Monday, April 18, 2011

Book review: Max on Life

When I first received Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions, my first reaction was "only Max Lucado would take on the project of putting answers to all these tough questions into one book!".  Here's the summary of Max on Life, from the publisher's website:

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.
First off, I would not recommend reading this book through from cover to cover (as I did).  The questions addressed in this book are tough questions about big issues in life, and thinking about all those things at once is a tad bit depressing. However, I think this book is a fabulous resource to have on your bookshelf for looking through and reading specific sections and questions/answers when you are facing one of life's challenges.

Since the answers to the questions were only approximately one page long, there wasn't time for Max to get too far in depth with his answers. There were one or two questions for which I thought Max didn't entirely stay on topic and answer the question, but overall I appreciated the answers and discussions. There are good points presented in the answers and lots of Bible references as well, so the answers are a great starting point for thought and study on the topic.  I liked the range of topics covered in this book, everything from marital problems to managing finances in a godly way to healing to salvation... and on and on.

I think this book would be a good addition to anyone's library, and an especially good gift for new high school and college graduates as they get ready to deal with life's big issues and challenges.  For information on where to pick up a copy of this book for yourself, visit the publisher's page.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.