Item description for It's Not about Me: Rescue from the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy by Max Lucado...
Overview Discusses how switching to a "God-centered life" rather than a "self-centered life" true happiness can be possible.
Publishers Description Pop culture and psychobabble tell us to make ourselves the center of the universe in order to be happy. Churches have communicated the false idea that God exists to give us all that we selfishly want. In this book, Max Lucado reminds us that it's not about us, it's all about God. It is through this shift in thinking that we can truly live an unburdened, happy life.
From Publishers Weekly For nearly two decades, evangelical preacher Lucado has been writing about
God's inexhaustible grace, and his books have been snapped up by readers
hungry to know they are loved, accepted, forgiven and saved. In his latest
book this message, though still present, has moved to the background. A
Copernican revolution is in order, Lucado says: it is time to understand that
life revolves around God, not ourselves. The God he describes is neither Santa
Claus nor a kindly, reassuring grandpa. He is a God of glory and holiness,
eternal and unchanging. "To seek God's glory is to pray, `Thicken the air
with your presence; make it misty with your majesty. Part heaven's drapes, and
let your nature spill forth. God, show us God.' " Our role, once we have seen
God's glory, is simply to reflect it. We do this by proclaiming his message,
using our bodies the way he intended, trusting him in the midst of suffering
and acknowledging him as the author of our success. Even our salvation
"showcases God's mercy. It makes nothing of [our] effort but everything of
his." Sterner generations of Christians memorized the answer to the first
question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: "Man's chief end is to glorify
God and to enjoy him forever." Lucado brings this concept to life with his
trademark breezy style, good humor, homey anecdotes and passion. His fans may
be surprised by this new emphasis, but they will not be disappointed. (Mar. 9)
Forecast: Lucado's books have sold more than 33 million copies, and this
latest (with an initial print run of 350,000 copies) should get off to a
roaring start with an innovative pre-sales campaign; the foreword by former
basketball star David Robertson will help as well. Customers who pre-purchase
the book between January 15 and March 9 will receive a free companion journal
with each advance order. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: Integrity Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 159145042X ISBN13 9781591450429
Availability 0 units.
More About Max Lucado
Max Lucado (MA, Abilene Christian University) serves as the minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and is a best-selling author and speaker. His award-winning books have been translated into more than fifty-four languages and he has been named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times. Max lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Denalyn, and has three daughters and one granddaughter.
David Wenzel received a BFA from Hartford Art School and has been illustrating professionally for nearly thirty years. He is recognized for illustrating the graphic novel adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, as well as numerous other children's materials.
Max Lucado currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas.
Max Lucado has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Large Print Originals
Historias Biblicas Ilustradas
Inspiration for Everyday Life
Inspirational Bible Study; Life Lessons with Max Lucado
Reviews - What do customers think about Its Not About Me?
Read Max Lucado's book Oct 20, 2008
My husband and I have read Max Lucado's book, It's Not About Me very recently. As always, Max has a way of capturing and holding my attention. I am always amazed, we have read several of his books, with the nearly unique, up to date vocabulary he uses to place the truths of the Bible in today's setting. I highly recommend this book.
It's All About GOD! Oct 9, 2008
"It's Not About Me" is a title with a simple purpose: to realize that life does not revolve around us. Instead, we are remember that God is our Maker and He has the right to do what He wants and we are to submit to His agenda for our lives.
Some of the important points include:
1. Our struggles can be used for God's glory. 2. Our bodies belong to God and we should not abuse them. 3. Our salvation depends on His grace instead of our self-effort. 4. We are to reflect God's glory in our lives. 5. We are to "promote" God instead of ourselves.
Lucado writes in a clear style that gracefully challenges the reader to think outside of him/herself.
A good read that will encourage you to be more God-centered and others-centered and less about being self-centered.
Read and enjoy! Recommended.
Re-program your life Jun 20, 2008
Here's a simple, sensible, and sound plan for re-programming your life. We've long acted as if our self-interest should shape our every decision. In this compelling missive, Max Lucado suggests, that is much like the flea in the elephant's ear taking pride and claiming credit for rattling the footbridge they just crossed. Following the clear message at the core of this book will lead to peace above all, and in all likelihood, to unimagined joy, an integrated and congruent life, and often, prosperity as well. What, or who, is at the center of your life, and why? With illustrations, personal stories, and much encouragement, Max Lucado asks those questions and supports the reader as he or she searches for answers.
nice reminder May 21, 2008
this book is uplifting, and a nice reminder just who is in charge of our lives. it really is not about me, God is the center of all the choices I make and the reason I honor Him every day through my actions and words.
Inappropriate Joking, Shallow, My First Max Lucado Book Will Be My Last May 12, 2008
Somehow, I've managed to be a Christian for over a decade without ever reading a book by Max Lucado, though of course, I'm quite familiar with his name. I picked up this book because the subject matter sounded good. Unfortunately, Mr. Lucado's writing, which was full of jokes, often inappropriate, as well as his quoting of The Message Bible (which is not at all faithful to the Word of God), soon turned me away. In addition, he seemed to say the same thing a thousand times and to just be padding the book, which is still only 140 pages!
Here's an example of the constant joking: "The moon is happy to do so! [to reflect the glory of the sun] You never hear the moon complaining. She makes no waves about making waves. Let the cow jump over her or astronauts step on her; she never objects. Even though sunning is accepted while mooning is the butt of bad jokes, you won't hear ol' Cheeseface grumble." p 6 I feel the sunning and mooning bit is inappropriate in any context. The example of the moon reflecting the sun's glory was fine, but all of the other joking distracts from his message. And there were numerous other examples in the 27 pages I read of this constant joking.
Are you familiar with Psalm 29, which begins (in the NKJV), "Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord Glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." Well he quotes The Message Bible which begins the psalm, "Bravo, God, braco! Gods and all angels shout, "Encore!" In awe before the glory, in awe before God's visible power. Stand at attention! Dress your best to honor Him!" That is NOT the Word of God! And it doesn't even capture much of the meaning. How does worshipping the Lord in the beauty of holiness become about dressing our best to honor Him?????
And those first 27 pages could have been condensed into 4 or 5 once you removed the joking and the constant repetitiveness. Each chapter really felt like a 1-page devotional desperately padded with fluff to make it into a whole chapter.
Definitely pass on this book. Maybe other books by this author are more appropriate, but I don't expect to be reading any others to be finding out. I'm very disappointed.