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Max Lucado: Courage for Today and Hope for Tomorrow (ep. 398)

Max Lucado

John O’Leary welcomes New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado to the Live Inspired Podcast.

Max Lucado is a pastor, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. He’s captivated the hearts of millions with his poetic storytelling and homespun humor.

Join us as Max shares a timely message of hope and encouragement for a society still reeling from racial divides, political strife and a global pandemic.

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  • As a teenager + young adult, Max was on a prodigal path.
  • For decades, Max didn’t share about the sexual abuse he experienced as a child because he felt healed shortly after the incident, assured his perpetrator would face God.
  • According to Cigna, 61% of Americans felt lonely in 2019. Another 64% feel as if they have no one with whom they can share their truth. 
  • Thirty-seven percent of US adults struggled with anxiety in the past week and 59.8% of young people 18-25 struggled with anxiety in the past seven days, according to CDC.
  • Why is anxiety at an all-time high? We’re leading fast-paced lifestyles, have access to more information than ever before and are less connected to a higher power.
  • Unmet expectations drive unhappiness. Two out of three Americans identify as being unhappy (Harris Poll).
  • “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”
  • “To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether.”

If you enjoyed hearing from Max Lucado, tune into our New York Times bestselling authors playlist. Hear from Mel Robins, Bob Costas, Mitch Albom, Patrick Lencioni and more here.


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  1. Q. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
    A. The Bible and William Barclay's Commentary.
  2. Q. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today?
    A. Play well.
  3. Q. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be?
    A. My Bible from 2000.
  4. Q. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
    A. My father and many characters from the Bible.
  5. Q. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
    A. Life is short. Time is fleeting fast.
  6. Q. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
    A. Trust God's great grace.
  7. Q. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?
    A. Life is short and then it's past. Only what's done for Christ will last.