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Lucado (senior minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio; Outlive Your Life: You Were Made To Make a Difference) here turns his attention to what amounts to reader mail, offering the faithful startlingly Dear Abby-like advice on subjects ranging from terrorism to sex to the afterlife. Lucado's stance has always been conservative but not paleo-conservative, an important distinction in today's Protestant landscape; his counsel stresses God's openness and love. VERDICT This Lucado-lite Q&A will prove useful and comforting to many individuals and is well suited to the needs of church reading groups.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781410438676
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Lucado
Max Lucado

Max Lucado, Minister of Writing and Preaching for the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, is the husband of Denalyn and father of Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. He is the author of multiple bestsellers and is America’s leading inspirational author. Visit his website at www.maxlucado.com.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    A Must Read!

    What proof do we have that the resurrection really happened? Do people who have never heard of God get to go to heaven? Why do bad things happen to good people? How can you teach a child humility without destroying his self-esteem? And what's really permissible in the Christian marriage bed?

    These are just some of the 172 questions about religion and life in general that Max Lucado attempts to answer in this book. The book is presented in Q & A format, and has been divided into sections. There is also a helpful index in the back. Essentially, Lucado takes many questions that Christians have, and does his best job to answer these questions, citing Biblical references.

    Lucado writes in a very straight-forward manner that is often humorous. The book is a good read if only for that. All of the questions that are posed are certainly relevant to both the new and old believer. Many of the questions are answered very well. For example, I've never read a better discussion of the reality of the resurrection, and all of my doubts were put to rest by this book.

    However, some of the answers are extremely generalized and don't seem to fully address the question at hand. In a few instances, I wasn't sure if the question was ever answered. All in all, though, anyone who is seeking more information about the Christian faith will find that this book is by and large a valuable addition to a library.

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

     I enjoyed reading this book. The book is so easy to understand

     I enjoyed reading this book. The book is so easy to understand and most people, Christians and non-Christians alike, can comprehend it and find inspirations within its pages. I like to know not just the answers to my own questions but also to those that other people ask. The Q&A's are an eye-opener for me and can help me as I teach my children and others. By the way, I got a free copy of the book from Booksneeze but the opinions expressed are all mine.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Max on Life¿Answers to your spiritual questions! Pastor and tea

    Max on Life—Answers to your spiritual questions!

    Pastor and teacher Max Lucado probably needs no review to promote interest in his books.  Because he is a pastor, he's received a fair share of letters with questions from both readers and church attenders looking for his view.


    He answers questions on: who is God, hurts, conflict, prayer, scriptures, second chances, sex, disagreements, why church, who goes to heaven or hell, etc.
    Max handles these with simplicity and understandable concepts for beginners as well as the mature questioner.  


    If you've had times you've wanted to get the ear of someone like Max and fire away questions on life, God, relationships perhaps your answers are here in Max's book.  You will find it a good read, even if you may know some of these answers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Max on life

    We take so much granted, Max gives interesting and fascinating perspectives on each aspect of life and applies scripture. Great for every faith and age!

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Great for basic truths.

    Some of the reviews I read before purchase said the book didn't go in depth enough. It is not a theology class nor does it claim to be. It does however give basic Christian truths on every page and compels the reader to think. Those two things alone make it a must read for Christians.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    As I continue my spiritual journey, I'm looking for uplifting gu

    As I continue my spiritual journey, I'm looking for uplifting guidance around how to live my life, raise my son and treat those around me well. "Max on Life" is a different type of spiritual book. Max Lucado compiles 170+ questions that he has received and answered during his career as a pastor. There is almost no question that Max hasn't had to answer or deal with during his lifetime and he has separated these questions and answers into Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter categories. Regardless of your religious proclivities, Max can help you address some of the tougher questions that come up as part of life. My only complaint is that some of the answers are a little vague and can lack specific actions to take that will help you through life's challenges. At worst, it contains some kludgey logic with advice that is subject to interpretation. At best, it provides solid spiritual guidance. In many ways, "Max on Life" is an owner's manual for your soul.

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

    Good Read

    Max Lucado¿s book, Max On Life, deals with life¿s questions and seeks to provide biblical answers to them. According to the author, a lot of the questions in this book came from the church he attends. With over 100 questions, ranging from financial difficulties, to marriage problems, and sexuality concerns, Max Lucado draws from his experience as a Christian clergy and knowledge of the Bible to provide guidelines for finding lasting peace and solution.

    Max On Life reminds me of a similar book by Billy Graham that was of tremendous help to me over ten years ago as a young Christian. I would recommend Max On Life as a good resource for any Christian as it does not shy away from the life¿s difficult questions. It is a kind of book one can always come back to for answers, while checking the Bible for more insight.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    perhaps not...

    while the premise would seem helpful, and yes, many answers are, i found this book disappointing in Max's answers to deep real life questions. in fact i was frustrated in the response to a sincere query about divorce that did nothing more than skim the issue leaving the reader, and no doubt the questioner!, with nothing valuable or pertinent for real life use. sadly.
    in spite of being touted as an answer book, i'd have to steer you in other directions...

