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"Sweet Spot."

Ever swung a baseball bat or paddled a Ping-Pong ball? If so, you know the oh-so-nice feel of the sweet spot. Life in the sweet spot rolls like the downhill side of a downwind bike ride. But you don't have to swing a bat or a club to know this. What engineers give sports equipment, God gave you. A zone, a region, a life

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"Sweet Spot."

Ever swung a baseball bat or paddled a Ping-Pong ball? If so, you know the oh-so-nice feel of the sweet spot. Life in the sweet spot rolls like the downhill side of a downwind bike ride. But you don't have to swing a bat or a club to know this. What engineers give sports equipment, God gave you. A zone, a region, a life precint in which you were made to dwell. He tailored the curves of your life to fit an empty space in his jigsaw puzzle. And life makes sweet sense when you find your spot.

But if you're like 70 percent of working adults, you haven't found it. You don't find meaning in your work, or you don't believe your talents are used. What can you do? You're suffering from the common life, and you desparately need a cure.

Best-selling author Max Lucado has found it. In Cure for the Common Life, he offers practical tools for exploring and identifying your own uniqueness, motivation to put your strengths to work, and the perfect prescription for finding and living in your sweet spot for the rest of your life.

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ISBN-13:
9780849900082
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Cure for the Common Life

Living in Your Sweet Spot


By Max Lucado

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2005 Max Lucado
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4185-3749-4



CHAPTER 1

Your Sweet Spot (You Have One!)

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.

1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG


"Sweet spot." Golfers understand the term. So do tennis players. Ever swung a baseball bat or paddled a Ping-Pong ball? If so, you know the oh-so-nice feel of the sweet spot. Connect with these prime inches of real estate and kapow! The collective technologies of the universe afterburn the ball into orbit, leaving you Frisbee eyed and strutting. Your arm doesn't tingle, and the ball doesn't ricochet. Your boyfriend remembers birthdays, the tax refund comes early, and the flight attendant bumps you up to first class. Life in the sweet spot rolls like the downhill side of a downwind bike ride.

But you don't have to swing a bat or a club to know this. What engineers give sports equipment, God gave you. A zone, a region, a life precinct in which you were made to dwell. He tailored the curves of your life to fit an empty space in his jigsaw puzzle. And life makes sweet sense when you find your spot. But how do you? Where do you go? What pills do you order, class do you take, or infomercial do you watch? None of the above. Simply quarry ...


your uniqueness.

Da Vinci painted one Mona Lisa. Beethoven composed one Fifth Symphony. And God made one version of you. He custom designed you for a one-of-a-kind assignment. Mine like a gold digger the unique-to-you nuggets from your life.

When I was six years old, my father built us a house. Architectural Digest didn't notice, but my mom sure did. Dad constructed it, board by board, every day after work. My youth didn't deter him from giving me a job. He tied an empty nail apron around my waist, placed a magnet in my hands, and sent me on daily patrols around the building site, carrying my magnet only inches off the ground.

One look at my tools and you could guess my job. Stray-nail collector.

One look at yours and the same can be said. Brick by brick, life by life, God is creating a kingdom, a "spiritual house" (1 Pet. 2:5 CEV). He entrusted you with a key task in the project. Examine your tools and discover it. Your ability unveils your destiny. "If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 4:11). When God gives an assignment, he also gives the skill. Study your skills, then, to reveal your assignment.

Look at you. Your uncanny ease with numbers. Your quenchless curiosity about chemistry. Others stare at blueprints and yawn; you read them and drool. "I was made to do this," you say.

Heed that inner music. No one else hears it the way you do.

At this very moment in another section of the church building in which I write, little kids explore their tools. Preschool classrooms may sound like a cacophony to you and me, but God hears a symphony.

A five-year-old sits at a crayon-strewn table. He seldom talks. Classmates have long since set aside their papers, but he ponders his. The colors compel him. He marvels at the gallery of kelly green and navy blue and royal purple. Masterpiece in hand, he'll race to Mom and Dad, eager to show them his kindergarten Picasso.

His sister, however, forgets her drawing. She won't consume the home commute with tales of painted pictures. She'll tell tales of tales. "The teacher told us a new story today!" And the girl will need no prodding to repeat it.

