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Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot. Max Lucado

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,987 ratings  ·  184 reviews
"Sweet spot." Golfers understand the term. So do tennis players. Ever swung a baseball bat or paddled a Ping-Pong ball? If so, you know the oh-so-nice feel of the sweet spot. Life in the sweet spot rolls like the downhill side of a downwind bike ride. But you don't have to swing a bat or a club to know this. What engineers give sports equipment, God gave you.A zone, a regi ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Word Productions LLC
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Laura
Sep 15, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, but specifically those who don't enjoy their jobs
Recommended to Laura by: I'm a Max Lucado fan who doesn't want life to be ho-hum :)
I have to admit that when I had a moment to read, I wasn't as eager to pick up this book as I am with fiction. It feels like it takes discipline for me to read nonfiction. It's just not as fun. When I did open this book though, each time I was glad I did. In the beginning, I was thinking how Max's writing style lends better to his quote-filled gift books and devotionals (which I love), as he's very fond of alliteration and there are a lot of potent short sentences. It quickly gained a better flo ...more
Starry
Why am I always so suspicious of self-help books written by big-name ministers? Partly, I suppose, because I'm suspicious of the whole self-help genre, with their grandiose titles and by-lines advertising that THIS book will be the one to fix your poor, broken life. And partly because I fall into the trap of thinking that we Christians, of all people, should have our lives together and not even need a book like this. {Not true: Christians are saved DESPITE our imperfect lives, not because of our ...more
*Christie*
What a great book to start out the New Year. This book is a gorgeous testament to God and to the Divine Nature in everyone. It proposes that while we may be successful at many things, there are specific areas in which God wants us to live our lives and in which we will be the happiest. He calls this your "sweet spot." It was different for me to get used to a different translation of the bible, but it didn't matter after awhile. I love the concept that we were all pre-packaged with our own unique ...more
Dana Rongione
Do you ever wonder if you're where God wants you to be? Do you ever feel like you were made for more than what you're currently doing? Do you ever feel out of place in your job or ministry? Max Lucado's book, Cure for the Common Life, addresses these issues and more. It is a guide to discovering your sweet spot in life, the place where you find peace and joy in using your talents and abilities as they were meant to be used. Lucado puts forth the idea that "you were born pre-packed--for a purpose ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
I really, really like Lucado's honesty and the message behind this book. My only problem is that the book doesn't lend itself to Kindle format since there are questions you need to answer. I'm thinking if you want to get really serious about this book, you'll want to get the paperback edition.

Essentially, Lucado is showing us how to find the talents that God has given us and use them to a) serve Him and b) find our own happiness. Good stuff.
Debbie
if you've ever wondered, where did my burning childhood dream to be an artist, a mucisian, a pro-bono lawyer go to? did it simply disintegrate? this could be the book for you. it may re-center your position in life, question the very occupation you are involved in at the moment and you may find yourself shifting simply because you managed to pull out an answer from deep within. I'm saying 'may'. but you never know.
Becky
Sep 16, 2008 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those struggling to find their way
This book is to help you find what you were really meant to do with your life . . . finding your God given talents and skills. It gives you a Christian perspective on what you are here for. It has a skill assessment in the back of the book too to help guide you along in the process.
Caio Melo
Loved the book. Was a gift from two people that I look up to.
Ian Hastings
I have read several of Lucado’s previous books and always find some nuggets of wisdom and inspiration that I can apply to my life. However, like many prolific authors in this genre, after a while, one book starts to sound a lot like the one before.
This IS NOT true of The Cure for the Common Life. In addition to the typical inspirational fare, Max gives us a framework to figure out what we are supposed to be doing with our lives. Using the acronym S.T.O.R.Y. (strengths, topic, optimal conditions
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Lisa
Filled with encouragement, Lucado’s little book gives Christians a boost to discover our uniqueness to showcase the glory of God. Not ourselves, not even to contribute to society, but to praise and glorify our Creator. What an intriguing and refreshing way to think of ourselves in God’s eyes.

