Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What's your legacy?

In OUTLIVE YOU LIFE, Max Lucado takes us on a walk through the book of Acts. The book is written in short chapters. Each chapter prefaced with a verse reference from The Acts of the Apostles and ending with another relevant quote or verse from the Bible and a prayer. There is a study guide included in the book ad takes ups about a fifth of the book. The format is done in a manner where the book can be used in a group study or even personal reflection.

I enjoyed reading this book. It's easy reading yet thoughtful. If not for the fact that I am in hurry to review this book, I would have taken the time to go through each chapter. Perhaps after submitting this I may just reread it.
Max Lucado is not doing an academic commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in this book. He takes us through what life was like for the infant church, showing how they responded to the world and society around them, challenging us to do the same. To outlive our lives. The question he seem to ask between the lines is: "What will your legacy be?" For yourself and your church? However, Max is not going stay on his high horse and tell us what we should be doing, 100% of all his royalties from the sale of this book goes to World Vision. I'm wondering what will Thomas Nelson do? (hint hint :D). Just buying this book and you'll have started to Outlive Your Life.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Getting the Max on Life

In Max on Life, Max Lucado sorts take on some hard issues in life. The book format is in the question and answer format. Each question from different people focus on real life issues. The content is divided into seven section each section with questions focused various themes from questions about hope, future, sexuality, death, family, relationships, etc. The book is easy to read, you could take on a question a day without losing the train of thought.


I'll be the first to admit that I'm a fan of Max Lucado. I like his writing style and have most of his books. So when the opportunity to review MAX ON LIFE fell on my lap I grabbed it.
Requesting the ebook edition was the fastest way of receiving the book instead of a three week wait for the hardcopy.
I have to be honest this book is a tad disappointing. I felt some of the answers were a bit passé and glossed over with platitudes. The book assumes the Bible as excepted authority. There are those, believers included, that do not recognise the Bible as the Word of God. Maybe it's because I am from Asia and the book seem to focused on issues faced by the average North American Christian.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Captured by Grace - Review ... Long awaited

It was a struggle reading the book not for any reason of it being a difficult book rather huge distractions that came into my life.

Using the words of John Newton’s classic and famous hymn, Dr. David Jeremiah takes on a journey on the understanding the grace of God. He does this by using each line of the hymn as the theme each chapter. Taking us along as he explains the meaning and implications of Grace. In the end you cannot but be compelled by Grace captivated by it.

I must admit this is one of the books I didn’t read through. Not because it was difficult to understand or grasp but it made me uncomfortable. My inner man struggled reading the text. There's apart of met that was saying: "no I don't want to hear / know this." it would only compel me to respond. If I took away anything from this book, It was this: Grace, God's unmerited favour does not come free. In the words of a fame scientist “There’s no free lunch, someone had to pay!" Salvation and Favour may come free for us but someone had to pay the price and that someone was Christ.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”