Book Review: Max Lucado’s new book – Out Live Your Life

What if, in the lives of people around me and possibly even broader circles, I was the influence that would either bless their life, or build walls around them? That’s the primary question Max Lucado addresses in his new book, Out Live Your Life.

Lucado challenges the reader to look back at the launch of the New Testament church and match that vigor of mission. Not match it in corporate intensity, but in personal focus and intention. He does this through a study of the first half of the book of Acts. Done in Lucado’s typical narrative style.

You either love Max Lucado’s style, or you don’t. This book won’t change your opinion of him. But, if you’re a Lucado fan, this could become the book that has the biggest impact on your life. He doesn’t really address the issue of whether some elements of the New Testament launch was intended only for the early church, but this author has never been heavy on doctrine. Lucado is more similar to the apostle Peter writing pastoral epistles than of Paul’s doctrinal letters. He easily draws personal applications from these Acts passages that provoke questions for the believer who says he follows Christ today, but with little inconvenience in lifestyle.

For whom do I recommend this book? Those who want to study the Bible, but find straight reading of the biblical text to be boring or too difficult. Out Live Your Life is an excellent way to reach into the text and history of the first century church in an easily readable format. Likewise, those like me who have reached an age where you may be asking, “What is my long term impact on this world?”; you will be stirred in new ways and maybe a little uncomfortable with the journey to which an honest answer will lead.

For those looking to take a step further into the question, a great follow up book would be John Ortberg’s new book, The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You from Zondervan.

If you’re looking for a class to study with and discuss this exact topic, join Pastor Don Moore at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship in Wylie, Texas, this Sunday as he begins a new adult class on Ortberg’s book. Read the Lucado book on the side over the weeks you attend the class, and I guarantee you’ll finish in six weeks with a new concept of how valuable your life is in God’s perspective.

Lucado’s book, Out Live Your Life, can be purchased here –>

The John Ortberg book, The Me I Want to Be, can be purchased here –>

– Jeff

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Posted: September 10, 2010 
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