An Interview with Jenna Lucado

Jenna Lucado is the daughter of my dear friend and bestselling author Max Lucado. She is the co-author of You Were Made to Make a Difference, along with her dad. She is also one of the main speakers at Revolve, a conference for teenage girls. In a moment, I will tell you how to get a $10.00 discount on a Revolve ticket.

Jenna Lucado

I have known Jenna for several years. Gail and I traveled with her and her husband, Brett, to Ethiopia. It has been fun watching her come into her own as a communicator. In fact, the first time I heard her speak, I was sitting next to Max. Five minutes into her talk, I leaned over to him and whispered, “Wow. She is better than you!” Without missing a beat, he laughed and replied, “I know. She is!”

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This weekend, Jenna begins touring with Revolve, a one-of-a-kind inspirational weekend for 6th– to 12th–grade girls. It combines music from award-winning bands and messages from down-to-earth, relevant speakers. Jenna’s message for teen girls is about living God’s dream for our lives—despite living in a broken world, with broken hearts and even broken dreams. A few weeks ago, Brad Lomenick of Catalyst recognized Jenna as a “Young Influencer.”

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Jenna and get her thoughts on leading the next generation. My questions and comments are in bold.

Q: Your father recently released Outlive Your Life and you co-authored to the young adult version, You Were Made to Make a Difference. Why were you excited about working on this project?

I grew up in a home where my parents opened our eyes to the needs of people around the world. We supported causes and organizations that fight injustice. As a result, I’ve always had a desire to reach out to the poor and disadvantaged. When Dad decided to write this book, he asked me to bring a younger perspective to the issues of poverty. I was able to blend my heart for the poor with my heart for next generation leaders. It was a perfect fit.

Q: So what makes this book unique?

You Were Made to Make a Difference takes the ancient book of Acts and makes it applicable to those of us living in the year 2011. It offers practical tips that young people can take out into their community to make a real difference. The book is a rich mix of Christ’s words, the disciples’ actions, and real-life stories of young people today who are changing the world.

My desire is that readers will understand that God can use them to make a difference—right now. He wants to use them today, without waiting for them to be older, stronger, richer, or even more “together.” God can use their minds, their spirits, and their hands and feet to make significant change for His kingdom.

Q: It seems that this next generation of young leaders wants more out of life than simply the “American Dream.” They want to make a contribution. In fact, they want to change the world. Where do you think this passion comes from?

In working with Revolve for the past four years, I’ve learned that young girls want to live for something bigger than themselves. They live in a world where they see disasters and pain from their living room couches—and on their smart phones. They can’t escape it. These girls are not content to sit on their hands and watch. They want to be doing something to help.

Q: How can my generation of leaders—the older generation—support and encourage this younger generation in their quest to make a difference?

Becoming aware of the young people in your life, and acknowledging and affirming them, is the first step. Because my husband is a youth minister, I get to witness first-hand the selflessness of these young leaders who work with the youth at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. Their heart and hard work needs to be recognized.

Second, I think it is important to develop relationships with these young leaders. When you choose to make time for them, they become energized. But they want to do something with this energy. In my experience, when you pour into them, they pour themselves into others—especially the poor and disadvantaged. This is an investment that keeps on giving.

Q: You are traveling with The Revolve Tour this winter. What do you enjoy most about working with teenage girls?

I used to be one, so I know what they’re going through! As an adult, I love hearing their stories and telling them that God hears them, too. One of my favorite moments in the conference is when these girls finally understand how relevant the Bible is—it is that moment when the Word of God becomes real to them.

The same kinds of faith-deepening, heart-maturing, and confidence-boosting moments that changed my life in high school continue to change the lives of high school girls today. While fashion and trends change, the basic needs are the same. These young leaders want to be part of a larger story.

One of the great things about Revolve is that it’s girls only time. When boys are out of the room, the distractions are cut in half. So when they hear messages about their value and see dramatic sketches about topics they’re struggling with, they can open up, be themselves, and connect on an emotional level. I love seeing the spiritual transformation that takes place.

Q: Thanks for all you do, Jenna. YOU are making a difference, and I am grateful.

Now through February 28, 2011, you can get $10 off the full Revolve event registration price (which matches the per-person rate for a group of 10 or more.) If you’d like to invite the young women in your life to be a part of an upcoming Revolve event, visit our registration page or call 877-9-REVOLVE and use code DREAM when you place your order. This offer is good for up to nine seats and can’t be combined with any other offer or applied to previous purchases.

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  • Kiran Joseph

    I want this book because I love reading. Is that creative enough? :P

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  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Excellence does not happen overnight. It takes conscious efforts to attain excellence. When compared to the entire world, my contribution may be insignificant. When I have an incurable fear of ideas and tend to translate issues into a knee-jerk reaction, reducing all reflection to mere emotion. Due to my ignorance, the sympathies and perceptions is left to what is accidentally supplied by people in my immediate circle. As an individual, I need to learn to rise above the confines of my immediate environment. From those heights I will get a broader view of the human experience, of history, of how others have tackled problems that beset me. Making a difference will really help in contributing to the objective of making our world a better to live by.

  • http://karlakakins.com Karla Akins

    I would love a copy of the Jenna’s new book! I’m a pastor’s wife and I work with young people in my church as the youth leader. I also lead the tween girls’ group and am the teen Sunday School teacher.

  • http://www.catholicYMblog.com D. Scott Miller

    The promise of “practical tips that young people can take out into their community to make a real difference” based on Acts is what has attracted me! I jave not shared with young people enough from the examples of the early Christian comminuties.

  • Mchartfield

    We have to be the example to young people on how not to waste their talent by burying it, but being intentional about pursuing what their God given purpose is by doing it ourselves. When my kids see that I do everything on purpose-serve others, give to others, do on purpose. They doing on purpose. I want the book, because I work with Girl Scouts who believe in Taken Action and this would be a great book for our faith based girls to read.

  • www.therextras.com

    Ding!Ding!Ding! Teen girl in this home! *wink*

    Thank you for this post, Michael.

    Barbara

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  • http://www.miriamjacob.proboards.com Miriam Jacob

    Max Lucado’s writings have made a profound influence upon my life. Four years ago, when I first started my Christian ministry, Max Lucado gave me permission to post his articles on my website. Since then, I have been actively promoting Max Lucado’s books and it has blessed my life so much. I agree with Jenna Lucado that the older generation of leaders can support and encourage the younger generation to make a big difference in today’s world. I would like to receive a free copy of “You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop, so that I can start promoting Jenna Lucado and her wonderful ministry. This father-daughter team is making a big impact upon the world, and I am so delighted to be a part of it. Thank you for posting this blog, as it has introduced me to a wonderful person like Jenna Lucado. She will touch the hearts of people exactly as her father did and is still doing, for God’s honor and glory.

  • http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/ Amy

    In the next few years, I will be a mom to a teen. Don’t I need all the help I can get?

    As far as older leaders encouraging younger ones, discipleship comes to mind. Living life together as a way to learn from each other. We need each other.

  • http://twitter.com/revtimmhall Tim Hall

    This book is a new and unique look at Acts. I am always looking for ways that God will challenge me to make my preaching more relevant and timely.

    • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

      Are you Tim Hall from FL???

  • http://geoffreywebb.wordpress.com/ Geoff Webb

    I think one of the best ways to encourage young leaders is to treat them today like what they could be, not just like they are. The way the Angel of the Lord appeared to a frightened farmer named Gideon and addressed him as “mighty warrior” in Judges 6.

    Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.bikiniorbust.wordpress.com Donloree

    I would love this book because it is my heart to inspire and equip young women to figure out who they are while they are still young. Women are amazing creatures but rarely understand who they are or how they can fully step into who God has made them to be. So many of us don’t know who we are or understand the amazing impact we have been designed to make until decades have gone by. It is time to empower our youth to fully be who they have been made to be and go change the world one moment at a time!

  • TGil

    Raising two daughters and gladly accept all the guidance and training I can get.
    Will definitely read and share.

  • http://twitter.com/Monica_Michelle Monica Michelle

    : I’m working on the planning for a conference for young adults. While we are considering speakers and pulling things together, I would love to be able to review the book for content and to see if we could possibly utilize her and/or the book as apart of the conference itself.

    MonicaMichelle

  • Callie

    I would love this book because I work with youth who are feeling God’s calling on their life. It would be awesome to have this book as a resource for me to read so that I can better understand that calling but also for them to better understand it and seek to follow through with it.

  • http://twitter.com/RAHawthorne Richard Hawthorne

    As a Student Minister I am always teaching the Students to be on mission in their families, school and community. For the last two weeks we have been going through a message series entitled, Drop the d: Serve Not Served. The whole series comes from the book of Acts. From the reviews I have read, this book will help the students see how other Students have applied acts of service in their communities.

  • http://twitter.com/Beverlyspeaks Beverly Lewis

    I believe we have a mandate to mentor – it’s part of the cycle of the generations. My children are now young adults and I want to do more to make a difference in young women’s lives. I want to expand my reach. It sounds like reading this book will help activate that desire that’s in me.

