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

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Max Lucado presents his view that God has created each of us in a unique way. The text shows the practical tools for exploring and identifying this uniqueness.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Word Productions LLC
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Laura
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
Dorine
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
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Starry
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
Christie
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
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
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
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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
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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
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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.
Debbie
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.
Becky
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.
Trinity
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.
Dianne
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.
15ErikaH2
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.
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
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Kelly
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
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Kayce
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
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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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Andrew
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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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Ian Hastings
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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IrenesBookReviews
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Elle
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lafourche Library
With one third of Americans hating their careers, Lucado reminds us that being miserable in our jobs is not blessing from God. His cure to this common life is a guide to discovering our unique purpose with practical steps to work towards living it out.

Many of us have been told and believe that if we work hard enough we can be anything we want to be. Max challenges that maxim. If you do not have the meat sense of a butcher, or the world vision of an ambassador, can you be one? Perhaps, but you wi
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Grace
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually am a huge fan of Max Lucado's book but this one didn't reach his usual greatness. Yes, there were a few great stories and some moments of insight but on the whole it did not move me like his other books. Some of his points seemed kind of a reach as well. Instead of being a cure for the common life, it read more like a cure for your bad self image. I did appreciate that he did say that the best cure for bad I-sight is worship, focusing on God always helps give use the right perspective. ...more
Mendy
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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