Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cure For the Common Life book review

Max Lucado
c. 2005
Thomas Nelson
ISBN 9780849900082

Filled with encouragement, Lucado’s 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 us how to find it.

Lucado gives pages of statistics from surveys that show Americans claim to be unhappy going to work. Since God wants us to work, what do we do? How do we break out of the “epidemic of commonness?” Lucado counsels us to find our true talents by studying ourselves and learning who we are so we can match our abilities with suitable work. “Re-relish your moments of success and satisfaction. For in the merger of the two, you find your uniqueness.”

We’re also encouraged to understand the concept of “enough”; or not to let gathering stuff compound our ability to honor God. The author encourages us to know God and to be fully known by accepting the price he paid for us, keeping our focus and worship on him. And in that vein, think of our work at worship. After all, it belongs to him. Make everything count-even the smallest of deeds

Filled with stories of people from Biblical through modern times who listened to God and themselves to discover their innermost gifts, Cure For the Common Life will cheer the reader who is also searching for purpose. The second part of the book, the workbook, guides us through the S.T.O.R.Y. process: finding our sweetspot (reflecting on enjoyable things done well); the recurring themes in our lives; optimal conditions (what kick-starts and keeps our interest); the relationships in our lives; and the Yes! component-what I can do to improve and affect others. There are also notes and a chapter by chapter study guide.

I received a copy of this eBook from BookSneeze for review.

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