Another boy cares less about the story and the drawings and more about the other kids. He spends the day wearing a "Hey, listen to me!" expression, lingering at the front of the class, testing the patience of the teacher. He relishes attention, evokes reactions. His theme seems to be "Do it this way. Come with me. Let's try this."

Meaningless activities at an insignificant age? Or subtle hints of hidden strengths? I opt for the latter. The quiet boy with the color fascination may someday brighten city walls with murals. His sister may pen a screenplay or teach literature to curious coeds. And the kid who recruits followers today might eventually do the same on behalf of a product, the poor, or even his church.

What about you? Our Maker gives assignments to people, "to each according to each one's unique ability" (Matt. 25:15). As he calls, he equips. Look back over your life. What have you consistently done well? What have you loved to do? Stand at the intersection of your affections and successes and find your uniqueness.

You have one. A divine spark. An uncommon call to an uncommon life. "The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others" (1 Cor. 12:7 CEV). So much for the excuse "I don't have anything to offer." Did the apostle Paul say, "The Spirit has given some of us ..."? Or, "The Spirit has given a few of us ..."? No. "The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others." Enough of this self-deprecating "I can't do anything."

And enough of its arrogant opposite: "I have to do everything." No, you don't! You're not God's solution to society, but a solution in society. Imitate Paul, who said, "Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God's plan for us" (2 Cor. 10:13 NLT). Clarify your contribution.

Don't worry about skills you don't have. Don't covet strengths others do have. Just extract your uniqueness. "Kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you" (2 Tim. 1:6 NASB). And do so to ...


make a big deal out of God.

"Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory" (Rom. 11:36 TLB). The breath you just took? God gave that. The blood that just pulsed through your heart? Credit God. The light by which you read and the brain with which you process? He gave both.

Everything comes from him ... and exists for him. We exist to exhibit God, to display his glory. We serve as canvases for his brush stroke, papers for his pen, soil for his seeds, glimpses of his image.

Texas A&M's T-shirted football fans model our role. In the aftermath of September 11, many Americans sought an opportunity to demonstrate patriotism and solidarity. Five students set the pace. They designated the next home football game as Red, White, and Blue Out and sold T-shirts to each of the seventy thousand fans. Kyle Field morphed into a human flag as those seated in the third deck wore red, the second deck wore white, and the lower deck wore blue. Newspapers across America splashed the picture on front pages.

Newsworthy indeed! How often do thousands of people billboard a singular, powerful message? God fashioned us to do so for him. "Each person is given something to do that shows who God is" (1 Cor. 12:7 MSG). He distributes, not shirts, but strengths. He sends people, not to bleacher seats, but to life assignments: "Go to your place. Dispatch your abilities, and unfurl my goodness."

Most refuse. Few cooperate. We accept the present, but neglect its purpose. We accept the gift, thank you, but ignore the Giver and promote self. Why, some of us have been known to parade up and down the aisles, shouting, "Hey, look at me!"

Need an explanation for the anarchy in the world? You just read it. When you center-stage your gifts and I pump my image and no one gives a lick about honoring God, dare we expect anything short of chaos?

God endows us with gifts so we can make him known. Period. God endues the Olympian with speed, the salesman with savvy, the surgeon with skill. Why? For gold medals, closed sales, or healed bodies? Only partially.

The big answer is to make a big to-do out of God. Brandish him. Herald him. "God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well.... Then God will be given glory" (1 Pet. 4:10–11 NLT).

Live so that "he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!" (1 Pet. 4:11 MSG). Exhibit God with your uniqueness. When you magnify your Maker with your strengths, when your contribution enriches God's reputation, your days grow suddenly sweet. And to really dulcify your world, use your uniqueness to make a big deal about God ...


every day of your life.

Heaven's calendar has seven Sundays a week. God sanctifies each day. He conducts holy business at all hours and in all places. He uncommons the common by turning kitchen sinks into shrines, cafés into convents, and nine-to-five workdays into spiritual adventures.

