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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

I have had this book for as long as I’ve been working in Cubao. I’ve also tried to write a review many times but have come up black on all those times. But don’t let that lead you to thinking that it’s because I didn’t like this Max Lucado title. I did. I do.

Maybe the fact that I picked it up as I was starting a new life at my new job wasn’t the best time to take it all in.

Outlive Your Life is a call to action. It provides the nudge to open ones eyes to how much each of us can contribute to make the world a truly better place – that we can all make a difference.

It starts with the story of a ship blown off-course and what the sailors found in uncharted waters. The captain steps foot on Father Benjamin’s island, and sees how the natives lived. He asked where Fr. Benjamin lives they pointed to all that he has helped built and develop for the inhabitants of the small paradise. Fr. Benjamin may be dead, but he continues to live through his work. Those were his legacy.
The author continues on to cite the problem of world hunger, and then the hard truth: there is enough resources to feed the world’s hungry. We have enough supply, but the problem is in distribution. What are you doing to help change that?

With so many things going on right now in the world, the disaster in Japan, the attacks on Libya, and the millions of homeless and hungry all over the world, we are given an opportunity to do something that will live beyond our last breath. To reach out and help. To make a difference in someone’s life.
The book builds up on this idea and reinforces the message as you go through the chapters like a guide book for living a life for others.

I received this book from Booksneeze.