Saturday, September 11, 2010

Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson, Religion/Christian Life/General, 2010, 212 pages.

Here is Thomas Nelson’s summary of the book:

Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference Cover
    We are common folk. We sit in the bleachers, eat at diners, change diapers, and wear our favorite team’s ball cap. Fans don’t wave when we pass. Servants don’t scurry when we come home. Chauffeurs don’t drive our cars; butlers don’t open our doors or draw our baths. Doormen don’t greet us, and security doesn’t protect us. We are regular folk.
    And we wonder: Does God use people like us?
    He did. God stampeded the first-century society with swaybacks, not thoroughbreds. Before Jesus came along, the disciples were loading trucks, coaching soccer, and selling Slurpee drinks at the convenience store. Their collars were blue, and their hands were calloused, and there is no evidence that Jesus chose them because they were smarter or nicer than the guy next door. The one thing they had going for them was a willingness to take a step when Jesus said, “Follow me.”
    Are you more a dinghy than cruise ship? More stand-in than movie star? More blue jeans than blue blood? Congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you.

I had figured this book would take a lot of time to get through, since most books like it are packed tight with theology. I guess it shows then that I have never read anything by Max Lucado. I understood everything I read, and enjoyed reading it. Lucado systematically shows many ways we can make a difference in the world, by using the examples of others in the present day, and in the Bible. With each chapter, he tucks it in tight with relevant scripture passages on either end, and concludes that each time with a prayer. I found this very similar to the book Do Hard Things, written by Alex and Brett Harris, for teens, challenging them also to make a difference. Outlive Your Life is mainly for adults however, but is simple for teens like me to read as well. With all we can do, we can do it for the glory of God, because if not for Him, we could not do anything.

My rating: 5 stars out of 5

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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    1. I got this book and enjoyed it! I'd agree, A lot like an upsized do Hard things :) Somethings were a little dull--but it worked out Ok :)

    2. This book is one that will spur the reader on to live a life that does make a real difference. The Bible says in Psalm 90:12, "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." Lucado give guidance, encouragement and challenge for each person to make their life count for something greater than themselves. He deals with some of the most popular concerns that people use to justify not investing in the world and community around you.