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Friday, September 10, 2010

Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

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About the Book

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.

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My Review

In Outlive Your Life Max Lucado once again has an inspirational message for us all. He wonders what might the world be like if each person gave what they could to make someone else's life better. He understands that we all don't have the same ability (money, time, etc.) to give, but we all have something. It is these little things that he thinks might make the big difference.

I loved the message in this book. When we see the poor starving children on TV we wish there were something real that we could do. We wish we could send them tons of money to help out, but in reality most of us don't have tons of money. But we can do something. Even something as little as inviting someone over for dinner is helping someone who may be eating alone. It just takes a little effort and the compassion to not turn a blind eye.

The main idea of the book is that we are all God's people and by helping others we are doing God's work. There are many versus that Lucado uses to show how helping those less fortunate (or the Gentiles as the Bible refers to them) is doing God's work. Jesus was not turning a blind eye to these people, and if we are to do God's work neither should we.

As always the writing was great. The chapters were fairly short and the book was a quick read. I loved how each chapter had a verse that it focuses on, and what I took to be, a prayer for us to let God help us help others. This really was an inspiring book. And as usual Lucado shows us how easy it can be to really help others.

Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference

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