April 18, 2011

"Max on Life" by Max Lucado - Book Review

I love a good book review - especially when it allows me to catch a sneak preview of the new Max Lucado book.  This time Max on Life was the selected volume.

Unlike his typical "Max on a topic" books, this work isn't a straight read.  Instead of chapters of God's truth flowing from page to page, Max on Life answer direct questions from readers - one page at a time.  These answers aren’t just Lucado’s opinion on spiritual topics, but rather a topical look into the scripture for answers.

While I love Lucado’s writing style, this book was a little difficult to get into.  The 1-2 page discussions made this, not a book readers pick up and devour, but rather one to be selectively studied and considered. 

The book is divided by question topic, making it easier for the reader to find the precise subject that (s)he is looking for.  His responses are thoughtful and insightful.  While many of the questions are ones most every believer has heard (or wondered) before, the answers aren’t the trite “Sunday school” answers we’ve all heard before. 

To answer one question, Lucado in some places sites a variety of scripture.  This gave me confidence that rather than cherry picking verses to suit his own personal opinion, the author thoroughly studied scripture and pondered the question before responding.

I would recommend this book to anyone with questions about the Bible and its application for today.  It’s also good for those who don’t have time to read a “chapter book” as my niece calls them.  Its short response gives it more a magazine type feel – readers can pick up and put down this book at their leisure.

isclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com http://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 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. I like his books and style. I haven't seen this one but it sounds interesting!

  2. I like Max Lucado. I will have to check it out. Do you know if they have it on Nook? Sugar and Splenda are mama and daughter. They are the sweetest horses. They loved the watermelon rinds. So much so they slobbered all over us as we were trying to feed them.

  3. These are the hardest books for me to read But they are sometimes the ones I NEED to read!


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