Cure for the Common Life

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Press: Thomas Nelson; Unabridged edition (May 3, 2011)
Publication Date:2011-5
Author Name:Lucado, Max


"Sweet Spot."  Ever swung a baseball bat or paddled a Ping-Pong ball? If so, you know the oh-so-nice feel of the sweet spot. 
Life in the sweet spot rolls like the downhill side of a downwind bike ride.
But you don't have to swing a bat or a club to know this.
What engineers give sports equipment, God gave you.
A zone, a region, a life precinct in which you were made to dwell.
He tailored the curves of your life to fit an empty space in his jigsaw puzzle.
And life makes sweet sense when you find your spot.
But if you're like 70 percent of working adults, you haven't found it.
You don't find meaning in your work, or you don't believe your talents are used.
What can you do? You're suffering from the common life, and you desperately need a cure.
Best-selling author Max Lucado has found it.
In Cure for the Common Life, he offers practical tools for exploring and identifying your own uniqueness, motivation to put your strengths to work, and the perfect prescription for finding and living in your sweet spot for the rest of your life.

About the Author

More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. 
He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.


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  •     I read this the first time as a book. The second read through, I will read it as a workbook. This is a great resource for people to discover their gifts.
  •     Lucado is always interesting to read. I was pleasantly surprised at the research behind his ideas, which he so well explains.This would be especially encouraging to those who are pondering a career change, or even a change of majors in college.
  •     Sappy.
  •     I wanted to like this because I love Max--but this read more like a 'What Color is Your Parachute?--the Jesus Edition' .
  •     Great Book!
  •     Max Lucado is the best!
  •     This is a great book! Max reminded me of things I forgot as well as opening my eyes to strengths I took for granted. I want to live an UNCOMMON life! Thanks Max
  •     "Cure for the Common Life" by Max Lucado is an interesting, encouraging, and helpful book that I have two issues with. First, this book quotes The Message. Second, Max Lucado proclaims that he has a "cure", and proceeds to rip practical tools right out of a book published many years earlier called "Finding a Job You Can Love" by Ralph T. Mattson and Aurthur F. Miller. Read on for more details below.The first (and my biggest issue) with this book is that Max Lucado quotes The Message quite often. If someone is going to explain to me what the Bible says about "living in your sweet spot", then they should back it up with verses from an actual Bible translation. The Message is not a Bible translation. Problems with The Message include the fact that it is a heavily paraphrased version of Scripture, and that this paraphrase is written by one human author (Eugene H. Peterson). As an example, the very first Bible verse quoted is 1 Corinthians 12:7. I will quote The Message and compare it against three trusted Bible translations, leaving it to the reader to judge for themselves:The Message: "Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits."King James Version (KJV): " But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one to profit with."New International Version (NIV): "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."English Standard Version (ESV): "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."In Lucado's defense, he does quote verses from actual Bible translations. However, the reader should be warned about his use of The Message in order that they may compare what is being said with Scripture.The second, more minor issue I have with this book is that Lucado is proclaiming that he has found a "cure", but it is not original. He includes a system called the SIMA Method found originally in a book called "Finding a Job You Can Love" by Ralph T. Mattson and Arthur F. Miller, Jr. This in my opinion is not wrong per say, but I was disappointed because this book appears to promote something new but in reality lacks originality as far as the system is concerned. (Max Lucado's writing is his own because it is his worldview).In summary, "The Cure for the Common Life" does have value but it requires critical thinking of the reader. What Max Lucado has to say is interesting; he is a renowned author after all. I was disappointed with the fact he quotes The Message and borrows someone else's method/tools, but I think it is still worth a read.
  •     I've been ion my sweet spot for years. Just didn't look at it that way. Tying Biblical principles to it made it come two life.
  •     This is another great book by Mr Lucado I don't think anyone can write a book like Mr Lucado does as you read the book you become part of the book I can't explain it but it's...
  •     Max Lucado is my favorite Christian writer. Before I read him, I was a big Joyce Meyer fan. Don't get me wrong, Joyce Meyer is excellent, she's still one of my favorites, but Max...
  •     My wife brought "Cure for the Common Life" home from the local public library for me. I've been struggling with my work life for awhile, and she recognized the struggle. And, while it's too long a story to post here (I won't bore you), it's been a time of significant introspection.I wasn't sure what to expect from Lucado. However, he has an excellent reputation in Christian circles, so I approached the book with an open mind. I'm nearly through the workbook component at the end as I write."Cure for the Common Life" is a good piece of work. In it, Lucado outlines how to discover and work toward finding your sweet spot in life. He defines the sweet spot as a place in life where all of your unique abilities are focused on your favorite topics under your optimal conditions with the right people in such a way that you will say "Yes!" I can recommend the book heartily to those looking for the sweet spot in their lives. Let me tell you why.Lucado approaches the problem from two perspectives, internal and external. To find the sweet spot, one must understand that one fits into a larger context and has unique talents to bring to others. This external position is necessary to understand and accept. While Lucado approaches the external context from a Christian perspective, his statements are consistent with other worldviews.The internal context requires the individual to do a lot of introspection to discover those things, situations, and actions that make work uplifting. Lucado provides instructions and a set of tools to assist the process. The tools are simple, easy to apply, and work. Some time is required, but the investment is worthwhile.In the end, you will find yourself with a substantial amount of motivational material from the Bible, plus a list of strengths and a context for those strengths, all in a concise package that is short and sweet. You will have your S.T.O.R.Y. -- your "Strengths, Topics, Optimal Conditions, Relationships, and Yes!" put together in one short bit of writing. It will be up to you to decide how to implement what you learn, but Lucado offers some suggestions for actions to help get you moving.Did my analysis teach me anything I didn't already know about myself? My honest answer is "a bit." I had a fair grasp of my strengths and skills, some knowledge of the context in which I prefer to apply those abilities, and some understanding of my leadership interests. However, I now have all of those facts in a concise, complete package. I also gained a substantial amount of encouragement from Lucado's writing.I can strongly recommend this book for those individuals seeking to find the sweet spot in their work life. The book will work for non-Christians who are tolerant of a Christian worldview. It would also make a good gift to another who is facing those kind of life-struggles, perhaps with an offer for some mentoring. There's also a section on working with your children to help them find their sweet spot in life.
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