Max on Life, by Max Lucado {Book Review}

In Max On Life, one of the most trusted pastors and authors of our time takes on life’s most important questions. {from the book cover}

Here is another book by Max Lucado that is a must have for your library. With his customary frankness, Max gives bible based answers to some of those pesky questions people have asked you, or you have asked yourself.

Do angels really walk among us?

How should I discipline my kids?

Why do I worry so much?

How do I know what God’s will for me really is?

While reading this book, I added several sticky notes on questions/answers I want to look at again and reference in the future.  An answer that I found really helpful was to the ‘question’: I don’t like the narrow-mindedness of Christians. It is absurd to say that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

I have never really known how to answer that question. I know that God created one way. The bible says Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. But how to say that to someone without sounding the a judgmental prick has always been a struggle for me. After reading Max’s opinion I am now prepared for the next time I need to speak intelligently on this topic.

 Since he does answer so many questions {171} in only 230 pages, some of the answers barely scratch the surface of what could be a topic for an entire book. But they do definitelygive you a direction to go if you are looking for more meat on a particular issue/question.   In the book there is a topical index and a list of scriptures referenced in the book with the page they of the book they are referenced on.  I found this to be very interesting to flip through while checking this book out.

We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.

Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers.  ~ From the Publisher ~

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

DISCLOSURE:  I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze to review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

Don’t Make Me Come Up There, by Kristen Welch {Book Review}

I got this book because I love Kristen’s blog, We are THAT Family.  She always has something funny to say, and lives a life through Godly eyes.  A very refreshing veiwpoint to hear from on a regular basis.  This book is a fantastic collection of short stories about the joys and tribulations of motherhood. She pairs a verse and short prayer with each story. Every story shares a refreshing look at being an imperfect mother. It is nice to know that we are all learning how to be moms as we go.


Some of her viewpoints on life made me pause and think for a couple minutes, as she shares situations from her family’s expierences. I don’t think I would be as open about my inadequacies as she has been in this book. Partly because I don’t want to believe I have ‘issues’ and partly because I don’t want others to know the struggles I am/have had with my girls in our first two years together.


I definitly think this book is a must have for every mother. And would be a great gift to any mother at any point of her journey in motherhood, from the newbies like me, to the mothers that may even have an empty-nest. I put this book on my iPhone, and love reading one of the short chapters during a ‘me’ moment. It helps me to remember that He is the one in charge, and that mothering is a journey through my imperfections. The most important thing is to be there for the kiddos in love and with a living faith in my life.


Stop by Kristen’s blog, and check out her posts from her trip to Africa and about the Mercy House.  You can purchase copies of her book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and DaySpring. 
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!
DISCLOSURE:   I obtained a copy of this book on my own, and am sharing my thoughts and opinions in this post.  I was not compensated in any way by the author or publisher of this book to write this review.

Now I Walk On Death Row {Book Review}

I just finished reading Now I Walk On Death Row by Dale Recinella, and I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

This book is a great affirmation of faith based living while providing insight on seeking God’s will in your job, home life, and in your way of serving others. While this may be a nonfiction book, it is so engagingly written, that it reads like a fast paced fiction novel. Dale shares his and Susan’s {his wife} journey into service to the rejects of society with five children in tow.


Dale speaks openly about the steps he took within his Catholic church structure in regards to his service. I found hearing how the Catholic church handles volunteers in ministry interesting and eye opening in that I have no personal experience with the Catholic religion. Dale relates some disheartening experiences he had with Catholic Clergy in the area of service, and equally exasperating experiences with Christians of various denominations. The amount of wordly things that Dale, his wife and children gave up in their pursuit of God’s will in their lives is staggering. In my own mind, I have always thought that those that zealously pursue God and service to others had little to tie them to wordly things. Dale and his family prove that my perception was/has been very mistaken.


Dale’s journey takes you from wall street, to Florida’s correctional institutions, around the Vatican City, and back to Florida’s death row. Dale discusses the controversial topic of the Death Penalty in this book. I have always been a staunch supporter of the Death Penalty personally. After reading this book, I am in the process of reevaluating my own stand on the subject after reading Dale’s personal experiences on this topic.


Some quotes used in the book that will definitely be sticking with me…

St. Augustine “so long as there are people who lack necessities, a person who has more than he needs is holding the goods of another.”

Sister Mary “who of us wants to face the worst possible consequences of our smallest mistake.

One of Dale’s pet rules “every job is simple until you have to do it yourself.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

 I did receive a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review.  The opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!


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