Monday, April 26, 2010

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be by Max Lucado

Let me preface this review by saying two things. First, I’m not crazy about gift books. I like to read something that I can really get into and not have little short segments. Second, I have an issue with people publishing the same material (basically) under two different titles. I have been tricked by this before and it is always a let-down when I realize that I am reading the SAME book that I have read before ... just with a different title and cover.

That said ... I was surprised by this little gift book. The basic premise is that most people are unhappy with the work that they do day-in and day-out. Since this takes up most of our time here on planet earth, shouldn’t we be happier? Lucado offers a simple way to determine what we SHOULD be doing. Through the process of asking several simple questions, we should be able to figure out what we do well and what we enjoy doing ... and then do it! And love it! Seems simple right? (Although, once I started thinking about this in my own life, it will probably take a little longer than a day or two!)

I liked the simple message ... the thought that EVERYONE should be in their “sweet spot” ... doing what they enjoy and being good at it. I wished that the book was a little more in-depth. The daily selections were taken from another book, The Cure for the Common Life, and more than anything I think reading this book made me want to read the “whole” story in that book.

Anyway. I would recommend this book only if you really like reading short selections each day (like a devotional) or if you know someone who really likes little gift books. Otherwise, I would probably opt for the original book ... The Cure for the Common Life.

3 stars (out of 5)

I received this book free of charge from Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze blog review program in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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