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Traveling Light

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  6,267 ratings  ·  269 reviews
From beloved award-winning author Max Lucado comes Traveling Light, refreshing words wrapped around the biblical passages of the 23rd Psalm to reenergize weary spiritual travelers. In his inimitable, pastoral voice that both soothes and exhorts, Lucado gently unpacks the verses of the psalm while helping readers lay down the burdens of doubt, anxiety, perfectionism, and fe ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Nelson, Thomas, Inc. (first published 2001)
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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
The Book Man
“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
Christopher Abreu Rosario
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
Dan Almeida
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
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Nancy Boyd
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!
Colleen  H
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.
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.
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
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
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!!
Jennifer Ward
Mar 29, 2012 Jennifer Ward rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Michael Hsu
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
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.
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
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.
Sheilla Mae
This is worth reading. It amazed me how the author shared his thoughts about giving up the things that really dont matter in life and how he centered his thoughts in creating this masterpiece with Psalm 23 as his guide. Glory to God for the works of His hands to this author.
Andrew Doohan
I received this book as a gift for Christmas 2012, and for a whole range of reasons haven't had a chance to read it. There always seemed to be something 'more important' to read - and I had I read this book I would have known that there probably wasn't.

Max Lucado walks the reader through the most famous Psalm of all - Psalm 23 - and shows us very clearly that reading this psalm should provide comfort in time of distress, but a reminder that God is prepared to take all of our burdens away, castin
I was surprised. I liked this book. Practical stuff for everyday burdens. You're not going to solve any deep theological mysteries here, but sometimes a person just needs to be reminded to trust Jesus.
Julia Fisher
I found this book rather inspiring and was able to apply many of the ideas to my life (not that I was able to maintain them). The general sense of the book has stayed with me for years.
S. Sloan
When we journey through life we do need to learn how to "Travel Light". This book confirms that we are to let go of our troubles and move on to a better way of life. Another great Max Lucado book.
The Lord is my Shepherd. If you asked me what is my take away from this book - it would be that the five fingers on my one hand stands for "the Lord is my Shepherd". The simplicity of the book evoke lightness in my heart. I always believe in God trying to lead me to His pasture and this was furhter reinforced by Max Lucado's deep and very profound sharing. I agree that I am overweight. Overweight with so much burden that I am not meant to carry. I always have this book on my work table, to remin ...more
My cup overflows with blessings. Psalms 23:5 NLT
A verse to remember by in this second reading of Traveling Light. God's timing is perfect and He is good all the time, to prepare me during an accident and how to deal with it. Max Lucado's style is memorable as he fills his chapters with little stories and personal experiences. The Word is well researched and explained, then linked to real life. I hope it helps other readers out there too!
This book is really good because it reminds us that we cannnot experience true joy in our life if we still hold the past pain, a grief at a lost of loved one, or worries.
مارسيل العيد
This is a great book, it taught me how to travel light in my daily life. We don't have to carry heavy language while we pass along this life.
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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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