Encouraging, but not Challenging
“The sign of the saved is their concern for those in need. Compassion doesn't save them or us. Salvation is the work of Christ. Compassion is the consequence of salvation.” I totally agree with this statement by Max Lucado, author of “Outlive Your Life.”
Lucado encourages the Christian to make a difference in other people's lives. There were many aspects about the book I agreed with, but it seemed like social gospel to me. I'm all about charity, humanitarian projects, etc., but Christians are called to spread the Gospel. And yes, there does need to be a balance. I think many Christians are all about meeting a person's spiritual needs by sharing the Gospel, but forget to meet their physical needs. And vice versa. Both are harmful. What good is it for a person to be physically comfortable when their soul is going to Hell? I think there could've been more emphasis on evangelizing. After all, a person's greatest need is forgiveness of their sin.
I enjoyed his retelling of biblical accounts, especially that of Ananias and Sapphira. I like Lucado's mix of humor, personal accounts, and biblical accounts.
The narrator, Dan Butler, had a soothing and pleasant voice, but he was a little bit too slow for me. Even when listening to the audiobook sped up, it was as if he were narrating at a normal pace.
I've heard a lot about Max Lucado, but I personally haven't read any of his books. After listening to “Outlive Your Life,” I can see why he is a popular among Christian circles.
Overall, I was encouraged and reminded about what it means to be a Christian.
Max Lucado's “Outlive Your Life” may be purchased from christianaudio.com. This review was written as part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program.
outlive your life
Max Lucado’s latest book encourages us to send ripples not only through your life and those around you as well as to others far after you are gone. He draws from stories throughout scripture and poses questions of what we can do to influence others and be a missionary wherever we are.
Max Lucado is very down to earth in his writing approach and easy to understand. Every chapter ends with a prayer based on the focus of that chapter. I listened to the audio version of this book and found the narrator to had a strong, almost pastoral voice that really gets the point across. It wasn’t a relaxing or leisurely audio book to listen to. I have heard Max Lucado’s devotionals on the radio and I would have liked it better if he narrated the book himself.
If you focus too much on studying the Bible but lack of compassion toward others, this book will hopefully put you on the right track with God's love
Outlive your life is aimed for Christians who want to do more in life for God, who are wondering what does it take to be Christians. Most of the parts of the book focus towards loving the needy ones, which most Christians lack of. We study and study about the Word of God yet we forget the basic foundation of all, love. Have we noticed the poor on our streets? Are we doing something about it? Or, who is your Saul in life? (someone who has a tough background, repented, and needed your love?)
I like how Max tried to liven up the scenes that were happening on the verses through imaginations although it would not be 100% accurate because the Bible doesn’t always explain things in detail. But nevertheless, it helps to imagine the intensity of the atmosphere and the emotions which we rarely thought of when we read a story in the Bible.
In the beginning of the chapters, Max emphasizes on how important it is as a church to reach out to the needy and to the society. The last parts of the book are geared more towards individual Christians. Max encouraged and made us realize what we have not done in our lives for Jesus. Have we been ignoring that poor beggar on the same street that we pass by everyday? Have we become so isolated that we just can’t be bothered with everyone else? Have we got someone that we are ignoring because he/she is too annoying?
The book was narrated really well by Dan Butler. At first I didn’t really like his deep voice as it took some time to get used to. But he read it really well and this is probably one of the best narrations I’ve ever heard so far (apart from the “Love is a verb” audiobook). He never sounds flat and it feels as if he wrote the book himself or at least understands the emotions that Max had when he wrote Outlive your life.
On every chapter, there’s also a prayer (with a calm soothing music that sticks on my head) which helps you in reflecting your own life and truly serious in making a transformation with God.
Posted originally on http://www.writeforgod.com/outlive-your-life-by-max-lucado.html
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Amazing Narration, Sweet Storytelling
This audio book is read by Daniel Butler. Butler does a great job as a storyteller, performing excellently for the beginning and other parts of this audio book. He provides just the right voice for Lucado's book, using his clear intonations and speech to carry the story in such a fashion that the reader can enjoy being carried along in the teller's journey. Butler, however, does not provide a clear difference between characters, which requires the listener to pay attention to the reading, to be sure to keep on track. As far as non-story portions of the text, Butler does an amazing job narrating the book.
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How are you living your life?
I had the privilege of listening to the audio version of a book called Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado. It was provided through the reviewer's program at christianaudio.
I had previously read this book and posted my review here. When I saw the audio version available, I knew I'd enjoy hearing it because I had enjoyed reading it so much. It was one I wanted to read again anyway and I figured I could learn something new by hearing it.
This book focuses on how we should be living our Christian lives...caring for others, seeing the needs of people, and praying to name a few. It is based on the book of Acts. It is very thought provoking for the listener and causes you to think about how you are living compared with how Christians really should live. I appreciate the real-life examples given by the author of people who are living out their faith in real-world situations.