The spirit has given each of us special gifts to make a big deal of God.
How do we find them? This book is divided into two parts: the first is an exploration of our uniqueness; the second, a workbook showing
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Kelly
What an amazing book! I loved it! It's written with really short sentences so it's easy to read and remember - great for one that is supposed to help you make changes to your life. Makes me think and inspires me to be more confident in who the Lord created me to be in the beginning. It also has really helped me with parenting, actually. Good job, Blue, for getting it for me!

Here are some underlined passages in my book --

What engineers give sports equipment, God gave you. A zone, a region, a life
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Stacy
Wow, the timing of reading of this book was just when I needed it- God's doing , no doubt! I have had many different "jobs" in my life without really finding my true place- "sweet spot" as it is called in this book. This is a guide to discovering your sweet spot in life, the place where you find peace and joy in using your talents and abilities as God meant them to be used. Lucado puts forth the idea that "you were born pre-packed--for a purpose" and God has given us the special abilities/gifts ...more
Mindy
If you are wondering why life seems to be day-in and day-out, maybe you need a Cure for the Common Life! Max Lucado does a great job bringing you through the thought process of what you've enjoyed doing as a child, teen, and young adult. By following the S.T.O.R.Y. of your life, you can gain insights in what your God-given talents are. What you enjoyed then, can give you keys to what you would enjoy now. What have you done where time seemed to stop -- or fly by? What can you throw yourself into ...more
Andrew
In the Cure for the Common Life, Max Lucado believed that people need to be living in their sweet spot and enjoying their life. Lucado teaches readers to love themselves and be unique because God made everyone special. He wanted everyone to find out what gifts God has equipped them with and to pursue their calling. Studying your story will help you find the clues to fulfilling your purpose. We have to not let others define who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to be doing. The book ...more
IrenesBookReviews
You were created a unique individual. This book by popular author Max Lucado shows you the way to find your uniqueness. As in most of his books the author has some meaningful one liners. The book starts with one about your purpose: "God packed you on purpose for a purpose." This could almost be the title for the book. When God designed each of us he put different talents and desires in our hearts. This was not done randomly but by his design so we could do His will.

"Childhood tendencies forecast
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KDNH
Do you feel drained by the “commonness of your life?” The day to day patterns that cause you to go through the motions without fulfilling you? You were never designed to live that way! God wants you to thrive, to be completely satisfied and to engage in your gifts that he equipped you with before you even came out of the womb.

I’ve had this book for years and never actually read it. Luckily, the small group bible study I co-lead decided to begin a Christian themed book club while we are in betwee
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Brook
i read this years ago, but have been thinking about it this morning. lucado talks about finding the "sweet spot" in your life. if i remember correctly, he asks you to remember what you loved to do at age 10 or 11--maybe even find a picture of yourself at the time. it has been interesting this year as i have been re-discovering some of the things that i love and feel like a "sweet spot" to me that those were the same things i loved to do at that time. . .being in nature, writing, reading, creatin ...more
Elle
Tired of feeling common? Not sure where you fit in the world? Tired of your everyday routines? Not sure where your sweet spot is anymore? You know that moment where you know you are doing what you were created to do, that moment where everything just makes sense. The Cure for the Common Life is here to help you find your sweet spot again. Lucado goes chapter by chapter to remind you to look at the things that are truly your strengths rather than the things you may just be doing or were thrown i ...more
Meg
I really needed to read this book. Much of the advice Max Lucado gave were things I had already guessed. To figure out what God wants me to do in my life, I have to identify my strengths and gifts. To do so, I have to think of the times in the past where I was happiest doing certain things, or when I found that things came easiest for me.

