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Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

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by Max Lucado

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We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has received thousands of such questions. They come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 170 of the most pressing questions on



We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has received thousands of such questions. They come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 170 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt and 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.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lucado—with more than 100 million books and other products available —gathers nearly 180 questions he's fielded over the years as both author and pastor to create a compendium of sound, biblical advice sure to resonate with readers. The San Antonio, Tex., pastor's down-to-earth style is much in evidence, as is his acute understanding of Scripture and how to apply it. He answers such tough questions as, "Does God lead us through feelings?"; "How can I increase my faith that my prayers will be answered?"; and "What does God think of the suicide victim?" Readers will find questions about sex, working overtime, purgatory, and worry; just about everything a Christian might ask, Lucado answers with logic, spiritual insight, and wisdom. Sections include Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Hereafter. Lucado also offers an addendum of his best advice for writers, as well as Scripture and topical indexes. Max's many fans will snap up this book; those looking for answers will search its pages as well. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

“Max Lucado’s books just come alive. His lifetime ministry of writing has blessed tens of millions of people around the world, and this book promises to do the same.” 
-Rick Warren Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church Author, The Purpose Driven® Life
Library Journal
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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Max on Life

Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Max Lucado
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ISBN: 978-0-8499-4812-1

Chapter One


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God, Grace, and "Why am I here?"

1. I've been disappointed so many times by human love, and I think this has given me a faulty view of God's love. Can you help me understand how his love is different from human love?

Human love is convenient. It suits the needs of the person at the time and works into his schedule.

God's love is eternal. You are always on God's itinerary. Come and go as you wish, but he's always there.

Human love is limited. It can love only as much as it wants to give.

God's love is unlimited. He has ample amounts of love and even uses words like abundant when talking about pouring out his love on people.

Human love is emotional. Feelings dominate a human's love landscape. We feel as though we're in love, or we don't feel as though we're in love. Hormones, sleeplessness, worry, past hurts, Mexican food—all complicate these emotions.

God's love is committed. While God has feelings for us, his feelings don't dictate his love. His love is based on a decision to love us. Your actions don't increase or decrease his commitment. His love is a deeper and more secure love than the fluctuating Ferris wheel of feeling.

Human love is selfish. It must suit our needs and be there for us. To love, we must be loved.

God's love is unselfish. In fact, if you never love God, he will still love you. Your love has no bearing on the amount of love he lavishes on you.

One thing human love has going for it is that you can see it—in the twinkling of your father's eye, in the smile of a spouse, in the joy in your children's voices.

God's love is just as real but not as tangible. We will see it, in time and for eternity, as we gaze at the face of God and his Son, Jesus Christ, while we stand in his presence in heaven.

Our goal as Christians should be to express God's love in our human relationships so people will never make the statement you made. We should all have someone in our lives on whom we can look back and say, "I saw God's love in that person."

2. Some days I doubt God. I doubt his goodness, his nearness— and that he even exists. When I doubt him, does he leave me?

When I was seven years old, I ran away from home. I'd had enough of my father's rules and decided I could make it on my own, thank you very much. With my clothes in a paper bag, I stormed out the back gate and marched down the alley. Like the prodigal son, I decided I needed no father. Unlike the prodigal son, I didn't go far. I got to the end of the alley and remembered I was hungry, so I went back home.

Though the rebellion was brief, it was rebellion nonetheless. Had you stopped me on that prodigal path and asked me who my father was, I just might have said, "I don't need a father. I'm too big for the rules of my family. It's just me, myself, and my paper bag." I don't remember saying that to anyone, but I remember thinking it. And I also remember rather sheepishly stepping in the back door and taking my seat at the supper table across from the very father I had, only moments before, disowned.

Did Dad know of my insurrection? I suspect he did. Did he know of my denial? Fathers usually do. Was I still his son? Apparently so. (No one else was sitting in my place at the table.) Suppose, after speaking to me, you had gone to my father and asked, "Mr. Lucado, your son says he has no need of a father. Do you still consider him your son?" What do you think my dad would have said?

