Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot

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Cure for the Common Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
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.