Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado Giveaway

Max Lucado is not the first to sound the call for authentic Christian living, but he might be among the few who’ve attempted to clearly outline a biblical strategy for impacting a hurting world with the story of Christ. In his latest release from Thomas Nelson publishers, “Out Live Your Life,” Lucado challenges ordinary people to abandon mediocre Christianity for the sake of making a difference for generations to come.

And in typical Lucado style, he translates 14 biblical principles into modern-day language to help believers accomplish such a seemingly insurmountable task. Some of these principles include:

  • Keeping Christ central to social action
  • Keeping in-step with the community of Christ
  • Keeping your heart and home open to opportunities to minister
  • Keeping your eyes vigilant for hurting people
  • Keeping out of the limelight
  • Keeping prejudice at bay

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Lucado’s book is the perpetual reminder that God desires to use ordinary people for his glory – a pattern first demonstrated in the biblical text. To this end, Lucado peppers his book with the testimonies of modern-day men and women who are “outliving” their lives around the globe. I was surprised and pleased to read about two dear friends, Joe and Liz Page of San Antonio, who founded a non-profit organization to provide clothing for premature babies called Threads of Love. Threads of Love ministers to the needs of entire families in crisis situations, and they serve as one example among many in Lucado’s book that “everyday” heroes are chosen regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status.

Famous for his everyday language, critical biblical scholars might dispute Lucado’s heavy reliance on paraphrase-type translations of Scripture such as the New Living Translation and the Message. While helpful in unpacking difficult biblical passages, an over-emphasis on paraphrases unnecessarily erects boundaries between the reader and the biblical author’s intent in writing. Overall, I would encourage readers to pick up Lucado’s latest book. The body of Christ would do well to be re-inspired to live out our faith in honest and authentic ways, and “Out Live Your Life,” provides the reader with interpretative tools for making authentic, biblical faith a reality.

Want a copy of “Out Live Your Life”? Thomas Nelson Publishers, in connection with Booksneeze, has provided one free copy to one lucky reader of melissademing.com. To win the book, simply leave a comment at melissademing.com (click here) with a tip for living out authentic faith. Want to increase your chances of winning? Share about this giveaway on your twitter, facebook account, or blog. Be sure to leave an extra comment for each action.

Contest will run through Sunday, Dec. 19th at midnight. Winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 20th.  Good Luck!

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