Customer Reviews for

Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference

Average Rating 4.5
( 232 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(122)

4 Star

(68)

3 Star

(30)

2 Star

(5)

1 Star

(7)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful book!

I've read several books about giving and helping others so I was hesitant at yet ANOTHER book about the same thing... but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Outlive Your Life. Max talks often about how ordinary people are the ones who change the world. If I could p...
I've read several books about giving and helping others so I was hesitant at yet ANOTHER book about the same thing... but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Outlive Your Life. Max talks often about how ordinary people are the ones who change the world. If I could pick a theme of the book it's one line from the first third, 'God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called.' It sums up the book perfectly and it's equally as motivating.

I especially love that there is a study guide in the back of the book, which is perfect for small groups, Bible Studies, etc... I would have loved to have read this book with a group and then jointly picked a project at the end to put some action with the thoughts. I receommend this book to anyone.

posted by Ginfinluno on September 20, 2010

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Same old, same old

I've read a handful of Max Lucado's books and he's written countless others. While they are charming and often inspirational, even after reading only a fraction of his library, I find that I am tired of his style. It's certainly cute and humorous, and yes, it garners a ...
I've read a handful of Max Lucado's books and he's written countless others. While they are charming and often inspirational, even after reading only a fraction of his library, I find that I am tired of his style. It's certainly cute and humorous, and yes, it garners a few chuckles and presents the occasional thought-provoking concept, but it's pretty formulaic.

There'd been a rather significant amount of buzz surrounding the release of his latest book - Outlive Your Life - so I went into it hoping for something more than the usual fare. Unfortunately, that isn't what I found. Outlive Your Life is full of the same homespun stories aimed at making Bible characters relate-able to us in the 21st Century, and anecdotal stories about famous and semi-famous figures. Lucado tries to show us the importance of doing something with our lives - of making a real difference - but failed to inspire me with his stale prose and quirky storytelling.

Maybe Outlive Your Life will be a home run for extreme Lucado fans. If you don't mind a cookie cutter mold fit with a slightly different filling, then this is probably the book for you. But, if you were expecting something different from Lucado, this is not it. It's okay, Max...we know you mean well. Maybe next time?

posted by joannacullen on September 15, 2010

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 7 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted February 25, 2011

    all praises, no sample content to read

    there were pages after pages of praises for this book, then another 2-3 pages of lists of other books by same author then none at all for actual content of the book. credits i read and appreciate better from customers and fellow readers, not from other authors and editors. but i really need to read a bit of what they're talking about to actually get myself hooked enough to want to buy the book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 21, 2011

    would love to recommend but.....

    I downloaded a free sample as I do with all books before I purchase.
    Now we all know Lucado is one of the best...but the 29 pages that downloaded were chock full of everyone saying how awesome the book is to them. Not one word of one chapter for me to get intrigued enough to push the buy button on my nook. Come on now! Someone needs to eval what is a free download and make sure there is adequate info to assist readers to buy.
    Thats all Im saying

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2010

    Please beware!!!

    The world was "rocked" when the Savior Jesus Christ suffered, died, was buried, rose again, descended into hell, ascended into heaven and is now seated at the Father's right hand. This was accomplished in order that we might be His own, live under Him in His eternal kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousnes, innocence, and blessedness. This would mean that our present mortal lives are to be "lived out" rather than "outlived". Also, page 99 makes a large reference to Jim Wallace aka Jim Wallis. Please check out his background.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

    In, Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado wants to challenge the reader to use their God given gifts to make a difference in the world.There is no doubt he is a master story teller. That being said, I did not care for this book for several reasons. First, I felt he took way too much liberty in retelling events from the Bible in an attempt to make them more entertaining. Most of it was twaddle / fluff. Some of it wasn't scripturally accurate - the retelling of Peter and the lame man, (p 68) for one. Others were so far fetched that by the time I got to the retelling of Ananias and Sapphira (ch 9), in the middle of the book, I had had enough. If it wasn't for the fact that I agreed to review this book, I never would have finished it.Another thing I didn't like about this book was it's use of so many different versions of the Bible (NLT, KJV, CEV, NIV, NCV, NRSV, ESV, MSG). If the NKJV (his primary source) didn't support what he was saying, one would be found in a version that did. In the "Team Up" chapter, we run into name calling: "I-the open-minded, relevant thinker- favored contemporary, upbeat music. He-the stodgy, closed minded caveman-preferred hymns and hymnals." p 44 It is also in the "Team Up" chapter, the author's philosophy really starts to become clear. In his opinion, doctrine isn't as important to the Lord as unity: The mega church needs the smaller church. The liberal needs the conservative. The pastor needs the missionary. Cooperation is more than a good idea; it is a command. "Make every effort to keep unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." (Ep 4:3NIV) Unity matters to God. There is "one flock and one shepherd" (John 10:16 NIV). (Emphasis is mine) This last verse, he qouted incomplete and out of context.In another chapter, referring to a Christian high school and a group of maximum-security prisoners the author states,"Their mission? Break down barricades that separate God's children from each other." (Emphasis is mine) Anyone, even a maximum security prisoner can surely come to know the Lord as their savior, but until they do, they are not 'God's children'.I can not recommend this book. I give it 1 out of 5 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 7 review with 1 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1