Book Review: Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado

Posted by Lori Merrill on 08/31/2017


Have you, like me, ever wondered:

    • If you are doing enough for God?
    • If what you are doing is making a difference for eternity?
    • If you are busy building your kingdom or His?
    • Have you questioned whether what you do is what God designed you to do? 

If you have asked these or similar questions, then you will probably want to read this book by Max Lucado ASAP!

Lucado reminds you often, and in a variety of ways, that God made you and broke the mold. I often felt like I was reading a letter from him as he wrote, “You offer a gift to society that no one else brings. If you don’t bring it, it won’t be brought.”

And of course he included so much Scripture to make the encouragement hit home such as:

The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.                                     Psalms 33:13-15 

A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.    Proverbs 13:7 MSG 

Max doesn’t hold back in making you think through what you do and why you do it. He calls it trying to help you find your “sweet spot”. Included in the back of the book is a step-by- step plan for you to go further in this practical journey.

To me, this would have been a great tool to help my children as they were trying to figure out their plan for college and even in their young adult years. It helped me evaluate what I do currently and why. Since I found it reinforcing my passion, I believe it can help all of us no matter our stage of life.

Lucado is quick to point out that everything we do makes a difference for God, so we should never discount the smallness of our deeds. Also, whether we are called to stay at home with our children or be the next president, we should do it to the glory of God, using our special and unique gifts for His glory.

Referring to the story of the servants and the talents in Matthew 25, Lucado said this, “Some invest their talents and give God credit. Others misuse their talents and give God grief. Some honor Him with fruit. Others insult Him with excuses.”

Lucado goes on to ask, “Who is this unprofitable servant? If you never use your gifts for God, you are. If you think God is a hard God, you are. And you will live a life of interred talents.”

Some of my other favorite quotes by Lucado throughout the book include:

      • "Choose satisfaction over salary and urge your mate to do the same."
      • "In a desire to be great, one might cease being any good."
      • "The only mistake is not to risk making one."
      • "Maybe your dad never praised you or your teachers always criticized you, but God will applaud you."
      • "Use your uniqueness to take great risks for God!"

I loved how this book continually prodded me to seek God in my daily walk and evaluating all that I do. Even to the last few pages he still encourages us with these thoughts:

“May God use this to guide you to the sweetest spot in the universe, where your best gifts serve the highest purpose: making a big deal out of God.”  –Max Lucado 

Enjoy the read!

Blessings, Lori Merrill (and my golden retriever Tucker)

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