  • http://purepurposebook.wordpress.com/ Susanhlawrence

    I’d love to have this book AND read it AND recommend it to others! I’ve enjoyed and appreciated Jenna’s past writing (as has my daughter), and as a Women’s Ministry Consultant, I’m always looking for resources to pass along to women reaching out to girls and women of all ages. And the fact that Jenna’s book is based on Acts? A huge plus in my opinion!

  • Cfunk

    I love anything that will help me grow and be all I can be for His Kingdom!

  • http://twitter.com/kevinowens4 Kevin Owens

    As a father of 4, I am always looking for resources that will help my children (3 daughters, 1 son) do all God has for them to do, and be all God wants them to be. This book appears to be that type of resource. We will read it and discuss it together. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Taylor

    I’d love a copy of this book because my main push goal/resolution for 2011 is to establish a closer relationship with God. I plan on pursuing my goal through daily dedication to Him through prayer, scripture, and reading books (such as this one) that would help keep me on the right path! It would be so perfect! Please pick me and help me achieve my resolution!

  • Bradley1824

    My daughter daughter is 3 and I desire to make a difference in her life. My wife and I dopted her from Guatemala when she was 14 months. Getting Max’s and his daughters thoughts on making a difference will help me in raising my daughter.

    • Bradley1824

      Should have posted as Steven Bouknight.

  • http://www.thegatheringdallas.org Marco Luna

    I would like this book because I have been a youth pastor for 15 years and understand where the need is for 6 to 12 year old girls and youth in general. I am now on a journey with my wife as a church planter. Going on 1 year and 1/2. Would like to read this book that Max and his daughter has to share for this next generation.

  • http://twitter.com/steveblumer Steve Blumer

    I’m the Family Ministries and Small Groups Pastor of a small church in New England. We have nearly 36% of our church under the age of 18. We’ve taken some girls to Revolve tour before and they loved it, and we’re going again this Spring. It’s a great place for teenage girls to go. Appreciate the discount code already and I’d use the book(s) as giveaways to get more teenage girls to go.

  • Cindy Molnar

    I have younger nieces and nephews who will still listen to the advice of an older “aunt.” I would like to read this book to be able to communicate with them on their level and have healthy conversations; and then let them read the book to help them as they grow up and face the pressures of life!

  • Sam

    Michael, I am a vice-principal at a high school in Virginia. I am constantly looking for ways to connect with and help our youth realize their potential. It appears that this new book would be a valuable resource after reading the interview above and being familiar with Max’s work.

  • Wendy

    I would love to read this book! I am very passionate about reaching tweens in our church and serve as a small group leader for older elementary girls in our children’s ministry.

  • Lizajeanes

    I one day hope to start a non-for-profit organization reaching out to teenage mom’s hoping to help them become more aware of who they are in Christ and what they can do to make this world a better place. I’m excited to read this book!

  • bee31542

    I am looking forward to reading this book esp. if she is BETTER than her dad… :) with two kids, anything that will help me guide them is worth a try… Thanks for the opp.

    • be31542

      be31542 I am so new to the twit… :)

  • Eddie

    I would love this book because I’m a college student who is studying ministry. I would love to use this as a resource to empower my other friends. I a lot my friends aren’t Christians and I could use this as a resource to just hand out to them and let them read it.

  • Chantal Hosken

    I believe that the youth are the church of today! Max lucado’s books have always been written in such away that makes them fun and easy to understand yet at the same time instructs us how to live, how God wants us to live. so I can only imagine how great this book will be from from someone who understands how hard is it to be a young person living for God is this world, Yet also what amazing works the youth can do in Jesus’ name. I would love to have a copy of this book to encourage myself and the youth in my country (Gibraltar) To live how God wants us to live.

  • Chantal Hosken

    I believe that the youth are the church of today! Max lucado’s books have always been written in such away that makes them fun and easy to understand yet at the same time instructs us how to live, how God wants us to live. so I can only imagine how great this book will be from from someone who understands how hard is it to be a young person living for God is this world, Yet also what amazing works the youth can do in Jesus’ name. I would love to have a copy of this book to encourage myself and the youth in my country (Gibraltar) To live how God wants us to live.

  • Cbenesh22

    I would love to receive a copy of this book. As a teacher and youth leader it is important to me to see today’s youth grow in every area of their life. I really enjoy showing kids that they can make a difference and to let their light shine. Books like this better equip me to help the kids.

  • Amy

    I’d love a copy! My daughter is going to her first Revolve today!

  • http://www.davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    Wow. This book could not have come at a better time. I am a young adult pastor and we are currently studying the book “You Were Born for This” by Bruce Wilkinson. “You Were Made to Make a Difference” would be an excellent follow-up resource for my congregation. My heart is to see these young adults tied to a larger purpose, live the book of Acts lifestyle, and fulfill their divine destiny. Also, Mike, I love reading all the books you recommend :)

    Thanks for your ministry!

  • Johnathan Nickels

    I want a copy!!!! Johnathan Nickels (Twitter-LandRoverNut)

  • Amy

    I have 4 girls. That is all.

  • mynameishaydee

    I remember Spurgeon’s DailyHelp devotional on Jan 6, when he said “I will never have it that God created any man, especially any Christian man, to be a blank, and to be a nothing. He made you for an end.”
    I’ve been a Christian for 12 years, & still unsure where God is leading me to. It’s why I started a Daniel Fast & now on my 2nd day! I’m desperately seeking God in this season of my life.
    And yes, I’d like to read Jenna’s book, cos she,s the daughter of my ever most favorite author, Max Lucado.

  • http://twitter.com/jerburroughs Jeremy Burroughs

    I would love to have this book because as a young adult who works with youth I see the amazing leadership and world changing potential in our youth. I see a generation of leaders who are hungry to make a difference and eager to get started! I am excited to read this book because I think it is extremely relevant to my day to day work as a psychologist and ministry leader who works with youth and young adults. Thank you for posting Michael!

  • Farah King

    I am at a point where I am totally starting my life over. This book sounds like the inspiration I need to help me get myslef, my kids and my dreams off the ground.

  • Kristen

    Hi, I’m interested in a copy because I’d like to learn more about Jenna’s suggestions for making a big difference in the lives of others. Also, I know Jenna encourages journaling, something I’ve found very helpful in determining what’s important in my life. My personal motto is “no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” This book seems to align nicely with that creed.

  • John Payne

    Michael, we appreciate, and thank you for all that you do. Being a parent of 3 young kids this book would be an awesome resource for them, and for us as parents as well. Thank you for offering us this opportunity.

  • Djandre7

    As a High School Teacher and Youth Pastor reading books that can inject change that will inspire and effect a New Generation for God comes both as a responsibility and a privilege. Any resource to assist in my effectiveness for change is a Huge PLUS!!

  • Megan Hibberts

    Wow! I wouls love to have this book for so many reason but I think I have narrowed it down to 2 :)
    1–I am involved in a Church Plant in Gastonia, NC–Revolution Church and our pastor’s main focus for us as we prepare for our lanch in September is ACTs! I was so excited to see that in her book, she has focused on Acts. As I move forward with my launch team I want to make sure that I can offer as much insight and understaning to this book of the Bible.
    2-I am also part of a girls ministry (Unbound Ministry) http://www.unboundministry.com and being that I also talk, create dramas, and do just about what ever is necessary to help our events I feel that this book would just be an added resource to the mission we have as a team–to point young girls to Jesus.
    Thanks for this awesome opportunity!

  • Kim

    I want this book because i really have enjoyed reading books by Max Lucado and would love to have add a copy of this book to my library. I am in college now and learning how to make a difference in small ways and love hearing about how others are wanting to change and help others make a difference.

  • Bob Henkins

    Even if I don’t get a free copy of this book, I may read it because I want to be a person who makes a difference in my generation and I hope in my kids generation (I have 4 of them- 2 boys, 2 girls). Also I like what she said in one of the questions that this book takes Acts and makes it applicable to those of us living in 2011. I think this is soooo needed today.

  • http://highdefculture.wordpress.com James Williams

    I would like this book because as 2 of my kids enter the double-digit years this September, I’m seeing the need to cast a vision to them of the importance of making their life count, that there are here to make a difference, to advance God’s Kingdom.
    James Williams
    middletree.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/amandapassage Amanda Passage

    I can’t wait to read this book — I have enjoyed Max Lucado’s work for a long time and look forward to his daughter’s take on how we can make a difference in today’s tumultuous world.

  • http://twitter.com/amandapassage Amanda Passage

    I can’t wait to read this book — I have enjoyed Max Lucado’s work for a long time and look forward to his daughter’s take on how we can make a difference in today’s tumultuous world.

  • StephLChurch

    I would like to have this book so I can read it and then pass it along to a teenager in my church with whom I traveled to Kenya in 2009. Sam was 12 then and traveling with her mom & dad, and it touched my heart to see how someone so very young saw and processed poverty and had a strong desire to help. We all had 20+ years more of experiences that had calloused our hearts enough that we were able to temper our own reactions to the pain we encountered–but she experienced it in a raw and honest way. After that trip I consider her family my own and now, and I would like to pass this on to her as an encouragement to influence: her life is going to impact many, I’m sure of it.

