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The Life You Were Born to Give: Why It's Better to Live than to Receive [Paperback]

By David H. McKinley (Author)
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Everything we have we've been given. Even our very lives are a gift from God, given so we can live to give, not live to get. Yet it is our tendency in life to absorb, to take in without distribution resulting in a "souring" of all that is good and a separation from all that is intended. In The Life You Were Born to Give, David McKinley helps readers shift their focus from getting all they can out of life to giving their lives away, for Christ. Guiding them through the book of Romans, the transformational message includes: A Life Delivered (Romans 1-11) A Life Devoted (Romans 12: 1-2) A Life Distributed (Romans 12-16)

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Everything we have we've been given. Even our very lives are a gift from God, given so we can live to give, not live to get. Yet it is our tendency in life to absorb, to take in without distribution resulting in a "souring" of all that is good and a separation from all that is intended.

In The Life You Were Born to Give, David McKinley helps readers shift their focus from getting all they can out of life to giving their lives away, for Christ. Guiding them through the book of Romans, the transformational message includes: A Life Delivered (Romans 1-11) A Life Devoted (Romans 12: 1-2) A Life Distributed (Romans 12-16)

"Recommended for readers looking for a basic approach to spiritual growth." -Don Morgan, "Aspiring Retail"

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The Life You Were Born to Give: Why It's Better to Live than to Receive by David H. McKinley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • CBA Retailers - 01/01/2007 page 89
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/11/2006


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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849912024  
ISBN13  9780849912023  


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Need and responsibility to give, not merely live, one's life  Jun 5, 2007
Pastor and author David McKinley has developed a thematic Christian primer focusing on the need and responsibility to give, not merely live, one's life. With clever wordplay, another well-known evangelical voice, Zig Ziglar, writes the book's foreword and speaks of McKinley's bottom line message: Christians should be "go-givers" not "go-getters." That said, McKinley begins his three-part text with a quote from Jesus: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35). McKinley underscores that everything we have is a gift from God. Once this truth takes root, it will change your perspective. All of life is to be marked by "stewardship and service." McKinley tells readers that life isn't for existing but for distributing.

Before delving into the disciplines of life as a giver, McKinley spends some space examining the basic tenets of the Christian faith as noted in Romans 1-11. In part one, "A Life Delivered," McKinley explains that every person must wrestle with his need for a savior for "God's justice demands satisfaction"; once forgiven, believers will grow passionate to serve God out of love and gratitude. Next, McKinley ventures into detailing what "A Life Devoted" as described in Romans 12: 1-2 looks like and how a Christian's heart, mind and will are regenerated and energized to fully dedicate their lives to God.

Finally, McKinley offers the meat of the text in "A Life Distributed," which highlights Romans 12-16. This is where he offers fellow believers the nuts and bolts of a service-oriented life. Readers will glean fresh takes on how every Christian is gifted to serve, lifted to love, shaped by experiences, called to influence, entrusted to invest, tested by time, set free to live responsibly, strengthened to encourage and blessed to be a blessing.

One of McKinley's most helpful segments is his simplified discussion of spiritual gifts. He shares how spiritual gifts fall into three categories: gifts of service (prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership and mercy); gifts of signs (tongues, miracles, healings...given "to provide authenticity to the messengers of the church"); and gifts of support (apostleship, prophecy, evangelism and teaching). McKinley notes that these gifts were conferred to the church for its "enablement, establishment, and encouragement" and that each gift is supernatural in origin, personal in distribution, functional in design and beneficial to others.

While McKinley's warm approach to each segment of this topic is contagious, it is his humility that is perhaps the most compelling. With every self-disclosing story, he reveals his own struggle with living out this "giving life." Readers will relate amidst chuckles and some sober introspection just how essential this message is for anyone serious about following Christ. One of McKinley's most telling refrains is that it doesn't matter who we are or where we are in life; if we're honest, "we realize we are much more debtors than we are achievers." McKinley convinces believers that giving truly is better than receiving.

--- Reviewed by Michele Howe
 

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