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Traveling Light

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At times we are all weary travelers, worn out from carrying fear, guilt, discontent, anxiety, or grief. Where do we turn for help? Using the verses of Psalm 23 as a guide, Max Lucado walks us through an inventory of our burdens to remind us that we were never meant to bear them.

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Published March 31st 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2001)
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Jul 20, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a long-time traveler I always felt the advice found in a Spanish proverb was sound, not only for travel but for life in general:

Travel lightly, you are not traveling for people to see you.
Travel expectantly, every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened; untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.
Travel humbly,visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and way of life.
Travel with an open mind. Leave your prejudices at home.
Travel with
Christopher Abreu Rosario
Sep 20, 2013 Christopher Abreu Rosario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christopher by: Aileen Abreu
I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason, that things are presented to you for a reason, that books are read for a reason. This book was meant to be read, and I am so ever grateful that I did. My sister recommended it to me months ago, and like most recommendations I added it to my list but didn't give it any more importance over the other books I had already intended to read. About a month ago my grandmother passed away and on her deathbed I discovered that her favorite passage in th ...more
The Book Man
Apr 15, 2015 The Book Man rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Traveling Light” is a book with its foundation based upon Psalm 23.
If you’re carrying a lot of extra baggage grab & read this book!!!

~ “You can’t enjoy a journey carrying so much stuff. Why don’t you just drop all that luggage?”
~ “Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today.”
~ “He is NEVER too late or too early, too loud or too soft, too fast or to slow. He ha
Mar 25, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great study, with many fabulous thoughts...but a bit too much advertising in the end pages.
Dan Almeida
Dec 28, 2014 Dan Almeida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read and every chapter has enough material for someone to prepare the structure of a whole sermon, talk or lesson. Very enjoyable and inspiring read, I feel like I can travel much lighter in life after this read. This is the first time I read Lucado, and it was a friend's reference, I appreciate his writing style, references, stories, and inspiring words, but I would have preferred if one Bible version/translation was used throughout the book, but Lucado uses a few versions, depending on t ...more
Eileen Carter
Traveling Light by Max Lucado is a book that is based on the 23rd Psalm. It states that each and every day we walk around with unseen baggage. Baggage you say? Surely not! But it is true, hurt, sadness, regret, jealousy just to name a few. We can be free of that baggage if we take the time to stop and travel lightly by listening to what David wrote in Psalm 23.

The first few words are so powerful "The Lord is my Sheperd," A sheperd is someone who cares for, protects, loves and provides for his f
Dec 19, 2013 Brittney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The message of this book was heartfelt, but the tired metaphors combined with the paternalistic and pompous language made it occasionally irritating to read. It's a decent book if you want to scrape the surface, but don't expect too much depth or fresh insight. I'd recommend it more for a quick read or a reminder than for a deep soul-searching.

Update: I had initially given this book a 3-star rating, but I went ahead and updated that to 1-star because: (a) GoodReads' rating system is subjective a
Aug 05, 2013 Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a new christian
Shelves: non-fiction, humanity
First, I gave this two stars because I thought it was ok (I had to start with that because I didn't think this book was bad, but I also didn't think it was anything monumental).

This book talks about burdens through the lens of Psalm 23. If you are considering reading this book I'll try to help you, but if you just want a summary you could probably skip my review.

I went through this book with a small group and the reading was a good foundation for discussion, but the reading itself was a bit to
Ștefan Băbălău
Mai mult ca sigur că, chiar în dimineaţa asta ai făcut aşa ceva. Undeva între primul pas pe care l-ai făcut când te-ai dat jos din pat şi ultimul pas pe care l-ai făcut ieşind din casă, ai şi apucat câteva bagaje. Te-ai apropiat apoi de banda rulantă pentru bagaje şi le-ai pus pe ea. Banda rulantă nu este cea dintr-un aeroport; este cea din mintea ta. Şi bagajele pe care le apuci, zi de zi deja, din reflex, nu sunt făcute din piele, sunt făcute din poveri.

Geamantanul vinei. Cufărul nemulţumirii.
Apr 18, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An encouraging study through Psalm 23 - I identify strongly with having to set down some baggage the book talks about, and struggle similarly with loneliness, anxiety, discontent, and lesser god, among others. a good reminder to remember Christ as the centre of the equation, to depend not on our own strength but call out for the Shepherd. Jesus doesn't give hope by changing the jungle; he restores our hope by giving us himself.
Apr 15, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucado does a beautiful job enumerating the promises of God found in Psalm 23. An uplifting read.
Nancy Boyd
Aug 02, 2011 Nancy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No wonder life's seemed so heavy lately. Every burden described in this book, I've been carrying: worrying that my God is a lesser God, self-reliance, discontent, weariness, worry, hopelessness, guilt, arrogance, the grave, grief, fear, loneliness, shame, disappointment, envy, doubt, and not enough heaven-homesickness. Any of these sound familiar? This book is for you! It should be a requirement for every Bible study and devotional group!
Brent MacDonald
Not at all a heavy book, but I guess that's the point of a book about releasing burdens. Mostly devotional, with the occasional highlightable moment.
Colleen  H
Sep 29, 2013 Colleen H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to feel uplifted instead of weighed down with this life's burdens, then this is a great first step! I love Max Lucado's unique ability to write
in such a way that you feel like he is talking directly to you. He is a pastor and minister of Jesus and it really shows in all that he says, whether in the written or spoken word.
Jan 19, 2015 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time to rest

Psalm 23 is one of my favorites. Love the fresh insights shared by Max. Lay down the burdens you were never intended to carry and rest in the loving arms of our Savior. This excerpt summarizes it better than I can.

