Monday, April 18, 2011

Max on Life by Max Lucado

I discovered this book online, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Q&A’s wasn’t quite it. (Though, if you look closely, you can see the subtitle giveaway above.) But I found the same thing you always find with Max: plenty of heart, great word-smithing, wisdom, and God-glorifying prose.

For years, I’ve loved Max’s writing. He has a way with words which makes reading his books utterly satisfying. And though this book was a different format than one would expect, reading it was still enjoyable.

I’m unsure how this book came together. Maybe these questions were accumulated over the years, or a call-out was given to his congregation, but there is a wide variety of questions here. And Max doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff—questions about why God lets bad things happen, why there is so much violence in the world, salvation, fear, why there’s persecution. He answers with Scripture and anecdotes, from a vast base of knowledge and wisdom. Max knows God, and he wants readers to know God. He points to Jesus, His work on the cross, His resurrection. He glorifies Him.

One of my favorite entries had to do with someone suffering from cancer and praying for healing. His/her friend had been healed. This person had not. Why not? Was it a lack of faith? Max’s answer? A change of perspective. What if death isn’t a failure? I’ll leave you to find the question for yourself and read more.

Whether you’re a Christian or not, if you’ve been looking for answers to the tough questions, you may find a new perspective, an encouraging word, and an answer in this collection of Q&A’s. Of course, it’s not substitute for the Word of God and I didn’t always agree with Max’s comments, but overall, I’d recommend this book to seekers.

Thomas Nelson provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.

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