The essays, each built around an episode in the life of Jesus, are often unabashedly poignant, at times humorous and always hopeful. Lucado's unique retellings cast Jesus as a compassionate personal friend who isn't put off by anyone's past mistakes. In one essay, Jesus urges a reluctant Matthew (the tax collector) not to ditch his old acquaintances, while Matthew argues "But Jesus, these guys... half of them are on parole. Josh hasn't worn socks since his Bar Mitzvah...." A reach-for-the-hanky story portrays Jesus as "The Trashman," willing to take the burdens of others on himself. Throughout this book-as he has in others-Lucado explores the paradox of Jesus as both fully human and fully divine: "Midwifed by a carpenter. Bathed by a peasant girl. The maker of the world with a bellybutton. The author of the Torah being taught the Torah." Lucado clearly portrays God's love, forgiveness and concern about the smallest details, "for even though he is in heaven, he never left the neighborhood."
In this moving new book that explores the humanity of Christ, Max Lucado helps us see the incredible gift of a savior who is as approachable as a next-door neighbor, yet mighty enough to save the world. Just as Jesus walked the streets of Nazareth and Jerusalem, He's walking our streets today. Are you stressed, poor, or lonely? He understands because He's been there. Unsure of the future? Upset that friends have let you down? He's been there too. As Lucado points out, "Whatever you are facing, He knows how you feel...When you turn to Him for help, He runs to you to help." Just like a good neighbor, Jesus is eager to open His door. All we have to do is knock.