Friday, June 24, 2011

Book Review: It's Not About Me

Believe it or not, I've never read a book by Max Lucado.  I am very familiar with the name, but I'm usually more interested in fiction than non-fiction, so Mr. Lucado's book have been shelved for me, if you will.  However, the subtitle of this book is what really drew my attention.

The subtitle says it all: Rescue from the life we thought would make us happy.  You don't have to go far to get the advice "Do what makes you happy" or "Look to yourself for happiness."  All the people who are quick to give this advice are probably confused to why this is so hard.  We truly need to be rescued from the idea that life is all about us; the very concept has our culture imprisoned. 

Believing the idea that "it's all about me" has created chaos; noise, stress and cutthroat relationships.  Max Lucado presents the profound idea that life makes sense when we accept our place.  Our pleasures, problems, gifts and talents are all for the One who created us, and the sooner we realize that the sooner we'll gain what we've been missing and find what we've been seeking.  By directing your eyes toward God rather than toward yourself, Max Lucado shows you how to bump your life off self-center.

Reading this book filled me with relief.  When you truly stop to think that your life is all about bringing God glory and has nothing to do with what you can make of yourself, it really takes the pressure off.  It is so counter-cultural, yet so simple.  This book really will change you, and help you experience the meaning-charged life you were meant to have.  I plan to add it to the number of books I read annually.  I also look forward to reading more by Max Lucado.  He makes non-fiction fun and easy to read.  It's not heavy or laden with jargon only a theological scholar would understand.  It is straight to the point and easy to apply.

I highly recommend this book.  Especially if you are feeling unsatisfied with any aspect of your life.

Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.

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