It's Not About Me: Rescue From the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy - eBook  -     By: Max Lucado
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Thomas Nelson / 2011 / ePub

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God is the center of the universe - not us - and our lives reach their highest potential in His eyes when we honor Him. Despite problems, pain and suffering, learn how to reflect His glory in your life and become His mirror to the world, because it's all about Him. It is through this shift in thinking that we can truly live an unburdened, happy life.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781418572419
ISBN-13: 9781418572419
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Publisher's Description

There really is more to this life than you've been told.

We've been demanding our way since day one ...

"I want a spouse that makes me happy and coworkers that always ask my opinion."

"I want weather that suits me and traffic that helps me and government that serves me."

Self-promotion. Self-preservation. Self-centeredness ...

"It's all about me."

They all told us it was, didn't they? And we took them up on it. We thought self-celebration would make us happy ...

But believing that has created chaos -- noisy homes, stress-filled businesses, cutthroat relationships. We've chased so many skinny rabbits, says Max Lucado, that we've missed the fat one: the God-centered life.

If you want to shift into high gear with purpose, this is it: life makes sense when we accept our place! Our pleasures, our problems, our gifts and talents ... when they're all for the One who created us, we suddenly gain what we've been missing and find what we've been seeking.

Let Max Lucado show you how to make the shift of a lifetime. How to bump your life off self-center. How to be changed and experience the meaning-charged life you were meant to have. Your discovery starts here.

Author Bio

More than 120 million readers have been inspired by the words of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.

Publisher's Weekly

For nearly two decades, evangelical preacher Lucado has been writing about God's inexhaustible grace, and his books have been snapped up by readers hungry to know they are loved, accepted, forgiven and saved. In his latest book this message, though still present, has moved to the background. A Copernican revolution is in order, Lucado says: it is time to understand that life revolves around God, not ourselves. The God he describes is neither Santa Claus nor a kindly, reassuring grandpa. He is a God of glory and holiness, eternal and unchanging. "To seek God's glory is to pray, `Thicken the air with your presence; make it misty with your majesty. Part heaven's drapes, and let your nature spill forth. God, show us God.' " Our role, once we have seen God's glory, is simply to reflect it. We do this by proclaiming his message, using our bodies the way he intended, trusting him in the midst of suffering and acknowledging him as the author of our success. Even our salvation "showcases God's mercy. It makes nothing of [our] effort but everything of his." Sterner generations of Christians memorized the answer to the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever." Lucado brings this concept to life with his trademark breezy style, good humor, homey anecdotes and passion. His fans may be surprised by this new emphasis, but they will not be disappointed. (Mar. 9) Forecast: Lucado's books have sold more than 33 million copies, and this latest (with an initial print run of 350,000 copies) should get off to a roaring start with an innovative pre-sales campaign; the foreword by former basketball star David Robertson will help as well. Customers who pre-purchase the book between January 15 and March 9 will receive a free companion journal with each advance order. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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  1. martinezsylvia09@gmail.com
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Max Lucado has written another great book
    July 13, 2011
    Anonymous
    martinezsylvia09@gmail.com
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I would like to take the time to say that this book was another excellent book by Max Lucado, God has truly given him a talent to make God's Word come alive. I have enjoyed Max Lucado for a very long time, and this book has become another of my favorites. It's Not About Me makes the reader understand that all that we have was not just obtained by us. It was give to us by God, and that our lives should point at the direction of God.

    This is not the norm we are taught in this society that we are the Creator of our own destiny which this is not the case we were created and the focus should not be on ourselves but on the people around us. This book challenges the reader to see beyond themselves and discover a life out side of our walls. I truly enjoyed the book reading it has been an eye opener.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Greensboro, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This book gives you something to think about
    July 2, 2011
    Eva Scott
    Greensboro, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Our job as humans reduced down to one phrase - reflect God's glory." The previous quote from Max's book is a summary of his book as well as a summary of what he feels is our purpose in life. This is true of everything in life - suffering, our message, and even our success.

    One thing Max does well throughout the book is to give us word pictures to help us to understand how our lives should reflect God's glory.

    One picture he gave was that of an ad agency. He talked about how we are God's advertising agency. If we think of ourselves as God's ad agency, we will ask ourselves, "How can we promote God through our lives?" This is something that I thought about for a while.

    I did not feel the subtitle of the book fit the book. The book really did not speak about being rescued from the life that would make us happy.

    In the chapter titled, "My Body is about Him," he talks about intimate relationships, possible private parts of angels. So, if those subjects make you squeamish, then you will want to skip this book.

    His last chapter tells a story about a rabbi he meets on a plane who tells him a story about the daughter of a boss who works in the same building as the owner of company. This chapter sums up the whole book very well and leaves you with a visual to tie all the other chapters together.

    I like books that leave you thinking for days about God and what He wants you to do. This book does that.

    Note: The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze®.
  3. Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For the Glory of God
    July 2, 2011
    luv2readjen
    Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One note, for the ebook version, there are some formatting distractions - the blurbs that would (I assume) be captured as boxes in a callout on the side in a print version, are all caps in the midst of the text in the electronic version. These were in places where they sometimes interfered with reading the book.

    Steven Curtis Chapman just released a song called "Do Everything" (it's only available on the radio right now) and the lyrics should be a soundtrack to this book by Max Lucado. The book (and the song) remind us that we are to be a reflection of the creator. We are to live differently by purposefully living so that "every little thing that you do to bring a smile to his face and tell the story of grace". That's from the song, but it is an apt summary of the book.

    We live in a culture that encourages us to be ‘self-aware' and ‘self-governing' to the point that others are at best inconvenient and at worst irrelevant. Believers however are called to "be a living sacrifice" Romans 12:1. You can't be a living sacrifice and be selfish; you can only do this by being selfless - by living for something or some ONE else. That is the crux of "It's Not About Me" - living as a reflection of our redeemer-maker, our creator-savior, to the point that ourselves are merely "links in a chain, and not very important ones at that, " being used by Him as a testament to His kindness, not our usefulness.

    By the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians are set apart to intentionally live as a pointer that demonstrates the Christ of the Cross to everyone. For the glory of God, we must move from selfish ambition to selfless service, in everything we do. This book is a great reminder that God is God and we are not - and to live otherwise is to live poorly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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
  4. Austell, Ga.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awsome book meets all my expectations
    May 17, 2011
    Marty
    Austell, Ga.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for It's Not About Me: Personal Guidebook.
    I didn't know what to expect when we started this book; but it is beyond my wildest dreams. God put this book in our hands at a time when we really needed it. Thank-you for writing this book.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 17, 2009
    Linda Carroll
    This review was written for It's Not About Me: Personal Guidebook.
    Excellent book and guide. Really shows how we should honor God as the only God and how we are to react to His Glory
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