Monday, April 18

Max on Life - a review

Max on Life by Max Lucado
Max Lucado seems as if he is constantly writing!  He publishes at least one book a year, though including gift books there are often more.  His books have connected with people in various stages of their Christian faith.  His most popular titles include 3:16, Facing Your Giants, and Outlive Your Life.  Each book is based around a single theme which is then broken into various forms for different chapters. 

Max on Life differs slightly than his other books.  The subtitle book is, “Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions.”  Max gathered 172 questions and provided his thoughts and what he believes a proper Biblical answer would be.  These are questions he has been asked at one time or another over the past 23 years.  The questions are divided into the topics of Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter.

Unlike Lucado’s other books and other inspirational titles, you can jump in anywhere in this book.  If you are dealing with hurt, you can dive into that section, reading Max’s words of encouragement and biblical references designed to further that encouragement.  If you have questions about relationships, death, or child-rearing, you can flip to the appropriate chapter.  There isn’t a need to read this book all at once, unless you want to peruse all of Max’s thoughts.

However, because of the way the book is designed, it makes it harder for Lucado to truly dig into deeper answers though.  For the most part he takes a page to answer, offering his quick view with Bible verses to back it up.  Some of the questions asked seem as if they need more than a page to truly offer a satisfactory answer.  At times it also seems that questions aren’t fully answered because of the length limitations.  Some of these questions have taken entire books to answer, as Max Lucado himself has done!

Lucado often takes a conversational tone in his answers.  He writes as if he is addressing a specific person.  At times this work, but other times it feel awkward.  Perhaps it is because it seems as if you listening in on another person’s conversation.  Also, there are occasional asides Lucado offers, usually in an attempt for humor, though I tended to find them distracting.

This book seems well suited for a coffee table book, to be opened when in need of encouragement.  But do not try to find extremely deep answers to your questions.  Some answers are often but they probably will not satisfy all.  Perhaps this book would work well as a stepping stone to other books.
3/5 stars
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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