  • http://twitter.com/B_Schebs B_Schebs

    Michael,

    Once again your generosity is outstanding. Thank you.

    I think the most important thing older leaders can do to encourage younger ones it to mentor them. First through their own actions. Nothing can tarnish an older leader’s ability to encourage than not “walking the talk.” I feel many of our young people have role models that say one thing and do another, and so teaching our youth that its acceptable to be hypocritical.

    Again thanks for all you do. As for a copy of this book. I would certainly read it then share it with my young sister who is in the 7th grade.

  • Stacydboyd430

    I would love a copy of this book b/c I want to know how to be a more effective leader and I wouls also love to do a book club with a young lady I am mentoring.

  • Stacydboyd430

    I would love a copy of this book b/c I want to know how to be a more effective leader and I wouls also love to do a book club with a young lady I am mentoring.

  • James Short

    My wife and I serve as youth ministers in our local assembly and I’ve worked directly with teenagers for about 10 years overall.

    One of the biggest problems I see is the lack of teaching from the home on this subject of “giving” and “caring” about others and their needs. Our theme for this year is iGiveMe (kind of an iTunes look) and we are challenging them with a structured program to give of themselves and get into the life of someone else.

    So, this book intrigues me a lot and whether I win it or not I plan to read it as I feel it would really help me know how to connect with those I work with. Thanks Michael and keep up the good work.

  • James Short

    My wife and I serve as youth ministers in our local assembly and I’ve worked directly with teenagers for about 10 years overall.

    One of the biggest problems I see is the lack of teaching from the home on this subject of “giving” and “caring” about others and their needs. Our theme for this year is iGiveMe (kind of an iTunes look) and we are challenging them with a structured program to give of themselves and get into the life of someone else.

    So, this book intrigues me a lot and whether I win it or not I plan to read it as I feel it would really help me know how to connect with those I work with. Thanks Michael and keep up the good work.

  • Rachel

    Wow! What a generous gift. I am the mom of two girls (8,6) and one boy (4). I’m always trying to show them that there’s more to life than our little bubble. My 8 year old is already starting to deal with self-esteem/image issues. I think showing her that there’s more to us as God’s daughters than what size our thighs are! I think this book would help me and help her.
    I also lead a mom’s group at our church of 70 ladies. After reading books, I love to give book reviews/recommendations to them. Wouldn’t that be awesome to share with 70 other moms that are growing and equipping their young children!
    Thank you!!

  • Rachel

    Wow! What a generous gift. I am the mom of two girls (8,6) and one boy (4). I’m always trying to show them that there’s more to life than our little bubble. My 8 year old is already starting to deal with self-esteem/image issues. I think showing her that there’s more to us as God’s daughters than what size our thighs are! I think this book would help me and help her.
    I also lead a mom’s group at our church of 70 ladies. After reading books, I love to give book reviews/recommendations to them. Wouldn’t that be awesome to share with 70 other moms that are growing and equipping their young children!
    Thank you!!

  • Jennifer

    I saw Jenna speak a few years ago when I took my nieces to the Revolve Tour. She has an amazing gift!!

  • Rnj1

    I am in a church that meets on a college campus. About 40% of our crowd are college students and next gen students. we are always looking for ways to engage them in impacting the community and world. I think this book might help.

  • Clara

    I look forward to hearing what Jenna has so say in her book, having worked with teen girls for more than 10 years myself… I feel a kindred spirit to her and her work.

  • Adam

    This book seems very much something I would benefit from and something everyone would benefit from. We were made to make a difference! I have a passion to make a difference, and this book seems like it would be encouraging for someone like me!

  • http://twitter.com/SusanHughes SusanHughes

    I would love this book! Why? Well I’ll probably go ahead & order one for myself right away because I’m impatient like that. Then if I get another copy, I’ll just HAVE to pass it on to a friend. As a mom to a 21 & 16 year old, I can’t wait to read it!

  • Wendy Blankemeyer

    I drive a school bus (and I LOVE my job!). I need all the help I can get in being a good influence on teen girls! Kids and teens are my heartbeat, and I would love to have the resources to help me be a good role model, and to develop a strong connection with them.

  • Bj4wood

    I am in the Make a Difference business. The blog I write is called Gods Mad Mad World and both MADs stand for Make A Difference a day. I hope it will give me insights into a much younger dynamic.

  • Steve Young

    In my years as a campus pastor at a few Christian colleges, I saw experienced first hand the impact young adults could make if someone came alongside them and helped them gain a vision for how God could use them now…not just later. Now as a discipleship pastor for youth through seniors, I’m constantly striving to send the message to our students and young adults that this is not just the older people’s church! With two Christian campuses within blocks of the church and now a teenager in my house, this topic never strays to far from my thoughts!! Would love to benefit from Jenna’s perspective!! Thanks for the offer!!

  • Rachel

    My husband is currently leading the Youth in our church. I do not feel called nor do I have any desire to be a Youth Pastor’s wife, but I am trying. Maybe this book will help me understand them a little better.

  • Desertrose5173

    Any parent loves to see if what they have taught their children about the Lord and His ways takes hold. I’d like to get your daughter’s perspective of writing and spiritual insights and them compare them with her dad.

  • @hasbell

    we all have impact on others…. i’m on a journey myself to use the circumstances that God has walked me through to the other side for His Glory. i don’t want to merely make an impact; i want to make a difference. was actually a goal this year that i set for myself…. relying upon God to change relationships and me to be impactful and life changing for Him! jenna’s book sounds like it could offer valuable insight towards this goal… thanks for the information about the book and the topic.

  • Michael

    This would be a great book to read because I’ve read and reviewed Outlive your Life, I am currently working through Lucado and Frazee’s The Story and this would help me understand, and hence connect better with the younger generation. Lastly, I am excited to see a book which uses the book of Acts as a framework to help lead people into community and social action. Thanks for this opportunity.

    I will FB about this book as well. Thanks, Michael

  • Akila

    Dear Michael,

    I think as we grow up in this world, we fall into the pattern of surviving – better job, better life etc. We forget that we were not born to just work for a company, take care of just our family and make enough money to retire. I think it is important to realise that each day we can make a difference in every so-called ordinary situation. Perhaps the situation arises just so that we can contribute something magical.
    This is why I would love to read the book – to look at who I can be beyond the day-to-day life and its drama.

    Thanks,
    Akila

  • DrDavidFrisbie

    We will send this book immediately to Lauren, whose parents recently divorced. Lauren is processing many issues and working her way through many challenges. This book is something she will actually read — and it may provide a useful shift in focus.

  • Nicole

    I am in youth ministry myself and I assure you this book will not sit on the shelf.
    This book will instill what we try to teach our girls every instance, that they were made to make a difference.
    I promise to read it and pass it along. I promise to not make this pitiful poem into a song.

  • Tidwell Patrick

    I have read most every Lucado book and have highlighted and post it notes in each one. I am looking forward to ready this book.
    Also have a wife and a daughter!!!!

  • Tidwell Patrick

    I have read most every Lucado book and have highlighted and post it notes in each one. I am looking forward to ready this book.
    Also have a wife and a daughter!!!!

  • Bernard Colin

    Excellent article.

  • http://www.cheriblogs.info Cheri Gregory

    I’d love to share the book with my high school students. I know that they want to make a difference in the world, but they’re struggling to figure out how. For our upcoming school spirit week, one of the proposed themes was “Dress Like a Homeless Person” Day. The student leaders (most of whom are girls) can’t figure out why the faculty members are dissing what they think is nothing more than a fun idea. They want us to “lighten up” and not be “so serious about everything.” I believe Jenna can reach them — in a way that a 40-something old fogey can’t — and help them realize that they can have fun AND make a difference.

  • http://twitter.com/adamkeeton Adam Keeton

    I have read a few Max Lucado books and I would LOVE to read Jenna’s! I read too many books written by guys, its nice to see a girl’s POV every so often too. Really excited about this book! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Djones124sure

    As a mother of three daughters and a mentor to young girls at my church through our young girls network, I believe the this book will be instrumental for me to share with them. The young girls that I mentor have been through and faced many challenges being raised in a urban community. Many don’t know who they are in Christ or what God has called them to do, but by sharing this revelation through the book will help them to see that they can make a difference. I do believe this next generation is a generation that God is rising up for His purpose.

  • http://www.megmassey.com Meg Massey

    I would love to read this book because I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people, particularly young women. I work as a young adult leader at my church, and right now, one of our most important initiatives is setting up activities that allow our young adult women to come into contact with our youth group girls, allowing the chance for mentoring relationships to be fostered. I would love to have a resource like this to help me think of more creative ways to utilize the passions that God has given me to reach more and more young women.

  • http://www.megmassey.com Meg Massey

    I tweeted this giveaway @megmassey

  • Sjohnston

    My wife has always been a big fan of Max Lucado. I would really like the opportunity to pass on the tradition to my two daughters (17 and 14 years old) by giving them what appears to be a special book penned by his daughter.

