Friday, September 10, 2010

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado (Book Review)

Last year I reviewed Fearless by Max Lucado.  That book was a book of comfort and compassion.  In contrast, Outlive Your Life:  You Were Made to Make a Difference presents a challenge to Christians.
We are regular folk.  And we wonder:  Does God use people like us?  He did. ... Before Jesus came along, the disciples were loading trucks, coaching soccer, and selling Slurpee drinks at the convenience store. ... The one thing they had going for them was a willingness to take a step when Jesus said, "Follow me." ...

Are you more blue jeans than blue blood?  Congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you.
In Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado presents a case for each of us to be part of a solution to the poverty and suffering that plague our world today.  Not one of us can do it all, but we can all do something.  Using examples from the Book of Acts, he reminds us of the powerful work that God accomplished through the early church.  He follows that by offering suggestions on how we can allow God to use us in a similar way.

Outlive Your Life concludes with a Discussion and Action Guide.  The thought-provoking questions and practical ideas may just spur you to action.  I enjoyed Outlive Your Life, which reminded me of The Hole in Our Gospel (Richard Stearns), but without the elements that frustrated me.

Putting his words into action, the author is giving one hundred percent of his royalties from Outlive Your Life to benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion.

Note that I received this book only two days ago; I've read about two-thirds and skimmed the rest.  Because the BookSneeze team asked that bloggers post our Outlive Your Life reviews today, I haven't had a chance to read the entire book thoroughly.

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Disclosure: I received this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze for the opportunity. This post contains affiliate links: if you click through my link and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Thank you!


  1. I adore Max Lucado's writing. He is always so thought provoking.

  2. This sounds like an interesting and inspiring book! Thanks for sharing!


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