Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

These are difficult days in our world's history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God's love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let's live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.

My review:
This is possibly the best Max Lucado book I have read. He starts the book out by showing how God has used the common man, the simple people down through the ages. I sat back and thought this was going to be a "feel good book" on how we are all special in God's eyes, and things along that line. He briefly touches on that, but then goes another direction - on how we need to make a differemce by seeking out the common folk, the less desirables of society and work on winning them to Christ. This book is pretty much a sermon on how we need to get off our butts and be Christ to a desperate, dying world.

In one chapter, he talks about having a "clam shell" - something to crawl in to avoid getting caught up in other people's problems. The clam shell is figuretively speaking of course, but he does bring up a good point. We are too busy, too caught up in ourselves to reach the hurting, the less desirables of society. I recommend this book, and more so than any of Max Lucado's that I have read.

About the author:

Max Lucado is a minister who writes and a writer who preaches. He and his wife, Denalyn, serve the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. They have three grown daughters, Jenna, Andrea, and Sara; one son-in-law, Brett; and one sweet but lazy golden retriever, Molly.

Outlive Your Life is available from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy.