September 10, 2010
Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado - a book review
You were made to make a difference
"Salvation is the work of Christ. Compassion is the consequence of salvation."
I want to be clear up front; this is a Christian blog book review of a Christian book written by Christian author, Max Lucado. I certainly pray you will read and be blessed!
This book, Out Live Your Life, is written in true Lucado fashion...down to earth and easy to read. Mr. Lucado's position is one that we've heard many times,"None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone." Then he continues, "And when we help them, we serve Jesus." Mr. Lucado gives stories of how people have made a difference in the lives of those around them and specific ways that you and I can give of ourselves.
Mr. Lucado bookends each chapter, there are 16 in all followed by a discussion guide, with scripture and at the end of each chapter is a prayer asking for what is specifically mentioned in the previous chapter. For example, the prayer that follows the chapter "Stand Up for the Have Nots" includes, "Help me to be creative without being condescending, encouraging without being egotistic, and fearless without being foolish."
He is only asking for what God has already asked of us....Luke 10:27 He answered: " 'Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
I've told My Dear, it is like a change of thinking for me. One principle that I have walked away with is that I can help those around me and not ever even have to mention the name, Jesus. I realize that when I say something along the lines of I am here on behalf of Jesus, or my church, I look arrogant to the 'least of these', and that is not my desire! That is the impact the book has had on me personally....how might it change your thinking?
I would recommend this book for every Christian who has ever read through Acts and wondered if we could still look like the first century Church. I would recommend this book for every Christian who has ever asked, "How can I serve those around me?" It is truly an easy read that can change our thinking.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow....
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”