Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Can I get an autographed copy of one of Max’s books?

Max signs books as his schedule permits; therefore we cannot guarantee the return of your book by a specific deadline. Send the book that you want autographed, with return postage paid packaging to:

UpWords Ministries
PO Box 692170
San Antonio, TX 78269

How can I meet Max in person?

For information on Max’s speaking events, go to the calendar of events at

On weekends that he is scheduled to preach, Max greets visitors between worship services at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX. You should call the church first (210) 698-6868 to find out whether or not he will be in town preaching on the week you plan to visit. For worship times, directions, and preaching schedule, you can go to the Oak Hills website:

How can I invite Max to speak at my event?  click to more information:

May I get a written copy of one of Max’s sermons?

Since Max uses his sermon notes in writing his books, the transcripts are copyrighted. Therefore we do not publish or publicly distribute written transcripts of Max’s messages. However, all sermons preached at Oak Hills Church are archived on the church’s website under Media and are available for viewing at anytime.

What address do I use to mail a letter to Max Lucado?

Max Lucado
c/o UpWords Ministries
PO Box 692170
San Antonio, TX 78249

Can UpWords Ministries donate funds or products to my mission trip, school auction, or benefit?

Regretfully, UpWords is not able to provide monetary donations to individuals or ministries. As a completely donor-supported ministry, financial gifts to UpWords fund our radio program, website, and other ministry-related expenses. I’m sure you understand that as honorable Christian stewards of these donations, we are not able to divert funds to provide financial aid or assistance to select individuals. Other requests can be directed to us at:

To request quantity discounts on Max’s books, please contact The Christianbook Group who manages the online store at Their direct phone number is 1-888-764-9606.  If you maintain commercial accounts, you may contact the publisher of the book you wish to purchase.


May I reprint an article from your website by Max Lucado for my church bulletin, my newsletter, my Bible class, my neighbors….. ?

We are glad to grant permission for the use of Max’s writing when possible. Under normal circumstances copyright laws do not allow for the duplication and distribution of copyrighted material. However, if your intent is to copy a limited amount of content and make a small number of copies to share them with friends, we encourage you to do so. We do, however, have a few requests of you.

Your usage will be limited and not-for-profit.
Any material by Max Lucado shall be used in its original format, unedited.
You must include an attribution line that states the following information:

[Book Title]
Copyright [Publisher, Copyright date] Max Lucado
Used by permission

If you need the above information for the content you want to use, please contact us at

May I post an article by Max Lucado on my website?

Yes, provided that you abide by the following conditions:

Clearly state that it is by Max Lucado
Do not alter the wording.
Link to the article at
Do not charge for it.

May I quote from one of Max’s books in something I am writing? Or translate it into another language? Or adapt one of his books into a dramatic work or other derivative work?

UpWords Ministries does not hold the copyright for Max Lucado’s books. Your request for permission must be directed to its respective publisher of the book in which you are interested. The same applies to requests to translate, adapt, or create a derivative work based on one of Max’s trade books.

Publishing Questions

Can I get Max’s help with the book I am writing?

Even if his schedule allowed, legal restrictions prevent Max from reviewing unpublished works or proposals. Unsolicited manuscripts or self-published books are returned to sender.

Included on this website, however, is some information to encourage you in your writing endeavor.

Please visit: The Writing Corner: Tips and Tools for Aspiring Authors.

For your writing questions, we recommend Jerry Jenkins’ book, Writing for the Soul. Jenkins is the author of the Left Behind series–and host of the Writing for the Soul Conference each year in Colorado Springs. His web address is

We don’t have anyone here at the UpWords offices who does editorial work, but here is a resource that we trust:

Will Max write an endorsement for a book I have written?

Max’s policy is to endorse only projects with which he is entirely familiar, or projects authored by close colleagues. This standard gives credibility to his words and is a point of integrity for him.

Bible questions

Can I write to Max Lucado about a personal, theological, or counseling issue?

There are many excellent ministers across the country who are dedicated to this task and who would welcome the opportunity to study your concerns with you.  We would encourage you to seek out a pastor in your area who can help you find the answers you seek.  Max’s schedule and ministry priorities simply don’t provide time to send you a personal reply or give your question the completeness it deserves.

What is Max Lucado’s church heritage?

Max received a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University in Texas, which is a college founded by leaders in the churches of Christ. Technically, the churches of Christ are not part of an organized denomination. Each congregation is autonomous, yet shares a restoration heritage similar to The Christian Church and Disciples of Christ.