I don't have to guess at his answer. He called himself my father even when I didn't call myself his son. His commitment to me was greater than my commitment to him.

So is God's.

Our God is no fair-weather Father. He's not into this love-'em-and-leave-'em stuff. I can count on him to be in my corner no matter how I perform. You can too.

3. Who is God? How can I know what he is like? How can I trust that he is powerful enough to take care of me?

Who is God? How much time do you have?

God is unchanging. The weather changes. Fashion changes. Even change changes. God has not changed and cannot and will not ever change. He is always the same—yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Heb. 6:17–18).

God is unparalleled. Nobody comes close to his power, creativity, wisdom, or love. Many arrogantly believe they are close, but all fall short. There is no one like him (Isa. 40:13–14).

God is ungoverned. You and I have policemen, security guards, politicians, and homeowners' association board members telling us what to do. Not God. He holds the position of King of all kings (1 Tim. 6:15–16).

God is unbelievable. Writers (like myself) try to encapsulate God with a thesaurus of adjectives, but still our fingers freeze up on the keyboard (as mine are now). He's just so ... well ... (Job 11:7–8).

God is untouched. One wayward sneeze in my direction, and I am contaminated, sick with a cold and out for a week. No one can soil or stain God. No outbreak of sin can contaminate him. God is holy and righteous, no matter how sick the world gets (1 Sam. 2:2).

God is uncaused. God has no "Made in ..." stickers on his side. No birthday. No childhood. No influences listed on his résumé. Since no one put God in power, no one can take him out (Ps. 90:1–2).

God is unlimited. We are limited by brain capacity, time, relationship overload, responsibilities (one can be at only one baseball practice at a time), and patience. God has no limit to his time, power, knowledge, and love (Ps. 147:4–5).

So can God take care of you?

I'll let you answer that.

4. I'm beginning to doubt some of the things I've always just taken for granted. Like whether there really is a God. How can we know he truly exists? Can I know he's not just a product of my imagination?

Belief in God is not blind faith. Belief means having a firm conviction ("I believe this to be true"), not hoping it's true ("I believe the Cubs will win the World Series"). It's the kind of assurance you get standing on a huge rock. So how can people get to that place in their belief in God?

Space: Look to the skies. Two hundred billion stars just in the Milky Way galaxy. Billions of galaxies and expanding. Where does it end? How did it all begin?

Earth: Look to creation. So many varieties. So much beauty. A circle of life. How did it all come to be? Why does it work in perfect synchronicity?

Ethics: Look to our morals. A common sense of right and wrong shared by people in different countries and different times in history. Murder is always bad. Courage is always good. Who programmed us?

Bible: Look to God's Word. Examine the wisdom. Experience the stories. Trace its preservation throughout time. How did it remain so well intact despite wars and opposition?

Empty tomb: Look to the resurrection. So many of those who claimed to have seen the risen Lord died with that testimony on their lips. Would they die for a lie? Or did they believe they, too, would rise?

Jesus: Look to him. No other man in history has caused so many questions, stirred so many hearts, given so many answers. Could he be who he said he was?

God is not a product of your imagination. He's far more than any of us could imagine, and he is truth.

5. My fiancée and I stayed up late last night discussing the meaning of sin and the need for salvation. We really have two different viewpoints. Isn't sin a violation of the conscience?

Actually, it is much more. One of the clearest verses on this question is Romans 3:23: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Note the phrase fall short of. All of us know what it means to have a shortfall. Sometimes we think of a shortfall in athletic terms. The pole-vaulter doesn't have the strength to jump over the bar, so he falls short. We also think of a shortfall in financial terms. When we have month left at the end of our money rather than money at the end of our month, we suffer a shortfall. According to the Bible, there is another type of shortfall. We don't just fall short athletically or financially but, much more important, spiritually. We fall short of the high standard. We have inadequate goodness in our morality account. Heaven is a holy place, and "those who are not holy will not see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14 Nlt).

Simply put, we are not good enough to go to heaven.

