This is not a typical Lucado book. It is not like sitting in the pew listening to Preacher Max spin a 50,000-word sermon; Instead it is like reclining on a couch for a private session with Counsellor Max.
The book is a compilation of 172 questions and concerns that are answered by Lucado. Why precisely 172, I don’t know. (This would bother and distract the pages out of the OCD reader, I think.) For the most part, each answer is no more than a page and structured very Lucado-like—-an interesting illustration, a scriptural reference and a practical suggestion. While the order of the questions seems random, there is a thorough subject and scriptural index at the back of the book that is handy.
Since the subject of stewardship, specifically money and tithing, is one of my favorites and one that is controversial, it was the first I looked up. And I give Lucado’s response 5 stars on question #126. He says God gives us a paycheck for four reasons: to honor Him, to provide for your family, to support your country and to enjoy it.
The Q&A formatting of the book has an Ask Max column feel to it. The questions are about practical, every-day Christian living, and the answers reflect his years of serving people as pastor and counsellor.
Whether you read it from front to back, or by using the subject index or by using the Scriptural index (my choice), you’ll enjoy your counseling sessions with Max. At $24.99 for three to four hours, you can’t beat the price!
(I received this book free from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)