Thursday, April 22, 2010

Review: You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be

I recently reviewed the book, "You Can Be Everything God Wants You to Be" by Max Lucado and will admit to a immediate sense of disappointment. This was a book I had to force myself to read. The pages are  all split up into what is supposed to be motivational sections with pictures and strange fonts highlighting key statements. It is as though they are trying to use all of that to hide the content, which is really nothing special. I think Max Lucado is a brilliant writer, however this has the feeling of a book that has simply been 'pumped out' for the sake of having another book rather than for the quality content that it holds.

The book is filled with catchy phrases designed to pull the reader in such as, "Be you-nique, Be the best You you can be, discover your sweet spot," etc. The verses are taken out of the message, or new living translation to make it easy to understand for even a new believer. There is no doubt that there is a message here, "God created you for a purpose, what are you good at? That will help you discover what your ministry is." A good message, especially for a young person. The book comes with a sticker on the front advertising, "Great for Graduates!" And it is true. This is a book that you could give to a new Christian, or a young teenager, or a college graduate. Perhaps the corny motivational taglines will be lost on them in an effort to discover their path. However, if you were to buy this book hoping for another Max Lucado masterpiece, you would be grossly disappointed.

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**I received a free copy of this book through Thomas Nelson

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