos and don’ts? Do I have to be “religious” to follow God? Where IS God, anyway, in the midst of suffering? Why do tragedies happen? Does God have a plan for me that is good? And does He really love me?
Many of us (I would venture to say ALL of us, at some time or another during our lives) struggle with those questions. And clearly, these are questions to which there are no easy answers…or sometimes, no answers at all for us in this life (though I believe from God’s perspective, there ARE answers). And while Max doesn’t share all the answers in this book (although he does share some), the stories he tells will minister to the hearts that are aching with these questions; the hearts which have suffered loss of some sort; or those even undergoing challenge or trial.
I was so encouraged by this book. I decided to use it during my morning devotional times and read parts of or entire chapters along with my Bible reading. That was so encouraging and just perfect for me (although really, you could certainly enjoy this book at any time of the day)! Max Davis is a fantastic storyteller with a journalist’s eye to accuracy and fact-checking. He tells these astonishing stories of ways God impacted people’s lives, then shares truths that will bless and encourage the reader. You must pick up a copy of this book. It will remind you of the goodness of God, His desire to care for His people, and His great love for us all–and for you–Individually!
And now, you can enter to win your own copy! (U.S. entries only, please.) Giveaway closes 12/26. Best wishes!
Now, you can enter here to win your own copy!
Just click on the pink “Enter here” below!
And, if you’re not the winner of this book, you can find it for purchase via this link at Worthy Publishing, at When Jesus Was A Green-Eyed Brunette, for $15.99.
More on Max Davis:
Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.
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