I had the privilege of reviewing Max Lucado's "Outlive Your Life" Thomas Nelson Publishing. I have read many of Mr. Lucado's book and when this book came out I was very excited to review it. As in many things, I received the book to review a while ago and life happened. I finally had the chance to sit down and read it and I am thankful that I took the time to do so.
I will be honest, while reading the book I struggled to grasp the teaching of the book at first. It took me until almost the last chapter to understand that he was using stories to teach us just how to outlive our own lives and reach people for God. God loves everyone and so should we. If we serve even the least for these, we are serving God. That is the plan he has for each and everyone of us. Pour out God's love through us onto everyone and bringing everyone into a relationship with Jesus Christ. We have to remember that we serve an awesome God and that if he wanted to save everyone in one shout he could, but instead He has declared that those that say they are a follower of Him must go and make disciples. With salvation comes and expectation of work, so outlive your life by sharing the gospel. Go to a food kitchen and feed the hungry, stop by the beggar on the side of the street and give them money or better yet, give them a meal and tell them just how much you love them, because Jesus first loved you!
As I said before, I struggled at first to understand the teaching in the book. His stories of past saints, were amazing and uplifting. There is no complaint in his writing style. After reading the whole book, I finally realized that each of those stories were the lessons and they were the mode of teaching because there was no way you could walk away from the stories without being changed. Once I grasped the teaching method, the messaged hit me like a ton of bricks. A book does not need to have a step by step this is how you do it method to teach you. This book is one of those books. I would highly recommend.