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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 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 ...
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 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 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 desperately 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.
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 ...
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.
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Posted September 28, 2011
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.
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Posted August 6, 2011
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.
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Posted May 16, 2008
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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Posted August 12, 2011
Just like a baseball, you and I have a "sweet spot". that place where everything just clicks and seems so right. Like hitting a baseball, though, finding that spot can be difficult. That's where Max Lucado's book "Cure for the Common Life" comes in. Lucado fills the pages with ways to help the reader find their sweet spot in life. You didn't enter the world unequipped. Maybe God provided you with an ear for music, hands for medicine or an intellect for physics. Instead of using those gifts, most people tend to follow society's direction of "you can be whatever you want to be". The problem with following that thought is most people end up working in a job that isn't meant for them. How happy would a person be if they had an ear for music but a construction job using a jack hammer? A heart of a caregiver but a job of a restaurant server? Although these jobs are good, honest positions, each require a specific set of skills in order to be happy and successful at them. Being placed in a position that God didn't design you for can feel like you are trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. Along with describing how to find your sweet spot, Lucado provides several examples of people who have done so in their life. This not only illustrates his point but gives the reader proof that the task can be done. I found "Cure for the Common Life" to be a good read, especially when provided with an opportunity to change careers.
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Posted July 25, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2011
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."
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Posted July 14, 2011
You're the only you God made. If you aren't you, we don't get you. The world misses out. That is one of the statement taken from Cure for the Common Life that impacted me. In this book, Max Lucado shares that we have a special uniqueness that God has made us for. 'It is a zone, a region, a life precinct in which you are made to dwell.' God tailored the curves of your life to fit an empty space in his jigsaw puzzle. Written in the fashion of Max Lucado, this book is divided into three sections, Use your Uniqueness, To Make a Big Deal out of God and Everyday of your life. While it's quite easy to read with Max sharing using examples from both the bible and the world, it is quite difficult for me to really understand what is is trying to share. While I got his message in general, I have difficulties following some of the teachings. At the end of the book, there's a worksheet for readers to try to put into actions the techniques that Max shared in the book to find out 'sweet spot'. Among the books by Max that I have read in recent times, this is the one that I like the least as I can't really relate to it. Perhaps, I am reading it at the wrong season in my life. Perhaps I need to read it again...sometime in the future...in His time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2011
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado. I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a review. In this book Lucado starts off by giving a definition of a "sweet spot" as the place where a person finds themselves using the gifts and talents that God gave them for God. Living in the "sweet spot" also grants a person the ability to serve God in doing what one does best. At the end of the book there is a questionnaire one can fill out, and use their most memorable experiences to find out what their true "sweet spot" is. One of the greatest things about this book I found to be the anecdotes and stories that Lucado uses to start each of the chapters. The stories keep one reading on and as Lucado refers back to them throughout the chapter one can easily relate. Once again, as with all of Lucado's books this one makes the reader search himself for answers to the questions raised by Lucado. Reading this has offered a great thought-provoking experience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 5, 2011
Are you leading the life God intended? Have you identified your strengths and talents? Do you use your gifts to honor and glorify God?
If so, you are probably living life from your sweet spot - the place where your unique gifts combine with your life circumstances and intersect with God's plans. If not, perhaps you need a cure. I heartily recommend a heaping dose of Max Lucado's Cure For The Common Life!
Cure For The Common Life will help you to find fulfillment in life by using the strengths God equipped you with for His purposes. Consider this book your toolbox for finding and releasing your gifts! You will learn how your earliest longings hold clues to your unique purpose and design. You will also learn how to uncover your life STORY, which is full of Strengths, Topics, Optimal Conditions, Relationships, and Yes moments! This process is so vital, that a step-by-step Sweet Spot Discovery Guide by People Management Inc is included at the end of the book - along with a Bible Study Guide by Steve Halliday, which makes the book perfect for individual and group study!
Wherever you may face a challenge in this process - Max anticipates and provides a solution. Some of his answers are quite surprising and refreshing. For instance, he prescribes worship as the cure to both self-loving and self-loathing - a prescription Christians will find inspiring!
