The Max Lucado Collection was established in 2015 when Lucado designated his alma mater’s Brown Library as the repository for materials documenting his career as a missionary, evangelist and writer. Lucado was the university’s Oustanding Alumnus of the Year in 2003 and earned bachelor’s (1977) and master’s (1982) degrees from ACU.
“It was at ACU that I was found by Christ. I don’t think I found him, I think he found me and literally re-routed my life and my family’s for generations,” Lucado said. “I pray these papers can show some of that story to someone who needs a discovery of grace.”
You Are Special in China
A Chinese child focuses on his new copy of You Are Special. Since 2006, nonprofit
New Song China has distributed copies of You Are Special in Chinese to children in
every province and municipality in China.
You Are Special Around the World
Since its first publication in 1997, Max Lucado’s You Are Special has sold more than a
million copies around the world in dozens of languages and a variety of print and
video formats. You Are Special introduces a village of wooden people, the
Wemmicks, made by Eli, the master woodcarver. The Wemmicks series has eight
book titles. Among his 126 books, Lucado has written 42 different books for
children and youth. More than 200 million of Lucado’s books and related items have
sold around the world in 54 languages.
Fan Mail in Response to You Are Special
How You Are Special Got Started
The text of You Are Special appeared first as part of “The Secret of Greatness” in
Lucado’s Tell Me the Secrets (1994). Reconceived as a free-standing book and
illustrated by Sergio Martinez, the story of wooden Punchinello — who meets the
master carver who made him — took on compelling visual form in 1997.
For more from the Max Lucado Papers please visit our other digital exhibits:
- “From West Texas to the World: An exhibit from the Max Lucado Papers.”
- “Selections from the Max Lucado Papers”
This exhibition was curated by Carisse Berryhill and was on display in the ACU Library Learning Commons from March 2019-present. This digital exhibit was prepared by Amanda Dietz, March 11, 2019.