A Review Of Max Lucado's new book 'Outlive Your Life'

A Review of Max Lucado’s latest book – ‘Outlive Your Life – You Were Made To Make A Difference.

Another great book by master storyteller Max Lucado. I particularly enjoy his meaningful and very interesting stories woven throughout making each point that much more memorable and this book doesn’t disappoint. To summarise this book would be to say Max is challenging us to reconsider our role in this world. He isn’t saying anything new necessarily but putting a fresh light to truths that we need to be reminded of on a regular basis, truths that are easily applied to our everyday lives about the impact we are having.

Max starts by dealing with the people who feel that God would not want to use them, that only special people get to do the big things for God, which isn’t true of course. How in our commonness we can impact greatly on the lives of others. Max describes how God outfits His followers to cross cultures and touch hearts – He gives us all we need in who He has made us.

Max delves into hospitality and encourages us to open up our homes to bless others and fellowship as it in itself is a huge blessing to someone perhaps who is lonely, or just needs some friends. He urges us to reach out to others with compassion and ask God to open our eyes to those who need help.

Other topics dealt with are Suffering, hypocrisy – and how we have to guard against seeking recognition or expecting it, The Biblical concept of the Jubilee year, Poverty – I particularly like we he said regarding this – how easy it is to look down on people in poverty situations when the reality is that they have just been born in the wrong place – it’s not always a reflection on their work ethic.

Max brought up how we easily forget that God is our giver and that all good things come from Him and so often take the credit ourselves believing we actually did it – when God is the one lifting us up so we can do what we do.

Following that Max exhorts us to not let class, race, gender, politics, geography or culture hinder God’s work through us. We need to believe in people and don’t write them off or exclude them or consider them as common or not worthy based on your perception of them. Rather than seeing people as problems, Christ saw them as opportunities. We need to change the way we look at others.

Max closes the book on the topic of passionate prayer and how that needs to be our first priority as passionate prayers move God’s heart. We can all help someone and we need God to direct our paths to the people who’s lives we can impact today.

An enjoyable, easy read, full of scripture references and Max’s stories. I would recommend this book to all – there is something for everyone in this one. Each chapter has a prayer of application and there is also a Discussion and Action Guide at the back for those who would like to use it for study purposes either individually or as a group. It would work well in that setting I think as it deals with a lot of everyday issues.

Please Note: Booksneeze provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review. This review is my own and not influenced by anyone else.