In Max on Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions, Max Lucado seeks to do exactly what the title of the book proposes. From all of his years as a pastor and best-selling author, Lucado has gathered the best 172 questions that he has been asked and seeks to answer them. These are questions about life, faith, and anything under the sun.
In his introduction to the book, Lucado, in his typical poetic way, underscores the importance of asking questions and seeking answers by stating:
“We’ve created the question mark to highlight our questions. It’s stooped and bent, perhaps because questions can leave us in the same shape, burdened and weary. We have deep, heavy questions.
We crave answers. Straighten this mark, and let it stand. Replace the cowering curl with a confident exclamation point.”
This is the point of this book to address readers’ questions with the exclamation point of a biblically grounded answer from Lucado’s years of ministry.
Max on Life is very different in form than Lucado’s other books, but his answers are still filled with his own brilliance with word pictures and making truth come alive in the minds of his readers. I like the concept for this book, but I am not sure that all of the questions contained within will be helpful to the readers. Max on Life is the concept of a “Question and Answer” section, which would be typically found on a website, molded into a book form. I think that parts of this will be helpful, but I am not sure if Lucado’s typically audience will fully catch on to the concept.