Book Review: Max on Life by Max Lucado

Wouldn’t you love the opportunity to sit down with Max Lucado and pick his brain with your most important questions? Questions like:

  • “We have prayed without ceasing for three years now, for God’s healing, but healing has not come. Should we keep praying for his healing, or just accept that he will never be healed?” (# 69)  
  • “We’re trying to teach our children humility, but at the same time we don’t want to destroy their self-esteem. What would you say is a good balance?” (# 123) 
  • “How can I be the mom God wants me to be? (# 119) 

Over the years, Max Lucado has received countless letters from people seeking answers and insights regarding important life questions. In Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions by Max Lucado, Max answers one-hundred and seventy two questions from people such as those questions above. His Q and A are grouped in the following categories:
  1. Hope: God, Grace, and “Why am I here?” 
  2. Hurt: Conflicts, Calamities, and “Why me?” 
  3. Help: Prayer, Scripture, and “Why church?”
  4. Him/Her: Sex, Romance, and “Any chance of a second chance?”
  5. Home: Diapers, Disagreements, and “Any hope for prodigals?”
  6. Haves/Have-Nots: Work, money, and “Where’s the lifeline?”   
  7. Hereafter: Cemeteries, Heave, Hell, and “Who goes where?”
I think this book was an interesting read, but not necessarily a must-have. The reason I say this is because while it is interesting to read Max Lucado’s answers and insights to people’s questions, being that I have been walking with God and studying the Bible for the last 19 years, I found many of the questions to be basic in nature—one’s that I had when I was new in the Lord.

So for someone who has walked with God, and studied their Bible for several years now, this book may answer some of your questions, but I think the basic questions you will already know how God’s Word answers those questions. Still I’d say it’s worth a look because Max Lucado does an excellent job answering people’s questions with Scripture, showing them what Scripture says about their question.

Though these people went to Max Lucado for answers, I love that he takes them back to the Bible for the answer. So if you’re pretty familiar with what the Bible says, many of the scriptures he references may be ones that came to your mind too, as you read the person’s question, but then again, I found sometimes he referenced an excellent verse I hadn’t thought of, or offers an insight based on scripture that I had not considered. If you are a fan of Max Lucado you will enjoy this insightful read. However, for “answers and insights to your most important questions” the Bible remains unsurpassed.

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Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review program for bloggers. I was not asked to write a positive review, but simply, an honest one.

Copyright © 2011 Brooke Espinoza.

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