Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Review: It's Not About Me by Max Lucado

I've loved Max Lucado's books for years, so when I got the chance to review the Kindle version of Max's new book It's Not About Me, I jumped at the chance.

In this book, Max Lucado refutes the common belief of today's culture, that I have to look out for myself, and make everything all about me. Instead, Max points out, God's will is that we make our lives "All About God". Even many Christians today view God as there just to grant their wishes, but the Bible makes it clear that God's plans are much bigger than any one person. Once we shift our thinking to realize that God is the center of the universe, not us, we have freed ourselves to live the happy, unburdened lives God plans for each of us.

In addition to Max Lucado being a favorite author, this book caught my attention because I find myself regularly reminding my children that "It's not all about you". As is typical of young children, born into a sinful world, they are selfish by nature, and want everything to be THEIR way. I thought this book would be a good reminder to myself, that, just as it's not all about [my child], it's also not all about me.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Max makes the points concisely and clearly. Perhaps my favorite chapter dealt with the lies of legalism. Pointing out that when we stray into the realm of legalism, we cease to trust God, and rather trust in our own actions to save us. This is a reminder that so many of us need.

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Lisa in Texas = ) said...

I love Max Lucado's books. This one will be on my want list for sure. I even shared a link to your review on my facebook. Thanks for sharing!
Lisa :o)

Joey Griffin said...

Any recommendations for a similar book written for young children? I'm currently reading the teen version of Max's book but would like to find a similar book, either one that I could read directly to my 5-year old grandson or one that will help me teach the concepts to him. Thanks!

LaRee B said...

I can't think of any off the top of my heads, but would love to hear what you come up with! :)