Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Book Review

Outlive Your Life, You Were Made To Make A Difference by Max Lucado.

I received this book from in gratuity and return for posting a review of the writing on my blog and on a commercial book-selling site.

I approached this book with the thought that it would be another, “Give your time and your money to this cause and that,” type of pleading, pandering tome. What I found in it's pages was quite different though. Inside I found stories of real people doing the little things that can and do cause a great effect on the lives that they touch. In some cases the benefactor's had no idea they were causing such impact.

If little things like this can make such a big difference, then I am encouraged and enlightened to watch for and find the things that I can do to cause positive change in my life and beyond.

Max lost me in Chapter 10 when he wavered from his purpose and went into the need, nay the requirement of large organizations, ie: government to organize and oversee the fair distribution of land and property. He calls on us, “For Christ's sake,” to get out of our comfort zone and, in one suggestion, run for office. This chapter is titled, “The Have-Nots” and implies that learned people should be chosen to correct the unfairness of equal men not having equal opportunity. I will get out of my comfort zone for the sake of Christ, but I will not support leaders or organizations that take my neighbor's money and land to distribute it to those they deem less fortunate.

This book remains a very up-lifting and, for the most part, very good read with many ideas for outliving your life.