“Max on Life” by Max Lucado – A book worth pondering

When Max Lucado’s new book “Max on Life – Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions” was made available to read and review, I quickly jumped at the opportunity and I was not disappointed. 

In his latest book Max has compiled his responses to 172 questions that he has received over the years.  The questions are grouped together by topic such as hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, have/have-nots and the hereafter. 

What I appreciate about Max’s style of writing is his ability to simplify and put into practice his faith based on the solid foundation of God’s word.  He doesn’t make apologies about some Bible passages that people may take offense to when they are suffering or going through a difficult time in their life.  While taking God at His word is simple, it’s not easy.  There are many things we won’t have an answer to this of heaven.  Yet, that doesn’t stop the author from speaking the truth from the word of God into people’s lives with love and compassion. 

Some of topics I found powerful were on forgiveness, growing closer to God, faith in the face of cancer, prayer, the Holy Spirit, marriage, family, sex, male/female differences, and heaven and hell. 

While the book was very good, I found myself wanting Max to be stronger in his responses about sin and repentance, salvation, and abortion.  An area I wish Max had covered was about the holiness of God and how a holy God views our sin. 

I do recommend Max Lucado’s newest book “Max on Life”.  It’s the kind of book that would be good to have on your nightstand so you can read some of the questions and answers before turning in or when waking up.  There were many of Max’s answers and scripture references that I found myself pondering and meditating on.  It’s well organized and there is a topic and scripture index for quick reference.
 

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Outlive Your Life – Profound Yet Simple

Do you ever wonder why our lives bear so little resemblance to the lives of people portrayed in the New Testament? 

When I read the book of Acts, I see men who were cowardly and fled when Christ was arrested and crucified, now transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  In boldness they went forth and proclaiming the Gospel message of salvation found in Jesus Christ alone.  We see God working through them and performing miracles.  We see people comprehend and live out the truth, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”

I was excited to select Max Lucado’s book “Outlive Your Life” and read his perspective on God at work in and through the church, a work that continues today.  Max has a way of taking profound truths and simplifying them.  He takes God at His word and believes that God still transforms lives and that He wants to work in your life and mine.  That the Lord has a greater purpose and plan for our lives if we will dare to yield to Him and die to self daily.

I recommend “Outlive Your Life” to Christian readers who want to be challenged to grow in their faith walk and also for unbelievers who want to see the heart of God at work in His church. 

It took a few chapters for me to embrace “Outlive Your Life” because I was concerned that the author, Max Lucado had left out the most important element, the Gospel message that salvation is found in Jesus Christ.  But in chapter four, “Don’t Forget the Bread”, Max shares the Gospel through the words of the Apostle Peter. 

The chapter that won me over was “Open Your Door; Open Your Heart”.  In this chapter Max shows examples of how we can reach out to people around us.  Simple actions that we can all do.  My favorite chapter by far was “Pray First; Pray Most”.  There are times I struggle to be faithful in prayer.  What an encouragement this chapter was on how powerful prayer is.  Max sites examples from scripture and from Christians today who are mighty prayer warriors. 

Do you need a reminder on just how powerful God is and the work that He wants to do in and through you?  Pick up a copy of “Outlive Your Life” by Max Lucado and then reread the book of Acts.  Where does God want you to serve today and to reach the people for whom Christ died?
 
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.”