    The best thing older leaders can give younger leaders is the opportunity to lead/serve along side of them.

  • http://www.megmassey.com Meg Massey

    And I promise to read the book!

  • Sjohnston

    oh…I forgot…I promise to read the book (I can promise my wife will too!)…

  • Devon

    I have a 9 year old who is searching for his place in the world. He has so much to offer, yet often doesn’t feel that he is loved and accepted for who he is. He is very different from his peers, and often feels he has to live up to the expectations of others to be valued and cherished. But, we’re working on it. If this book can show him how he can make a difference in the lives of others, it might help him understand that he is valuable just the way God made him. I certainly loved Max’s Outlive Your Life. W0uld be nice to speak that message to the vulnerable teens and tweens of the world.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I would love to have this book to use as a resource in my youth ministry, as well as in my own family. As a father of 5 kids, I want to make sure that I invest in each of their lives as completely as possible. And Max Lucado has been a great help in the past, and will continue to be, I’m sure. I’m looking forward to seeing how his legacy will be continued within his daughter’s life and ministry.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    It’s kind of amusing… God has placed several resources into my life recently about just how much one life can make a difference…

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I posted the link on twitter, but I couldn’t get the link in your post to take me there. Error 404: Bad Request. Just FYI…

  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    It is great to see second-generation difference maker. So often big name entertainers, authors, etc. succeed in everything except raising their own family. Congratulations Max, on successfully passing the baton.

    Josh Hood
    2020visiononline.org

  • Jill Nutter aka Jillian Kent

    Hi Michael,
    My daughter Meghan Nutter, 18 decided to attend Youth With A Mission in Tyler, TX this fall instead of going to college. She’s now doing outreach with this group in Guatemala City with the children in the garbage dump. I’d love a book for her to have as an encouragement. Heck, I’d like a book for all of them!:) I’ll be blogging on this Sunday over at http://www.jilliankent.com Drop by if you get a chance.:)

  • Kaylapoznich

    I have always had a heart for God’s kingdom since I was a small girl. I made the decision from a young age to follow Jesus, no matter the cost. And it did cost me something: my popularity in high school. It was a long, hard road for me but because of my love for Jesus, I was able to stand against the persecution of high school. Since then, I have a huge heart for helping youth develop a strong foundation and unshakable faith and love for Jesus that will help them stand together, or if need be, stand alone. Looking back, I don’t have anything I regret from my choice to follow Jesus. I want the youth in my care to be able to say the same. I am a young preacher’s wife who is also involved in childrens, youth, and womens ministry. We are wanting to create a mentoring program and I think this book could help us with this goal!

  • Rob

    I have four boys. We attend a bible-believing church and participate in ministry in many ways. Yet, my boys are not confident in sharing their faith with their friends in their secular pursuits. I studied the Book of Acts with my peers at their age. I would like to read the book and share it wit them in the hope that they will take even one opportunity to bring light to a friend’s life.

    P.S. I am really trying to break myself from typing two spaces after every period.

  • Marsha Young

    While one-on-one mentoring can be a real help in becoming a leader; nothing really beats a consistent role model for young leaders to watch, day after day, and year after year.

  • Erinlou L

    I would love a copy to read and lend to the young girls in my life!

  • Jeff

    With a Daughter that is a self proclaimed ‘reader’, this is a great book to introduce her to the Lucado’s!

  • Megan

    I am a 25 year old youth leader. Our church is less than a year old and I can think of a pretty significant need in each family. The youth are growing up with concerns I never had myself – will they have a coat this winter or will the kids at school find out they’re on the free lunch plan. Although, instead of only being concerned about themselves, they choose to reach out in their own communities with a monthly “serve event”. Feeding the homeless, cleaning a local school or nusrsing home. These kids want to help others and I would like to better help them.

  • be31542

    Just going to post this again, just in case.

    I want to read this book because if jenna is BETTER than Max, then I am sold! I have read many books and each one gives me a different idea, problem, concept, and/or conviction that I work on through God grace and Jesus’ mercy… Another reason I want this book is it will not only help me, but it will help me, help my kids. :) Thanks for the chance to win. AND THANKS FOR WRITING IT JENNA!!!!

  • be31542

    I am reposting JUST IN CASE!!!

    I am thrilled for a chance to read this book. first I love max’s style and graceful approach to getting to the grit of things. If Max thinks Jenna is better, then I am sold. Each book I read gives me the chance to see my own failings and faults. Most important, if i can take concepts from this book and apply them to raising my kids in this tough world, then please let it be me… Thanks for the chance to win. And Thanks JENNA FOR WRITING IT!!!!

  • Todd Oltmanns

    I would really like to have a copy of this book. You see, my four year old daughter loves to dance ballet. One day, I know she will cherish this book and its contents. For now, on the practical side, I know this book would be a great benefit to her today. You see, she likes to dance on the living room table and the leg is a bit wobbly. I think this book would help de-wobble the table so she can dance to her heart’s delight! You would be greatly helping her move a bit closer to her dream of being a ballerina on the biggest of stages!

  • Todd400

    Thank you

  • http://twitter.com/levittmike Michael Levitt

    I would love this book and definitely would read it, before sharing it with others. So many people are lost and don’t understand their purpose. My hunch is that this book will help guide them.

    Blessings on your weekend!

  • http://twitter.com/christinakj Christina Johnson

    When my girls look in the mirror, I want for them to see the light of Christ radiating in their reflection. To many times girls in America seem to see something quiet different starring back at them such as world views, false images, unrealized dreams and a lack of hope that things can be different. God has something so much more for them. He has already planned a future and a hope for each and every girl. God wants to use them for His glory!

    My husband and I are both ministers. We have been in youth ministry for 14 years; and I have been doing children ministry for eight years, specifically mentoring young girls. Working with young girls and mentoring them has now become my heartbeat.

    It sounds like “You Were Made to Make a Difference” would be a great resource to me and the ministry we do at our church and in our community. Thanks for offering the opportunity to win this book. It sounds wonderful!

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    Love it, especially the connection to the book of Acts and that small rag-tag group of radicals who turned the world upside down. May it happen again.

  • http://twitter.com/whitcornett Whitney Cornett

    I would love a copy of this book to read and use for my classroom library. I’m trying to include books written from the Christian worldview so that this next generation of young leaders will remain encouraged to make a contribution & change the world for the glory of God not just personal gain.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyRoos TonyRoos

    Just to be certain
    This book should i should be given
    When I read this book
    a different life I’ll be livin
    I was made to read this book
    to that I can attest
    surely the poem
    will rise above the rest
    poetry has never
    been my strongest suit
    i like to use it however
    to attempt to win loot.

  • Doug Olson

    I would love to have a copy of Jenna’s book. As a long time fan/admirer of her Dad’s work it would be very cool to add her to my collection of Lucado reads. If I were to get a copy, I would surely use it as a ministry tool for both volunteers and teen/pre-teens. Being a Children’s ministry guy this book seems like it could be very useful in that venue. Besides I would really like to read it myself.

  • http://angelamackey.com/ Angela Mackey

    I want this book because I work with 5th and 6th graders at my church and would love to have some more resources to reach them. I also want them to know that they can make a difference as a 5th and 6th grader, they don’t have to wait. I think this book would help me encourage them.

  • http://twitter.com/ColinH80 Colin Haas

    I felt a calling on my life from God to do more than the internal “church stuff” and this book may be the creative kick in the pants I need to help me develop myself more and do more. I have applied to various ministry environment and keep getting the same results….your resume doesn’t match what we are looking for…..maybe not……but my heart does!!!! After I devour the book like the buffet at Ponderosa, I will then pass it along to another (Male or Female) to help them move forward and do mighty things for God!

  • Anonymous

    Love what Jenna is doing with Revolve and the new book. Sometimes I think our youth can be forgotten, especially the struggles they go through. Teenage girls certainly need to know their value, and have it instilled in them at a young age how much God loves them, and how important they are as the body of Christ.

    I didn’t know that growing up. I didn’t know I had value, or that I was worth anything. I was consumed with shame and never felt like I could be myself. I wasn’t able to learn that and overcome it until recently.

    I desperately want young women to know they mean something, and that each and everyone of them have a purpose. Sorry for lingering on. This is just a passion that God has put in my heart.

  • http://www.koshy.ca/ John Koshy

    To read and share with others!

  • Joshua James

    As a Christian who is close to finishing their graduate degree and looking for inspiration on how I myself can make a meaningful contribution to society, I would love to have a copy of this book to read. I would also be interested in sharing this with a friend of mine who is a dependency counselor, as I feel the points within this book may be beneficial to the people he helps on a daily basis. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/meredithdunn Meredith Dunn

    Why I want this book- Max Lucado is one my favorite authors. I hope to be an author one day myself; if she can do it, I’ll take it as encouragement that I can too. I never win anything on online give-aways… so you could be my hero.

