Saturday, April 02, 2011

Outlive Your Life (Max Lucado) -- Review

I'll be honest... the title intrigued me. "Outlive Your Life". What's that all about?

Then, the description came, and I jumped at the chance to read this book.

Remember when you thought you could change the world? You still can!

These are difficult days in our world's history. 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.

It’s not enough to do well. We want to do good. We want our lives to matter. So, let's live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.

Simply put, the description describes my lifesong and this season in my life. I live this every single day, and was eager to read a book not only because I enjoy hearing from others who feel this way, but in order to fuel and inspire me to do more... but in the end, it was as though I was sitting across from a friend who tried to convince me of something I already agreed on, and it left me hungry for more "meat". I didn't find it challenged me to the next level, it was more of a basic review of what I'm already experiencing and living. I finished the book because it was well delivered and I appreciated the stories and Biblical reference. Even though I had personal reasons for feeling this way about the book, Max Lucado is a gifted writer and I enjoyed his writing style. The only Lucado books I had read were children's books, and I would enjoy reading more adult Lucado books in the future.

My only other issue was the emphasis on World Vision. While I appreciate the work that World Vision does, I wasn't expecting this book to feel like an infomercial for WV. I sponsor 12+ kids through Compassion based on much research and personal conviction, and so much emphasis on WV made it awkward and uncomfortable for me.

In the end, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for anyone who is at the beginning of this journey or in need of renewing the fire within.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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