Friday, May 13, 2011

BookSneeze Book Review: Max on Life

I recently read Max Lucado’s Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions. I must admit that I enjoyed the book. It’s the first book of his I have read.

The book is broken into 7 sections (they all start with H!) called Hope: God, Grace, and “Why am I here?”; Hurt: Conflicts, Calamities, and “Why me?”; Help: Prayer, Scripture, and “Why church?”; Him/Her: Sex, Romance, and “Any chance of a second chance?”; Home: Diapers, Disagreements, and “Any hope for prodigals?”; Haves/Have-Nots; Work, Money, and “Where’s the lifeline?”; and Hereafter: Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell and “Who goes where?”

Each question was on its own page and got a very personal answer from Max, including scripture and, usually, an analogy. Some very interesting questions were asked and some very neat answers were given. Some of the questions I enjoyed reading were “If God doesn’t tempt us, why does He tell us to pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation’? and “What of the people who never heard of God? How can God judge them for what they do not know?” Each section of the book is also started with a hand-written note from Max in response to a letter he has received.

I liked the analogies he used in the answers. Some of them were very spot on and helped to clear up some confusion or give new sight to scripture that someone may not quite understand. I did begin to get frustrated that sometimes, he doesn’t quite answer the question with a yes or a no, and that would have been a bit refreshing, but then I came to the realization that he may just not know that answer. Maybe those answers are answers that only God knows. In the end, I came to a new appreciation of the book and the author.

I would recommend this book to someone trying to explain one of these things to a new or non believer but can’t quite put it into words what they want to convey.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice review. I love Max Lucado. He has written many great books. I thought about reviewing this book for Booksneeze too, but when I looked at it, there were already a huge number of reviews. I like to review things that haven't really been reviewed. I do want to read this book sometime, however.