For a while, I had gone off Max Lucado. Perhaps it was more me than Max, but I didn't appreciate him for a while. Recently, when spending some book vouchers I saw that he had a new book out: 3:16 - The Numbers of Hope. So I bought it. And loved it!
If you've never read Max Lucado before, then you really should. As soon as possible. He's American, but not overly so. It's great devotional writing, with a sound emphasis on Jesus Christ crucified. The value of Lucado's books are that they are a mine of illustrations, and he communicates truth using a variety of stories and down-to-earth images.
As you may have guessed, 3:16 is a devotional study of John 3:16, from the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Each chapter considers another phrase of the verse, building in momentum as it races along, warming the heart and glorifying God.
Some friends were in the room the other night, and one spotted the book and lifted it. John had never heard of Max Lucado and had a look. Now he's hooked!
If you're looking to buy it for Easter, it's currently at £2 off on the Wesley Owen website.