Last week I finished another booksneeze.com freebie, Max Lucado's Outlive Your Life. This book looks at the Jerusalem church in the book of Acts as an example of how we can live our lives to make a difference in this world. The chapters cover various topics from stepping out of your shell (taking note of the hurting people around you and finding some way to help) and persecution as a result of your faith. I don't think we realize day to day how blessed we really are...and the impact we can have if we get out of our comfort zone and act.
This is the second Max Lucado book I have read. They both were easy to read and use bible verses/biblical principles as the basis. Max Lucado definitely has a gift for detailing stories. He loves to go in depth; painting a picture for the readers of what he imagines the characters in the Bible where thinking and doing (beyond what is actually described in the Bible). Sometimes he even updates the stories to fit into today's world. This is a good way for us to think deeper about how the lessons we learn from the Bible can be applied to our lives, but I think the reader should be aware of the actual words from the Bible to know where Max's embellishment comes in.
Overall, I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed reading it and did gain some insight, but I largely knew the material presented.
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