  • Sarah Kopf

    Dear Michael,

    I would like this book because my 11 year old son Cole has been fighting cancer, leukemia, since 2007. He relapsed again, after three very long years of steady chemotherapy and treatment, this past September. It was completely and totally devastating to our family of three. His journey, medically, started all over. However, he has been a beacon of light and strength in our life, despite the adversity and struggle he faces every day! I would like to return that favor to him…

    As we have meandered this journey, I made the decision to write my own book as another voice and advocate for thousands of parents and children battling cancer. It is the least I can do for Cole, for our family, and for our friends-both sharing this battle first hand and as supporters. This is a very difficult life, but there is much to be said for hope, faith, optimism, and perseverance!

    That said, Max Lucado’s books have been filling my the corners of my desk for a very long time. They have traveled to and from hospitals, waiting rooms, and our home. Some days, his words, his reminder of God’s love for me, kept me going as a mother when I wasn’t sure I could… (The Promise of Psalm 23 was SO uplifting!) I would absolutely love to have a copy of this new book! It is just one more source of strength and fulfillment on this very long road…

    God bless & thank you!

    Sarah Kopf
    http://www.fightbackforcole.com
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/coltons

  • http://twitter.com/Onigold Onigold

    It is obvious that God has made each and everyone of us different and our uniqueness is strengthened by the that our finger prints are different. To that extent am sure He intended that our print on life and humanity would not just be different but would replenish the earth. Would love to read “You were made to make a difference” so I could understand all the areas of my life I can make a difference and leave my nation Nigeria better than I met it.

  • http://twitter.com/wls1961 Wanda Simpson

    I have two daughters. It is important for them to become a part of their church and God’s plan for them. We cannot continue to force our youth into programs from our youth. Those things don’t work for them. We have to give them their voice and encourage them to reach out to the world around them. I would love to have this book for them and for our youth at church.

  • Timmery Clark

    I have two darling teenage girls that I mentor. Sometimes I wish I could do more for them, so I think this sounds like a great tool both for me, and especially for them! The book sounds amazing and I particularly liked hearing Jenna’s heart on helping young women realize the bible is relevant for today, and that we each make a difference right here right now.

  • http://twitter.com/theronmathis Theron Mathis

    Very inspirational. In our own community, I am beginning the process of establishing a program for the prevention of high risk behavior among the young people of our parish and surrounding community. High risk is a broad category, and could include drug/alcohol abuse, sexual activity, bullying, violence, etc. We are currently building an advisory team which contains young leaders. Many young leaders in our own community see the Church as a passive organization that is cerebral or contemplative but rarely active. Creating a sense of action and doing the gospel is essential to its perpetuation.

    I would love this book to help me with that conversation.

  • http://familysynergy.wordpress.com JD Eddins

    I would like this book to help impact the lives of my three daughters. I also currently write a blog about building family synergy and would love to share this resource with my readers there.

  • http://twitter.com/michaeljhaley mike haley

    Thanks Michael and Jenna. I would like a copy of this book to read with my daughter Nicole who will turn 12 soon. She is an amazing young lady who is already making a difference. (i.e) She made a special trip to church 2nts ago just to show support to her friend who was giving her testimony at her kids small group. This book may give her (and her parents) some helpful ideas/strategies to thrive in the more complicated world of junior high school next year.

  • http://relevantbrokenness.com Marni Arnold

    I am looking forward to this book – sincerely. But I am just going to answer the topic question left at the end of this post – because I sincerely want to support the ministry this book will provide (so I will therefore, purchase it when I am through some of the books I am in now).

    I sincerely believe that actually it is mature leaders that encourage younger ones – not so much older. Age has nothing to do with leadership – but maturity does. I know many people younger than me that have far more wisdom and ability in many areas of life, and the Christian life, than I do – and I look to them for insight.

    Maturity is simply allowing yourself to become [in Christ] that which is beyond what the rest of life and society is succumbing to. This maturity will drive people to be encouraged, because mature people have learned how to communicate with people of all ages (not just younger, or older), their stories are relevant to anyone, and they are also relevant to the times they are addressing (the generation we all live in now) – and the message has the capability to be transferred over into future generations.

    From this interview, and seeing Jenna’s heart in her responses, she has that maturity. I am looking forward to reading this book when I am through the books I am in now.

  • Juliannamorlet

    My husband is a youth pastor and I work with the teen girls. I’ve had a passion for teens since I was in college and by God’s direction I’ve been able to put on 2 valley wide girls conferences with 200-300 girls in attendance. I do everything I can do get into their heads and figure out what they’re thinking, feeling, and doing with the lives they’ve been handed. It’s hard.

    I want read this book in order to continue my education on them. haha. To see what other people out there are saying and what they are doing.

    I am also in the process of writing a book for teen girls with my mother titled, “How to Raise your Teenage Daughter: From the Diaries of a Teenage Daughter”. They are my passion. :) I want both mom’s and daughters to have the tools or at least the peace in knowing that the saga of adolescence is normal. They’re ok. And that they don’t have to do it alone. [book link here: http://bit.ly/hihYeL

  • Troy

    I would like the book for two reasons. First, I have a daughter I would like to read it. And secondly, if I win, I get to speak to Lindsey Nobles!!! If your not reading her blog “I’m just saying,” you are missing out!!!

  • http://LiveIntentionally.org @PaulSteinbrueck

    I’d love a copy of this book because I’d like to encourage young people that a life of serving others is much more rewarding than a life of self-centeredness, which is what much of the world is promoting. And I’d also love to pass the book along to the director of student ministries at our church.

  • http://twitter.com/StephanieHermes Stephanie Hermes

    I would love to give the book anonymously to a friend. She works in youth ministry and would LOVE it!

  • Kathy Z

    I am a ever growing Christian with young people in my house and so any book written to help me along my path, and help them along theirs is always appreciated and read.

  • http://twitter.com/Isha08 Dhana Ann

    I love Max Lucado and really truly believe is intune with my Lord.

  • A_nichole178

    Would love a copy of the book – I help with teen girls in our church.

  • http://twitter.com/phritz20 Alex Fritz

    In a society that continuously pushes all of us and especially me towards complacency, busyness, and distraction, I frequently feel like I don’t fulfill God’s call. The struggle lies in whether that voice is true or not. I know that my faith will continuously be perfected till I’m home, but a chance to hear a fresh word and encouragement towards obedience and even realizing how the mundane can be infused with the divine presence of the Spirit. Plus, free is good and I’m a student :)

  • http://twitter.com/Isha08 Dhana Ann

    What an amazing opportunity for someone. Max Lucado truly hears the voice of God and reading his words inspires people to strive to please the Lord…

  • i__Quest

    I study @ the Heidelberg university in Germany at the moment and I’m really struggling to believe in God. I hope this book helps me.

  • Leslie

    I met Jenna while she was interning at Provident Label Group! I would love to see how she has grown as a communicator, like you said.

  • rturner381

    Max, I did not pull the trigger to buy “Outlive Your Life” because I thought I would receive it for Christmas. Alas, I did not. But, I NEED this book because my life purpose statement is: “I was born to Make A Difference. I was born to encourage, motivate, unleash passion, and restore hope in the fatherless.”

  • Karla

    I would really like to read this book. I got interested when I read the part where it says that it takes the book of Acts and makes it applicable for today by mixing it with real life stories, especially if there’re from young people changing the world today. I’m a young girl and I would love to get those “practical tips” to take out in my community to really make a difference.

    Also in my youth church group, and my bible studies we are focusing in the part that God want to use us now, and I’m willing to be used everyday, and I know that with Him I can do anything He wants me to do (Philippians 4:13), but I still fight with the thought that I’m still young, and they’re a lot of things I still don’t know, and haven’t learn and done yet… so hopefully this book could help me fight better those thoughts.

    Thank you,

  • Algetler

    I would like a copy of this book as the dad of three daughters whom I would hope will make a difference in the lives of others. I read Max Lucado’s Moments of Grace books each day. If Jenna’s book can offer me the same wisdom it will become a key tool in my life. As with all the useful books I read, I will pass it onto my daughters.

  • ~Jerilyn

    I recently introduced my young elementary Sunday School class to the Wemmick’s series of books. You Are Special made such a profound impact on my kids, that two of them have listed it as their favorite book. I have been giving the series of books to them for gifts for a few years now. They love them. This group of students, some older, will soon need something else to guide them in their journey through life. Your new book sounds like just the ticket to nurture and encourage them as they travel along.

  • Thetimethief

    I am the girls’ youth teacher at my church where I get to share in the lives of young girls from grades 1-6. They are just learning what it is to be a girl and how that makes them terrific, unique and, quite simply, them. I love teaching and being taught by my girls. They have such boundless energy, unshakeable enthusiasm and limitless creativity and its a gift that I can be a part of it.

  • Aundrea

    I would like to have this book for my 15 year old daughter who has really been through alot in her 15 years. She has come so far! I am really proud of her. Aundrea G

  • Nancy Ferrin

    This book would be a blessing to me as I train to become a certified Biblical Life Coach. I am currently entering a new “season of life” following a divorce and job loss. My heart’s desire is to minister to those who need to refresh their spirit and embrace God’s love. I have five young adult children – one is a precious daughter who has been on a dangerous path. Perhaps insights from this book will be a blessing to her as well. Thank you for considering me.

