These are devastating times: 1.75 billion people are desperately poor; one billion are hungry. Lonely hearts indwell our neighborhoods and attend our schools. In the midst of it all, here we stand: you, me, and our one-of-a-kind lives. We are given a choice… an opportunity to make a difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope?
Worth a try, don’t you think?
Reading Max Lucado’s books does not take an advanced degree. Lucado presents ideas that are easy to understand and perhaps that is why I like them. Although they are easy, however, the difficulty comes in applying the concepts to our lives. These are books and ideas that MAKE US THINK. Which I always believe is a good thing.
Outlive Your Life is based around the Biblical book of Acts, in which the disciples didn’t just teach the Gospel: they also reached out to those in need. Lucado reminds us that they were just ordinary men and women. They didn’t have high-powered jobs and an expensive education. They just… were. Each chapter is probably no more than 10 pages, and ends with scripture and prayer. Finally, Lucado reminds us of the passage in Matthew: what we do for the least of people, we do for Jesus.
And perhaps that is the crux of the matter. It is easy to get behind big causes that are promoted by big names. We can donate a few dollars and feel comfortable. But what about the ‘least of people’? Lucado teaches us to pay attention in our neighborhoods, to not turn a blind eye to what is happening around us. Individually, we might not make a difference on a global scale. But what we do, may well just rock someone’s personal world with hope.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program for a copy of this book.