Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Max On Life" by Max Lucado ~ Book Review

Book Description:

"We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.

Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers."
I'm going to come right out and admit it......I'm a big Max Lucado fan.   I have almost all of his books.   So, when I saw this e-book up for review through Book Sneeze, I jumped at the chance to get it for free. =)

This book is not like any of his other books that I have read.  As the description states, it is a collection of the most often asked questions that he has collected over the years and his answers to them.  As always, he is easy to understand and his answers are Biblically grounded.  Perhaps because I am blessed to have attended a strong Bible-believing church for years, none of his answers jumped out at me and grabbed me in some of the "Ahhh-ha!" moments I sometimes find in his writing. 

The questions he answers are organized and answered in the following categories:

  • Hope:  God, Grace, and "Why Am I Here?"
  • Hope:  Conflicts, Calamities, and "Why Me?"
  • Help:   Prayer, Scripture, and "Why Church?"
  • Him/Her:  Sex, Romance, and "Any Chance of a Second Chance?"
  • Home:  Diapers, Disagreements, and "Any Hope for Prodigals?"
  • Haves/Have Nots:  Work, Money, and "Where's the Lifeline?"
  • Hereafter:  Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell and "Who Goes Where?"

None of his answers go into great depth, but I do believe this book would be a good starting place for a new Christian and does cover a lot of questions with very sound answers rooted in the Word of God. With my children growing up and asking many of these questions as they do,  I  plan on keeping this as a resource for them as well as to pass on to others to whom I think it would be useful. 

For those who may not be firmly grounded in a solid evangelical church with a pastor of their own, this book and it's insights could be very valuable.   Max Lucado speaks in this book as if he is speaking to his own church.  His answers are not over-your-head or condescending, but rather are "spoken" with shepherd's heart in his desire to draw Christians closer together and closer to the One for whom he wished to draw you ultimately to.

This book was provided by the publisher through  BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love #200, Jill! So true!

Tara :)