A New York Times Bestseller, A CBA Bestseller -- The verse is an alphabet of grace, a table of contents to the Christian hope, each word a safe-deposit box of jewels. Read it again, slowly and aloud, and note the word that snatches your attention. God so loved this world? Heartbreakers, hope-snatchers, and dream-dousers prowl this orb. Dictators rage. Abusers inflict. Reverends think they deserve the title. But God loves. And he loves the world so much he gave his: Declarations? Rules? Dicta? Edicts? No. The heart-stilling, mind-bending, deal-making-or-breaking claim of John 3:16 is this: God gave his son . . . his only son. Not abstract ideas but a flesh-wrapped divinity. Why? So that "whoever believes in him shall not perish." Max Lucado serves as a minister at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is the husband of Denalyn and father of Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. He has authored multiple bestsellers and is America's leading inspirational author.