Required Reading: Outlive Your Life

Monday, June 18, 2012 Posted by Anitra Elmore

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IMG_3711“God has given this generation, our generation, everything we need to alter the course of human suffering.” The trouble is, most of us aren’t doing a darn thing with it. There are

145 million orphans worldwide;

14.1 million children in sub-Saharan Africa orphaned by the AIDS epidemic;

1.75 billion people desperately poor;

1 billion hungry;

2 million children being exploited in the global commercial sex trade,

and most days, we’re more troubled by the line at the local coffee shop than we are about any of those issues.

That’s why Max Lucado’s “Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference” is on my list of Required Reading. In this retelling of the book of Acts, he reminds us that regular people and everyday Joes were responsible for taking up the cause of Christ and shaking up the world around them. It’s a creative call to action that will cause you to reevaluate what you value most. I was so impacted by reading it that it was the first book I assigned to my middle schooler for her summer reading.

Want a closer glimpse? You can check out my book review at If Mama Ain’t… or see it introduced below in Max’s own words. I’ll warn you—you should not read this book unless you ready to have your selfish heart exposed. Once you read it, however, there’s no way you’ll continue on the same path.

 


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