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Cure for the Common Life

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"Sweet Spot."

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 region, a life precinct in which you were made to dwell
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Olivia Jarmusch
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is wonderful! It challenges and inspires everyone to who reads, to dream a little bit bigger, get outside of the cultural 'norm' and BELIEVE that you were made to be who God created you to be! I would recommend this book to everyone (esp High Schoolers), it really helps you return to the early days of your childhood dreams, think about what you would truly love to do with your life, and then start seeking God for direction on it. All of Max Lucado's books are great, but this is a defin ...more
CURE FOR THE COMMON LIFE by Max Lucado is perfect for inspiring faith and understanding your path. You don’t have to be unhappy to enjoy this book, or even feel lost to benefit from its wise guidance. You may even find that you’re right where you are supposed to be. I think it’s best at proving that you’re not alone – there’s nothing wrong with you that can’t be fixed. From housewife to professional — there are nuggets in here to discover.

Max often makes me laugh. It’s random, but he hits home w
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Dana Rongione
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gwendolyn Grace
It was good and written with the characteristic Max Lucado charm, but it many ways it read like a self-help book for Christians, which isn't what I was hoping for.

He did have good insights, and to anyone lost as to their direction in life and seeking God, I'm sure it would be a great help. However, I feel like he reiterated the same things constantly, and you would only need to read a few chapters and absorb everything you needed to know.

I guess that this just wasn't the book I was looking for o
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
Greg Reese
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I continue to read more of Max Lucado's books now that I am hooked. This book blew my mind. I am forever grateful to my pastor for recommending this book. If not for him, I would have never read the book and would have never become a much better person. As is, I read it and find myself excited about my life journey.

As the title states, Max Lucado explains God's purpose for us on earth. God doesn't intend us to lead boring lives. Instead, God blesses us with unique set of skills that NO ONE else
Joanne Reese
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful read that I picked up again after reading it years ago. I found the principles insightful and spot on. Lucado brought his ideas home with entertaining anecdotes and perfectly placed humor. And with the interactive questions in the back of the book, I was delightfully surprised to find that my answers to these questions still mirror my passion and my heart. This tells me that Lucado's premise is one that stands the test of time.

I would highly recommend this book for anybody
Sally Kilpatrick
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Max Lucado!
Caio Melo
Loved the book. Was a gift from two people that I look up to.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of good ideas and fun stories about finding your sweet spot and joy in life.
Jessika Santulli
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
Everyone has a "sweet spot," or a God-given talent that we enjoy using more than anything else. Are you fascinated by machines, leading a group, or the human body? Max Lucado seeks to help readers discover their sweet spot and then teach them to use it for God's glory. This book would be particularly helpful for Christians who are discerning a career path, would like to change careers, or simply do not believe they are living up to their God-given potential. With plentiful inspiring anecdotes, L ...more
Roger Miller
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
It has been years since I read Max, what was I not thinking! The book was jam-packed with stories and illustrations that all can understand and apply to a common life. Max encourages us to do better without laying on the guilt.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book to use as a resource if you feel you aren't living up to your potential.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy self help books unless they are religious. This is just way to religious. When there's more than one bible quote per page, it's just to much.
Richard Knobloch
Great book That every teen should read!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The kind of book that I don't care how long it takes to read because it's so authentic and great!

5/5 stars. Wonderfully written with great advice! Loved every page.
David Wilson
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good even in retirement.

I've been ion my sweet spot for years. Just didn't look at it that way. Tying Biblical principles to it made it come two life.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly straight forward and helpful book on introspection and what God made you for. God made you for a reason. What did God make you good at? Now do it as often as possible for Him. Thats it!
Josh Baker
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an easy read and an excellent way to start thinking about what God might want to do with your life.
Ciprian Dragut
Not so helpful...
E.A. Padilla
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For such a short book of 138 pages, I thought I would plow right through it. But I plodded along, reading one chapter every few months. Then, today, as I finished my third book (Tunnels) and submitted it to my copy editor, I finally, turn to this book, with the goal of finishing it.

I've made a habit of reading at least one small chapter in the bible every morning. Over time, I started praying again. I haven't done that for years. As I started trying to transition into a full-time writer, I star
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brandon Current
"Don't Read. This book is an example of illustrations gone rogue. Each chapter contains one simplistic idea that could be set down in a sentence, and then that thought is painted in story after story with a internet-forard kind of mushy feel. I also regret any book that supports its argument through interpretation of simplistic illustrations. Not to discount all wisdom gained by experience, but those are deep and reflective, not the quick analysis of trite stories.

In his illustration of justific
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With more than 125 million products in print and several NYT bestsellers, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy. His next book is publishing September 2017 and is titled Anxious for Nothing.
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