Review: “You Were Made to Make A Difference” by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop

Purpose in life–don’t we all want to know that we have it? Those who aren’t sure of their purpose, may simply float through life. Those who feel they have it, wake up in the morning with a spring in their step, certain that they’re living for something. In the teen version of You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado and his daughter Jenna Lucado Bishop, they make a strong case for waking up young people to their pre-existing ability to make a difference in the world.

They start off with the basics, inviting the reader into a relationship with Christ and what that actually looks like practically in a world full of distractions, moving towards acknowledging that they can actually do something to have an impact on this world, and ending with stories, examples, and suggestions of what the reader can then do, taking action on what they’ve learned about themselves. It’s a well laid out progression, repeating their point enough times to drive home their point.

Overall it was a good book, and I would actually like to know what Max Lucado’s version of the book for adults is like as a result. This version is definitely aimed towards 8 to 12 year olds. My wife read the book and had trouble getting through it with its juvenile approach. We had one of our youth members in our church read it as well, a 15-16 year old, and she found it to be too dumbed-down. It is very simplified.

Although it took me a while to finish the book. If I tried, I probably could have read this 200 page book in 4 hours or so because of its content and layout. The layout is pretty “ADD” with random boxes interrupting what is normally a steady flow of text for a book. But this is obviously meant to keep the attention of the reader. For me it was more distracting and I often skipped over the random facts listed. You Were Made is definitely for pre-teens.

I appreciated that it ends off the book well in the last page and a half, reminding the reader of 1 Corinthians 13, that without love their actions are pointless. They can go out and do all of these wonderful projects and ideas suggested through the pages, but without doing it in love, it’s all pointless. I appreciated the authors ending on a strong Biblical point.

[Please note, Thomas Nelson Publishers has provided me with a free copy of this book for review. As my opinion of their books has no impact on continuing to receive these books, my opinions are not effected by this fact.]

Question: What do you think your purpose in life is? How does it motivate you each day? Leave your comments below!

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