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Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  7,961 Ratings  ·  315 Reviews
Weary travelers. You've seen them -- everything they own crammed into their luggage. Staggering through terminals and hotel lobbies with overstuffed suitcases, trunks, duffels, and backpacks.

Backs ache. Feet burn. Eyelids droop.

We've all seen people like that.

At times, we are people like that -- if not with our physical luggage, then at least with our spiritual load.

We all
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by W Publishing Group (first published 2001)
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Christópher Abreu Rosario
Jun 27, 2013 Christópher Abreu Rosario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christópher 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
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
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
Weary travelers. You've seen them; everything they own crammed into their luggage. Staggering through terminals and hotel lobbies with overstuffed suitcases, trunks, duffels and backpacks. Backs ache, feet burn, eyelids droop. We've all seen people like that and at times, we are people like that, if not with our physical luggage, then at least with our spiritual load. We all lug loads we were never intended to carry. Fear. Worry. Discontent. No wonder we get so weary. We're worn out from carryin ...more
The Book Man
Apr 09, 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
Dan Almeida
Aug 13, 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
Mar 07, 2016 Eileen Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Max Lucado is one of my favorite inspirational writers. He has a marvelous ability to take a topic and explain it with simple stories and examples. It's like sitting down with a trusted friend to discuss what's in your heart and on your mind. This time he takes one of the most beloved passages in the Bible - the 23rd Psalm. He talks about how the Psalm speaks about releasing your burdens to the Lord - worry, hopelessness, guilt, grief, disappointments, envy, doubt. When you can trust that God is ...more
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!
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!!
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.
Dec 15, 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
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.
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. <
Vianessa Peña
Apr 28, 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.
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.
Jennifer Ward
Mar 15, 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.
Oct 25, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing
If you've ever felt lonely, hurt, like you've failed or messed up; if you've lost someone or been devastated by traumatic events; or if you have a hard time getting through each day because of physical, mental, or emotional reasons, this would be a good book to read. It's an easy book to read because it is powerfully gentle and written simply.
Mar 19, 2017 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follows the 23rd Psalm to give hope/guidance on letting go of our "emotional baggage"
Feb 27, 2017 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Aaron Williams
Mar 09, 2017 Aaron Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short but good
Traveling Light is mostly about letting go of burdens, mostly disappointments, fears, or anxieties that weigh us down in our spiritual lives. Each person's walk with Christ is different, so I mostly read through the sections that were pertinent to me. I think that using this book as a starting point and finding verses would be even more helpful. I went to the Bible because I needed to understand the verses.

Some of us get distracted by past burdens. Some of us embrace our burdens. Some of us acc
Feb 26, 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
Feb 21, 2017 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! Max Lucado knows how to put common feelings into words and preach on them.
Jan 23, 2017 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church
This book walks through the 23rd Psalm with encouragement to let various burdens go:

- The Lord: the middle C of life, the burden of a lesser God
- The Lord is my shepherd - I'll do it my way, the burden of self-reliance
- The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want - the prison of want, the burden of discontent
- He makes me to lie down in green pastures - I will give you rest, the burden of weariness
- He leads me beside the still waters - whaddifs and howells - the burden of worry
- He restores my so
R. Michael
Once again Max brings Jesus to life without taking away His holiness.
Dec 31, 2014 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.
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
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
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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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