Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Review Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

I am a big fan of Max Lucado. I have several of his books including ones he has written for children. His new book Out Live Your Life is an inspiring read. Once again Lucado has given us insights into how to improve our life and the lives of others. This was an easy book to read and to digest.
Lucado starts his book out with a fable. He then uses biblical references and real-life stories to get his points across. He is a master storyteller so each chapter is a lesson in itself. He knows how to relate each story/chapter to the ordinary person. In this way he calls us each to action.

Some of the stories are hard to read because they aren’t necessarily pretty. He tells us the nitty-gritty story of Jose, a fellow in Brazil who sells medicine out of a tin-walled shed. He tells of Bzuneh Tulema who lives in a dirt-floored house in Africa. He tells of Xu Yonghai who was locked in a Beijing prison for working to get house churches legalized. He tells of Necati Aydin, a Christian in Turkey who was murdered for standing up for his faith in a Muslim country.

This book asks each of us to look at the world around us. We see poverty, famine, disease in the news but it seems very far away at times. But watching and reading about these how can we not realize that we need to make a difference? Lucado says that those who suffer belong to all of us. He says that “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.”

Lucado points out that most of us really want to do good, to make our life matter. He asks us to reconsider our role in this world. At the end of the book are questions for discussion. Here Lucado give us ideas for action. They are ways to use our gifts, passion and opportunities to serve others.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to make a difference in their neighborhood, community and in the world. (It would make a great Christmas present!)

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Please note that Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided me a complimentary copy of this book for my review; however, the opinions are my own. I have not been required to publish a positive review.
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