Friday, September 10, 2010

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado


In Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado addresses a topic that many Christians are discussing ... using the one life you have to really make a difference for God. I've heard many messages preached on this topic over the past few years and read several books as well - a couple this year, even! So ... I wondered if Lucado would have anything new to say on the subject.

I was immediately impressed with the book. Lucado uses the book of Acts to illustrate how the Church should address poverty, homelessness, persecution, "the least of these." He gives great pictures of Christians who did the RIGHT thing and the WRONG thing and talks about how having the right attitude is ultimately the key to it all. Scripture is woven throughout and points are drawn from Scripture - rather than using random verses to back up Lucado's thoughts. I appreciated that he laid out the gospel in chapter four as a way to make sure that readers were clear on the main thing - the reason that the rest of this even matters.

I also liked that each chapter ended with a passage of Scripture and a prayer that often voiced my exact thoughts. A discussion guide and ideas for action for each chapter are provided at the end of the book, which would make it an easy book to discuss in a small group or book club.

This is a pretty easy read and could probably be finished in a few hours.

4 stars (out of 5)

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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