Thursday, September 23, 2010

Book Review: Outlive Your Life

 
Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, by Max Lucado, was sent to me in ebook form from Booksneeze to preview.  I have read several other books by Mr. Lucado, but I believe this book is my favorite.  The purpose of this book is to inspire people to take ACTION and start doing things to help other people.
Max Lucado is a best-selling Christian author and minister at Oak Hills Church  in San Antonio, Texas. Lucado has written more than 50 books with 65 million copies in print.

Near the beginning of this book, Mr. Lucado says that several years ago three disturbing questions rocked his world.  The first two questions were about events in the past so he could no longer respond to these problems.  The third question was about a situation that was very current and real.  The author was asked,
  • When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response?
Mr. Lucado fills his book with stories about how Christians all over the world have gone beyond the call of duty to do good for others.  The story that truly touched my heart was about Kris Hogan, the football coach at Faith Christian High School in Grapevine, Texas.  Coach Hogan's team would soon be playing a team from the Gainsville State School, a correctional facility for young offenders.  Coach Hogan recruited parents and friends from Grapevine to sit on the Gainsville team's bleachers and cheer from them.  The crowd went beyond the call of duty to make these young men feel important.  They truly broke down barriers that separate God's children from each other. We are advised not to let class, race, gender, politics, geography or culture hinder God's work.  When we cross the field and cheer for the other side, everyone wins.

This book will inspire and motivate you to live your faith.  Read this book and then get busy doing God's work!

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