  • http://twitter.com/DTRynne David Rynne

    I am a single dad of a 9 year old daughter and 8 year old triplets (2 boys 1 girl). I want to have this book to read, read to my girls, and give to my girls when they get older. Thank you.

  • Megan E

    Although I’m young (25), I was always a little afraid of working with teens. God decided to challenge me this year to really dig in and get involved with the youth group at my church. Specifically, I heard the call to “mentor and be mentored”. Conveniently there was an opening to co-lead a D-group (Discipleship group) of Freshman girls. As I navigate through the waters of growing my own leadership skills and challenging my girls to believe in themselves (to believe the promise that God has for them and the impact they can have right now), I have found that focused book studies are really helpful. I would love to read this book and perhaps use it as our study book next term. Thanks for the chance to share!

  • http://twitter.com/javerlin74 Jason Verlinde

    I have always been a fan of Max’s books. Both his books geared towards adults and geared towards children. Would love to have a copy of Jenna’s books to read with our children. Our children are adopted from South Korea and as they grow we want to instill in them the thought that they are “special” and were created for a purpose in this world.

    Thanks for considering us!

  • Bethdeesb

    I would love this book! I was part of starting a new church just over a year ago. In fact we just had our 1 year anniversary in Dec. One of the things we have talked so much about is making sure we pattern our church after the church in Acts. I truly believe that “You Were Made To Make A Difference” would help our church. I would love to be able to share this with the other members of our congregation, so that we can love like Jesus loved, serve like Jesus served, and live with the indwelling of God everyday, as Jesus did!

  • http://www.lovefeeds.org Audienmike08

    As a 30yr old woman,i’m not young,but not old. I recently read the book Radical. I am among those wanting to make a difference in the world. I do not want to chase the American Dream. I want be the hands and feet of Jesus,as He calls us to do. I recently started a nonprofit to do just that. I’d love this book for many reasons. One,to inspire me even more in my quest to better the world. Also,i have a few of max’s books,why not add to them right?? ;)

  • http://daniellesrealm.blogspot.com/ DaniHughes79

    My daughter is 10 years old going on 15. I am proud she is becoming a mature little girl and understand now how important a self commitment to God in her life is. As she reaches maturity I am looking for Christian tools to help equip her and I am really interested in this book. I know she would be blessed by reading this book because of the age and stage she is at. At Christmas when looking at Christmas lights, we went to a home where they were raising money for ‘SIDs for kids’. We came home and she sried as she said her prayers that night. She wanted to help and give ~ so she gave her birthday money and wrote a little card to them acknowledging their loss and telling them she prayed for them. I want this love in her to blossom… I want her to pursue what is right and know she can make it through the next 10 years. Thank you for your offer, Danielle and Hannah
    daniellesrealm.blogspot.com
    danihughes79 @ twitter

  • Lisa Zimdars

    I am a high school teacher, and facing age 50 – am ready to leave Christ beyond my own lifetime with my students. This year that is my goal. I would love to be able to read your book to add these ideas to my toolbox!

  • Melanie Wilson

    I would love a copy of this book. I have loved Max Lucado’s works, and I follow his Twitter. Lately i have been reading many different faith-based books, and I am really trying to figure myself out and figure out how to be a light for others 100% of the time. I am a sophomore in college and want to make an impact on my campus. I recently went to the Passion conference in Atlanta, and since then, God has been speaking to me in more ways than I could imagine. He has really blessed my life lately and I hope to extend blessings to others. I think this book would be a great help, and I thank you, Jenna, for communicating what God has done in your life!

  • Llb203

    4 Reasons why I would LOVE this book: 1) Max Lucado is my favorite Christian author. I was first introduced to his books when I was a little girl, & I received the book “Cosmic Christmas” from my parents. I am a senior in college now, and my family continued in the tradition of reading “Cosmic Christmas” on Christmas Eve/Day this year. Lucado truly has a talent. His books are such a joy, so there’s no doubt in my mind that this one will be too. 2) In the conversation above with Jenna, this line really stuck out to me… “Becoming aware of the young people in your life, and acknowledging and affirming them, is the first step.” I would absolutely love a copy of this book because as a college student, and an aunt of 4 precious nieces, I want to learn how to better lead & be a Christian example. 3) Already tweeted this. 4) I have never won anything!! :)

  • Lori W

    I love Max’s writing…it seems I read one of his books at just the right time in my life, and glean so much from them. This book would be great for where I am with my life journey right now, just wrapping up reading Beth Moore’s latest book.

  • Joe tanner

    Bring on the book. I am hungery for knowledge. Joe tanner

  • Grannie_4_7

    Thank you, Michael, for offering this wonderful opportunity. I am the grandmother of 7 wonderful grandchildren ages 7 – 18 years. Each of my grandchildren is as intelligent as they are unique. I am blessed that they all live in Christian homes. Each of them possesses the potential of being leaders in their families, schools, communities, and beyond.

    I believe that Jenna’s book will be a valuable tool for sparking, inviting, and guiding with God’s Word, each of them as they set goals for themselves, organizations – formal or informal – and the world beyond their own doors.

    Thank you!
    A Grateful Grannie

    • Grannie_4_7

      P.S. I promise to read the book – and look forward to reading it! BTW your Twitter link in the instructions above was not working so I shared on Facebook – Sandi Speer Robinson.

      Thank you again!

  • BC4Jesus

    I really could use any tool that would bring my walk with the Lord back to where it should be. Lately I have been getting farther and farther away from God. I have been so down and out that I just have been looking anywhere for some joy. I try to get on the right track, but really could use some help. I promise to read and use anything and everything that you send my way.

    Bob

  • http://twitter.com/FosterHope H. Wayne Hastrup

    I’ve read basically everything Max has published. While it has some competition, Outlive Your Life is the best so far. The focus on creating a legacy, on living for something more than today and for ourselves, should be something we all strive to do. For me, I’ve done this through my dozen plus years of youth work and now it’s my own children and the foster children we seek to care for and serve. I love sharing books and if Jenna is anything like her father, I’m sure this book will find its way into my I’ve got to get you a copy of this book list…

  • Rachellcota

    Here I am leaving my comment (step 1) to be followed by filling out the form (step 2) and then a re-tweet of Max Lucado’s tweet on the post (step 3), but I have to be honest, I probably won’t take step #4. You see, I don’t plan to read this book (sorry if that disqualifies me, but at least I’m being honest). I’m going to give it away.

    The one simple reason I would like a copy of “You Were Made to Make a Difference” is this: for my boy-crazed, eyes-glued-to-the-tv, younger sister. She was raised in my Chrisitan family but doens’t have a relationship with the Lord. She doensn’t read scripture and detests going to church. I’m hopeful that the way this book is written just might help her see God’s Word and -for once- truly hear His message. Max Lucado’s writing has greatlytouched my heart and my faith, so maybe it’s his daughter who will do it for my sister. So I apologize I can’t do step #4, but I do promise to give the book to my sister if I win it. Does that count as step #4b, perhaps?

  • Kentripp64

    I would love to be able to read this book and to share it with my youth group @ church. Once I read it I would definitely pass it on to share with others.

  • Steve Glei

    I would love to give this book, after reading it, to my oldest daughter. While I always want to tell her about the impact that she can have in the world for Christ, it be would great to place in her hands a book of someone who is not only writting about it, but actually doing it. Placing it into the context of the Acts, I am sure, will add the punch to practice what God has placed in her for His glory.

  • Jazz MM

    My family and I have always be big fans of Max Lucado. I would really like the opportunity to have this book, especially for my children (14 and 13 years old), they loved to read Max Lucado’s books and I know they will enjoy this too.

    I’m from Mexico and I promise all my family will read it!!!! Thanks!!!

  • Sorin Bojin

    I would love to get this book for my sister who seems to distance herself from God.

  • Bonnie Tilley

    I’m one of those Youth Leaders you were discussing in your interview. I work with middle school and teenage girls. Recently our Youth Group has developed a spirit of apathy that we are fighting against. My role, as an older (not antique) believer is to remember where I have been and where God has brought me. When doing a Destiny class at church my vision statement was to Inspire, Influce and Illuminate the Possibilities to Teens and Young Adults. There is so much more for our teens and they are accepting so much less. Transparency has been a large key for me in working with this age group. What you see is what you get. My heart can’t stand for them to stay where they are, when there is so much more out there. My heart can’t stand for them to compromise or settle, when God has perfection waiting for them. When I look at teenagers I see one thing, potential and that’s what I am asking God permission to tap into. Once they realize their potential the sky is the limit. I’ve seen it time and time again. It’s one of the things I live and breath to watch. I’m not sure if that was creative, but I can promise you….it is honest. Thank you kindly.

  • S. Stinnett

    People you come in contact with generally form an opinion about you rather quickly. Before you can be an encourager you must build relationships. As the relationship becomes stronger the younger woman/women will look to you for advice and confide in you. Your very actions and reactions can speak louder than your words. You must not be judgmental and must be willing to accept them as they are. As an encourager your role is to pray for them and allow God to use you to show them what it means to have a relationship with Christ. Enouragement must come frequently and from the heart. If you can’t love this person as Christ loves them then any attempt to encourage them will fail. It is not for us to “make them over” but for them to find a new life with Christ.

