The Cure for the Common Life
This book is an example of illustrations gone rogue. Each chapter contains one simplistic idea that could be set down in a sentence, and then that thought is painted in story after story with a internet-forard kind of mushy feel. I also regret any bo
This book is an example of illustrations gone rogue. Each chapter contains one simplistic idea that could be set down in a sentence, and then that thought is painted in story after story with a internet-forard kind of mushy feel. I also regret any book that supports its argument through interpretation of simplistic illustrations. Not to discount all wisdom gained by experience, but those are deep and reflective, not the quick analysis of trite stories.
In his illustration of justification, he ends up depicting Christ as rebelling against his Father's authority in order to make the sinner feel better about themselves.
Lucado also uses Scripture poorly to support his ideas. He pulls them out of context and rebuilds a context through more story telling. The problem with that is the authority of Scripture does not lie in the true historical event, but in the purpose of the narrator who recorded it. It is the words of Scripture that are inspired, and we must keep our point to point of the author, not drawing our own conclusion from the historical events.
If this book were a sermon, it would be immediately be recognized as the ideas of a man misusing the authority of Scripture. When Christian authors set out to write out on a topic as weighty as "How then shall we live?" We must hold them to the same high standard of the pulpit.
His overall "cure" bears some merit, but he falls into the common trap of equating personality and ability with Spiritual gifts. That would mean that the unregenerate would already have a gift of the Holy Spirit from birth. However, spiritual gifts in Scripture are often in contrast to natural ability that God's grace may be seen all the more glorious.
As for life-planing and career choice, the idea that every person should have a job that feels like what they were built for is damaging. We can't all get those kind of jobs. Someone has to sweep streets and clear sewers. That doesn't mean we can't learn to do our mundane job to the glory of God and learn to appreciate it, but instructing everyone to quit their mundane job and pursue their dreams is setting people up for further discontent.