Friday, January 7, 2011

Out Live Your Life

By Max Lucado
Published by Thomas Nelson

What are you doing to make the world a better place? Max Lucado poses this question to his readers in Outlive Your Life. The purpose of this non-fiction book is to help the reader think beyond herself. There is more to life than our goals and individuals can make a difference. Lucado reminds us that God uses anyone and everyone who is willing to follow Him. We may feel ordinary but if we allow God, He will make extraordinary things happen. Lucado points the way toward a life that is fulfilling and leaves a positive impact on the world.

A few qualities of this book, and all Lucado books, that make it a good read: the stories, humor and commonness. Lucado stories make the message real and make me feel like he’s in my living room. And for his humor, it is like no other. The made up words and one-of-a-kind descriptions add to the personal feel of his books. Both of these elements create a common feel. Lucado does not come across as superior or lofty. Rather, he presents his message in a way that meets the reader where she is and encourages her to take another step closer to who God wants her to be.

As much as I enjoy Max Lucado’s books, I must say Outlive Your Life was not my favorite. The message is pertinent and it’s written in the classic Lucado style I marvel but, it was not as easy for me to read. I wholeheartedly agree with the message of reaching out to make someone else’s life better but, right now my mission field is the two children God has graciously given to me to raise in His ways.

That said, I do recommend reading Lucado’s latest title. I also recommend giving thought to how your life can give life to another.

I received a complimentary copy of Out Live Your Life from Thomas Nelson as a participant in their blogging for books program,

1 comment:

  1. You might be interested to know about the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible. It is the accompanying Bible product to Outlive Your Life and is a wonderful Bible. I've enjoyed mine. I actually received mine from Thomas Nelson because I've been doing some work on it the past couple of months and I've been really pleased with it. They also have an app based on this Bible for both iPhone and Android that's completely free and a great way to experience this Bible. Just thought I would pass this along.