So what can we do? Well, we can start doing good deeds. Perhaps if we do enough good deeds, they will offset our bad deeds. The question then surfaces, how many good deeds do we need to do? If I lose my temper in traffic, can I make up for it by waving at the next four cars? If I spend one year being greedy, how many years should I be generous? If I miss church one Sunday, how many services do I have to attend to break even?

No one knows the answer to those questions. No one knows how many good deeds it takes to offset the bad. A rule sheet can't be found. A code has not been discovered. It has not been discovered simply because it doesn't exist. God doesn't operate this way.

Is God nothing more than a heavenly deal broker who barters packages of grace? Does he spend his time on the phone with sinners, saying, "All right, I'll forgive your selfishness if you'll put two dollars in the plate and have your mother-in-law over for dinner"? Is that the kind of God we have? It's certainly not the kind of God we read about in the Bible.

God has been so kind to us. We have no way of balancing the scales. All we can do is ask for mercy. And God, because of his kindness, gives it. God turned over our sins to his Son. His Son, Jesus Christ, died for our sins. He did what we could not do so that we might become what we dare not dream: citizens of heaven.

6. Why talk to God about my troubles? He can't understand.

According to the Bible he can: "For we have no superhuman High Priest to whom our weaknesses are unintelligible—he himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that he never sinned" (Heb. 4:15 PHILLIPS).

The writer of Hebrews is adamant almost to the point of redundancy. It's as if he anticipates our objections. It's as if he knows that we will say, "God, it's easy for you up there. You don't know how hard it is from down here." So he boldly proclaims Jesus' ability to understand. Look at the wording again.

He himself. Not an angel. Not an ambassador. Not an emissary. But Jesus himself.

Shared fully. Not partially. Not nearly. Not to a large degree. Entirely! Jesus shared fully.

In all our experience. Every hurt. Each ache. All the stresses and all the strains. No exceptions. No substitutes. Why? So he could sympathize with our weaknesses.

Every page of the Gospels hammers home this crucial principle: God knows how you feel. From the funeral to the factory to the frustration of a demanding schedule. Jesus understands. When you tell God that you've reached your limit, he knows what you mean. When you shake your head at impossible deadlines, he shakes his too. When your plans are interrupted by people who have other plans, he nods in empathy.

He has been there.

He knows how you feel.

7. My question's pretty basic. What are we doing here? I mean, is God up to something? If so, what? Is he taking us somewhere? If so, where?

You are right. A more basic question doesn't exist.

One word works well as an answer: kingdom. God is creating a kingdom. He is collecting for himself an eternal populace that will reign with him in the new heaven and the new earth.

Old Testament prophets envisioned a time when God would affirm and establish his rule in a new way: "He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth ... All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him" (Ps. 72:8, 11).

They promised the earthly arrival of an anointed King, a Messiah, one uniquely related to God to serve as the instrument of his rule. "Your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey" (Zech. 9:9 NKJV).

It's all about the King and his kingdom. "And this is [God's] plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth" (Eph. 1:10 NLT).

It seems to stack up like this:

~ God created the universe as a habitation for humans. ~ Humans exist to become a citizenry for Jesus, the King. ~ Jesus, the King, came to the earth to purchase (pay for the sins of) his people and invite them to heaven. ~ Those who accept his gift are placed in his family and empowered by his Spirit. ~ He is coming back to reclaim us and his creation and to reign over it forever. The King and his kingdom. That's why we are here. That's where we are headed. That will be some coronation day, don't you think?

8. What is the purpose of confession? Doesn't God already know what I've done? Why does he need me to tell him?

The Greek word for confession is the compound term homologeo, homo meaning "the same" and logeo meaning "to speak." To confess is to speak the same, to agree with. In this case, to agree with God.

This definition not only tells us what confession is; it tells us what confession is not. Confession is not complaining. If I merely recite my problems and tell you how tough my life is, I'm not confessing.

Confession is not blaming. Pointing fingers at others without pointing any at myself may feel good for a while, but it does nothing to remove the conflict within me.