This book becomes more valuable where it asked the right questions for me to think about. The latter part of the book had worksheets and guides that are just p
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Mendy
I have been wanting to read this book for a very long time, thinking it would change my life in unimaginable ways, I know alot of pressure to put on an inanimate object. I can't say that it moved beyond words. It did make me think about my life, choices I have made and/or are making. I feel that for the most part I am living in my sweet spot. And according to my daughter I am seeing as how how we have have two dogs that spend most of their days asleep on the couch. Instead of pointing me in a di ...more
Theresia
Buku ini banyak menolong saya untuk memahami sweet spot saya, yaitu tempat dimana saya paling maksimal. Dimana saya puas dan bahagia melakukan sesuatu yang saya sukai dan saya baik dalam melakukan hal tersebut.

Buku ini mendorong saya untuk melihat kepada cerita saya, kepada masa kecil saya, kekuatan dan kelemahan saya, hal-hal yang unik dari diri saya, dan memakai semuanya untuk menunjukkan tempat saya sendiri, memakainya untuk melakukan pekerjaan besar bagi Allah dan memuliakanNya.
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Amy
I'm in a point in my life where I need to know what to do next and do not just to settle for the common life. I want to be able to use the talents and desires God gave me to do the things that I'm passionate about. Not just for my pleasure ,but for God's glory too. This book helped me realize a lot of things about myself and used Scripture to hit the point home. It made me realize that even though I want to cut straight to doing my dream that it is okay to start small. It also made me realize th ...more
Martie Rudd
This is probably one of the best books I've read in a very long time. It talks about going back to our childhood and finding the things that really got us motivated. These things are still imbedded inside us and as we grew up we either covered them over or let other things take their place. It's about finding happiness in doing the things that we were created to do.
Bethany Hanna
I read this book during a real transitional time in my life. I can honestly say it has really proved useful to me over the years. I learned a lot about myself!

Very good read about soul-searching and finding more depth to yourself and what you want to be about. This book helps you find purpose and drive to move forward every day.

Recommended.
Chelsie
This book did not disappoint me. Then again I usually love everything Max Lucado writes!He talks about why people are so unhappy in there jobs and waste all there gifts that God has equipt them with(to serve him). He recommends you look into your childhood at thing you were good at and proud of in order to spot and harvest your gifts. What I love about this book is that he doesn't want you to just drop everything, quit your job and not support yourself or your family in order to serve God proper ...more
Jimin Lee
Excellent book with great insight. loved the fact that he gave relevant Bible verses throughout the book. I think it would have been better for me if the end of the book survey was a multiple - choice format like the IQ or personality test. Open - ended questions were a bit difficult for me to answer. Overall, it was another good book written by an extremely gifted author, Max Lucado.
Jesse Rdz
Te hace ver que la vida no es aburrida. La mayor parte del tiempo nos frustramos porque no hacemos las cosas con empeño y dedicación y en nuestro trabajo en lugar de verlo como un fastidio ( el clásico oh no!! Lunes otra vez!!!) debemos disfrutarlo como si lo hiciéramos para Dios mismo en persona . Y si seguimos con el mismo fastidió,analizar nuestra vida profundamente y mejorar nuestra situación
Carl Wunsch
I'm becoming quite the Lucado fan. Every book I read by him leaves me greatly encouraged, and often challenged. This book was no exception. It help solidify, for me, that I am where I need to be and am doing what I was designed to do.
Anne
As a whole I'd give this book 3.5 stars, but cut out a lot of the extra stuff and get more to the application principles and I'd give it 4.5. This book is great for trying to figure out where your "sweet spots" are and is written with eternal Christian principles in mind. Lucado helps you figure out what your spiritual gifts may be and also your talents through questionnaires. Which is important to help you find work or a job that is within your sweet spot (because you'll naturally excel) and ho ...more
Ed Soehnel
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Max Lucado and rate it among my top tier of books I’ve read. The book helps the reader explore their past to determine their sweet spot so that they can make informed choices about doing what they are good at and what they enjoy. I’ve read books like this, but none that take the approach offered here. What I most enjoyed was the solid Biblical references the book uses to help the reader explore their unique gifts and talents given by the Lord. It quotes many Bib ...more
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