A quick read but powerful message. Even if we don't have the option of giving monetary support to the less fortunate, we each have something to offer that might be just what the person in a nursing home needs to brighten their day or the skill/advice the financially challenged person needs to help make sense of their tax information or their bank statement. We all have something to offer because the Heavenly Father gives us everything!!
This is a great book that we decided to use it for a Men's Bible Study. At first we were going to go through it at the enclosed DVD rate, but found that to be too fast. It is encouraging a lot of discussion and introspection. I whole heartedly recommend this for serious study.
Recently I read a book called Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado. It was a very good book and was quite is inspiring. It gives hope to the ordinary by explaining how God uses the common folk more than the well- to- do. This book explains how we should rejoice when we don't get greeted by doormen when we come home because God changes the world with people like that. It was a very easy read- I was done in a matter of hours- and I will most likely read it again because it really presents good food for thought.
Come "press your ear against the pages" of the book of Acts and hear them come alive in three-dimensional surround sound. Listen as the early church puts feet to the gospel and leaves a distinct set of footprints for us to follow. Hear the "hillbillies, "simple folk" and "net casters" declare the Truth to a society in desperate need of it. Experience all of this (and a little more) in Max Lucado's Outlive Your Life.
Using the book of Acts as a backdrop, Lucado challenges believers to take an eyes-wide-open look at their response to the suffering in the world. At a cursory glance, it might appear that Lucado's goal is to merely call us to social action. When he points to the 175 billion poor, the 1 billion hungry or the 2 million exploited children in the world, it's easy to conclude that he just wants us to do something about it.
Upon deeper inspection, it's more than clear that what he's really encouraging is that we allow the love of Jesus to actively flow through us, causing us to extend our hands further to those who need Him. It's a reminder that the early church, full of average Joes, started a revolution that still resonates today, and asks how we, the average Joes of the contemporary church, plan to get off our back-sides and do the same.
As with any other Lucado book I've read, this one was teeming with truth, cleverly written and easy to read. It was impossible to walk away from it without experiencing the strong conviction of the Holy Spirit and asking myself if I'm doing enough. The book was relevant and insightful, and the final chapter on prayer (which I wish would have come sooner in the book) is one I'll be coming back to over and over again. I highly recommend the book and its premise that we have everything we need to alter the course of human suffering and the responsibility to do just that.
I completed this review as a member of Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze blogger book review program.