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Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot Paperback – January 1, 2008
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I wasn't sure what to expect from Lucado. However, he has an excellent reputation in Christian circles, so I approached the book with an open mind. I'm nearly through the workbook component at the end as I write.
"Cure for the Common Life" is a good piece of work. In it, Lucado outlines how to discover and work toward finding your sweet spot in life. He defines the sweet spot as a place in life where all of your unique abilities are focused on your favorite topics under your optimal conditions with the right people in such a way that you will say "Yes!" I can recommend the book heartily to those looking for the sweet spot in their lives. Let me tell you why.
Lucado approaches the problem from two perspectives, internal and external. To find the sweet spot, one must understand that one fits into a larger context and has unique talents to bring to others. This external position is necessary to understand and accept. While Lucado approaches the external context from a Christian perspective, his statements are consistent with other worldviews.
The internal context requires the individual to do a lot of introspection to discover those things, situations, and actions that make work uplifting. Lucado provides instructions and a set of tools to assist the process. The tools are simple, easy to apply, and work. Some time is required, but the investment is worthwhile.Read more ›
Lucado seldom disappoints, and THE CURE FOR THE COMMON LIFE exemplifies why that is. This is the author at his best, clearly delivering an inspirational message that has substance to it, using language that perfectly illustrates each point he makes. And he seems to do all this so effortlessly that I suspect he has caused more than one budding writer to give up trying altogether as a concession to Lucado's superior skill.
The message of this, his umpteenth book, is clear: God has called you to an uncommon life and a one-of-a-kind assignment as you live out that life. To discover what that is, Lucado offers you a set of tools. Thankfully, this set is not based on the usual psychological tests or personality assessments or spiritual gifts inventories. To find your "sweet spot" --- that place where your passions and talents intersect --- he encourages you to use a method known by the acronym STORY and developed by People Management International.Read more ›
The uniqueness of this book lies in its intense practicality. The last 71 pages make up an actual "workshop" on how one finds their spiritual giftedness or "sweet spot". What is my unique purpose in life? Steve Halliday and People Management International, Inc. walk the reader through steps to answer just that. It is an educational and life-confirming experience.
This is not a book for a quick read and to be put on the book shelf. No, this one drives me to examine and discover the self that God has in mind for me to be. Thanks, Max!
On page 18, Max writes "You can be anything you want to be. If you work hard enough. But can you? If God didn't pack within you the meat sense of a butcher, the people skills of a salesperson, or the world vision of an ambassador, can you be one? An unhappy, dissatisfied one perhaps. But a fulfilled one? No.... You cannot be anything you want to be. But you can be everything God wants you to be."
So the tinge of the whole book is to live in our sweet spot; where the gifs of God, your everyday walk, and God's glory converge on the center of your life's 'tennis racket', if you will. To be fair to Max in leu of reviewer Mike's remarks, Max does evenly address issues of leaving the workplace in some instances. On page 108 Max writes, "God may want you to leave your Capernaum, but you're staying. Or he may want you to stay, and you're leaving. How can you know unless you mute the crowd and meet with Jesus in a deserted place?"
Amen Max. Thank You. Again.
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Amazing read, clear instruction to get biblically clear with the path God has intended for your lifePublished 2 days ago by susan K
Great book. Max at his best. God really speaks through his writings.Published 12 days ago by Christopher Agar
Practical and at the same time challenging us to dream big. It's so easy to see what others are good at. This book makes seeing your own personal talents much easierPublished 18 days ago by Elizabeth R. Trescott
Another great book by Max Lucado! A few of the stories he told gave me goosebumps from how God-designed they were. Love it & highly recommend itPublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth Foster
This is a great book, and it has actually changed my life for the better. I would recommend it to anyone who feels bored with their life.Published 2 months ago by susan