Max on Life is like an all-day “Stump the Pastor” segment where Max tackles a wide-range of questions (some deeper and more difficult than others) with mostly short and concise answers that reflect the wisdom of a godly pastor. This is the type of book that you could read devotionally (one question each day); or you could read one topic at a time (Hope, Hurt, Help, Him/Her, Home, etc.); or you could utilize the helpful topical index and research the answers to specific questions that you might have.
Lucado answers some of the questions based on his personal experiences as a father, son, husband, and pastor and others based solely on what God’s Word teaches on the subject. All of the answers reflect Lucado’s heart for God and for people and his desire to see people love and follow Jesus. I’m pretty sure that Max didn’t write the entire book just to respond to one or two current debates in the church but I did sense Max responding to the likes of Francis Chan, David Platt, Mark Driscoll, and John Piper who have quite clearly raised the issue of people claiming a relationship with Jesus as Savior but neglecting (refusing?) to yield their lives to him with any form of obedience. Can that person really be a disciple of Jesus?
Max doesn’t say that as long as you recite several words printed on a Christian tract that you are given your ‘Get out of hell free card’ and you can go on and live your life anyway you want. In fact he states in chapter 12: “Persistent sin shows a lack (not loss) of salvation” and references 1 John 2.19 that those who live in persistent sin were never part of the family of God (saved) in the first place. Lucado clearly writes that those who have trusted Jesus as their Savior can have full confidence that their salvation is secure – something that many people struggle with.
I’m still reading Max on Life and appreciate Lucado’s thoughtful wisdom and accessible answers. People will not be stumped or confused by his writing but will find straight-forward answers to dozens of questions that Christians (and non-Christians) frequently ask. Max of Life would make a great gift book for that high school or college grad, that seeker friend of yours, or even for those people in your life with lots of questions.
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