Note: Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of “Outlive Your Life: You Were made To Make A Difference,”  in exchange for agreeing to publish a review on my blog and on one commercial site.  However, in no way did they suggest what to write nor did they review or edit my content before publishing.  These are my thoughts and words.

“Begin with the end in mind” is frequently shared advice. Max Lucado’s version: 

“May you live your life in such a way that your death is just the beginning of your life.” (pg 7)

In my experience, many Christians are so focused on the hereafter, they forget the opportunities of the here and now.  In “Outlive Your Life,” Max Lucado reminds us of the biblical foundation for making a difference now, and how we can do so in many ways.

Through short vignettes of real life stories and biblical passages and lessons, Lucado repeatedly demonstrates how God uses us to change the world.  We were made to make a difference, if we only choose to accept the challenge given to us.

This is not a one-time read book.  This is the kind of book to keep handy, pick-up now and then, add margins notes, contemplate, then pick up again when inspiration and focus is needed.  It will help you to be fully present to making a difference each and everyday.

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