“Outlive Your Life” by Max Lucado
Published by Thomas Nelson
It is horrifyingly easy to insulate ourselves from the problems of those around us, and even easier to insulate ourselves from the global problems of poverty, hunger, disease. The early Church members did not insulate themselves; they cared for the sick, the hungry, the widowed, orphaned and elderly......and so should we. This message has been echoed by the Saints throughout the ages- St John Chrysostom said that for us to hoard what we have instead of sharing with those in need is as bad as stealing from those in dire need.
Max Lucado has written this book as a call to action, not just to sentiment. God wants passion and fervour, not experience and qualifications. God wants us to care about those in need , and then to do something about it.
During the Second World War, a young Briton named Nicholas Winton went to Prague to try to save Jewish children. He found British families willing to help and worked hard to raise funds, taking enormous personal risks to get Jewish children safely to Britain. As a result of his courage and determination, some 7000 descendants of those children live on.. .... he was simply an ordinary man who felt passionately about a cause and acted upon it, and made such a difference to so many lives!
The Protestant theology of atonement does not sit within Orthodox theology, but the call to action must certainly does, and I found this book valuable indeed. It has been read several times already, and repays prayerful study.
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