I love reading Max Lucado because of his unique ability to breathe life into his readers through his words and the Word. He makes Scripture come alive in ways that are vivid, fresh, and practical. He masterfully blends biblical teachings with real life examples and sound advice. If you could benefit from a little direction and guidance in your life (and let's face it - who couldn't at some point in their lives?) - then treat yourself to this book! I highly recommend it and look forward to sharing it with my friends!
Posted July 5, 2011
Lucado has written another outstanding book! Every young person needs to read this book. Its the best self discovery tool Ive ever seen and Ive seen plenty of professional models....fyi: Lucado includes a professionally drafted model as a standalone guide in the back of the book. Its more like half of the book and it is the tool used to help you discover what your God given gifts are so that you can start using them right away and be set free from the common life.
In a nutshell, the cure is to praise God and to find your sweat spot: that place where what you love to do and what you do successfully overlap and then pinpoint your gift and use it to glorify God.
This is one of Lucados master piece books! Far better than Fearless.
It is filled with hope and information and a lot of comedy (I love comedy).
Everyone needs to read this book, especially the teenagers.
If you have been considering a WALK program of study for your church I reccommend this book. Like all great Lucado books, there is a study guide in the very back of the book. As I said, the self exploration guide is also inside.
This book is a wonderful treasure, I so love Lucado!!
Posted June 27, 2011
According to Max Lucado everyone is unique in some special way because that is the way God made each one of us. This uniqueness is called a sweet spot - the area of life where each person has a special purpose. "Cure for the Common Life" is broken up into three sections: 'Use Your Uniqueness", "To Make A Big Deal Out of God", and "Every Day of Your Life." This book will guide the reader into an inner search on their own life.
I have read a number of books on finding talents, but "Cure for the Common Life" goes beyond just finding our talent it brings the reader face to face with how to fulfill God's purpose through our uniqueness. I especially liked this comment from Max, "Don't see yourself as product of your parents' DNA, but rather as a brand-new idea from heaven."
Who should read this book?
If you're a Max Lucado fan you will want to read his latest book. This book would appeal to any age group. Anyone that feels they are just living a very common life should read this inspirational book.
This book will be one that I will reread and loan to my relatives and friends. With the cornucopia of religious books that exist for readers it is sometimes becomes difficult to choose which books to read. You will not be disappointed if you choose this one.
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Posted June 19, 2011
Max Lucado has a new book, "Cure For The Common Life" published by Thomas Nelson. I have read that Max Lucado is called America's Pastor and after reading this book it is even more true.
I understand that on the Basketball Court there is a spot from which a player can do no wrong. Every time, without exception, the player, when he hits this one spot, can stand, toss and, without fail, dunk the ball in the basket. This spot is called that players, "sweet spot" In "Cure for the Common Life" Max Lucado outlines how to discover and work toward finding your sweet spot in life. Max writes that we should, 'Use our uniqueness (what we do) to make a big deal out of God (why we do it) every day of our lives (where we do it). At the convergence of all three, we will find the cure for the common life: our sweet spot".
"Cure For The Common Life" is broken up into three sections: 'Use Your Uniqueness", "To Make A Big Deal Out of God", "Every Day of Your Life". If you are someone who has this nagging feeling that you were meant for something very different from what you've known so far then "Cure For The Common Life" is for you. God has called you to an uncommon life and a one-of-a-kind assignment as you live out that life. If you don't know what that assignment is don't worry in the pages of this book Max Lucado will help you discover it. I recommend this book highly and feel that everyone should read it. Thanks Max we need what you have provided us within the pages of this book.
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Posted June 15, 2011
The "common life" is analagous to the common cold. Just as the "common cold" is boring, annoying, nagging and unwelcomed, the "common life" is unisnspired, boring and unfullfilling as well- and both seem to linger forever and are difficult to overcome. As with his many other inspirational books, Max Lucado's book, Cure For The Common Life, is sure to inspire and motivate the reader. Specifically, this book empowers those readers who are not neccessarily deeply troubled with serious life issues, but rather addresses the common, yet ordinary issues that many readers face in the modern, first world, middle class societies. The target audience for this book is not those facing terminal illness, financial crisis, or other serious issues, but rather those who simply feel they live an uninspired, unfullfilling life.