Workdays? Yes, workdays. He ordained your work as something good. Before he gave Adam a wife or a child, even before he gave Adam britches, God gave Adam a job. "Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it" (Gen. 2:15 NASB). Innocence, not indolence, characterized the first family.

God views work worthy of its own engraved commandment: "You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest" (Exod. 34:21 NASB). We like the second half of that verse. But emphasis on the day of rest might cause us to miss the command to work: "You shall work six days." Whether you work at home or in the marketplace, your work matters to God.

And your work matters to society. We need you! Cities need plumbers. Nations need soldiers. Stoplights break. Bones break. We need people to repair the first and set the second. Someone has to raise kids, raise cane, and manage the kids who raise Cain.

Whether you log on or lace up for the day, you imitate God. Jehovah himself worked for the first six days of creation. Jesus said, "My Father never stops working, and so I keep working, too" (John 5:17 NCV). Your career consumes half of your lifetime. Shouldn't it broadcast God? Don't those forty to sixty hours a week belong to him as well?

The Bible never promotes workaholism or an addiction to employment as pain medication. But God unilaterally calls all the physically able to till the gardens he gives. God honors work. So honor God in your work. "There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good" (Eccles. 2:24 NASB).

I just heard a groan.

"But, Max," someone objects, "my work is simply that—work! It pays my bills, but numbs my soul." (You're only a few pages from some help.)

"Job satisfaction? How about job survival? How do I survive a job misfit?" (I have some ideas.)

"I have no clue how to find my skill." (By the end of the book you will.)

"Honor God? After the mess I've made of my life?" (Don't miss the chapter on mercy.)

For now, here is the big idea:

Use your uniqueness (what you do) to make a big deal out of God (why you do it) every day of your life (where you do it).


At the convergence of all three, you'll find the cure for the common life: your sweet spot.

Sweet spot. You have one, you know. Your life has a plot; your years have a theme. You can do something in a manner that no one else can. And when you find it and do it, another sweet spot is discovered. Let's find yours.

CHAPTER 2

Unpack Your Bag

He has filled them with skill.

Exodus 35:35 JB


You were born prepacked. God looked at your entire life, determined your assignment, and gave you the tools to do the job.

Before traveling, you do something similar. You consider the demands of the journey and pack accordingly. Cold weather? Bring a jacket. Business meeting? Carry the laptop. Time with grandchildren? Better take some sneakers and pain medication.

God did the same with you. Joe will research animals ... install curiosity. Meagan will lead a private school ... add an extra dose of management. I need Eric to comfort the sick ... include a healthy share of compassion. Denalyn will marry Max ... instill a double portion of patience.

"Each of us is an original" (Gal. 5:26 MSG). God packed you on purpose for a purpose. Is this news to you? If so, you may be living out of the wrong bag.

I once grabbed the wrong bag at the airport. The luggage looked like mine. Same size. Same material. Same color. Thrilled that it had emerged early from the baggage catacombs, I yanked it off the carousel and headed to the hotel. One glance inside, however, and I knew I'd made a mistake. Wrong size, style, and gender. (Besides, my pants would be too short with stiletto heels.)

What would you do in such a case? You could make do with what you have. Cram your body into the tight clothes, deck out in other-gender jewelry, and head out for your appointments. But would you? Only at risk of job loss and jail time.

No, you'd hunt down your own bag. Issue an all-points bulletin. Call the airport. Call the airlines. The taxi service. The FBI. Hire bloodhounds and private investigators. You'd try every possible way to find the person who can't find her suitcase and is wondering what gooney bird failed to check the nametag.

No one wants to live out of someone else's bag.

Then why do we? Odds are, someone has urged a force fit into clothes not packed for you.

Parents do. The dad puts an arm around his young son. "Your great-granddad was a farmer. Your granddad was a farmer. I'm a farmer. And you, my son, will someday inherit the farm."

A teacher might. She warns the young girl who wants to be a stay-at-home mom, "Don't squander your skills. With your gifts you could make it to the top. The professional world is the way to go."

Church leaders assign luggage from the pulpit. "God seeks world-changing, globetrotting missionaries. Jesus was a missionary. Do you want to please your Maker? Follow him into the holy vocation. Spend your life on foreign soil."

