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It's Not About Me
Author: Max Lucado 
Publisher: Integrity Publishers
Length: 173 including notes and study guide

Max Lucado has changed his style since his earliest works. In those works, each chapter almost completely consisted of a story that was used to illustrate a point.  With this new book, he instead spends the chapters making his points and using much smaller stories (most less than a page long) to illustrate his point.  This new method gives this book more of a feel of meatiness than was found in his earlier works.

In an age where even Christians have become increasingly me-centered, in this book Lucado explains that it is not about us, its about God. Just as for years,  mankind thought that the earth was the center of the universe, people often take center stage in their own lives.  Christians need to recenter their lives so that they are not at the center, God is.   A Christian's chief aim should be for the Glory of God.  While society says that the focus is on each person, Christians need to keep the focus on God.  

In the first half of the book, Lucado focuses on the idea of the believer pondering God.  He starts off the book by focusing on the glory of God.  A great example that Lucado uses of focusing on God's glory can be seen in the story of Moses in the book of Exodus.  He cries out to God who says that He will do whatever Moses asks of him.  While many people would wish for the obstinate Israelites to be completely killed or wish to be instantaneously at the Promised Land, Moses had a different request.  Moses wants to know the presence of God so the Lord tells him that His presence will be with them as they make their journey.  Moses makes yet another request, he asks God to "show me Your glory" (Exodus 33:18). Lucado then moves on to deal with the fact that God is eternal and no matter how bad a believer's struggles may be, they last for only a moment in the grand scheme of time. The author then moves to deal with the topics of God's unchanging nature and His amazing love.

In the second half of the book, he moves from the idea of the believer pondering God to the idea of the believer promoting God.  In this half, he deals with the ideas of the believers as God's mirrors beholding and reflecting God's glory.  He returns to the idea that reflecting God's glory is the chief aim of the lives of believers. Lucado reminds the reader of 1 Corinthians10:31 which says, "Whatever you do, do all to the glory ofGod."  

Lucado also uses verses from the Word of God to instruct the reader to let their message reflect God's glory, their salvation reflect His glory, and their bodies reflect His glory.  He spends a chapter dealing with each of these ideas.  

When he deals with the idea that the salvation of the believer is to reflect the glory of God, he does this by pointing out that salvation comes not because of extra works or traditions but because of what Christ did on the cross. There is nothing that any believer can add to the work of Christ.

To help the reader understand the idea that their body reflects the glory of God, he gives the illustration of two different house sitters.  One changes everything in the house redecorating it, so that it felt more like them; the other neglected the house, not lifting a finger to do anything.  Lucado reminds the believer that the Bible calls them to use their body to honor God.  The author reminds readers to feed God's instrument and to rest it.

Just as the struggles of the believer are only for a moment, they are also for His glory.  Lucado uses Psalm 50:15, "Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory," as well as thestory of Martin and Gracia Burnham to illustrate this point.  Likewise, the success of the believer is all about the glory of God.  The believer must not be proud and must not forget God in their success.

The greatest strength of this book is also its greatest weakness.  The book is short at a little more than 140 pages (not including the notes and study guide), which makes for a quick read.  Unfortunately this means that only one chapter, which averages about eight pages, is spent on each of the meaty topics found in this book.  As brief as the book is, the second half drags on leaving the reader wishing that Lucado had lumped some of these topics into one larger chapter.  This book would have been much better if he had lengthened some of the chapters to deal with their subjects in more depth and lumped several other chapters together.  

This is a good book for those who want a quick read on putting the glory of God at the main focus of their lives, but others will wish for something with more meat.

Burton Wray 6/27/2004


 

 

 
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