Lucado draws his words from scripture, from the New Testament letters of Paul, when he states that "The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others". page 4. He recognises that each and everyone of us has a gift regardless of whether we know it or not. In fact, Lucado has the gift of recognising the "gift" in even the most mundane and common of circumstances and individuals. This book is not for the hedonistic or narrcistic individual. This book is not about harnessing one's gifts and unique qualities simply to advance financially or to advance in a career or relationship- rather the focus of finding one's special gift or purpose in life is to serve others and serve God.
Using an original yet simple formula, the reader will find the balance between using his gift for the right purpose by considering the three factors: "everyday life", "strengths" and "God's Glory" in order to find one's "sweet spot". To consider one or only two of the factors might yield material or worldy success, but not be spiritual rewarding for God's purpose. On the ther hand, the argument might be made, to include only one, the reader might have the right spiritual motivation, but be frustrated by his or her unsuccessful attempts at furthering the work of God and the gospel. Basically, all three in balance are needed and systematically, Lucado goes through how to do this. Lucado's writing is simple, and motivational, as always is the case with his books. There are some interactive parts to the book which require the reader to actually think, plan and even journal some notes. Topics covered include the jobplace and children. At the end of the book is a review section / study guide. As a blogger for booksneeze, I recieved a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Posted June 14, 2011
Someone once wisely said, "Find something you enjoy doing and you won't work another day of your life". In his book "Cure for the Common Life" Max Lucado is here to help each of us to discover our "sweet spot" - that spot wherein lies our greatest strength. Our everyday life and living for God's glory intersect and give us that special feeling.
It is easy to read and understood and caught me from page 1. It has helped me to no longer feel bad for the things I can't do, but rather to thank the Lord for what I can do and find where and how I can apply and use it - to give Him glory and fulfillment for life! And not only that, but it has renewed in me the conviction of not settling for the common, but as Paul says, "to press towards to mark for the prize of the high calling of God".
I have a feeling this book is going to be one I will reread and refer to quite often.
Posted June 14, 2011
If you are a fan of Max Lucado, I suggest you read "Cure for the Common Life." This book is all about living in "your sweet spot" and how God has made us each for a special purpose. The book is very encouraging to the 70% of working adults who feel like they haven't found their sweet spot yet. How often does Monday come around and we drag ourselves to work wondering why we are doing it? How often do we feel incapable of the work God has called us to do? How come our talents are not being used? We know God has gifted us with talents, but how can we use them to benefit the kingdom?
This book give practical ways to see the ordinary life in an extraordinary way. Max is able to make you feel like even the job that you are currently are in, God is using your gifts. The difference is attitude and seeking out how God is using your gifts whether you like your job or not. Also, Max make good points on how your job doesn't define you. This book will motivate you to find "your sweet spot."
This book was given to me for my honest review , I was not compensated by Book Sneeze for this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Posted June 14, 2011
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspiring and motivating book by author Max Lucado. I presently find myself at a crossroads in my life and career so it has been especially helpful and applicable as I take time to think, pray and take stock of my life - past, present and future. To see what my personal dreams, hopes, desires and goals are.
I've been reading a number of books on finding your strengths, gifts and talents which have been very good and helpful But "The Cure for the Common Life" takes it one step further than many of the traditional books do. It gives it the spiritual and Bible based motivation which to me gives it that extra something that can make a wonderful difference!
I whole heartedly agree with Max, that it's not just a matter of find a job or working to support your family. These are important, yes, but we were made to and CAN do so much more! We can fulfill our destiny by finding out what we were created for and to do. And by fulfilling this, the calling for my life, it gives so much more meaning to life to where it's not just me, but my life can be used to God's glory and in service to Him and others.
Posted March 14, 2010
Posted March 12, 2010
This book reaches the heart of everyone. It is a "Cure for the Common Life." I keep it in my permanent library. Sometimes I move it through out the house like on the coffe table, kitchen table and bathroom. Anyone would enjoy this lovely book! It is great for a gift to anyone! Keep them coming Max!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.