Sound counsel or poor advice? That depends on what God packed in the person's bag.

A bequeathed farm blesses the individualist and physically active. But what if God fashioned the farmer's son with a passion for literature or medicine?

Work outside the home might be a great choice for some, but what if God gave the girl a singular passion for kids and homemaking?

Those wired to learn languages and blaze trails should listen up to sermons promoting missionary service. But if foreign cultures frustrate you while predictability invigorates you, would you be happy as a missionary?

No, but you would contribute to these mind-numbing statistics:

• Unhappiness on the job affects one-fourth of the American work force.

• One-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.

• Seven out of ten people are neither motivated nor competent to perform the basics of their job.

• Forty-three percent of employees feel anger toward their employers often or very often as a result of feeling overworked.


Feel the force of these figures. You wonder why workbound commuters seem so cranky? "Fully 70 percent of us go to work without much enthusiasm or passion." Most wage earners spend forty of their eighty waking weekday hours trudging through the streets of Dullsville.

Such misery can't help but sour families, populate bars, and pay the salaries of therapists. If 70 percent of us dread Mondays, dream of Fridays, and slug through the rest of the week, won't our relationships suffer? Won't our work suffer? Won't our health suffer? One study states, "Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than any other life stressor—more so than even financial problems or family problems."

Such numbers qualify as an epidemic. An epidemic of commonness. Someone sucked the sparkle out of our days. A stale fog has settled over our society. Week after week of energy-sapping sameness. Walls painted gray with routine. Commuters dragging their dread to the office. Buildings packed with people working to live rather than living to work. Boredom. Mediocre performance.

The cure? God's prescription begins with unpacking your bags. You exited the womb uniquely equipped. David states it this way: "My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Ps. 139:15–16 NIV).

Spelunk these verses with me. David emphasizes the pronoun "you" as if to say "you, God, and you alone." "The secret place" suggests a hidden and safe place, concealed from intruders and evil. Just as an artist takes a canvas into a locked studio, so God took you into his hidden chamber where you were "woven together." Moses used the same word to describe the needlework of the tabernacle's inner curtains—stitched together by skillful hands for the highest purpose (see Exod. 26:1; 36:8; 38:9). The Master Weaver selected your temperament threads, your character texture, the yarn of your personality—all before you were born. God did not drop you into the world utterly defenseless and empty-handed. You arrived fully equipped. "All the days ordained ..." Day of birth and day of death. Days of difficulty and victory. What motivates you, what exhausts you ... God authored—and authors—it all.


(Continues...)

