Friday, September 10, 2010

Review: OutLive Your Life

OutLive Your Life

Max Lucado

Thomas Nelson

2010

 

Max Lucado has produced another of his gentle reads that pack a punch.  This one challenges the reader on numerous levels while tracking through parts of the book of Acts.  So for those of you who yearn for the first century church, your time has arrived.  Beware though, for what you wish.  The first century church did not sit quietly in a pew once a week.  Lucado skillfully shows how 21st century life fits into first century church.

This author is probably the best at finding anecdotes to illustrate his points that I have read.  Like many of his other books this strikes a balance between the illustrations and the text.  Each chapter draws you in and then challenges.  If you don’t like challenges this may not the right book for you or your small group.  At the end of the book is a set of discussion questions geared to each chapter for those readers that what to think more about the topic.  In addition, this book offers some activity suggestions that allow opportunities to practice the aspect covered in the chapter.  David Drury prepared this section and is credited on its first page and in the acknowledgements.

My only objection to this book lies in its sameness to several of his books as far as presentation and organization.  Each chapter is a stand alone.  Each chapter has a nice illustration, a Biblical text and application.  Should we call this book part a series designed for groups?    Looks like it to me. 

One other thing I should mention is that the jacket states that “100% of the author’s royalties from Outlive Your Life products will benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith based compassion.”  There are or will be soon other products associated with this book. 

This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson in return for this review.

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