I love reading inspiring books by John Maxwell so I jumped at the opportunity of laying my hands on his Max On Life – Answers and Inspiration for Today’s Questions as part of the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze blogger programme.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins.  Lucado writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope.  He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

The questions feel like real questions asked by real people, not questions the author or editors came up with because they were the ones they wanted to answer. Questions like, “Why pray if God is in control?” (p. 77) and “Why did God heal my friend from cancer but not me?” (p. 81) and some very personal questions, like: How to forgive someone who has abused you sexually (p. 50); How to deal with anger issues (p. 45); How to treat an employee as a Christian and correct bad behavior but still be loving (p. 52).

The questions and answers are divided into seven topics:

  • Hope
  • Hurt
  • Help
  • Him/Her
  • Home
  • Haves/Have-Nots
  • Hereafter

With his laid back delivery Lucado leads the reader to hope and healing, guidance and comfort.  The scriptural references are refreshing as we see the answers to our questions have been answered before we thought of them!  With a separate index of listed subjects and scriptural references Max On Life promises to be a valuable reference book for the shelf of any family or individual.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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