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More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beware, this is another one of those Nook books that is incomplete! That would have been nice to know before I bought it. B&N please stop putting only partial books online. Give us the whole thing, is that so difficult? The book is very good (what I read of it).
Linda Sherman More than 1 year ago
Only 44 pages on Nook Color, but filled with meat and potato topics of finding who you are in God. When you can find that, you not only have peace, joy and excitement, but you do what God made you to do-glorify Him. Worth the money! read it and youll agree its hard to put down!!
jackiekaulitz More than 1 year ago
Good solid Christian book. I would recommend it and give it as a gift to others. PROS: This book helps you find the life you always dreamed of as a kid. It encourages us to look into our bag and notice the skills that God gave us. He gave each of us many skills and we can use those skills to fulfill our destiny. God created us all unique, with unique and special skills and a special destiny. You are one small piece of God's big beautiful puzzle. So use those gifts to find and fulfill your calling. Remember your youth and your dreams and don't be afraid to restructure your life to go after them! I loved this book because this is exactly what just happened in my life. At age 16, I prayed to God and asked Him to bring me into a deep relationship with him. I asked for a deeper relationship with God than I knew of anyone in today's world - I mean Old Testament Abraham, Noah, patriarch relationship. And I asked God, if need be, to take away everything from my life - love, friends, money, possessions. Well, I went out into the world, got my college degree, started making money, bought a house. I never forgot God - he was on the main burner too... but I was splitting my time between God while at home and work and life. So God took the house away, took the job away, and now here I am back at Mom's house focusing on God again. I love it and wouldn't have it any other way. Who cares about six figures when you know you are on the right path and you have your dreams back! CONS: Great book, but just not as deep as I like. Even though it has a great message, I can't say it is as good as some of R.C. Sproul's or John Piper's books. Still, compared to books, I give it a 5 star because it's right up there as a "must read". Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher but I always give honest reviews always. I am marking books with stars so you will know not to waste your time on the low star reviews. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 44 pages, but worth the read. Good writer.
the_twitterer More than 1 year ago
In the book, Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado, the best-selling author has one prescription to cure the common life: find your sweet spot. The sweet spot refers to your unique talent and characteristics. Each one of us is created and bestowed with unique gifts and talents. When we discover these and use our uniqueness to make a big deal out of God everyday of your life, we'll find meaning in our job and life in general. Like most of the books that were written by Max Lucado, Cure for the Common Life is an inspirational and motivational book for Christians with Bible verses here and there. What makes this book different is that it includes a practical guide called "Sweet Spot Discovery Guide" written by People Management International, Inc. and Steve Halliday. It seeks to help you take the first step in curing the common life (discovering your unique talents and gifts). I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars because not only is it full of inspiration, it also offers some practical guides or steps to finding the cure for the common life. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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." :
CG01 More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado is one of my all time favorite speakers and writers. His writings are so down to earth. He puts a lot of humor in them too so it makes it more interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Max writes to me about where I am at today You never go wrong with any of Max Lucado writings
Nene3 More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado is about finding your "sweet spot" in life. After reading about this book I thought that it might be better suited for my husband, as he is actively pursuing God's call in regards to his career. Therefore, this review will be a little bit different...since my husband read the book I decided to interview him! Here is his take on it: Me: What is the overall message you took away from reading Cure for the Common Life? Him: That God created us uniquely and gave each of us talents and passions to accomplish tasks for His glory . By looking back at our own personal history, the things we've enjoyed doing, things we felt a great sense of accomplishment in achieving, we can recognize our personal "sweet spots". Me: So what are some examples of "sweet spots" and how do they influence your choice of career? Him: According to Max Lucado, "sweet spots" are where God's glory, your every day life, and your personal strengths intersect. There are so many people who do not enjoy going to work, who live a mundane life that is built around preserving a lifestyle instead of glorifying God. If we can find our sweet spots, the place where God has created us to serve, then we can wake up with energy, willing to make a big deal out of God every day of our life. To use your gifts to make God known, that is essentially our career. Me: Did you enjoy the author's writing style? Him: Very much so, I enjoyed his use of real world examples. He also had a good sense of humor and the book was fun to read. At times it did seem choppy- he liked to use short sentences to get his point across, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Me: Did Cure for the Common Life encourage you spiritually? Him: In a sense, yes. He uses a lot of Scripture to illustrate his points and reflected on many people from the Bible and how their sweet spots were used by God. It is definitely a motivational book, but the use of Scripture makes it less a self-help book and more a glorify-God book. Me: So, have you discovered your sweet spot? Him: Yes, from this book I was able to look back on my life and discover areas that God has gifted me in, things that he uniquely created me for. Cure for the Common Life was a tangible tool that helped me ask the right questions so I could see these patterns in my life. I would absolutely recommend it! Obviously, my husband really enjoyed reading this book. If you feel as though you're living a common life and you want to discover a passion for pleasing God and not men, pick this book up. Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher via Book Sneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
