Book Review: Outlive Your Life, by Max Lucado

The title of Christian author and minister Max Lucado’s new book – Outlive Your Life – refers to the power each of us has to leave a legacy of service, of caring, and of good works for our fellow men and women.  Lucado uses the book of Acts to illustrate how true disciples of Christ work to tend to the needs of the poor, downtrodden, and outcast, and in doing so, he provides some practical ways that inspired Christians today can make the world a better place.

It might seem a daunting task to many, and in fact, I was a little intimidated by Lucado’s premise that we are all made to make a difference.  He addresses that fear in the book – the questions of “How can I help end world hunger?  How can I help clothe the needy or help heal the sick?  It’s just too much for one person.”  I love when he says “No one can do what all of us can do.”  Lucado encourages all Christians through Outlive Your Life to look at their strengths and passions, find their one voice, and then join with others in a chosen cause.  His steady and clear voice helped me to focus on the things I can feasibly do with my life to channel Christ’s love into service to others, on any scale – locally or globally.

Outlive Your Life is a small, quick read that at some points repeats itself, but is generally a thought-provoking book.  I appreciate that Lucado includes a Discussion and Action Guide at the end of the book, especially given my believe that faith without works is dead – if you believe, then you must DO.  And this book can help show you how.

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 14, 2010)

*Disclosure: Publisher Thomas Nelson sent me a copy of this book to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are honest and my own.

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