We have questions. Real, important, and challenging questions. Questions about sex, finances, and forgiveness. Unsettling questions regarding illness, suicide, and eternity. Don’t we crave answers to these queries that tug on the deepest parts of our hearts?
Max Lucado has written a lot of books in 25 years. During that time he’s also served a church in San Antonio, Texas. So it stands to reason that during that time he’s been asked many questions by readers and parishioners on a variety of topics. Here are the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions. In online terms, Max on Life is the Max Lucado FAQ.
The questions are divided into seven sections the titles of which, interestingly, all begin with the letter H. We have ‘Hope,’ ‘Hurt,’ ‘Help,’ ‘Him/Her,’ ‘Home,’ ‘Haves/Have-Nots,’ and ‘Hereafter.’ Each section begins with a handwritten response to someone from Max. Each question and answer covers one or two pages at most. This is a book you can read in intervals, without wondering where the end of the chapter comes. Only have a couple of minutes? You can read a Q and A without feeling guilty for not reading more. Bible references support each answer Max provides, so the reader can check his response. We also learn little snippets of Max’s life, such as when he chose to run away from home at the age of seven (question 2, page 4).
This is not just a book to be read and put aside. At the back is a Topical Index. For example, if you have a question on temper you can look it up. (Page 45, in case you’re wondering.)
Having previously read a couple of books by Max Lucado, some of his words were familiar to me. And, indeed, Lucado states in his introduction that “some of these answers appeared initially in earlier books.” But the reader will also find material that is new to them. For me, the section on children dying young was an eye-opener that made sense. Why are good people or children taken away from us? The answer, Max writes, is found in Isaiah 57:1-2. God has saved them from a particular evil they might well have faced later in life. What kind of evil? We don’t know, but God does.
That’s what I like about this book. It makes sense. How can all religions lead to God and heaven when they’re different? That’s like saying all roads lead to London, England. The road outside my window doesn’t lead to London. It goes toward Buffalo, New York. How about the fact our dollar bills don’t say, “In money we trust?” It’s because our founding fathers didn’t and even the United States Treasury Department doesn’t believe that. Max’s answers will leave you saying, “I get it. I understand.”
Finally, I leave you with an example of Max’s humor. “Nobody likes change… except babies. They cry for a change.”
Well, it appealed to me anyway.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Note: I received this book from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze review program. The opinions contained in this review are my own.