Max Lucado: “Outlive Your Life.”

Posted on November 14, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The book of Acts is often a source we go to when we start questioning the functionality and impact of today’s church and we want to look to see an example of something that worked. The way the early Christians worked together and the difference they made is amazing. We may question if we can get back to that. Max Lucado believes we can. In his book, Outlive Your Life, he traces the church movement in the book of Acts and puts it in modern-day terms to show ways we can see just as many miracles and do just as much life- and world-changing as the early church did.

What’s great about this book is the way Max Lucado is able to bring the book of Acts to life in a way we can understand today. If you’re like me and have read the stories of Acts hundreds of times, it’s easy for them to become common and the people and situations seem distant. This book puts a fresh perspective on these great stories. For example, when talking about Saul’s conversion (see Acts 9), Lucado tells the story from what Ananias’ point of view must have been like, detailing the fears in his heart about going to help a man famous for killing Christians and the doubts that Saul had really changed. From this, Lucado brings about the message that we can all be Ananias to someone. We can believe in and keep praying for someone who everyone else might say will never change, and through that, be used by God to bring about powerful transformation in their life.

This book is not only powerful, but practical. Each chapter ends with a prayer and there is a discussion guide at the end that gives examples of everyday things we can do to make a difference in our world. From becoming people of hospitality, to embracing people that are different than us, to praying “first and most.” Lucado shows us that we normal, everyday people can make a huge difference that will last beyond our lifetimes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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