You Were Made to Make a Difference
Authors: Max Lucado, Jenna Lucado Bishop with Natalie Gillespie
You Were Made to Make a Difference is a book directed at teens encouraging them to go out in the world and make a difference for God. Written in a journal-like format, the book is an easy read with a real connection to the modern teenager and how he/she can have an impact in people’s lives for Christ.
This book has really impressed me. From the minute I opened the book, I had a feeling it was going to be excellent. It’s aimed at teens. The formatting and feel of the book at first glance draws in the young reader. The fonts, the imagery, the conversational tone all make a young person excited to keep reading. This is one book for teens where they really got it right.
In addition, the co-writing approach of Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop is excellent. Jenna reaches out from a young person’s perspective. Her testimony about her love of Jesus and what drives her to serve are all delivered at that level. Max’s points clearly come from an adult with experience demonstrating how a life-long pursuit of Jesus is what we are called to.
Examples of young people in action really help the reader understand that anyone can make a difference no matter what their age. Each young person illustrated started out small but with a heart to serve. Their small contributions grew and have helped thousands meeting their needs spiritually and physically. What an inspiration! Readers get that “Hey, I can do that!” feel as they read instead of feeling overwhelmed by the call to action.
Finally, Max and Jenna provide places throughout the book where the reader can respond to what he or she has read and take notes. Questions provide guidance for thoughtful response or reflection. If your teen has a desire to help others, or if you feel your teen needs a little motivation to get started, this is a great book!
** Review copy received free of charge from BookSneeze **