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Review: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

Many years ago, my mother and I were reflecting upon the life of her grandfather and as we paused to embrace those warm memories she said, “These are the memories that allow him to live beyond his life.” At the time, I thought it was a profound statement. Imagine living on through the memories someone has of you! Max Lucado understands this and shares it in his new book, Outlive Your Life.

In true Lucado fashion, he diminishes the complacent and calls out compassion. He shares the stories familiar to many from the Bible in a more modern fashion that brings home the message of love, hope, faith and charity. It’s why I love his work!

This book awakened me. I love the simplicity of Lucado. He brings home the truth and gives me moments to reflect. He shares that “We sit in bleachers, eat at diners, change diapers and wear our favorite team ball cap. Fans don’t waive when we pass. Servants don’t scurry when we come home. Chauffeurs don’t drive our cars; butlers don’t open our doors or draw our baths. Doormen don’t greet us, and security doesn’t protect us. We are regular folk; And we wonder: does God use people like us? He did….” 

Isn’t that a powerful and incredible reflection? Don’t we all want to live a life that matters? 

Lucado takes on a journey, witnessing how God used the very people we tend to discount as a catalyst to change the world. To society, these men and women were ordinary and “nothing”. They were a prostitute, a tax collector, fishermen. Then on a second glance, they were extraordinary. They were the key to shaping history and sharing the word of Christ.

Out Live Your Live is an easy read, I read in a little more than a day, embracing his challenge to be more Christ-like to those around me, even those I want to roll my eyes at–okay, especially those people. It’s a personal journey and I love that Lucado shares his personal reflections and real-life stories of those who dared to trust God to lead them.

On page 4 of the book, Lucado writes, “You want to live in such a way that the world will be glad you did.”

That right there stopped me and made me say, “I absolutely do.”

The back of the book challenges the reader with questions for discussion and ideas for action. 

Max Lucado leads by example with 100% of the author’s royalties from this book going to World Vision and other faith-based compassion ministries.

It has been Lucado’s goal to help World Vision find sponsors for 25,000 children.

You can sponsor a child and help reach this goal in the following ways:

1. Sponsor a Child at a participating bookstore.
2. Sponsor a Child at one of the shows for the Make a Difference Tour. 
3. Sponsor a Child online through Max Lucado’s website

I encourage you to read, Outlive Your Life and embrace the message as Lucado brings to life Acts 12.

I was sent Outlive Your Life through BookSneeze in order to facilitate an honest review. No other compensation was received. The opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.

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About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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