Thursday, June 24, 2010

You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be by Max Lucado

Title: You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be
Author: Max Lucado
Rating: Good

Reason for Reading:  I acquired this book through Thomas Nelson Publishers' BookSneeze program in exchange for a review of it.  The publisher has in no way influenced the content of this review, and the views expressed are solely my own.
Summary:  You Can Be Everything God Wants You To Be is a representation of the material in Max's 2005 book Cure For The Common Life, which I have also read and reviewed.  YCBEGWYTB includes most of the stories, inspirational material, and principles covered in Cure.  What is excluded is the detailed appendix at the back of Cure that lists Bible versus to read and questions about your past to answer.
Review: The sticker on my copy of YCBEGWYTB describes the book as the "perfect gift for the graduate".  Why that might be a bit of publisher hyperbole, I find that it would be an excellent gift for a recent high school or college graduate.  As the book describes, most formal educations do little to help the individual find their "sweet spot", that place Max describes as where one's strengths, one's everyday life, and God's glory all overlap.  Many graduates find them selves looking ahead at the next stage of their life wondering what's next.  A diploma or degree doesn't guarantee a job, much less a personally-satisfying one.  This book will help the recipient take a new look at themselves, their future, and what their life has prepared them for.  I recommend it for graduates, and anyone looking at their life ahead wondering what God has planned for them.
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