i have a lot of books to talk about, but i’m only going to talk about one right now… and i have a lot of music to talk about, but that’s going to wait… and i have the first week of football to talk about, but i’ll get to that later today (i hope)… i do think i’ll pick the Saints to beat the Viking this week though (har har)… anyway, first things first… a quick take on a new book from a familiar name…

now playing: Live Like We’re Dying by Kris Allen

Outlive Your Life – Max Lucado

i think it was Maximus Something-or-Other who, in the movie Gladiator, said something to this effect: “Our actions on earth, echo in eternity”… as you can probably tell, i’m not the biggest fan of the movie, but the quote stuck with me… and it came back to me over and over again as i read through the latest book from Max Lucado… (and not because of the Max-Maximus similarity)… Outlive Your Life suggests that we can life our lives in such a way as to have impact on generations to come, long after we’ve passed on to eternity… the book opens with a short tale of one man’s lasting impact on a thriving, but uncharted island and unfolds to reveal simple actions to help mold our lives into an influential legacy…

As with all Lucado books – he is pretty much a brand name at this point – the book is inspiring, easy to read, and filled with nuggets of wisdom, insights from everyday encounters (like coming home from the grocery store with bags full of food), but not the needed bread that inspired the trip… it’s all very practical and attainable goals, such as coming out of your shell, treating others with equal respect, and stand up for those in need… and, with a conversational tone, it reads quickly and enjoyably… one thing i found odd though… the opening “fable” described a thriving island near to an island full of despair, poverty, and hopelessness (i suppose similar to Haiti and the Dominican Republic)… it would’ve made sense to wrap that around at the end of the book to explain the responsibility of wealth and the compassion the prosperous should show to those in need as that was the point of the book…

anyway, it’s another good piece of advice from an author who clearly sees things from a unique perspective… a fun read…

peace… love… bdg…