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Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,490 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
These are?difficult days in?our world's history.? Billions of people are poor; millions go hungry or thirsty every day.? Disease claims thousands of lives daily.? But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference.? What if we did?? What if we rocked the world with hope?? Infiltrated all corners with God's love and life? We are created by a great God to ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 12th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2010)
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Fylvia Kline
I have an aversion to art created solely for promotion. When I heard Lucado wrote Outlive Your Life with World Vision in mind and 100% of his royalty was being donated to projects, I lost interest in the book even before opening it. But, to not read it would break my streak–Having read every Lucado, I just had to. I’m glad I did.

This book is not about World Vision per se; it’s about living the Gospel Commission with fervor. And that excites me. Very much. Except for illustrations from World Visi
Dec 14, 2016 Jerry rated it it was amazing
Excellent look at what it truly means to serve Christ.
Dec 22, 2011 Haelie rated it it was amazing
"Our common concern gave us a common song.

This was Jesus' plan all along. None of us can do what all of us can do."

"He teaches us the vocabulary of distant lands, the dialect of the discouraged neighbor, the vernacular of the lonely heart, and the idiom of the young student. God outfits His followers to cross cultures and touch hearts."

These are quotes from a challenging, transforming, and inspiring book by Max Lucado called Out Live Your Life. I know I have mentioned this book before, even bef
Chris Hyde
Sep 11, 2010 Chris Hyde rated it really liked it
I have been reading books by Max Lucado for years…literally my whole Christian life. Some of his book have been incredible and others have been so-so. Enter his latest book, “Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference”. There has been a lot of hype in the Christian literary world about this book, so I was excited to read it.

As the book begins, Lucado draws the reader’s attention to the massive needs of mankind around the world. Speaking of the lack of clean drinking water, hunger, dis
Aug 21, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
If you don't want your life changed, leave this book alone. If you are happy being selfish, content with focusing on your own wants, wishes, and needs, then you won't like this book. BUT...if you are looking for someone to challenge you to get out of your own way and let God perform supernatural feats through your mustard-seed size faith, this is the book for you.

This book will make you want to match up with the character examples that Max gives. People like Mother Theresa who gave up everything
Keiki Hendrix
Oct 18, 2010 Keiki Hendrix rated it it was amazing
“Max Lucado is a master of communicating the significance of ordinary.”

With picturesque storytelling of the eternal impact of ordinary moments, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference, Max Lucado writes to ignite action in the reader to first notice the impact and then live in the awareness of it.

Beginning with Finding Father Benjamin: A Fable, Max Lucado drives home the idea to see a man and where he lives is to view all the lives one man touches. It is a refreshing look at findin
Ruth Hill
Jan 18, 2011 Ruth Hill rated it really liked it
I have to admit that at the beginning of this book, I wasn't too excited. I have read my share of Max Lucado books. He often has great devotional insight, but I figured I had heard it all before.

As I read, I discovered that this book was different. I got into the meat of the book, and I realized that the premise of his book was to live the gospel we preach in tangible ways. You can tell a hungry child all you want that Jesus loves you, but what will that mean to him or her without giving a heart
Jun 09, 2012 Tina rated it liked it
Outlive Your Life is basically a Max Lucado version of Acts with various anecdotal stories thrown in. The premise is living out your faith, being the hands and feet, putting your money where your mouth is, etc.
As always, Lucado writing is easy to read and interesting. The premise itself is good. I definitely think that we need to do a better job of serving others and reaching out to others in need.
There was something missing from this book for me, though. I can't quite put my finger on it. I usu
May 20, 2017 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Very good read, several repeats from other Max books.
Mar 13, 2017 Kendall rated it liked it
Max Lucado is a great storyteller!
Made me pause and think deeply about the day-to-day life I live - and how to be more intentionally prayerful.
(The prayer chapter was my favourite, by the way. :))
Inspiring, motivating and thought provoking. I love how he takes stories from the Bible and makes them totally understandable and relevant for today. Loved the examples of how others have reached out and found ways to make a difference and out live their lives.
Josh Morgan
Dec 05, 2010 Josh Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (

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
In a world full of injustice, poverty, oppression, and malaise, it is easy to become hardened, cynical, and disengaged. The believer in Christ, however, is called to something greater-- to reflect Jesus to all men, especially those who are in distress.

This is the theme of Max Lucado's newest book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference. Among my fellow members of churches of Christ, the name "Max Lucado" often evokes images of "apostate" and "change agent." Once part of the church
Dec 09, 2012 Bryon rated it really liked it
Get out? Or get in? You've heard the saying, "she's so heavenly minded she's no earthly good." In a time when Christians in American culture myopically focus on their own heavenly evacuation, Max Lucado issues a challenge: leave something behind. Be a world changer.

In his newest book Outlive Your Life, Lucado celebrates the otherwise uncelebrated. In vivid prose, unsung heroes are brought to life as examples of people whose work benefits the world beyond the span of their lives. They've left a l
Lynn Dove
Sep 08, 2010 Lynn Dove rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I have a library of Max Lucado books. To say I am a “fan” would be a huge understatement, but this book, "Outlive Your Life" surpasses them all! It is timely, poignant, passionate and impacting. Unfortunately the book is also so uncomfortably stirring, that it made me squirm in my seat with each chapter until I finally fell to my knees to weep before the Lord in repentance. Be prepared!

This is a book that studies the early Christians in the book of Acts and implores Christians today to model the
Paul Kandavalli
Apr 24, 2016 Paul Kandavalli rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that challenges us in many ways. Once I started reading it, it was hard to put it down. The author talks about not just being “Christians” but how to be “Authentic Christians” and how we can make a difference in this world we live in. The author takes the readers on a journey through the 16 chapters in this book with a realistic approach and mentioning various characters and versus from the Bible. Every chapter starts and ends with a Bible verse and with a prayer at the ...more
Right off the top I have a confession to make: I've only read Max Lucado's children stories, and as is such I didn't know what to expect when I began to read. I had this faint notion that this book was about leaving a spiritual legacy for your children (because there was a child on the cover and because I was expecting our second child this month). And so, simply put, I was caught off guard when these presumptions were not met.

