Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference
Max Lucado, in is usual down to earth style, has challenged believers to Out Live Your Life.
We are given a choice…an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope?
He uses inspiring stories to bring us to the understanding that regular people, like you and me, can be used by God for his purpose.
God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.
Max Lucado peppers each chapter with biblical examples and scripture to help the reader grasp the reality that God can and will do extraordinary things through ordinary people.
Each of us has a built in set of assumption that we use to view the world we live in. Lucado makes the reader face head-on their prejudices with pointed examples and more scripture.
And us? We are still pondering … “God has shown me that He doesn’t think anyone is unclean or unfit.”
This was particularly stinging for me. Even though I try never to judge a book by its cover, we all find ourselves making assumptions about people because of their labels: biker, divorced, fat or homeless. How often are we wrong?
Labels relieve us of responsibility. Pigeonholing permits us to wash our hands and leave.
You will not be able to sit comfortably by after reading Out Live Your Life if you have allowed any part of this book to soak in.
I recommend this book for anyone who has ever wondered “Why am I here?”. For those who are interested, it even has a discussion and action guide at the end.
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Like ripples in a pond, every decision man makes has far reaching and unimaginable consequences. In his book, The Butterfly Effect, Andy Andrews illuminates the significance that a simple act of kindness can have in the course of human history. Andrews masterfully weaves a series of historical events, which until this telling seemed totally unrelated, into a powerful tale that will inspire everyone to be courageous and wise in the course of their otherwise ordinary lives.
A butterfly flapping its wings in South America can affect the weather conditions in Central Park. ~Edward Lorenz 1963
Andy Andrews’ ability to touch hearts and transform lives with his words, just as he did in The Noticer, challenges each of us to be more than the circumstances we find ourselves in. Ultimately, he brings the reader to the realization that every action and every decision matters.
I highly recommend this book. I believe that many people will be forever changed once the significance of the tale sinks in. How your life matters is subject to the consequences of each decision or action that spread out like ripples in a pond. The Butterfly Effect would also make an excellent gift.
God Bless America!
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By: Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent
When Ron Hall and Denver Moore set out to share Deborah’s enormous faith and love for the homeless in Same Kind of Different as Me, the preceding book, they couldn’t imagine what impact that would have on the many readers. What Difference Do It Make? is filled with the stories of the many people who were touched and inspired by it. As word of mouth spread about their first book, Ron and Denver traveled around the country encouraging people to get involved because one person can indeed make a difference. Eventually, Ron and Denver had many stories of people who were led to do extraordinary things after reading about Deborah Hall.
What Difference Do It Make? is a collection of some of those amazing ways that ordinary people reached out to the homeless. It is also the story of Ron’s journey through the unimaginable grief of a man who lost his beloved wife. Denver shares the story of how he ended up homeless and hopeless in a down to earth manner. Peppered throughout Ron and Denver’s journey, is the fruit that Deborah’s unconditional love bore as she lived her faith in action for the homeless. This book will dispel any doubt that God moves in America today. I highly recommend reading this book.
Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Devotions for Every Day of the Year has been such a blessing to me as I read through it. In it is the gift of her time spent quietly sitting in God’s presence and then writing about it in her prayer journal. The depth of intimacy shared on these pages draw the reader in to seek His presence.
I have been uplifted, encouraged, emboldened and comforted by my own journey through these pages. At times, I have spent the entire rest of the day, in the midst of my own busyness, contemplating the message that touched me.
Each day is presented as a direct message from Jesus. The scripture references keep it Biblical and let the reader dig deeper if they want even more. I know you will want more and more as you delve into this rich encounter with Jesus. I have found Jesus on these pages. I highly recommend this daily devotional as a wonderful way to get drawn deeper into your faith.
In his new book Fearless, Max Lucado systematically takes on every form fear takes in our world today. Though the pages are filled with the very real worries ordinary people face this book is all about the hope we find as followers of Christ.
Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat. (Matt 8:23-24 NCV)
In his down to earth style, Max vocalizes the thoughts running through the minds of many who finally realize that being a follower of Christ doesn’t guarantee a life without turmoil.
Wouldn’t you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience?
There are storms in this life, that is a given, but the message that Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid is clear. Max Lucado uses biblical passages to give substance to Jesus’ message to “fear not.”
Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph. Yes, life stinks. But, it won’t forever. As one of my friends likes to say, “Everything will work out in the end. If its not working out, its not the end.”
Having Christ’s perspective gives that solid rock on which to build a life of freedom from the gloom that can easily overtake and paralyze its victims. The circumstances we all face today can make even the bravest of us all succumb to fear. It’s nice to know that Jesus is with us every step of the way. I strongly recommend to everyone, whether or not you live in fear, to let the light of hope shine through the pages of Fearless.
I recently had shared with me, by a very strong Christian man, the most beautiful story about the death his wife. He shared with us the short fight with metastatic cancer she had finally succumbed to. With tears spilling down his cheeks and a huge smile on his face, he told us of the final journey he and his wife shared.
They spent the last month together in the hospital room which would ultimately be a one way trip. Their faith spilled over into the hospital staff around them. They would come her room and pray with them for the wisdom of the doctors and sing in the Spirit as they came in and out of the room as their lives momentarily touched. Even though the various treatments did not improve her state, she continued to defy the odds in that she remained coherent to the very end.
Eventually, he told us about knowing it would be their last day together. No man could have predicted the day since she was still completely aware and engaged with her surroundings. He just knew that one way or the other they would be leaving the hospital that day. Either God would heal her and they would return home together or God would take her home.
The tears spilled down his rugged face as he told us of the gut-wrenching pain he felt. He knew there was nothing wrong with him. Even still, he looked down to see if he could see his shirt and stomach being bunched up and torn apart. God reminded him that he had made them one-flesh and had to separate them to take her home.
They shut the door and said goodbye while she was still quite coherent. She was laying back with her eyes closed as her vital signs began to deteriorate. Later, he said that right before her final breaths, her eyes suddenly opened; like she was looking up. Then she closed her eyes again and was gone.
It was a beautiful passing in that this fine woman of God knew without a doubt that she was going to be with the Lord. It was a beautiful passing because she and her husband of 25 years shared this final journey together sharing their faith along the way. It was a beautiful passing because, while he’s not sure what he’s going to do without her, he is at peace.