  • http://ericafaraone.wordpress.com/ Erica FaraoneYour Name

    Hi Michael,

    I’d like a copy of “You Were Made to Make a Difference” because I can guarantee that the copy sent to my house will be read by at least four people. First of all, I know my 18-year old daughter would read it. She is on fire for the Lord and wants to make a difference. She just finished reading “Radical” by David Platt. (Now I get to read it-Yay!)

    My husband and I would definitely read it. We host lunch every Sunday after church at our house for a group of teens and twenties. (We’re currently on a Nachos kick!) We have our 3 teens, plus anywhere from 3-10 more. We are still in touch with kids who have “come through” our house and are now at college. We’d love to read more on how to lead and encourage this age group.

    Then, there is a special young lady in our lives in her early twenties who really wants to make a difference and is asking God to show her the next steps for her life (She’s part of our “family” and Sunday lunch bunch.) She love to read and I know she would be anxiously waiting her turn!

    So, if you’d like to extend the reach of this book in our little corner of the world, please do send me one. Thanks so much!

    Blessings,
    Erica

  • Laverne Ombadykow

    I am a Licensed Christian Counselor and I promise that I will read the book if you send it to me. Then I will share it with as many people as possible.

  • Rereinc

    As a Christian and community outreach coordinator, I am working daily to empower people to make a difference in their neighborhoods using a holistic approach. I believe Jenna’s book will inspire many to do this and use Christian methods to obtain this in the lives of those around us, too.
    A.Frison

  • Sbartlow

    I believe when older leaders are at their best encouraging younger leaders. It’s because they are listening and calling out greatness in them. This is how I have been encouraged by older leaders. It makes a difference when you invest, listen and guide accordingly. I have the privilege to work with 20-somethings as my job. I agree that they are difference makers. My friend calls them, “the now gen” generation. It would be great to read this book with my volunteers and staff.

  • http://www.crazymiracle.com Amanda

    I promise to read this book! Here’s why: I’m 23 and just had a liver transplant after 18 years of battling with my health. I know this happened for a reason, and people tell me this will make a difference for others but I need encouragement. I WANT this terrible situation to touch others, and being in nursing school, I hope this is just one of the avenues God can use. I also blog and hope He can speak to hearts through that. Not to mention I’m a huge fan of Max’s books. “Fearless” got me through the period during the waiting for and recovery of the actual transplant. I have so many hopes and dreams and want to be used by Him. This has really been such a battle and I need to see how God is going to work it to good (Rom 8.28) God bless you!

  • http://twitter.com/echo_n ✔ Verified Account

    Hi, my name is Emerson, I am a 3rd year student of computer science in Universitas Indonesia.
    This year, I become a board of christian community in my faculty, I also a leader of KK (“Kelompok Kecil”, it is a small group that let the student growing up in Christ when they are in college, and i have role to lead 3 of my junior).

    I’ve seen that so many youth that I’ve ever met, tend to not care about their role in this world. As a new generation that have responsibility to make this world a better place.
    I never thought or never do anything that make them realized that, because i know nothing about how to influence them. I really loved to read this book, so I can learn something. Learn to make the difference, learn to make other people know that they also can make the difference too, Learn how to become a salt and light in this tasteless and darken world. Also, i want to growing up more in Christ, so i can make the different as a son, friend, student, leader, even in the society.

    And I really love to have this offer. One, because I lack of money, and two, even I have money, i doubt that the book is already in this country.

    I have seen the preview of the book, and amazed by the design, umm… really love to have the original one.

    Sorry for bad grammar or the chosen words. Lack of English-writing-skill.

    God bless you and keep up the good work, we all have “Matthew 28:19-20″ to do.

  • http://twitter.com/nate_bottle44 Nathan Harbottle

    I would love to have this book because I am really focused on learning and growing as a person. My pastor and I are starting to develop an outline for a book and feel that we can make a difference with the topic we are focused on. I think that this could be a great read that would go along with our goals!

  • Dennis M

    I have been inspired by Max Lucado since I read my first paragraph of his writings years ago. I have ready many more paragraphs since then. He is a real blessing who has touched many people. I’m anxious to read Jenna’s book but even more anxious to share it with my two young adult daughters and with our youth group at church. Best wishes to Jenna that God may bless her and her efforts to be even a fraction as powerful as the efforts of her dad.

  • Nydominguez

    I love older people! I’m talking 70ish… there is a lot God has put in my heart regarding the older generations… injustice isn’t just about those starving around the world, it is also those around us who are unable to care and protect themselves. I have a dream in my heart to help older adults that suffer abuse and neglect. As a 26yr old , I’m looking forward to gaining insight from the book as to how I can continue moving forward. Thanks for this post!

  • Tia

    Within the past year, I have had an opportunity to ‘mentor’ some of the youth in my church. I don’t actually have a formal position, but it came to my attention last year, that there are several teens and even preteens I have taken the time to get to know and I have always checked in and talked to them when I see them. I am now their sounding board, their friend, their mentor…without even realizing it, I found out I am a bigger influence on their life than what I had ever known. I try to always take the time out to be someone they can look to for advice or for any tough life situations they may be going through. I feel like God is using me to be more to them than what I thought I could ever be. If He can use me for His greater purpose, I am willing to follow! I think the book might help me better understand the way the Lord wants to use me as an example for not just the kids, but for all the people in my life. Thank you for the opportunity! :) God Bless!

  • Beth Cleghorn

    I want guidance on how to make a difference!

  • Nichole Huff

    I am a Family Studies PhD student at the University of KY. Currently I’m examining the parent-adolescent relationship (mother-father-teen), with particular interest in attachment and communication patterns. As part of my dissertation research, I am interested in how family religious involvement impacts these attachment/communication styles (i.e., Do families that attend church together demonstrate more secure patterns of attachment? Do parents who attend church with their adolescents have more open and positive patterns of communication?). I think the adolescent years are so impactful! I would love to read this book to see how I can better help teens.

  • http://twitter.com/socialgirl528 Therese Atkins

    Not only would I like the book for my own personal use, I would love to be able to use the book to minister to other young people. As a substitute teacher, I have the opportunity and privilege to touch hundreds of lives per day. Although I may not directly be able to minister to them, I can use my example and I believe this book would help me to make a bigger difference in their lives.

  • Kenny

    I work with high school students, encouraging a more rigorous course if studies.
    We try to provide hope and encouragement to their future. I try to read as much as possible to help me with our program. This book would be a great resource for me.

  • dave

    when asked the reason why
    i would like this complimentary book
    i simply cannot lie
    on lucado’s work i’m hooked
    so asked for creativity
    i sat and thought at home
    what’s more creative, see
    then a cheesy a-b poem

  • http://twitter.com/mdmaurer MaDonna Maurer

    Great interview and awesome giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/mdmaurer MaDonna Maurer

    If you have a teenager or around them, check out this interview with a book giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/BellaEvy Eclectic Veracity

    I would love a copy of this book, as a young leader I am now finding and exploring my voice. Now is the perfect time to incorporate elements to shape my leadership and the effect I want to have amongst other leaders in this generation. What better read than a book titled “You Were Made to Make a Difference”; which offers tips to do just that. By chance I found your blog. As a Christian, I must say that God works in mysterious ways. Whether I win or lose I will encounter and develop my leadership skills, God willing. Thank you you either way. I must also say that I am quite enjoying this blog.

  • Tony Stuckwisch

    I’d like to have this book to give to my teenage daughters aged 17 & 16. I have Max’s book “Outlive Your Life” and want my girls to share in this message and be challenged to live their life to the fullest for God.

  • Moe

    This is a great interview Michael. Thank you for this.

    I have a 6 year old daughter and as I think about her future, I want to believe there will be leaders like Jenna who can make a difference in her life.

  • Crissa

    The best way to encourage us, the younger ones, is to constantly remind us of how faithful God is to His promises as evidently shown in His Word. The day God chose to create us, was the day He chose to ordain us to do what He has purposed our lives for (eph 2:10). Remind us of this, remind us of the fruit of obedience as Joshua, Samuel, Daniel’s lives have modeled. And be our role models as Abraham was to Isaac and Moses was to Joshua.

  • William Davis

    My name is William Davis. I am an evangelist in the middle TN area. I have been blessed by Max lucado’s ministry and i know this will be an inspiring book. My hope is to share this knowlege with several youth groups at the churches where i preach. One in particular where the kids seem to grow more and more in Christ every time I see them. They have such a passion and fire for serving God and i feel drawn to sow into their lives.If I get this book I promise to read it and consider teaching its principals to other leaders in the body of Christ. I hope I get “You were made to make a difference” so I can use it to exhort them to greatness because I truely believe God has an awesome purpose for us all. Thank you for your time and consideration; God bless!

  • http://undergodsmightyhand.blogspot.com Caroline

    Something strikes me about her description of this book. In taking the “ancient book of Acts” and applying it to life now, she is honoring God’s Word, likely studying those words with the context of that day, and then demonstrating the unchanging, everlasting nature of God’s truth and love in applying those lessons to our day.

