Friday, September 10, 2010

Another Lucado book

Max Lucado's newest book, Out Live Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, is his best book in my opinion, but it doesn't fall too far from the rest of his books.  The premise of the book is just as the title suggests, that everyone can make a difference in life IF they make the choices to do so.  I love the concept and the idea --- it was the execution that bothered me.

The book is a very fast read, it can be done in a couple of sittings, and that may be part of the problem.  The issues that Lucado attempts to challenge us with are significant and deep and required more that the cursory look that he gave them.  There are many systemic problems in the world today, and while it is easy for us to, as Lucado suggests to feel overwhelmed and as a result do nothing --- there are many, many little things that we can all do to make a huge difference. 

At times, this book felt like somebody gave Lucado an idea and only a few weeks to throw a book together.  It seemed hurried and could have gone into more depth.  In Lucado's defense -- I am not his audience.  Lucado writes to an audience that does not want to dig too deep beneath the surface.  They want truths and not gray areas.  Unfortunately, I live in the gray of life and so this book is way too simplistic for me.

This book would be great for somebody who is looking for simple answers in how to move out of their comfort zone and begin living the life Jesus invited people to live.

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