Rest from the burden of a small god. Why? Because I have found the Lord.
Rest from doing things my way. Why? Because the Lord is my Shepherd.
Rest from endless wants. Why? Because I shall not want.
Rest from weariness. Why? Because he makes me to lie down.
Rest from worry.
Mar 18, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
This book isn't really full of profound words that will make you impressed and feel scholarly for your reading endeavors. If you're looking for those results, I wouldn't recommend Max Lucado's work. I was looking for a bit of lighter, yet encouraging, reading during a train trip on the back side of India...and I found the perfect book. This author speaks frankly, and in words of the common man (or woman, as is my case) without finger pointing, or shaming the reader. This book is filled with beau ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a whole new light to the 23rd Psalm. I always associated it with funerals and death but it is so much more relevant to our every day lives than that. Now whenever I am struggling with ANYTHING, I think of the 23rd Psalm and it comforts me. <
Maggie Beadle
Oct 09, 2012 Maggie Beadle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written for anyone who worries too much about anything. Homesickness, dying, loneliness, the is so well written and really easy to read!!
Vianessa Peña
Dec 31, 2015 Vianessa Peña rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Qué manera de estudiar este salmos tan famoso. Quedé inpactada con lo minucioso de este estudio.
Jennifer Ward
Mar 29, 2012 Jennifer Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Jennifer by: Kristy
Just what I needed. Loved this book. If you are burdened by worries this is a must read.
Kathy Jackson
My eldest sister, Carolyn, recommended this book to me because she knew I am a big fan of Dr. Stanley’s so thought I’d like Lucado too. I have read Lucado before – over a decade ago – but don’t remember the book. Still, I bought the book in paperback form so I could loan it out to family when I was finished.

Max writes in a wonderfully humorous style as he shares stories from his own life and the lives of those around him. Some stories make you laugh out loud while others bring tears to your eyes
Of the few Lucado books I've read so far, I'd have to say this is my favorite. As always, he writes with a conversational tone which makes for quick and easy reading. He also writes anecdotally, providing many stories to illustrate his main points and making biblical stories relevant to the modern reader. What makes this book stand out from his others, I think, is that it focuses so heavily on the text of Scripture. (Whenever the Bible is allowed to speak for itself, the message is always strong ...more
Dawn Michelle

This was a very good, VERY thought-provoking book. I like this author a lot. I enjoy how he writes and how presents things in his books.

We all have burdens we carry around with us. As Christians, we are to give these burdens to the Lord. And anyone who has tried doing this, knows that is is so much easier said than done.

But, what if we took a clue from King David and apply the words he penned in Psalm 23, during a particularly trying time in his life? What if, we let God be our shepherd? Wha
Vivienne Seaman
Mar 21, 2016 Vivienne Seaman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars. This was one of the most inspiring, comforting, books that I have ever read. Repeating the 23rd Psalms for most of my life and not really understanding it was frustrating until I picked up this book. This is the first of Max Lucado's books I have read and have decided he must be my all time favorite author writing books that guide you through some dark days. I bought copies for a sister in law who loves the Lord and will I am sure glean as much guidance from this book as I enjoyed.
Michael Hsu
Jan 26, 2015 Michael Hsu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is an excellent reminder for us to focus on the BIGGER picture and less so on trivial matters that, if we stop and think about it, makes no sense to be stressed out for. By bigger picture, I am of course referring to a communion with God and the peace, love and guidance he can provide us. Too often, we human relied more on our ability rather than put our faith in God. Each of the themes discussed in this book is well supported by examples from scripture which makes the message more cre ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started well, but as in continued something about it grated at me more or more. Lucado is folksy and sweet to a faults and about to thirds of the way through I felt like my brain was getting cavities listening to him. I think it was the chapter on loneliness where I just couldn't take it any more and gave up. It was to trite, too "here is a cute story and a simple solution to all your problems" I just couldn't read (or listen) any more.
I loved the first book I read by Max Lucado, but this one wasn't nearly as good. I found it to be a little fluffy, whereas his other book was quite deep and insightful. I liked the idea behind "traveling light" by releasing our burdens, but I feel like some of the chapters barely skimmed the surface.

That being said I loved the breakdown of Psalm 23, and I feel like the overall message of the book was still a positive one.
Jan 30, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book even more than the other two books I've read of Lucado's, He Still Moves Stones and Cast of Characters. In this one, he takes the well-known 23rd Psalm and dissects each verse. Then he illustrates why we're to give our burdens (worry,guilt,weariness,etc.)to God to carry for us. Not only was it an excellent book for reminder lessons (like advice to "ponder your success and count your money in a cemetary") but I learned new lessons as well (like how much God really hates arroga ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Alysia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a good review of the concepts in the 23rd Psalm. Each chapter was devoted to a phrase of this Psalm, expanding and explaining it with more detail and real life modern examples. This book was good, but the reason I only gave it 3 stars was that I wished each chapter was a little longer with more real life examples.

The book itself was 164 pages. Then pages 165-220 was study group guide if you were studying this book with a group. There was a study guide for each of the 18 chapters,
first time i've read a max lucado book. he is funny and insightful. this particular book looks at psalm 23 line by line and i found most of his chapters/approaches to be quite inspirational. recommended for those who love to sink into religious books that enlighten our understanding of god-in-our lives.
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Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times—1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name. In 2005, Reader’s Digest dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher.” In addition, ...more
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