Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

In true Max Lucado form, Outlive Your Life reaches in, grabs hold of your heart, and inspires change from deep within. Although Lucado is famous for encouraging his readers to make positive changes in their own spiritual lives, Outlive Your Life asks readers to take the focus off themselves and redirects them toward the greater, more desperate needs facing the world's poorest people today.

Yes, these problems seem insurmountable. In fact, they're huge, daunting, modern-day Goliaths! But as Lucado explains, we may not be able to do everything but we can all do something. Each of us has the power to change the life of another for the better. True, we may not be able to afford to give buckets of money, but we can give our time. Share our talents. Show hospitality. Lend a hand. We all have the power to stop living selfishly and start living our lives in a way that truly exemplifies our faith and brings honor to the Lord.

Reading this book, I couldn't help but feel radically inspired to create changes in my life. Teaming up with Compassion International is tops on my list, as well as helping our area's homeless shelters (a subject that's been very near and dear to my heart since I was a kid). I also plan on reading this book with my children. They should know that just because they're young, it doesn't mean they're exempt from greatness. They can still do something great for the Lord--something that will have a greater, lasting impact in the world than they could have ever imagined! :o)

Outlive Your Life weaves together inspiring testimonies together with Lucado's unique "Why didn't I see this before?" style. It's a fast read but a good read. And one that I would highly recommend you re-read to gain the most from it! In fact, grab a pen and paper. You're gonna want to take some notes. Trust me!

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was provided and the thoughts and views expressed in this review are my own.*

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