Monday, April 18, 2011

book review: "max on life" by max lucado

Max on Life is a collection of questions asked to Max over the years and his responses. Questions such as:

- How can I get free of the fear that God might not forgive me? I’m always afraid I’m not perfect enough. - Why is there so much chaos and evil in the world? It seems that no one cares about what God wants and humanity is imploding. - Our church is having trouble getting along. Sides are being drawn and tempers are flaring. What can we do? - In my opinion, premarital sex prepares the couple for marriage. Wouldn’t you want the soon-to-be married couple to know each other as well as possible?
The book is divided into several different sections: hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, haves/have-nots and hereafter. Max shares in the beginning of the book that some of these questions and answers have appeared in some of his others books while some are just now being published. Some of the questions have easy answers and some require thought. This is a good resource for those questions that we may have and need the assurance from someone else of “I’ve been there.”
The part I liked best was the handwritten letter at the beginning of each section. It’s a copy of a note Max has written someone and reading his words touched me. Here’s my favorite one: "Kevin, Knowing God is like mountain climbing. Some days the path is steep. Others, the trail is easy. Clouds can eclipse the view. The sun might illuminate the peak. Most of all, it just takes time. Know this: God will help you." The book covers so many topics and the index at the back makes finding ones related to specific topics very easy. I’ve also read Outlive Your Life and was excited when he made reference to the book because I enjoyed it as well. Definitely a book to keep handy for quick reference.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and was not required to write a positive review.

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