Confession is coming clean with God.

King David did. As if the affair with Bathsheba wasn't enough. As if the murder of her husband wasn't enough. Somehow David danced around the truth. He denied his wrongdoing for at least nine months until the child was born. It took a prophet to bring the truth to the surface, but when he did, David didn't like what he saw (2 Samuel 11:1–12:13).

He waved the white flag. No more combat with God. No more arguing with heaven. He confessed. He came clean with God. What was the result of such honesty?

I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Ps. 32:5 NLT)

Want to get rid of your guilt? Come clean with God.

9. When my husband and I became the parents of a baby girl, we started to attend church. The pastor and others here talk about being saved, but we really don't understand what that means. Can you help us?

The best answer to your question is found in the Bible's best-known scripture:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Why does God want to save us? "God so loved ..." What parents can stand idly by while their child suffers in agony? Who would watch loved ones step toward a perilous pit and not stop them before they plunged into darkness? God loves us so much he wants to save us ... from the world, from Satan, from ourselves. The motivation that drives all his actions is love ... love ... love ... love. And his love is directed at you.

How does God save us? "He gave his one and only Son ..." A payment satisfies a debt. A gift appeases anger. A sacrifice dies in place of the guilty party. God saves us by offering his own sacrifice—his own Son—to pay for our massive debt of sin, to satisfy his immense anger toward our rebellion, and to relieve the burden of our guilt. Only one sacrifice was worthy enough to die for all the sins of all the people of all time. Jesus. He died as a sinless and perfect sacrifice on the cross.

What do we need to do to be saved? "Whoever believes in him ..." The debt is too big to pay. Working ourselves to death wouldn't be enough. So Jesus, out of love, did all the work for us two thousand years ago on a cross outside the walls of Jerusalem. What must we do? Believe. Believe that Jesus died for you and me. Know that God is satisfied and our sin bill has been paid in full.


Excerpted from Max on Life by MAX LUCADO Copyright © 2010 by Max Lucado. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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With more than 125 million products in print, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy.

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AmandaKlopping More than 1 year ago
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.
Kris59 More than 1 year ago
loved this book. very simple explanations to lots of questions everyone has asked sometime or other. max always explains things in a language that we can understand and relate to.
Chinchin More than 1 year ago
 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.
SuzyqPS More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Bclaw More than 1 year ago
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.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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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Yommie_Stephen More than 1 year ago
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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InSpirit More than 1 year ago
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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Rosepedal More than 1 year ago
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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Homeschooling_Momma_To_4 More than 1 year ago
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.
jlynnp79 More than 1 year ago
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.
Molly_P More than 1 year ago
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.
assoborn More than 1 year ago
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.
Hana_Rui More than 1 year ago
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.
adoptedheir More than 1 year ago
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.
ioana25 More than 1 year ago
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.
LMM63 More than 1 year ago
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.
meemaw0312 More than 1 year ago
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
JustShawna More than 1 year ago
Upon recieving the book (I had already seen the cover when the book was chosen) I was even more clueless when I opened the book. I was totally not expecting this book to be in Question/Answer format. After getting over that I had no clue that it was a Christian book. I was not offended by that, just not prepared that it was a religious based book. nothing on the cover shows that it is; however, that's my sad mistake because if I had read the book description, i would have "gotten" it. So, upon reading the book I found myself interested in the questions and the answers. I did find that he could have based more theoretical knowledge in the answers, but for the most part he was great in answering the questions he had "developed" to answer. What I did find very interesting was that most people really would ask the questions that were in the book. That was a plus for me! I loved that he used scriptures to answer some of the questions and then developed a more detailed answer based on the scriptures. I also like the fact that at the very end of the book he includes a couple of indexes for the readers: scriptures used, notes, and an added addendum. There is even a very detailed readers guide of more of his books and what they are about. Would I recommend this book? If you are a religious reader and have life questions, absolutely! I would recommend it to my church going friends, too, even if they do not have questions. I found it very insightful and humbling. I hope you do too! 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."