Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cure for the Common Life -Max Lucado

4/5

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:

Rene': What is the overall message you took away from reading Cure for the Common Life?
Josh: 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". 

Rene': So what are some examples of "sweet spots" and how do they influence your choice of career?
Josh:  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.

Rene': Did you enjoy the author's writing style?
Josh: 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.

Rene': Did Cure for the Common Life encourage you spiritually?
Josh:  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.

Rene': So, have you discovered your sweet spot?
Josh: 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.

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