Friday, September 10, 2010

Book review: Outlive Your Life

I read a lot of books- it's the one aspect of my pre-kid life that I just can't compromise on. Many of the books I read are entertaining and amusing, but every so often I'll find one that really touches my life. Max Lucado's newest book, Outlive Your Life, falls 100% into that latter category. Here's some information about the book, from the publisher's website:
These are difficult days in our world's history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God's love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let's live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.
I cannot tell you how much I needed to read this book. 10 years ago I was working as a missionary in the former Soviet Union. Serving God was easier then- my job description and my way of working for the Kingdom was clear.  But now I'm a stay-at-home mom and my daily life involves fighting with my son over eating his meals and changing my daughter's diapers, in between refereeing kid fights. I'd started to lose track of my purpose in God's bigger picture.

So many things in this book spoke to my heart, and I was in tears through many of the chapters as I felt encouraged and convicted and so many other emotions all at once.  One line in particular made me wake up my husband so that he could hear it too- that was in a chapter discussing many ways in which average people have made a big difference in the world through their actions.  Max Lucado said, and I quote: "God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called." I have to tell you, since I read that I've been praying so hard for God to show me what He is calling me to do and how I can serve him in this place in my life. There are opportunities all around us, we just have to be aware and ready to say "yes" when we feel God leading us to do something.

If you consider yourself to be a follower of Christ, you need to read this book. It's full of so much encouragement and inspiration and perspective on our place in the world and reminders that we need to be going beyond ourselves and serving God by serving those that He loves. And, 100% of the author's royalties from this book will go to benefit ministries such as World Vision, so it's a win-win. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


kalea_kane said...

I LOVE Max Lucado's books. You definitely did a wonderful review. Thanks so much for sharing.