The Cure for the Common Life (book review)

The author is well-known to Christian readers, a prolific wordsmith, Max Lucado.  It was first published in hard cover in 2007 but is now available in paperback, Kindle®, and audio.  It also has an accompanying workbook for personal or small study groups.  The book length varies according to the format used.  My Kindle format was 135 pages.  As I write (November 9, 2015) the Kindle version is a mere 99 cents.

Lucado refers to choosing our vocation or ministry as the “sweet spot” on a baseball bat.  It is that place where we will be the most productive.  Thus, the sweet spot takes us out of the hum drum of common living to living in the best we can be for God and thus, others.  I found it a worthy read even though I am now retired.  For twenty years I did live in my sweet sport not only doing what I do best but loving what I did.  That is the ultimate sweet spot.

Several times throughout the book Lucado refers to the S.T.O.R.Y. which is a map for finding one’s way.  The acronym refers to strengths, topic, optimal conditions, relationships, and “Yes.”  He develops each point thoroughly.  Illustrations abound throughout the book.  Some of the illustrations are personal, while some are from history, and all are entertaining.  This book is not boring nonfiction.

In my personal taste, I felt the one weakness in the book was the wide variety of versions and paraphrases the author uses.  I’d rather he stuck with just one version for reference.  I do give him credit for using Scripture support to his points, however.  One needs to use caution when reading the supporting scripture that it is not diluted by modern scripture interpretation.

Because Lucado is well-known, this book will continue to be read and it will help the readers who are searching for their quest in life.  Instead of psychology, Lucado gives Biblical direction.  Personally, I still believe God will lead us as we daily surrender to His plan and lay ourselves open to direction from the Word of God and circumstances that cross our paths.  The Cure for the Common Life may help; it surely won’t hurt.


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