Written by: Max Lucado.
It’s been forty years (almost) since I could legitimately call myself a teen. Okay, okay forty plus some; yet, the teen focused “You Were Made to Make a Difference”, by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop with Natalie Gillespie, spoke to me. The message–that one small life can make a huge impact–is both timeless and generational. It’s never too late, nor too early to begin.
When we see a homeless person on the street or a hungry child on TV, most of us feel pangs of sympathy and maybe even a little latent guilt; however, few of us will do more than drop a dollar in a cup or shed a tear. The problems are so big and overwhelming and we feel helpless, small, and unimportant. For kids, children and teens, those feelings are intensified. Yet, the Lucados challenge teens to look over their obvious hurdles–age, inexperience and lack of capitol–and just make the leap.
Using scripture, Biblical principle and inspiring true-life stories–stories about kids who made a difference–Max Lucado and daughter Jenna Lucado Bishop prove to the reader that God had a purpose for making each and every one of his children, no matter what their age.
As an adult, I loved the message. However, I did find the side-bar factoids and little notes to be a little distracting. But, it wasn’t written for me. It was written for kids who are probably used to that sort of thing. Let’s face it. Kids are better equipped with their new and spongy brains to deal with tons of information hitting them all at once–look at the video games they play. They’ll love it. Overall I think it’s a great book. I would recommend it to every teen I know…and their parents.