Thursday, December 9, 2010

Traveling Light

In Traveling Light, author Max Lucado asks how do we expect God to use us when we are so exhausted all the time from lugging around life's heavy baggage. Baggage in the form of guilt, anxiety, regret, disappointment, loneliness, anger, and insecurities. In this book we are asked to consider traveling with less of a load across our shoulders. However, we need to realize that ultimately we can only travel light if we trust God with the burdens that he never intended for us to bear.

Lucado approaches this book one piece of baggage at a time. The outline for this book is based on Psalm 23. A Bible passage that many folks at least have a passing familiarity with:

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; ...

Although I have just provided a small snippet of this Psalm, Lucado breaks this entire passage down line by line, word by word to make it digestible for our sensitive palettes. You will see that there is a lot of depth and meaning in these words, and you can only hope to begin taking ownership of them by the time that you have finished reading this book.

Having now read more than a half dozen books by Lucado, this piece was certainly among the best. He approach was clear, his style crisp and consistent, his theme important, and his theology sound. In short, this was just a wonderful book that will stir your mind and touch your heart.