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    Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference - eBook
    Max Lucado
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / ePub
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  1. KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Outlive your life!
    October 23, 2011
    Daughter of YHVH
    KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    "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.

    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.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Simple. Very Profound
    September 30, 2011
    Kelly
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is written in typical Lucado style which is incredibly easy to read and seems to be incredibly simple, even though many of the ideas contained within it are quite profound. In the book, Lucado challenges readers to see that we were each created as individuals who have the ability to make a positive impact on the world around us. He asks his readers to consider what would happen if we each did the good that we have the opportunity to achieve every single day.

    I enjoyed this book because Lucado does a great job of painting a picture of the despair and bleakness that surrounds us in this world today, and challenges his readers that we can actually make a difference. His suggestions are simple, yet powerful if put into practice. This book makes everyone know that they have the skills and abilities to make their corner of the world a better place by letting Christ's light shine through in big and also seemingly small ways.

    I am a member of booksneeze.com by Thomas Nelson Publishers. In exchange for writing a review, I received this book for free.
  3. Raleigh, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Haiku Book Review
    September 30, 2011
    tsharrison
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Read similar books

    But Lucado's patent style

    Makes it a must read

    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."
  4. Magnolia, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    "Outlive Your Life" by Max Lucado Book Review
    May 17, 2011
    Paul Emery
    Magnolia, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Outlive Your Life" by Max Lucado

    The purpose of "Outliving Your Life" is to address the church in America with what we can do in the world at large, starting with the small things. Although there is the very familiar attack with how extravagant the American people live, Max was not presenting a message he was not living. In fact, one of the things I found out about the book is that all profits that were made for the book were donated in total to World Vision.

    As I read over "Outliving Your Life" I was indeed challenged to look at the small things in my life to make a difference. A few things that challenged me is do I take time to get to know my neighbors in my small subdivision? Am I involved in activities with my church, my work, my school and my community? These are all important topics that we each look at often in our lives.

    Some of the positives that really jumped out at me quickly was that in Chapter 4, "Don't forget the bread." Mr. Lucado gave one of the clearest gospel presentation I had seen in many of the Christian books I read. Here in his book he not only addresses a need for those of us in the Church, but takes an entire chapter to share the message with his readers, with the hope of reaching them. So clear was this gospel presentation, that it made even my frustration with his lambasting of the extravagant nature of Americans pale in comparison to what he was trying to communicate.

    Another really great section of Mr. Max Lucado's book was chapter 15 which chapter name escapes me, as I've lent my copy of the book to my pastor, which focuses on prayer. In my own personal walk with Christ, prayer has always been a major hiccup for me. Mr. Lucado made several interesting comments through that chapter which really spoke to me directly, and I think would speak even to the people who are truly committed to prayer.

    Max Lucado has since put out another book which I'm sure is well written in well. For "Outliving Your Life" I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

    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."
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great family read
    May 10, 2011
    FSLP
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The story is one of "hillbillies and simple folk, net caster and tax collectors." People, like you and me, but with one difference, these "simple folk" were on fire for God willing to, "deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Him (Mark 8:34)" Out Live Your Life, by Max Lucado, is a simple story, yet so provoking, you cannot read it without feeling the conviction of God to take up your cross and follow Him. We found this to be a perfect family read, one we will visit again and again. (I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through BookSneeze.)
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