Book Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

"Oh Lord, what an amazing opportunity you have spread out before me - a chance to make a difference for you in a desperately hurting world. Help me see the needs you want me to see, to react in a way that honors you, and to bless others by serving them gladly with practical expressions of your love. Help me be Jesus' hands and feet, and through your Spirit give me strength and wisdom I need to fulfill your plan for me in my own generation. In Jesus' name, amen." 
 -Outlive Your Live, Max Lucado

Outlive Your Life is about the seemingly tall order of desiring to live God's will for your life-serving others as He has equipped you-in the simple, conversational style of Max Lucado. The message is simple as is how were are to be obedient to God's calling for us.While Lucado makes several references to the fact that the US is the most affluent country in the world, his admonition is not to merely open the checkbook but to actually serve where one feels an affinity and sees a need. The question "For whom do you have the most compassion?" which the author asks in chapter 4 is an excellent one. Lucado argues that God has "wired" each of us to have passions for different things and causes. The call to us is to discover what our intended area of service is and he gives simple ways to execute that call because there are needs all around us and not all Christians are called to be overseas missionaries.

Some would chastise Max Lucado for a writing style which might be termed "Christianity Light" but I would caution them that not every Christian is on a college level theologically. Lucado's interpretation of God's call to action is simple and well illustrated through Biblical and real world examples. His points that we "pray first, pray most" and move to fulfill God's will for us in our lives to be the representation of Christ on Earth are well explained in language everyone can understand and apply to their lives.

Disclosure in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : This book was presented to me free of charge by without expectation of a positive review. The sentiments expressed here are my own. 


Let Guieb said...

Max Lucado has written many books that has inspired and encouraged a lot of people. And this is one of them. Thank you for sharing your review on his book Outlive Your Life, though I haven't got a hold of this one yet. My favorite is He Did This Just for You also by Max Lucado? It is an excellent way to introduce the gospel to our non-believing family members, friends and acquaintances. The book is recommended at Maybe you can check out that site too! Great collection of books are listed there which can be really helpful.

Jenn Romano said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I will have to get a copy of that one.


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