The purpose of “Outliving Your Life” is to address the church in America with what we can do in the world at large, starting with the small things. Although there is the very familiar attack with how extravagant the American people live, Max was not presenting a message he was not living. In fact, one of the things I found out about the book is that all profits that were made for the book were donated in total to World Vision.
As I read over “Outliving Your Life” I was indeed challenged to look at the small things in my life to make a difference. A few things that challenged me is do I take time to get to know my neighbors in my small subdivision? Am I involved in activities with my church, my work, my school and my community? These are all important topics that we each look at often in our lives.
Some of the positives that really jumped out at me quickly was that in Chapter 4, “Don’t forget the bread.” Mr. Lucado gave one of the clearest gospel presentation I had seen in many of the Christian books I read. Here in his book he not only addresses a need for those of us in the Church, but takes an entire chapter to share the message with his readers, with the hope of reaching them. So clear was this gospel presentation, that it made even my frustration with his lambasting of the extravagant nature of Americans pale in comparison to what he was trying to communicate.
Another really great section of Mr. Max Lucado’s book was chapter 15 which chapter name escapes me, as I’ve lent my copy of the book to my pastor, which focuses on prayer. In my own personal walk with Christ, prayer has always been a major hiccup for me. Mr. Lucado made several interesting comments through that chapter which really spoke to me directly, and I think would speak even to the people who are truly committed to prayer.
Max Lucado has since put out another book which I’m sure is well written in well. For “Outliving Your Life” I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
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