I was a little wary about the book because I've read books with the same type of message before and am always left feeling like I don't have enough money, time, or resources to truly make a difference. Max Lucado does something totally different with this book. He gives big examples and small examples, biblical and modern day. Things that can help a tiny village in Africa and things that can help a single woman, alone in a brand-new city. Instead of feeling like the problems are too insurmountable for me to fix, I am left feeling like there are numerous ways I can make a difference that don't include shoveling what little money I have at an aid organization.
Instead, I can pray. I can volunteer. I can invite a friend to coffee and let her have a listening ear if they need it. I can make people feel valuable and loved. I can pool all my talents and resources that I already have (such as, compassion and a big heart) to make a difference. Maybe it's not on a large-scale and maybe I'll only affect a small minority of people. Maybe I'll only affect one person. But it's still making a difference because that one person is just as important to God as an entire village.
So, no. The message isn't any different than others I've read. I don't have a bigger itch to do missionary work, or even to start volunteering at a soup kitchen. But I do realize that I can make a difference now. It can be as small as praying for a lost friend, or as big (to them) as inviting them over for dinner. And I will make a difference. I was made to.
I would recommend this book for anyone seeking to learn more about the message of Jesus, what He stands for, and seeking opportunities to make a difference. The examples will amaze you, and sometimes may bring tears to your eyes. It's proof that there are still good people in this world and we have plenty of opportunities to show those less fortunate what it means to be love.
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