Max is a teaching pastor or the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX. Oak Hills is an independent church; you may find their statement of beliefs on their website:

What are Max’s beliefs about baptism? 

Max teaches we are saved by grace. Those who have accepted Christ take the next step of faith by demonstrating their acceptance in baptism.

Here is a link where you can read or download the Oak Hills Church position on baptism: Baptism, A Demonstration of Devotion

What version of the Bible does Max use?

The Bible was originally written in ancient Hebrew and Greek, with a few sections in Aramaic. Therefore, any English Bible is a translation. In his Bible study, Max uses many different versions interchangeably. He is not a Greek scholar, so he leaves the translating work to the experts, and accepts these many versions prayerfully inviting God’s direction in his study.

What about The Message Bible?

The Message was not intended to be a literal translation, but rather a paraphrase of scripture. We have found this paraphrase to be a helpful tool of communication, but do understand the limitations and cautions. Thus, Max does not use it exclusively, but rather, in concert with more literal translations.

Why are deity pronouns not capitalized in Max’s books?

Certain decisions about usage are determined by the publisher’s “house style.” The publisher’s house style dictates punctuation, spellings, and grammatical strictures. The purpose of “house style” is to maintain consistency throughout each book across all products issued under their name. Under Thomas Nelson Publisher’s house style and according to the Chicago Manual of Style, deity pronouns are not capitalized.

Following is some research behind the history of the matter:

In Hebrew, there is no such thing as upper and lower case. The original Greek manuscripts were written in all upper case letters. Therefore, this is mostly a question of English style more than a question of conforming to the original language texts. In the time of the King James Version, it was common practice to capitalize pronouns pertaining to any king or other national leader. Since God is the King of Kings, it only made sense to capitalize pronouns referring to God. In modern English, we don’t do that, even when writing very respectfully. In modern English, it is considered correct to either capitalize or not capitalize pronouns referring to God, but the practice should be consistent within a book. Other contemporary translations of the Holy Bible into English are pretty much evenly split between capitalizing and not capitalizing these pronouns.

There are three other translational issues involved. One is that it seems rather awkward to translate quotations of people who were deriding Jesus Christ, and who at that point didn’t believe that He was the spotless Son of God, capitalizing the pronouns they used to refer to Him. The New American Standard Bible handles this by putting in a footnote to explain that they capitalized the pronouns because of who Jesus Christ is, not who the speaker thought He was.

Another issue is that in some of the coronation psalms, it was clear that the psalm was originally written for the coronation of an earthly king (i. e. King Solomon), but the psalm applies and is used more often to sing praises to the King of Kings. In that case, it is difficult to choose which case to use for the pronouns. By not capitalizing pronouns pertaining to God, we as translators preserve the ambiguity of the original Scriptures and leave the application to the Holy Spirit and the reader.

(This article is from the World English Bible Translation FAQ, by Michael Paul Johnson with numerous contributions by others.)

What are Max’s thoughts about cremation?

Cremation only speeds up the natural decomposition process. God will have no problem resurrecting our bodies from whatever state of decomposition they are in at the time of his return.

A close relative recently committed suicide. Does Max have any writings on this that would help give our family some peace of mind?

The following is a piece that Max wrote about suicide, with the prayer that it may provide some clarity and hope:

Suicide victims battled life’s rawest contests. They often faced a mental illness or illnesses and felt the peril of mental fatigue. What you and I take for granted, they coveted. Optimism. Hope. Confidence that all would be well. Their clouds had no silver linings; their storms had no rainbows.

Didn’t we wonder, Why couldn’t he snap out of this slump . . . shrug off this case of the blues . . . buck up and move forward? Of course, had the struggle been a physical one, we wouldn’t have asked those questions. Of cancer patients we don’t ask, “Why didn’t they get rid of that melanoma?” We understand the power of cancer. We may not understand the mystery of mental illness. I certainly don’t. But this much I have observed. Depression causes good people to make the wrong choice.

Let’s be clear: suicide is the wrong choice. The date of our death is God’s to choose, not ours. He gives life, and he takes it. When people orchestrate their own death, they make the wrong choice.

But is the mistake a spiritually fatal one? Do we despair of any hope of their eternal salvation? Are we left with the nightmarish conclusion that heaven holds no place for them?

By no means. For while suicide is the wrong choice, have not we all made wrong choices? And did Christ not come for people like us? Frame their lives rightly. Remember good decisions. Catalog blue-ribbon days. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 NKJV). God does not measure a person by one decision, nor should we.

We invite you to search and explore the body of  MAX’s TEACHING (top navigation) at to find more inspiration and encouragement for your daily life.