WalnutAcre More than 1 year ago
I was sent this book to review by Booksneeze. I have read other books by Max Lucado in the past and I've always been inspired and encouraged by his books. This one was no exception. Max Lucado shows in an engaging style of writing how to find the "sweet spot" in life that He created each one for. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for help finding their place of fulfillment in life.
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
I could have written this review several weeks ago, but felt like I hadn't really finished the book since I was still working on the "Sweet Spot Discovery Guide," which is included at the end of the book. However, today I realized that my S.T.O.R.Y. won't have any effect on my review, so I might as well not wait to HIGHLY recommend this book! In Cure for the Common Life author Max Lucado encourages the reader to discover their S.T.O.R.Y, which he describes as: . S for What are your Strengths? . T for What is your Topic? . O for What are your Optimal conditions? . R for What about Relationships? . Y for When do your Strengths, Topic, Optimal conditions, and Relationship pattern converge in such a fashion that you say, Yes!"? I enjoyed reading this book. I was encouraged, inspired, and convicted to use my uniqueness to make a big deal out of God every day of my life! God made me and want me to be me, because no one else can play my part. Also, one of the chapters "Decode Your Kid's Code" will be an especially useful reminder to parents or those working with kids that the kids have their own S.T.O.R.Y. As I mentioned earlier, there is a two part Sweet Spot Discovery Guide at the end of the book. "Discovering what God gave you is the first step toward curing the common life." So, before I return to working on the "Sweet Spot Discovery Guide, I suggest that you get this book and make sure you are "living in your sweet spot." Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
meowth2011 More than 1 year ago
Everybody has gone through a period wherein there seems to be no hope and absolutely no escape from the doldrums of everyday life. Finding a purpose is a concept that everyone can relate with. Through his book, Cure For The Common Life, Max Lucado once again proves that when we offer our lives up to God, a worthwhile purpose can definitely be found. This book aims to teach us of the uniqueness of our existence. How each person differs from all the rest, with his own set of strengths and weaknesses. It gives us a chance to know what we want and what we have and how we can use these to discover what we are designed to do. Along with bible passages, Max Lucado shares some inspiring stories to help drive his point home, making this book a more interesting read. I give it 5 out of 5. I got an ARC of this book through Booksneeze.
ChristianMomBookReview More than 1 year ago
Cure for the Common Life is a book geared toward those who are struggling with their position in life, and/or those who are unhappy in their current profession (or lack of). Lucado states the obvious: unless your last name is Hilton or Gates, men and women must work. His suggestion is to find your "sweet spot" or the place where you, your talents, and God all intersect to create the highest potential of personal fulfillment. Lucado brings in many examples to show how some people are not using their strengths for maximum success, but allowing the world to dictate who we are and what we should be doing. God uniquely creates each individual for His ultimate purpose, and the author suggests that we as individuals need to diligently seek out what it is that we should be doing - and not doing something for glory, greed, position, etc. - but also not falling into the trap of not doing anything at all. Some suggestions included changing your attitude to that of a servant, playing up to your strengths, and daily taking away the focus on what you can do on your own, but what you can do for God. I thought that he was very helpful in guiding the reader to a better understanding toward work and personal strengths. I did not necessarily learn anything new, but this would be a great book for someone just starting out in the self-help book arena who is searching for some answers toward work and personal fulfillment with a Christian perspective. I received this e-book from the publisher. 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."
cgschris30 More than 1 year ago
Inspiring for every day living. As God has intended for us to live in the expectation of joy thru our daily trials.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was a delightful book that opened my eyes to see myself and others in a little different way. I've been watching co-workers and family and can really see when they are in their 'sweet spot.' I used the S.T.O.R.Y. exercises to see the patterns of how God created me. And yes, I was surprised. But it made sense. Very good book, I'm buying extra copies to send to our kids and another family member.
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ReviewerJC More than 1 year ago
Cure your common life, and live in a sweet spot where you can use your uniqueness to experience success and satisfaction. Sounds easy - find a job that you want and that will pay the salary you want. Then why do many people drag themselves to work every day and find no satisfaction in what they do? If you are experiencing this, let Max Lucado take you on a journey to discover your uniqueness and elevate your view of how your work is meaning to God and His kingdom. Lucado uses a simple formula – What You Are Able To Do + What You Want To Do = Sweet Spot. In a soft tone and patient language, you may hear Lucado speaking to you. Using his uniqueness as God’s messenger, he guides you to discover how the formula can change your life. He sheds fresh light on God’s intent for you to live in your Sweet Spot at work and removes the impression that the work meant to glorify God had to be laborious and boring. Whether you are a stay at home mother, working in the society or serving full time in the church, this book will help to find your Sweet Spot where you find your uniqueness that will bring glory to God, everyday of your life.
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I really enjoyed the reading and agree with the argument that we all have a unique set of skills that enable us to serve the world in a specific way. Short and concise while giving room to a deep analysis of who we are, why we are here and what is our mission in life.