Thursday, May 13, 2010

Book Review: Traveling Light by Max Lucado

In Travelling Light, Lucado presents straight-forward yet amusing insights on one of the most famous Psalms in the Bible, Psalm 23.

In the typical Lucado approach, he presents visual imagery for each verse and provides anecdotes from his own life. He even goes to the point of explaining about sheep.

I would recommend the book for seekers and new Christians who are not yet ready for heavy theology.

This book is a real blessing to those who are weighed down by life circumstances.
About the author:
Lucado was born in 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, and raised in Andrews, Texas, the youngest of four children. His father was an Exxon oil field mechanic who, Lucado remembers, always smelled of grease cleaner. "It makes it easy for me to see a God who is loving and kind--because my dad was," he says. His mother was a nurse who grew up working in the cotton fields.

Lucado went through a period of rebellion against his parents' values and their God during his teens and into college. But it wasn't long before he found himself drawn back to his roots, back to God. He married, spent time serving as a missionary in Brazil, and returned to the States, where he began working as a church minister and writing on the side.

From all accounts, Max Lucado is not a man consumed by sales, awards, and achievements. He often turns down media interviews since they impede on family and ministry commitments. He spends the bulk of his week serving as senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. And he is truly surprised by his own success--more impressed by his one-in-a-million wife and three amazing daughters than by his successful writing career.

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