I just finished reading the newest book by Max Lucado, called Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions and found it very interesting. Written from a pastor’s perspective, the book is an insider’s guide to common questions church members and friends ask their pastor. This book answers a total of 172 questions, divided by subject: Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have Nots, and Hereafter. The questions are often emotion filled, and Pastor Lucado answers with the wisdom in his heart. Often, he uses scripture verses to support his answers. I was delighted to see the author mix various scripture translations, each one perfectly matched the the question he was answering. While I agreed with about 99% of his answers, a couple of them left me questioning his response. In general, the answers to the 172 questions were quick responses and not lengthy sermons. His answers are clear, and his opinions are expressed. The format of the book is entirely “Q and A” questions and answers. Some questions from the book include Question 73: How do we know what is a command and what is cultural?, Question 133 Does my work matter to God? or Question 169, Does hell really last forever? Lucado covers calamities, baptism, sin, forgiveness, grace, sex, marriage and family- under the label Max On Life. The reading is light, sometimes humorous, and not too deep. If you are looking for biblical theology and bible study, try a different book! If you are looking for deep personal growth, you’ll like his book Fearless much better.
About the Author
Max Lucado has been writing for almost 25 years, and more than 100 million products—80 million books—filled with his words have been sold. Max is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year* awards—in 1999 for Just Like Jesus, in 1997 for In the Grip of Grace, and in 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest magazine dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher” and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him “America’s Pastor.” His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts. Max Lucado is a Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, where he has served since 1988. You can visit his website at MaxLucado.com
Max Lucado Quotes
- Jesus did what we could not do so that we might become what we dare not dream: citizens of Heaven.
- Believe that Jesus died for you and me. Know that God is satisfied and our sin bill has been paid in full.
- Jesus’ death on the cross paid for our sins. Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb promises our eternal life.
- By sinning, we step out of the will of God but we will never step out of the family of God.
- If I’m in a nursing home, I want to lead bible studies.
- God uses past experiences to overcome present problems.
- No matter who you are or what you’ve done, God can use you.
- A season of suffering is a small assignment when compared to the reward.
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