Saturday, June 4, 2011

Max On Life

"Written words go places you'll never go.
... and descend to depths you'll never know.
The readers invite the author to a private moment.  They clear the calendar, find a corner, flip on the lamp, turn off the television, pour the tea, pull on the wrap, silence the dog, shoo the kids.  They set the table, pull out the chair, and invite you, "Come, talk to me for a moment."  - Max Lucado

Max Lucado has been a long-time Christian advice guru.  You can pick up any one of his books and find encouragement, hope, humor, and the experiences of a man who lives well.  This is why, when I had the opportunity to review Max's new book, "Max On Life" I had to say, "Come, talk to me for a moment."

This book is billed as a "must-have" for preachers and church leaders and I must agree.  It is good for every Christian looking to answer the hard questions in life.  "Max On Life" expertly compiles a montage of letters from readers over the years and Max's sage advice in response.

The book is nicely laid out in sections based on topic and a cinch for reference.  He covers everything from "Why am I here?" to conflicts and the church.  He doesn't miss a beat when asked about death, diapers, and sexuality.  Nothing is left wanting in this book.

The "written words" in this book definitely went places.  My hard-back copy has been everywhere with me since I received it in April.  It has traveled to the lake with me, down forest trails, to the park, and even on the bus!  It is perfect for quick easy nuggets while you wait at appointments or basking in the sun between sips of iced tea and views of children building sand castles. 

Max's humor and wisdom do not fall short.  His perspective is especially endeared after reading the answer to a tough question about religious difference:

"What would happen if all the churches agreed, on a given day, to change their names simply to "church"?  What if any reference to any denomination were removed and we were all just Christians?  And then when people chose which church to attend, they wouldn't do so by the sign outside.  They'd do so by the hearts of the people inside...
... we Christians wouldn't be known for what divides us; instead, we'd be known for what unites us-- our common Father."

"Max On Life" should not sit on a shelf.  It is worth reading cover-to-cover, over and over, so his experienced wisdom is nicely tucked away for the times questions are asked of you!  His insight and advice will not only encourage you, but it will help you to encourage others.

What better than a book with a ripple effect?

* This book review is my opinion alone.  Book Sneeze provided this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

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