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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Max on Life by Max Lucado

This is a nonfiction book that covers a variety of questions concerning God and God's involvement in our lives. The book is literally a question and answer session divided in seven sections. Taking questions from people, the author answers popular questions with sensitivity and biblical backing. The sections of the book are:

Hope - God, Grace, and Why am I here?; Hurt - Conflicts, Calamities, and Why me?"; Help- Prayer, Scripture, and Why Church?; Him/Her- Sex, Romance, and "Any chance of a second chance?; Home- Diapers, Disagreements, and Any hope for prodigals?; Haves/Have-Nots- Work, Money, and Where's the lifeline?; and, Hereafter- Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell and Who goes where?

The author covers highly sensitive questions, such as homosexuality, making this a very enlightening book. The author uses examples from the Bible or refers to actual Scriptures to back up his answers. It may not cover your specific question, but chances are you will gain insight from answers to other questions. The author covers the entire spectrum of questions regarding God and life.

While I have not read every question and answer, I have read some controversial questions and answers, such as on homosexuality. I felt the author addressed the topic of homosexuality in a Christ-like manner. Specifically, the author stresses it is a sin that disappoints God, but we, as Christians, need to build a bridge - loving, not condoning. The author points out that there are a multitude of other sins that are more acceptable in our society, but just as disappointing to God. We should not treat homosexuals differently.

I liked the book because the author backs up his answers with biblical examples and/or Scriptures. There is also a topical index and an index to Scripture. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Not everyone may agree with all of his answers, but everyone can certainly gain insight from his explanation of his answers. The author even addresses the topic of writing your own books, from which he has also received many questions.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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