In "Outlive Your Life," author Max Lucado takes the reader on a journey through the book of Acts, painting a picture along the way. A picture which describes the need for all believers to carry out God's work and make their life count for something. Ideally, such work will last beyond the lifetime of the worker. Lucado skillfully uses the history of the beginning of the Church, as told to us in the book of Acts, to teach the reader why helping others in Jesus' name is part of Christian life.
Along the way, he backs up this idea not only with verses, but with statistics and with real-life stories of modern believers who chose to make their lives count by blessing others.
If this sounds familiar, it's because the ground treaded by this book has been covered over and over again. I could not read "Outlive Your Life" without being reminded of "Purpose-Driven Life", "The Hole in Our Gospel", "Don't Waste Your Life", "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years", and "Crazy Love" among others. Many others.
While the message is a great one for anyone who hasn't read those other books, for me it was very familiar stuff. Certainly a worthy topic. But if you have read the books I listed--and chances are you have--you'll realize it's not really telling you anything you haven't already heard before.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for review purposes.