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Great overview in one book.

    With my husband a Seminary Grad, and I myself finishing up my Master's in Counseling, Max Lucado is an author whose books grace our shelves....however I have only read 2 all the way through, I saw this one and instantly wanted to dig in....I was craving tools I can use in my counseling that are practical, reliable, and Biblical based. Lucado does just this. Although most everything in this topical chapter booked are things I have already contemplated and addressed in my own Christian walk, Lucado pulls them together, and make concise and educational conversation on these topics....it will be a resource I will use continuously in the future when I find myself without words...

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    excellent source of answers for those who have questions about their faith

    I have found myself engrossed in Max Lucado's recent book Max On Life. weather your a new believer or been one for years I highly recommend this amazing book. Max answers many of the questions that we have often wonder such as God's stand on sex, and how to overcome anger, guilt. He reaches into the scriptures and gives us a real solid answer that we can grasp. Max shares from his heart what he believes scripture and our heavenly father want us to know about our insecurities and doubts. How we can deal with difficult people and what seem to be impossible situations.Max shares many of the letters he has gotten over the years and answers the writers concerns in a simple yet biblical way that we can all understand and appreciate. I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for answers about their life issues and their faith.

    The Answers are short and no more than one to two pages long. I warn you the book is long it covers numerous topics which the author breaks down into several chapters covering several letters in each of these chapters. It is a good book especially for new Christians who have many questions about the life God expects us to lead. It is a suitable book for young and old alike.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    AMAZING!

    In Max Lucado's newest book - Max on Life - he tackles a HUGE range of faith based questions in a practical, patient, and knowledgeable manner. Following suit with his other books, this was a very easy to read and understand book that has the potential to make a profound impact on the reader's understanding of the Lord and of their own personal relationship with him.

    I loved so many of his thoughtful and scripturally based answers on so many of the more 150 questions posed, but one of my favorites was concerning if Christ chooses us to be in relationship with Him forever or if we choose Him. This is something I've wondered about for quite a while. Max quotes the passage of Matthew 22 about the wedding banquet. After a few brief explanations of that passage, he simply sums up the question by answering it's BOTH - the King chooses who to invite, but the invitees must make their own choice about whether or not to accept the invitation! I've never heard such a simple, concise response to a very complicated (and at times divisive) question before. And his book has over 149 other answers just like it! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for quality, Scripture based answers to their faith questions.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Very Enjoyable Book!

    This book takes many of the questions that he has been asked throughout his career and answers them in a frank manner. Each question has it's own chapter and the chapters are relatively short. I like this. This a book that you don't read in one sitting, rather, it's meant to be enjoyed over a period of time I think. I think this is a good book to take a chapter a day and digest. It would even be a good book to discuss at the dinner table with the family, especially if you have older children who will understand the concepts. Some of the concepts would be too much for younger children.

    The book is separated into 7 sections: Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves and Have-Nots, and Hereafter. You can jump to a particular section if you have certain questions, or read a chapter a day Smile

    All in all I've really enjoyed this book. I can almost hear Mr. Lucado speaking as I read the chapters. I enjoy the frankness and candidness of the writing. And, it gives you some things to think about.

    I would recommend this book for personal use, and for gifts. It might make it on to my Christmas List this year....

    Disclosure: I received this book from the booksneeze program in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for a positive review and this review is my honest opinion.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    An insighful book!

    Max on Life by Max Lucado is a very insightful book that attempts to answer some common questions that people sometimes wonder about life, family, finances, and other pieces of life's puzzle. Max Lucado is a pastor in San Antonio, Texas and he has been asked many questions over the years. He features some of the most commonly asked questions in his book with very direct, but simple answers. All of the questions are categorized by subject matter, and he gives honest answers to each one. Many of the questions that are featured in this book are the same questions I have asked myself about life. Although I am not a religious person, I found this book to be easy to read, but I also got a lot of information from this book. I will be keeping this one on my bookshelves to look back at when I need to, it is a great book for people who are religious, as well as those who have never been to church.



    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own and cannot be purchased.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Max on Life: A review

    When I started reading this book I didnt drop until i got to the last page. It was so interesting that I find myself in every page of the book. The questions that were asked are so common and most times I felt like I did ask the question after all. I will sincerely recommend this book to every Christian leader and everyone who needs inspiring answers to everyday questions. Its deep biblical undertone makes it perfect for pastors, mentors, and parents. Use it to prepare for your marriage, anniversary, business and your first baby.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Great resource for every library

    Classic Max Lucado, and the one I'd most recommend because it's equal parts inspiration and practical use.

    This is like an FAQ for life: Max picked the top questions readers ask him and answered each in one or two pages. Helpfully categorized into themes and easily searchable via an index, you can easily find a well-informed, encouraging answer that can help you (or a friend) gain perspective.

