Sunday, October 10, 2010

Book Review: Outlive Your Life - You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado

"None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone. And when we help them, we serve Jesus."

The above lines near the end of Max's book struck me. When we look at the world today, billions are in need of help and it can be very overwhelming to think about the need.

In Max's new book, he takes a look at the Book of Acts to give us a glimpse on what one person can do. It is a refreshing look about how each of us can make a difference if we just allow God to lead us. Easier said than done, yet Max provides some inspiration from the lives of the early believers.

I highly recommend the book to anyone who has a burden to help out yet feels overwhelmed by the magnitude of the need.

About the author:
Lucado was born in 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, and raised in Andrews, Texas, the youngest of four children. His father was an Exxon oil field mechanic who, Lucado remembers, always smelled of grease cleaner. "It makes it easy for me to see a God who is loving and kind--because my dad was," he says. His mother was a nurse who grew up working in the cotton fields.

Lucado went through a period of rebellion against his parents' values and their God during his teens and into college. But it wasn't long before he found himself drawn back to his roots, back to God. He married, spent time serving as a missionary in Brazil, and returned to the States, where he began working as a church minister and writing on the side.

From all accounts, Max Lucado is not a man consumed by sales, awards, and achievements. He often turns down media interviews since they impede on family and ministry commitments. He spends the bulk of his week serving as senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. And he is truly surprised by his own success--more impressed by his one-in-a-million wife and three amazing daughters than by his successful writing career.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their 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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