The narrator, Dan Butler, was interesting to hear overall. At times I found his voice to be a bit monotone. He did a nice job reading this book and gave me the feeling he understood what he was reading, making it personal and not just words he was reading.
The audio version was provided through christianaudio Reviewers Program.
A Good Storyteller
Max Lucado’s most recent book, Outlive Your Life, is an encouraging and challenging tome directed to believers who’re living within the bounds of mediocrity. His storytelling ability (and that of the narrator), which is both pastoral and inviting, adds emphasis and enthusiasm to some familiar Bible stories we can easily overlook.
My first concern was that it was just a rehashing of The Hole in our Gospel or some other book about poverty alleviation, but it wasn’t. Unlike Bruce Stearns’ book, Lucado clearly presents the gospel as being of first importance and sticks with it throughout the book. His admonitions in the book to the individual believer are positive and encouraging. He focuses on issues of the heart, like humility and gratitude, as well as issues of the head and hands, like prayer, serving, and engaging the social ills of our world.
The narrator really adds life to this book. His flow can sometimes make you forget you’re listening to a book instead of having a conversation with a wise mentor. His pace was steady, and fluctuations between loud and quiet fit perfectly with the dialogue recorded in the book.
The book itself is a helpful reminder to live the Christian life, and the chapter near the end on prayer called to mind my own lack of consistency and need to repent.
If you go for this one, bear in mind that the audio had a few choppy bits. Every once in a while there would be a one or two second repetition of the same phrase in the m4b files. I’m going to download it again in the mp3 format to see if that fixes the problem.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ChristianAudio as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Outliving Your Life
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (http://jacobscafe.blogspot.com/2010/12/outliving-your-life-maxlucado.html).
I haven't read one of Max Lucado's books in a long time, but I get his weekly email devotionals. So when I had the opportunity to review his latest book through a complimentary copy of the audiobook from christianaudio, I jumped at the chance.
Outlive Your Life's subtitle is You Were Made to Make a Difference. Honestly, I didn't catch the connection of the title and subtitle with the content of the book until the very end, but then it all made sense. The basic premise is that our contributions to the world and the Kingdom of God can last long beyond our earthly lives based on caring for others.
The premise and message of the book is excellent. I wouldn't say it's anything remarkably profound. It's very consistent with much of the discussions on missional and social justice work. However, Lucado has a great style that makes ideas down-to-earth and understandable and reasonable to anyone. I loved how he began each chapter with a biblical story or a contemporary story related to breaking down barriers and caring for others. The rest of the chapter interprets these tales, again making them seem like something we all could participate in in some fashion. In fact, his website has links to several practical ways to engage in caring for others. One idea with which I was unfamiliar and really like is microfinance. It's a relatively accessible way to make a significant difference in others' lives (his story about this is powerful).
I also appreciate the prayers with which Lucado ended each of his chapters. It was a nice way of remembering that this work is not done for the building of oneself or for secular ideas of social justice, but as a dedication to Christ.
This celebration of Christ through social justice makes the book uniquely evangelical in a good way. Actually, this was more of the impact for me personally than the message of the book. Again, the ideas are things with which I agree and have heard many times. However, hearing the presentation of the concepts from a conservative evangelical like Lucado is very refreshing.
As readers of my blog know, I have struggled with some of the styles and emphases of evangelicalism in creating an "us-them" sort of ethos. Lucado roundly shuts down that idea. In contrast, he emphasizes that Christ broke down boundaries and worked to include people rather than exclude people. Evangelicalism needs more people like Lucado who hold strong convictions without condemnation.
With regard to the actual audiobook, it was well-produced and well-read. The narrator, Dan Butler, did a nice job showing passion and appropriate reflection. However, like I have said many times, I wished Lucado would have read it himself. Having heard him speak live before, it was odd hearing a very different type of voice reading his words. Also, I listened to most of it with my wife during our trip to and from Fresno to visit her family for Thanksgiving. Butler's voice was a bit too soothing, so we had to turn the audiobook off a couple of times to stay awake (not because of the content! :) ). But it was still a great listen and very encouraging and refreshing, giving me more faith in evangelicalism again!
Why are you here?
Why are you here?
Is life something you just want to “get through” or is life, your life, a chance to make a difference in the world?
A difference that will carry ripples across the pool of this world long after you are gone.
In his book “Outlive Your Life”, Max Lucado challenges us to use this life that we have been given to make a difference by helping those in this world who are less fortunate and suffering.
This Audiobook was beautifully recorded and Max Lucado’s style of writing is not bogged down by heavy language and lots of words. It is easy to listen to and understand. Dan Butler’s voice took a minute to get used to simply because it is so different from Max’s actual voice, but he is a very good reader with a clear understanding of the material that enables him to convey the heart of the text.
Max Lucado stresses the importance of Christ being part of the social justice equation. This pendulum can swing too far absent of Christ and too far absent of justice. Max finds the beautiful balance of the two. His challenge for us: How God can use our life to make a difference in the world? He also includes some very practical ways that we can get involved in the good works done by organizations like World Vision.