Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear” as Want to Read:
Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  10,946 ratings  ·  480 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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 16th 2006 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2001)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Traveling Light, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Traveling Light

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.24  · 
Rating details
 ·  10,946 ratings  ·  480 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The gritty details of each of our follies and foibles are the Facts of Our Life to the Prime Mover.


“After such knowledge, what Forgiveness?”

Plenty, as it turns out!

Everything’s gonna be OK at last, because it’s:


You know one day, we notice that our step has lost its spring. The sky has lost its blue. Our Memory Book has diminished in volume - and its nice bright pictures are yellow and faded.

We didn’t plan for this. It just happened.

And we’ve maybe lost our way. We’re at a Dead E
Christópher Abreu Rosario
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(4.5) I found this book so unexpected. With a basis on the 23rd Psalm, the short, succinct chapters pack an effective punch and provided me with a profound new depth of the faith in which I was raised. The author's use of humor to drive points home can at times be purposely over-the-top but mostly it made me chuckle. If you're looking for a non-heavy, to-the-point yet beautifully meaningful dose of spiritual reading this summer, this fits the bill. (A study guide is included.) ...more
The Book Man
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“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 has AL
Nancy Boyd
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great study, with many fabulous thoughts...but a bit too much advertising in the end pages.
Dan Almeida
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: a new christian
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
Eileen Carter
Mar 07, 2016 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
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Maggie Beadle
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Kristy Loeks
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. The author does such a wonderful job of weaving his knowledge of scripture and of history into this message that meets me right where I am today. The book feels like a conversation with someone who loves me very deeply. This will be staying on my nightstand, where I can easily access it on a regular basis.
diann bryan
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listening-to
Loved the Audio and the message ❤️
Inspiration at it’s Best!
Max Lucado ❤️
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"By that moment only one bag will remain. Not guilt. It was dropped at Calvary. Not the fear of death. It was left at the grave. The only lingering luggage will be this God-given longing for home. And when you see him, you'll set it down. Just as a returning soldier drops his duffel when he sees his wife, you'll drop your longing when you see your Father. Those you love will shout. Those you know will applaud. But all the noise will cease when he cups your chin and says, "Welcome home...

and with
Katrina Schurter
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. <
Chad Brady
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I needed this book in my life more than anyone can know! I wish it was 1,000 more pages... I still could use it...
Travis Bow
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was OK - some decent advise loosely related to the 23rd Psalm, but a lot more cutesy than practical or moving.
Onisim Pînzariu
Finished another awesome work from Max and wow! Yes, I've read books written after this one that are definitely better as a writing style, but that counts less when reading motivational books.
The message in Travel Light touched my heart in so many ways and it gave me a better understanding of Psalm 23, a psalm I didn't find very expressive before, given its popularity. Now I got to a point where I see things differently and I kinda got to love it.
I love so many things about the way Max Lucado pr
Peter Holford
Yes - classic Max Lucado. I read this book the first time nearly 15 years ago and enjoyed it, but picked it up off the shelf again earlier this year. It's the title that got me thinking again. The need to travel light through this life. I like his subtitle: 'Releasing the burdens you were never intended to bear'. It's essentially a series of reflections on the 23rd Psalm, and THAT is always worth coming back to.
One part that I had forgotten was the closing chapter, 'Almost heaven'. I've been th
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
Good book based upon the 23 Psalm... Laying down the burdens of life that we were not designed to carry. Chapter 11 dealing with the loss of a loved one is very good if you have that weight on your shoulders. Would recommend to anyone that is burdened by this world. We are sheep, we weren't designed to carry the load. I have been trying for a long time to lay these things down and this book is a helpful tool. ...more
Novlette Gooden-Castillo
A must read! You do not realize how much "baggage" you are lugging around that affects your relationships and perspective on life. This book is funny yet realistic and Max Lucado dissects the 23 Psalm in a way I have never seen it before. ...more
Rachel Baker
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down my favorite devotional.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book spoke to my soul. It offers peace and encouragement to grow closer to God. Wonderful book!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-growth
"Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

This book went through Psalm 23 line by line and shared how each invites us to lay a burden down. Burdens like weariness, guilt, fear, loneliness, etc. I needed to hear this message.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible-studies
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Forgiving What You Can't Forget: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That's Beautiful Again
  • Love is the Answer, God is the Cure: A True Story of Abuse, Betrayal and Unconditional Love
  • Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
  • Discipline: The Glad Surrender
  • Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy - Member Book
  • Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
  • Praying God's Word: Breaking Free From Spiritual Strongholds
  • Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
  • When Crickets Cry
  • It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered
  • Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts
  • Live in Grace, Walk in Love: A 365-Day Journey
  • Battlefield of the Mind Devotional: 100 Insights That Will Change the Way You Think
  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars
  • Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions
  • Uh-oh: Some Observations from Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door
  • Maybe (Maybe Not): Second Thoughts from a Secret Life
  • Battlefield Of The Mind: Winning The Battle In Your Mind
See similar books…
With more than 130 million products in print and several NYT bestsellers, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy. His next book is publishing August 2018 and is titled Unshakable Hope.


News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
3 likes · 1 comments
“The key is this: 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.” 228 likes
“You need someone to lift your spirits. You need someone to look you in the face and say, "This isn't the end. Don't give up. There is a better place than this. And I'll lead you there.” 61 likes
More quotes…