Book review: Outlive your life (by Max Lucado)

Title: Outlive your life

Author: Max Lucado

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

The main message of this book is we can make a difference. Every chapter contains short stories of ordinary Christians who had performed extraordinary deeds and how it had made a difference in someone’s life or the society. Max Lucado also drew references from the bible to show that similar deeds were done by Jesus and the apostles. There is a special section at the end of the book, prepared by David Drury. In that section there is a list of discussion questions and ideas to put the thoughts into action; it is meant to help us to take the first step to outlive our lives and make a difference. For readers who have the desire to make a difference, yet a little fearful, there is a chapter on “pray first; pray most” where Max Lucado reminded us on the importance and power of prayers.

The chapter that struck me most was the chapter on “do good, quietly”. Max Lucado reminded us that the instruction given by Jesus was to do good things, but not to do those good deeds to be noticed. This is a timely reminder as our society is one that seeks attention, particularly when it comes to performing good deeds. Max Lucado went on to explain how doing good deeds for the sake of publicity is a serious offense to the Lord, and Jesus’ view on such hypocrisy.
I like the way Max Lucado added modern touches and imagination to some of the bible passages. I find it interesting because it helped to provoke thoughts on how the character in the particular passage had felt, giving a clearer context. I also find the short stories about the extraordinary deeds done by the people inspiring. The last paragraph of the concluding chapter sums up this inspirational book.

“None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone. And when we help them, we serve Jesus.

Who would want to miss a chance to do that?”

PS: I borrowed this book from a friend. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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