How to Out Live Your Life is a call to compassion Christian action b
Sep 07, 2010 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Although I really like Max Lucado's writing, it's been a while since I've read one of his books. But when I read the back cover of his newest release, Outlive Your Life, I was intrigued.

We are given a choice . . . an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope?

Yes! This was something I wanted to read. And I was doubly interested when I read that 100% of Lucado's royalties from this book and its accompanying products will ben
Sep 23, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Timely truths
Dana Rongione
Sep 13, 2011 Dana Rongione rated it it was amazing
We live in difficult times. Many people are poor, tired, and hungry. The world, as a whole, is suffering. As for us? We stand in the midst wondering if it's possible to make a difference. Can we fix the problems of the world? Can we offer help in the midst of crisis? Can we reach out with a caring heart and an offer of hope? If we follow the many examples laid out for us in the Bible, we can.

In Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado explores the lives of some of the Bible's greatest characters. Not great
Michelle Padrelanan
Jun 23, 2011 Michelle Padrelanan rated it really liked it
Before reading this book, I have never read any book by Max Lucado. Despite his popularity, I’ve just been drawn to female Christian authors more. However, after reading Outlive Your Life – You Were Made to Make a Difference, I am now a fan, amongst his thousands of other fans!

Max Lucado uses the book of Acts and brings to life the stories and character within. Through these ancient, real characters, he effectively shows how God chooses to use the most ordinary people to accomplish His most impo
Daniel Butcher
Sep 10, 2010 Daniel Butcher rated it really liked it
Max Lucado in Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference provides advice on leaving a lasting impression on this world with the resources God has given you. Lucado walks through key verses in the Book of Acts, using stories to bring the point of the verses out to his readers. He describes how the Book of Acts shows a small group of devoted believers, with limited education, influence and resources impacted the world from their own time to this day. Lucado notes that the work of the Bo ...more
James Korsmo
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy.

Outlive Your Life is a compelling call to shake our complacency and rediscover our world through God's eyes. In these fifteen lessons shaped by the book of Acts, Max Lucado challenges his readers to look at their lives, their surroundings, and especially the people who surround them with a fresh and God-shaped perspective. Taking a cue from the way the gospel revolutionized the disciples and their ministry, even in uncomfortable and counter-cultural or
Sep 06, 2010 Christa rated it liked it
Last week I finished another freebie, Max Lucado's Outlive Your Life. This book looks at the Jerusalem church in the book of Acts as an example of how we can live our lives to make a difference in this world. The chapters cover various topics from stepping out of your shell (taking note of the hurting people around you and finding some way to help) and persecution as a result of your faith. I don't think we realize day to day how blessed we really are...and the impact we can have ...more
Brenten Gilbert
i think it was Maximus Something-or-Other who, in the movie Gladiator, said something to this effect: “Our actions on earth, echo in eternity”… as you can probably tell, i’m not the biggest fan of the movie, but the quote stuck with me… and it came back to me over and over again as i read through the latest book from Max Lucado… (and not because of the Max-Maximus similarity)… Outlive Your Life suggests that we can life our lives in such a way as to have impact on generations to come, long after ...more
Sep 11, 2010 Belindachaplin rated it it was amazing
I was supposed to post a review for Booksneeze on the 10th of September, but since I only received the book in the mail on the 9th, it was never going to happen! Although it is the 11th where I am, it is still the 10th in Hawaii so I can get away with giving a review now...

Also I have to admit that I still haven't finished it (given that I was in a meeting yesterday all day and then had a guest last night I just haven't had the time), but what I have read (the first third of the book) I have re
Margaret Metz
Most of the books I review are fiction. I do read non-fiction though. One of my favorite writers of Christian non-fiction is Max Lucado because he manages to inspire and challenge without using ten dollar words and resorting to theological terms that most people can't relate to. His stories cut straight to the heart and stick with you long after you close the cover. This book is no exception. In fact, I think it's the best book of his that I've read.

The whole idea is that just like the humble mo
Jo Rae Jetton
Sep 25, 2012 Jo Rae Jetton rated it it was amazing

“Are you more dinghy than cruise ship?” Is your past lurking like a long shadow you just can’t seem to lose? Do you feel God couldn’t possibly use you without a complete overhaul?

Lose your fear and discover why you’re here while reading Max Lucado’s latest book, Out Live Your Life. Max reminds us “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called” and “God changes the world with folks like you.”

Where to begin? Lucado suggests you find your "languag
Lynn  Davidson
Mar 29, 2012 Lynn Davidson rated it it was amazing
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I am not sure what I expected – but this book wasn’t it.

Perhaps I thought Max Lucado would be offering something personal to me, telling me how to come out of blah living, rise up out of the occasional doldrums, and get a new and exciting perspective on life. Instead he creatively reminded me of how good I have it in this part of the world, and how so many are lacking in the comfort things that this world offers. He reminded me of my comfortable Christianity, and of the spiritually depraved, and
Oct 17, 2010 Vernie rated it it was amazing
You don’t need to be the next Bono of U2, Bob Geldof , or the next Mother Theresa to be able to do your --- part on how to make a difference in some far off country where there is starvation or extreme poverty.

This book is the next best thing, perhaps…one of those books of Max Lucado that is good to passed it around. Why?….because it will move you and make you really practice your faith.

Moved out from your comfort zone and how to make your life more meaningful despite the daily grind of balancin
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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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