Monday, April 18, 2011

Max on Life by Max Lucado

Whether we admit it or not, we all have questions. There are situations that we don't understand and questions we lack definitive answers for. Those gray areas can be challenging to consider. What if we never find the answers we are searching for? Or worse... What if we can't live with the answers that we find? It takes courage to face the hard issues of life and kind wisdom from a friend can help us along the way. In Max On Life, Pastor Max Lucado responds with wisdom to all kinds of questions, including the hard ones. Lucado uses Scripture and poignant illustrations to guide the reader into a deeper understanding and fuller peace about who God is and how to relate to him. Lucado doesn't have answers for every situation in life, but he does point the reader to the One who holds all of the answers.

Max on Life is the fourth book I've read by Max Lucado and I always have the same impression when I read his books. Lucado's tone of writing is like have a conversation with a close friend. He is gentle with the reader, but firm about his beliefs. Overall, I feel that the doctrines/beliefs in Max on Life line up with the Bible. There were a few things here and there that I wasn't quite convinced about. I appreciated that almost every question and answer entry had Scripture in it. I find the use of Scripture highly important to the credibility of any devotional book. I used Max on Life to supplement my daily Bible readings. Most of the 172 entries are one page or less. Some are two. Each is short, yet powerful. The flexibility of the book lends itself to convenience. One can use it to supplement Bible reading, to fill a few moments of the day, or to read before going to bed.

The most wonderful thing about Max on Life is that I believe that someone could read this book and get saved. The book's layout is perfect. It starts off with some basic questions about God and Christianity, progresses into the message of salvation, and then addresses issues of the Christian life.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."