Thursday, September 23, 2010

You Were Made To Make A Difference by Max Lucado & Jenna Lucado Bishop

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson, 2010
Pages:  209
Source:  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers  program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

What a great book.  I had this book at school on my desk.  One of my sixth grade students picked it up and asked if this was the next book I was adding to my shelves.  I informed him I had planned on putting it with the books I give away to our reading challenge. He looked dejected and said, “Oh, I was going to ask if I could be the first one to read it.”  It will go to him next week and then on my shelves for others to read.  He liked the idea I had Christian books on my shelves for kids.  As an IB school, we work had to get our students to become a productive part of society.  We are service oriented.  We teach our kids that they can make a difference in the lives of others.  We have community service projects every year.  This book takes our goals and encourages students to see the possibilities in their life and the world around them.  I love the RAK cards mentioned at the end of the book.  Our art teacher actually created something similar to this.  Students did a Random Act of Kindness then passed the card on to someone else.  The new person signed their name before they passed it on.  It was probably the best week we’ve had at the beginning of the year.  The stories in the book are inspirational and something that kids can relate to.  I believe it will open a dialogue between those kids who are part of a youth group who participate in mission/service work and those who have never thought they could make a difference.   It lets kids know that age doesn't matter when it comes to making a difference.  This was a very interactive book.  It asked questions and allowed the reader the opportunity to write about what they are reading.  I think this book should be on all shelves and I will recommend it to all of my students.  Now that I’ve read this, I need to read the adult version, “Outlive Your Life”.

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