Max on Life – Book Review

Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions is written by pastor and author Max Lucado.  With chapter headings like Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, Haves/Have-Nots, and Here-After, the author answers some of the most common questions asked about God and Christianity. Addressing everything from forgiveness to angels to sex to baptism, Lucado gives biblical answers to our pressing questions. Scriptural references are given for most answers and there is a topical index and a scriptural index in the back of the book.
I’d never read anything by this author so I wasn’t sure where he stands on some topics. I had an uneasy few minutes when I read the question about how to be saved and he wrote that according to John 3:16, we only have to believe and we will be saved. Without getting into too much doctrine, I believe that the Bible calls for more than that for salvation, so I was concerned about how Lucado may interpret other passages in the Bible. However, later in the book, in answer to a question about baptism, he points out that it is indeed a requirement for Christians and that every conversion in the New Testament culminates in a baptism.

I enjoyed Lucado’s writing style and sense of humor. Life isn’t all fun and games, but it’s easier to receive a message if there is laughter involved. It’s like the spoonful of sugar. I believe God wants us to enjoy the life he has given us and humor and laughter are part of that.

My favorite quotes from the book:

On aging: “Getting old is inevitable. But are you going to hobble and groan your way to the grave or race your rickety old wheelchair downhill to your funeral? We’re all going to end up the same way, but we can have fun getting there!”

On hope: “If you accomplish a possible dream, then you get all the glory. But if you accomplish an impossible dream, then God gets all the glory.”

On denominations: “We are different. But if we’re in the same car, being driven by the same Father, headed toward the same place, can we not accept one another?”

On fighting in the church: “If love covers a multitude of sins, can it not cover a multitude of opinions?”

On balance: “When it comes to kids and family, it is a lot easier to make money than to make up for lost time.”

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