I really liked this book, if by "like" you mean it shook me to the core about my perceived importance in the world. When you first read the title, you assume a prosperity theology-esque message where you get to establish a legacy for your own sake. You don't have to read past the prologue to find that this book promotes a life lived as anything but a self-indulgent endeavor. The idea that we are meant to serve others, with the ultimate goal of promoting God, is not unique to the author, but Mr. Lucado has a particularly accessible way of fleshing that idea out. It is a relatively easy read, but not in a watered-down kind of way. He combines scripture and practical application in an engaging way that drives you to turn the pages, and all the while tugs at you to put the book down and get busy serving already. It is not preachy or impractical either. Much time is spent sharing true stories of "ordinary people" doing extraordinary things for God. This book will inspire you to think outside your own self comforts and see how you might impact the very lives of others. I recommend it to anyone asking the "what next?" question with regard to a life lived for Jesus. If you are unsatisfied with a self-serving, armchair kind of faith, this book will resonate with you. I give it four out of five stars.
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In a world full of injustice, poverty, oppression, and malaise, it is easy to become hardened, cynical, and disengaged. The believer in Christ, however, is called to something greater - to reflect Jesus to all men, especially those who are in distress.
This is the theme of Max Lucado's newest book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference.
Outlive Your Life uses the events of Acts 1-12 as a paradigm for discussing what God expects from believers today. Each chapter begins with a Scripture and ends with a Scripture and a suggested prayer. Chapters feature matters like the ordinary nature of God's servants, the need to get out of our shells, to put the greater (spiritual) good ahead of lesser (physical) ones, to work with fellow Christians, to be hospitable, to assist others in need, to stand up in the face of persecution, to do good, to be a source of strength for the dispossessed, to remain humble before God, to remove prejudices in life, to resist arrogance, to pray continually, and, based on Matthew 25, remember that when you help people in distress you help Jesus. The book ends with a discussion and action guide designed to promote further discussion and action.
Lucado is a very vivid author. He seamlessly takes you from the first century to the twenty-first century with his illustrations and examples (although I wished that he would keep the first century as the first century and the twenty-first as the twenty-first and not blend the images as he does occasionally!). He writes in a familiar and understandable way.
On the whole, the book is theologically sound and has a message that must be proclaimed.
It is a necessary call in the midst of a time and place more devoted to materialism and consumerism than authentic New Testament Christianity and its emphasis on clearing prejudice, assisting the downtrodden and dispossessed, and reliance on God and not self. May many come to a better understanding of these truths!
Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference By: Max Lucado
I really enjoy reading Max Lucado I have never been disappointed in his books. In Outlive Your Life again I was not disappointed. The book was inspirational and I learned a great deal. Whithout giving the book away what Max Lucado does is make you think. He challenges the reader to come out from their comfort zone and take notice of our surroundings. We do not need to be a famous author, great evangelist, or preacher. We just need to share with people what Jesus did for us. To live our lives as we are forgiven children of God. That we should not be consumed by being busy, because if we live our life like this we miss out on God's glory. God is good and He wants us to demonstrate His love for others through us. We just need to stop getting in the way of God and allow Him to work through us. Inspirational: there was on part in the book I did love and cannot contain myself from talking about it. It was about the famous Violinist. He went in street clothes and looked like your ordinary person. Well he went down to the subway and he played and played. Some people listened and others were to busy to even notice. In the end he made $32.00 for the day. A man who plays concerts for $100.00 a ticket and probably makes more than that in an hour only made $32.00. The interesting part was that people missed out. Just like some people missed out when Jesus came as a man and walked with men. This made me realize we should never be to busy to stop and take in the day that God made just for us and that is what was magnificent about the book. You think I sure did I hope you take something from this book I sure did. God Bless.
"Dear friend, May I share a story that is very dear to my heart? It's a story of hillbillies and simple folk, net casters and tax collectors. Astory of a movement that exploded like a just-opened fire hydrant out of Jerusalem and sipilled into the ends of the eart: into the streets of Paris, the districts of Roim, and the ports of Athens, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires. Astory so mighty, controversial, head spinning, and life changinn that two millenia later we wonder: Might it happen again? Heaven knows we hope so. These are devastating times: 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God's love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let's live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did."
In this book, Max Lucado uses the example of a clam shell, and how, when we are able to help someone, sometimes close ourselves to the idea, thus retreating into our clamshells.
He also used examples from Scripture. Like how believers in the book of Acts would always team up in order to help those in need. They would all sell their property, possesions, anything they could do without, to help those who were in need, so that the responsibilty would not always fall only the leaders of the church.
"We are common folk. We sit in the bleachers, eat at diners, change diapers, and wear our favorite team's ball cap. Fans don't wave when we pass. Servants don't scurry when we come home. Chauffeurs don't drive our cars; butlers don't open our doors or draw our baths. Doormen don't greet us, and security doesn't protects us. We are regular folk. And we wonder: Does God use people like us? He did. God stampeded the first-century society with swaybacks, not thoroughbreds. Before Jesus came along, the disciples were loading rucks, coaching soccer, and selling Slurpee drinks at the convenience stor. Their collars were blue, and their hands were calloused, and there is no evidence that Jesus chose them because they were smarter or nicer than the guy next dorr. The one thing they had going for them was a willingness to take a step when Jesus said, "Follow me." Are you more dinghy than cruise ship? More stand-in than movie star? More blue jeans than blue bood? congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you."
In this quote, he makes the point that we don't have to be some big important person in order to be able to be able to help someone who really needs what we have to offer them.
One of my favorite quotes in this book is when Mr. Lucado says, "God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called."
In one chapter he tell us that his wife sent him to the grocery store to buy a bag of bread, and how he bought everything imaginable - except the bread.
"Might we make the same mistake in a more critical arena? In an effort to do good, we can get distracted. We feed people. We encourage, heal, help, and serve. We address racial issues and poverty. Yet there is one duty we must fulfill. We can't forget the bread."
The bread in this quote being the Gospel. He makes the point that we can do all these things, but if we leave the Gospel out of it, it all means nothing.
In the back of the book, there is a discussion and action guide. It asks you questions corresponding to each chapter, and gives you ideas on how to put the message of that chapter into use in your life.
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