Apr 182011

Do you have questions on life? On why God allows things to happen? Or why if God is such a loving and kind God, is there suffering?  What about on how to make it through the nitty gritty of life? I’m sure that most, if not all of us have questions that run along these veins.

So, where do you go for answers? Do you go to friends, family or trusted outside authority? Perhaps your pastor?

Well, Max Lucado has written a book called Max on Life in which he attempts to answer the most frequently asked questions of life.

In this book, Pastor Lucado answers questions such as Do angels really walk among us? Does it matter if I speak encouraging words to my husband? and The thought of heaven doesn’t excite me, so what am I missing?

This book is laid out in a question and answer format, which I really am not a fan of. In fact, I was looking forward to reading this book and was rather disappointed to find out that the book was in this format.  For me, it disrupts the flow of reading.  However, I know a lot of people really like that format. There averages out to be close to a question and answer per page in the main part of the book (172 questions). Then, there is a scripture index, an addendum and a huge list of other books that Max has written.

Pastor Lucado does answer the questions posed as if he is sitting across from you at a coffee shop in his signature conversational tone. I do appreciate that. It is almost as if you are having a question and answer session with him.

While I was rather disappointed with the lay out of the book and how I prefer to process things, it was still pretty good. I do recommend this book as a gift to new believers and those who may need some encouragement in their faith. It just wasn’t written for people who process like I do, which is fine (I much prefer nice long essays and dissertations as opposed to a question and answer format in written material). I plan on using it as a resource, especially as my children get older to have them research answers to their questions (of course in supplement to the Bible as that is the supreme authority on life.).   So, if you have questions in regards to life, and you like a question and answer format in a book, get a copy of this one, go and make up your favorite coffee treat and sit down for a chat with Pastor Lucado. It is the next best thing to picking his brain in person.

I received a copy of Max on Life by Max Lucado from Thomas Nelson Publishing as a part of their BookSneeze program for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received..

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