I have been reading a lot of books lately*, and Live Smart by Dan Dumas has to be one of my favorites. It is written for high schoolers, so, seeing as how I am writing this on my 30th birthday**, I am not the intended audience. However, almost everything in the book is applicable to Christians of any age.
This book is excellent because it is to the point. It is a fairly short book, but covers so much. It is broken down into four parts:
You + God
You + Others
You + Yourself
You + the Gospel
Each part covers a few different things, ranging from the importance of studying the Bible and praying, to working hard. I did not find anything in this book to be controversial in the least bit, it could easily apply to anyone that accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and seeks to follow His word, whether you are of a faith the interprets the Bible literally or more liberally.
The book has some anecdotes, but only when they really apply, the bulk of the book is doing just what the title says: preparing you for the future God wants for you! It has applicable Bible verses in each topic, allowing you to see WHY he says these are the things you should do to "Live Smart", other than taking his word for it.
While I was reading it I thought that the author could easily tweak a few things, tell a few different stories, and make a series of books for people in different situations: children, mothers, husbands, etc., much like Stormie Omartian has done with the "Power of a Praying..." series. I was wishing that he would, because the book was so good, and such a short read I would love to give it to people as a gift, but they might be thrown off when I hand them a book aimed at teenagers.
I literally had no complaints about this book, which I received for free from the publisher.
*there are three reasons I have been reading a lot of books:
- I got a little overzealous at the idea of getting free books in exchange for reviewing them and now have a few dozens books I should have reviewed ages ago and am trying to catch up by the end of the year.
- I love reading, hence #1.
- I have two infants, which means I am up for about an hour in the middle of the night, and although I love TV, it tends to put me to sleep which isn't the safest thing to have happen when you are feeding a baby.
** yikes I am getting old fast!