Today I finished Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado having received a complimentary copy as part of the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze blogger programme. I’ve read very little of Max Lucado’s writings, but if this book is a good representation of his work I’ll certainly be reading more!
As the back of the book says, he “is a minister who writes and a writer who preaches.” Much of the book reads very easily, and as though you’re listening to a great sermon series on change and the impact we can have on our world. It is full of many stories and fables that help to stimulate our senses to a topic that many of us shy away from – we’re fed up of being asked to bring change to our community, let alone the world. We see too many problems and not enough solutions and so we give up, especially when we see the length of our to-do list.
Max Lucado challenges all of that, reminding us with story after story that change is possible, and more importantly is necessary:
A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month. Question 1: Had you been a German Christian during World War II would you have taken a stand against Hitler? Question 2: Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism? Question 3: When your grandhildren 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?
It has the potential to become a guilt fest but it is anything but, instead a stimulating, encouraging and yet challenging read. As I read this at the end of 2010, it encourages me to see how I can have a positive impact in 2011.
Highlights for me were chapter 11: Remember Who Holds You and chapter 15: Pray First; Pray Most.