>Book Review of Max Lucado’s Outlive Your Life

randomlychad  —  December 9, 2010 — Leave a comment

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I’ve been putting this review off, unsure of my angle on it. Honestly, I’m intimidated. It’s a beautiful book, and frankly I’m jealous. I’m jealous of the writer Max is–that I wish I could be. The rhythms, the cadences, the flow and structure of his sentences is much akin to listening in at a women’s prayer meeting. This is not to say that Max is not a “man’s man”–I’ve no doubt of that–but rather that he writes beautifully, and I quail at trying to do his book justice in this review.
The bare bones of Outlive Your Life, I guess, is as the title implies: leaving a godly legacy. But it’s so much more than that: it is also having an impact in the here and now. If there were a 29th chapter to Acts, this book would be that chapter. I like how Pastor Matt Cannon described it on Twitter: “deep, but not pretentious.” That it is. Simple, but profound in its implication, and application. Short though it is, this book took me far longer to read than is usual–because I wanted to savor it. It is worth its price just for the parable that Max begins it with. It is that good.
I’ll leave you with this: if you’ve ever asked yourself what being “in the world, but not of it” looks like, I would venture to guess that it looks a lot like the Christianity that Max Lucado so lovingly describes in Outlive Your Life. Put this one at the top of your “must-read” pile. You’ll be glad you did.

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