Friday, September 10, 2010

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

Thousands of children die from preventable diseases. Young women are sold into sex trafficking by their poor families. Millions go to sleep with an empty stomach. Similar stories fill daily newspapers.

The amount of suffering in our world is overwhelming. However, Max Lucado challenges his readers to do something about it. His book, Outlive Your Life (2010) urges readers to make a difference in someone’s life by following the wisdom found in the book of Acts. While no one can solve all of the world’s problems, Lucado shows how anyone can still have an impact. This may come in the form of purchasing a homeless person a burger, inviting a lonely coworker over for dinner, or traveling to another country to help build homes. No matter what situation we are in, God has equipped us to help others.

Since this was my first Max Lucado book, I was not sure what to expect. However, I found that this book actually inspires me to want to help others. Lucado’s anecdotes show how small deeds can have powerful results. Each of the short chapters opens with a biblical scripture and ends with a prayer. Anyone who feels they do not have the tools to make a difference should pick up a copy of Outlive Your Life. Since 100% of the author’s royalties will be donated, you will already be on your way to helping others.

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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