Friday, September 10, 2010

Book Review: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

I am admittedly prejudiced against books broken down into bite-sized chunks to be devoured by small groups, but I make exceptions for books by Max Lucado, who is one of the best living storytellers in Christendom. The chapters of his latest book, Outlive Your Life, are seasoned with enough stories to make it an enjoyable read.

The theme of Outlive Your Life – putting hands and feet to your faith – has become fairly common in recent years, but we Christians still have a lot to learn in that area. Outlive Your Life reminded me of Kay Warren’s Dangerous Surrender, but it seems to have a greater variety of practical suggestions for U.S. Christians (offering hospitality, making microfinance loans, praying faithfully) than Warren’s book, which focuses almost entirely on the cause of AIDS care. The small group discussion guide tends to be a bit too formulaic (“Finalize your personal action plan . . . “), and the role of the Holy Spirit is notably absent in the book, but Lucado offers enough inspiring-yet-practical ideas for putting the Christian faith into action to make Outlive Your Life worth a read.

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