inREVIEW — Outlive Your Life, by Max Lucado

by Lee Buford on September 10, 2010

Max Lucado’s new book, Outlive Your Life,  is an encouragement to Christians around the globe to make a difference in the lives of others.

The idea of, or emphasis on, the Church “being the Church”is a popular topic for books, sermons, and blogs alike these days. As Christians, we are clearly called to love and serve others, especially those around the world in need. But what exactly does that look like, and how do we make it happen? Lucado addresses these questions, and others, in Outlive Your Life.

If you are a Lucado fan, or are familiar with his writings, you will find the book to be “a chip off the old block” in terms of style and content delivery. Relating the chapters to those in the first twelve of the book of Acts, Lucado provides a variety of stories, examples, and scripture references to encourage and motivate the reader to take action, to make a difference in the world around us. Perhaps one of the best parts of the book is the Discussion and Action Guide in the back…a nice addition which provides the reader a tool for reflection and discussion.

Admittedly, I would like to see a bit more depth to a book like this from Lucado, but he is true to his identity and pastoral style. I’m also not a fan of the way he uses numerous translations of the Bible, in a sense seemingly because certain translations better suit the point he’s trying to make in each case. If you appreciate a deeply theological look at such a subject, this book is probably not for you.

That said, for the majority of those who read the book, Lucado’s point and purpose will be well-received and appreciated. We do need to BE the Church. We do need to make a difference that extends beyond the boundaries of our own four walls.

To this we are called. In this God is glorified.

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