April 3, 2016

Book Review: It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me: Rescue From The Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy, by Max Lucado is a wonderful book, written by one of my favorite non-fiction authors.  Throughout the book, there are scripture verses and Biblical stories, as well as the author’s personal experiences and reflections.

On page nine, it states, “Life makes sense when we accept our place.  The gift of pleasures, the purpose of problems—all for him.  The God-centered life works.  And it rescues us from a life that doesn’t.  But how do we make the shift?  How can we be bumped off self-center?”  It’s Not About Me shares how to start living (as well as to continue to live) a life that is about God…not us.

In the Acknowledgements, Lucado shares that this book idea came from a friend’s reply to the question: “What has God been teaching you this year?’  His friend’s reply was “He’s been teaching me that: It’s not about me.”  In the book, Lucado continues to share that “The phrase stirred enough reflections to become a series of messages and, eventually, this book.”

It’s divided into two main parts, but the first chapter, titled Bumping Life Off Self-Center, is separate.  Part one is titled as God-Pondering with six chapters, including Show Me Your Glory, Divine Self-Promotion, Holy Different, Just A Moment, His Unchanging Hand, and God’s Great Love.  And part two is titled as God-Promoting with seven chapters, including God’s Mirrors, My Message Is About Him, My Body Is About Him, My Struggles Are About Him, My Success Is About Him, and Upward Thinking.

It’s Not About Me also has a Study Guide.  For each of the fourteen chapters, there are several questions split into two sections, including Beholding and Reflecting.  The Reflecting section primarily focuses on scripture verses.  This highly recommended book is geared towards all ages, from teenagers to older generations.

Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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