Max Lucado is one of those author's that everyone seems to know and more than likely have read. When the Lord saved me, I found great comfort in some of Lucado's books. As I grew in grace however, I wanted to go a little deeper. Milk is good, but meat is better as you grow.
Lucado has a wide audience who enjoy the milk he offers ~ and as I implied that is good and needed for a season ~ the problem is that it really seems to be all that is ever offered. In his latest book, Max On Life; Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions, Lucado changes course a little. Not that he goes deeper, but rather the format is question and answer.
Normally, I would start with the good and then move to the less palatable in a review. The problem this time around is that there is simply too much wrong with this book. It is worse than "Christianity 101" or even "Christianity Lite". If I were to give the book a title, I would name it, "Max On Enabling".
Far from life's "most important questions" (although there are some important questions) the book is filled with: "I applied for a job and got rejected. I asked my Grandmother for a loan; she turned me down. My boyfriend says we should split up. I'm having a hard, hard week is God even listening to me?" The answers, in most cases aren't much better. "Once upon a time" and "happily ever after" come to mind.
Believe it or not it does not please me to give a bad review of an undoubtedly gifted writer. Especially one that the Lord used in my life early on. However, as a pastor myself, I simply cannot overlook the serious deficiencies in this book; It would not be out of place on the "self-help" section of your local book store.
On the inside, back, dustcover it reads, "Max Lucado doesn't pretend to give the final word on difficult issues." I can say that I whole-heartily agree with that statement. From a twisting of scripture by using substandard translations and paraphrases, to just plain bad theology, this one is just too dangerous to recommend.
I will close by saying that there are some good answers given. In fact, there are some very good answers given at times. And I would also state that I do respect Lucado's gifting as writer and consider him my brother in Christ. But on the whole, Max On Life, is not simply "milk", it's spoiled milk.
I received a review copy free of charge from the publisher.