When picking up some books from the library recently I was intrigued with I Fought The Law by Dan Kieran.  The book describes itself as Dan attempting to spend a year trying to break as many stupid old laws as he could find, for your amusement.  As examples of some of the silly laws that the UK still has, it highlights how it is still illegal to beat a carpet in the Metropolitan Police District, to take possession of a beached whale or to get within a hundred yards of the Queen without wearing socks.

My problem is that the book doesn’t deliver on this promise.  Instead Dan begins to focus on the issue of ‘Freedom of Speech’ and whilst the ideas he has are things I would agree with – for example the banning of protests on the green by the Houses of Parliament – the book just seems to become a slow exploration of this law.

The concept for the book is a good one, but at 336 pages it is too long.  It just becomes a series of stories around the theme of “ooh look at me, I might get arrested!” which doesn’t really get to the bottom of why the laws are still in existence or what could be done to change them.

The book was written in 2007 under the “New” Labour government, it would be interesting to read an essay on how he feels the situation has changed since the 2010 election with the coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in power.

Chris
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Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

5 thoughts on “Books I have read: Outlive Your Life”

  1. I was directed to your blog by Max Lucado on Facebook. He has recently become my favourite writer. Thank you for telling me your views on one of his books. I have read, “Just Like Jesus,” am on my way to reading, “In The Eye of the Storm,” and now this one will come next.

    Just Like Jesus, makes you want to change for the better too. : )

    1. Thanks Marylou, I’ll certainly check out “Just like Jesus”. Where did you see my review on facebook, I’d love to than whoever has put it out there.

  2. What a great review. Thank you for sharing. And you’re right…it does read very easily as do most of Max’s books. He really knows how to explore the Bible and important Christian teachings in very easy, to understand ways. I’m actually working with Thomas Nelson on the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, which is the companion Bible to Outlive Your Life. It’s full of great daily application. If you’re interested, we also just released a free 365-day mobile app for both iPhone and Android that is based upon the Bible. It’s a an awesome little app and a great way to experience this particular Bible. Just thought I would share. Thanks and Happy New Year.

  3. What a great review. Thank you for sharing. And you’re right…it does read very easily as do most of Max’s books. He really knows how to explore the Bible and important Christian teachings in very easy, to understand ways. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, but Max also released a companion Bible to Outlive Your Life called the Lucado Life Lessons Bible. I’m actually working with Thomas Nelson on it. It’s full of great daily application and provides wonderful insight into passages throughout the Bible. As a matter of fact, we just launched a free 365-day mobile app for both iPhone and Android that is based upon the Bible. It’s a an awesome little app and a great way to experience this particular Bible. Thanks and Happy New Year.

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