    This is a great gift. Non-readers who can't stick it out with a whole chapter will love Lucado's Q&A format and straight to the point style.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Insightful and sensible

    I am far from being a devout Christian, although I did have my share of bible verses and Gospel stories when I was a little kid vacationing with my aunt and uncle who were and still are working in the service of God. I may not always gravitate to Christian books, but on the rare occasions that I do I always eventually end up surprisingly satisfied despite having a slough of doubts at the beginning.

    Max Lucado's Max On Life is no different, of course. There may have been parts where I just had to raise my brows and roll my eyes, but most of his answers to practical questions really made a lot of sense. Now here's a Christian book that not only teaches us the importance of inviting Jesus into our lives, but also gives sensible insight on how to harness an inner character based as much on bible truths as it is on acceptable social ethics.

    The views on death, heaven and hell just seemed too fantastical for me, and some answers just seem to go against the very idea of freewill. Aside from those, however, I found other things to like about this book. For one, it has managed to make more sense out of all those bible verses I had to memorize in childhood. For the other, it did help me think more seriously about my life, my preferences, and my actions in relation to what God expects of me. After all, if there is any Christian principal that I strongly believe in, it is the fact that we have been created by a Higher Power, and that showing gratitude and respect for Him should be part of our daily lives. We may not always conform to what God does with our lives. But Max Lucado assures as that everything that happens to us, happens according to God's plan.

    More than insightful and inspirational, this book may just save your life. Whether it's about hope, hurt, help, love, home regrets and death, let Max Lucado's bible-based, and life-based wisdom guide you through this confusing labyrinth more popularly known as life.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    good book

    I couldn't wait to get this book from Book Sneeze. I've always loved a Max Lucado book. What I mostly like about this book is the simple outlook on different matters of life. The book is structured in different areas and sections which makes it easier to find the answer to the questions one is interested in. The topical index at the end of the book is of even greater help as it sends you to the pages that deal with a certain situation.

    The questions that are tackled are important ones, and apply to different people. What I really like and find useful when reading, is the fact that the answers to questions are not just simple talking. Is something given in a nutshell. The author doesn't try to pretend he knows everything. Just as the 3rd cover says, "Max Lucado doesn't pretend to give the final word on difficult issues. But question by question he keeps you looking toward the One who is the ultimate Answer to all our hows and whys and wheres and whens. Which, after all, is what life is really about."

    I recommend this book for those who like to have someone else's input on things, but without going into much detail, since, as I mentioned, the answers and not abundant in details. Still, is a good book, mostly dealing with questions that have been raised by people who wanted a quick answer to "why" "where" "how" etc.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Good, NEW stuff from Max Lucado...finally

    I enjoy a good Max Lucado book from time to time, but I will admit that his stuff has become somewhat stale to me. They all seem to be the same.feel-good, God loves you books written in different ways with different stories. While his writing style is impeccable, I would prefer something more. This is finally that book. I am again a fan of Max Lucado.

    In this book, Lucado answers questions he has received from people throughout his years of ministry. And, he answers them honestly, in his style. He answers questions about Heaven, Hell, hope, relationships, and others. He also doesn't just rehash older books, which some of his "new" books have become, but actually writes valuable information.

    I also enjoy the fact that the chapters are short. For some reason, I just like to be able to read quick chapters when I have the time. This is a great book by a man who has many already to his credit.

    P.S. I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Good Read

    Max on Life By: Max Lucado
    "Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions"

    The book, Max on Life, is a collection of answers to questions Mr. Lucado had received. The questions are practical, everyday questions that many of us might have had at one time or another. The answers are well thought out and concise. The book is broken down into seven topic sections; Hope, Hurt, Help, Him / Her, Home, Haves / Have-Nots, and Hereafter. The book includes a topic index, as well as, a scripture index to make looking up specific threads easier. Overall, it is a well written, well thought out book.

    The above in mind, it was not the easiest book to read for a review. I can see it being a good reference book, but as for a book to sit down and read cover to cover, it was not the most interesting book I have ever read. I enjoy Mr. Lucado's books. I enjoy the study of the specific topic his books usually cover. This book, being a book of questions and answers, was quite different in as much as each question was answered in one page. If you are looking for an in depth book on a single topic, this is not it. However, if you are looking for answers to specific questions given in a brief, well thought out response, then this book is a good resource.

    *I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Max on Life

    We all have the most challenging questions, genuine, extremely important questions that cannot be ignored, questions that defy answers

    What proof do we have that the resurrection really happened? Do people who have never heard of God get to go to heaven? Why do bad things
    happen to good people? How can you teach a child humility without destroying his self-esteem? And what's really permissible in the Christian
    marriage bed?
    As a pastor, Max Lucado received thousands of questions and wrestled with plenty of his own. Big questions about life and faith, heaven and hell
    and closer to home, dilemmas about sex, money, career, family, etc. In this book, Max answers all these questions - all 172 of them in a very
    down to earth, honest and biblical way.
    Here Is where Max Lucado stands out- He responds in a way that not only answers the question, But does so by telling an enchanting story but
    includes Scripture Verses to support it.
    I like the the down to earth, relateable style. Another winner from Max Lucado!!



    I received a copy of this book free for my honest opinion, from Booksneeze

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