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Posted September 20, 2009
I loved this enchanting, award-winning book. Any reader, dog lover or not, is sure to fall under its heart-warming and life-affirming spell from the very first Maxim.
Life to the Max is completely unique and for this alone it is laudable. At first glance it seems like a fun, entertaining read; a delightful picture book for adults. It certainly is all those marvellous things. But amazingly, it's also a powerful story about family, love and life.
I intended to read Life to the Max quietly on my own as a special treat. But when my six-year old daughter caught sight of it she asked me to read it to her at bedtime. We read it over several nights and it turned out to be a sublime experience for both of us.
My little girl would nod seriously and say "uh-huh, uh-huh" along with each spiritually enlightened Maxim in a curiously knowledgeable way! Sure enough, the Maxims really are truisms for a life well-lived. We laughed-out-loud together; giggled with delight - and yes, at one point I was moved to tears.
What a joy this book is. I hope children as well as adults have the opportunity to read its positive message. Life to the Max is a gift book in the very real sense of the word "gift"; a blessing for anyone of any age to receive.
The alchemy of beautiful story, gorgeous design and wise spiritual counsel make it an extraordinarily inspirational, magical book.
Posted May 7, 2008
MAX is truly a great read. As the author says, ¿We are all sent to this earth to learn certain lessons and our teachers can come in surprising forms.¿ Max is some teacher! There are great moral lessons to be learned in life and we learn them here through the eyes of an Airedale Terrier named Max. His deep insights into the human condition and everyday life reflect those of some great philosophers ¿only Max barks them out in everyday terms that we can understand and integrate into our own value system. The book is enhanced by illustrations by Terry Rohrs that make Max come alive as a true personality. What we have here is a true winner and a worthwhile read for the whole family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.