    As much as many of us may complain about the incessant drama many kinds of media place on people and events (I’m not alone, am I?), media has exposed us to the sufferings (and pleasantries) of the world. We can all now read, search, see, listen to how a child is living literally under cardboard or to how any person is modeling compassion to others. Being exposed to these previously-unknown realities can inspire the spread of love and action to others.

    I would love to read this book and search its lessons in encouraging folks younger than myself to not just be exposed, but to care and act on that caring. I want to contribute to helping others (and myself even more in the process) explore, as Jenna said, “…that moment when the Word of God becomes real to them.”

    I do promise to read this book, and I posted on Twitter about it: http://twitter.com/Keep_Tha_Faith/status/28539994339545090

    Thank you for your kindness and for sharing this interview.

  • Sunny Lim

    The first impression in reading is post is how effective dads can make a difference in the lives of their children and ironical that Jenna entitled her book “You Were Made to Make a Difference”. Of course, it cause me to reflect on my role as a parent.

  • BAColwell

    I have found that older leaders can best encourage younger generations by:
    1. communicating behavioral expectations through their own actions
    2. spending quality time with them (no distractions) and listening to what they have to say
    3. demonstrating trust in providing them with meaningful responsibilities
    4. providing a safe environment for them to experience failure
    5. correcting them when lapses in judgement occur

  • Pengofamily

    Roses are red
    Violets are green
    A book like this
    Could really help me with my tween! ;)

    Ok corny, but this does sound like a great book. My daughter is almost 9 and I am sure it would be very helpful. Thanks for interview above.

    Chantal Bechervaise

  • Drcat2006

    I teach preservice teachers in a Christian college. I think this book would be a great addition to some of the things I wish to impart. This year the theme for our Missions Conference was broken for the Shattered City. This would be a great resource to reinforce human need and the difference they can make and perhaps more importantly the difference those they will eventually teach can make. It seems that such a concept fits well with the II Timothy 2:2 principle.

    • Drcat2006

      FYI The Twitter link did not work last evening. So I retweeted and then posted to Facebook.

  • Anonymous

    I want to be inspired.. :)

  • Sherilyn

    My dream is to direct the young generation to find purpose in life and to introduce Christ into their lives. My heart is disturbed when I saw the youths wasting time on social networking, wandering in arcade, involve in wrong relationship, murmuring during worship… I believe God places me in this teaching position to accept them as who they are, to encourage them, and to direct them in their paths. We shall use their energy, creativity, strength and faith to impact the community. The 2 generations shall work together to make a difference in one’s life.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Awesome! The Revolve tour is a great ministry for young women!

  • jenny

    Discipleship & mentoring is one of the best gifts we can give to the generation that follows us. As the wife of a children’s pastor and a small group leader for young adult women, I love the passion I hear in Jenna in this article. I can’t wait to read this book, and even if I don’t win it- I plan on buying it. Those of us on the front lines need fresh resources such as this as we reach the next generation.

  • http://twitter.com/elateachrm1 Marc Daly

    I would like a copy of this book for two reasons. First, I have a 17-year old daughter, who is graduating in a few months, and she will be going off to college. I would love to share this book with her. She has started to read many of the books I have read since becoming a Christian. I want her to realize that she can make a difference.

    Second, I am an alternative high school teacher, and I want to share good literature and positive literature with my students. I want them to believe they can change their circumstances and the circumstances of those around them.

  • Russntoni

    Ok, what got me here in the first place was the name Lucado and the free book part. Then I realized that the Youth for Christ ministry in our neighborhood is doing the same work with preteen and teen girls. Introducing them to Christ and discipling them, inspiring them to live the life that pleases the Father and fulfills them. I’d like to read the book myself plus I’d like to give it to YFC for all the girls volunteers and counselors to read. Share the inspiration. Girls should know that God calls them to great works while they’re still young. You don’t have to be an adult to serve. Look at Mary the mother of Jesus.

  • Bella Tran

    I want this book! To test if this book could really make a difference in my life first! If it does? Then believe me, the transformation wouldn’t stop just there! It’s contagious! ;)

  • http://www.bladesofbetrayal.com Katie Hart

    I co-lead a high school girls small group/Awana group. I also have 8 younger siblings, 6 of which are in the 12- to 20-year-old rage for which I believe this book would be perfect. I am always finding great books and passing them along to my siblings, and it seems like this book would be one I’d love to share. Three of my siblings also have a leadership role in youth ministry, so sending one book to me could impact dozens of teens.

  • Mark Roye

    I am a leader of a inner city ministry working children and youth that live in a state of survival. Most of them live in a world where just staying out of jail or not getting pregnant is a great feat. I would love to heard Jenna perspective of how youth can make a difference. I know I would gave some good insight. Thanks for being a giver!

  • louella kim valerio

    be a good example.encourage him/her to do good in their fields…be humble to the new generation leaderf…God bless

  • Alan Mwangi Kariuki

    I want this book since it will greatly help me in my spiritual growth and Max Lucado speaks right into my heart, please give the book, i really need it.

  • Orr Maxine

    I would like to influence my only granddaughter to make the most of her life by serving others. I promise to read the book and then pass it on to her.

  • Crissa

    The best way to encourage us, the younger ones, is to constantly remind us of how faithful God is to His promises as evidently shown in His Word. The day God chose to create us, was the day He chose to ordain us to do what He has purposed our lives for (eph 2:10). Remind us of this, remind us of the fruit of obedience as Joshua, Samuel, Daniel’s lives have modeled. And be our role models as Abraham was to Isaac and Moses was to Joshua.

  • Eric Haynes

    Thanks for the opportunity to get a copy of the book. My daughter is 16 and has a heart for missions in the future, but I want to help her begin making a difference NOW and in the world she lives in, not just the Third World. I want to help guide her to taking the lessons she has learned on trips to serve in Mexico and apply them to the community we live in (Kansas City). Thanks.

  • Gardston

    I have a 14 year old girl and a 12 year old boy and we are actively exploring what God is calling them to be, not their work but the development of their perspective of themselves and others. We read books together and it affords us the chance to have a conversation as it’s not just mom or dad’s point of view. My daughter is influencing her friends and wants to be the kind of person others look up to, but is still feeling her way, with God’s hand supporting her. I think the book could be a wonderful way to continue to share God’s message to her and through her.

  • Elizabeth E

    I’d like to read her book because, while I’m no longer a teenager, I still enjoy reading geared toward that audience – it tends to still make sense to me. Knowing ways in which I can personally impact the world for God is always helpful too :) Lastly, I would like the perspective to share with my young cousins on why we were all made to make a difference, and hopefully pass the book along to them when I’m finished.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  • http://twitter.com/lovinglyyoursG Georgiana

    Grasp the reins of leadership in your life! As we get older, it’s vital to consciously manage our thinking, dreams, emotions, beliefs, words and most importantly, our actions. By taking control, we live our lives to the fullest and lead others by our example. It’s essential to constantly live in a positive state of mind realizing that God is ultimately using our lives to impact others for the good. It’s our personal choice to align ourselves with our values and then to correlate our actions in leading others by our lifestyle. We determine what our final legacy will be.

    I definitely promise to read You Were Made to Make a Difference and share its insights with my family and friends. For when it comes to leadership it is very important to be a Giver and Encourager, leaving a legacy of generosity, compassion and love.

  • Tanialucille

    My heart goes out to this generation of young people from broken homes. I am a step mom who has God’s grace and direction while homeschooling my step kids. I come from a rare perspective from the modern family. I desire to reach out to young adults and help them find the wholeness that comes from God. I would be honored to read your book.

  • Collin Wrede

    I would like to get this book because I am a 21 yr old about to graduate bible college student who is looking of ways to revelutionize the ministry God chooses to trust me with. I think that this concept would be something that I would really benefit from reading. And being a college student my ability to purchase books I want to read is very low.

  • http://christopherscottblog.typepad.com/blog/ Christopher Scott

    I think older leaders can encourage younger leaders by telling us (I’m a younger leader) that leadership is tough. It is not going to always be easy, but we need to be reminded about that.

    In my personal experience, the first few years of leadership were very easy for me. It is my natural gift, so I found myself easily leading people and developing a team. However, after a few years of successful leadership, it became very difficult.

    That’s when I needed older leaders to tell me that it was not always going to be easy. In fact, if you are a great leader, most of the time it is difficult because you are stretching yourself.

  • Debbie

    I’d love to have a copy of this book to hand out as a door prize at our annual Fearlessly Female Ministries Mother/Daughter conference. I think it would absolutely be a life changer for one of the girls there.
    Debbie

  • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

    I was in a B&N booksellers the other day for the first time in awhile (thank you, Kindle). Jenna’s dad has an entire shelf in the Christian inspiration section.

  • http://www.bretmavrich.com Bret Mavrich

    I’d Like a Book: I’m currently leading an urban social justice initiative for a small bible school in Kansas City, MO. I’m building a curriculum of recommended reading. I’d love to review the book and see if it would help students’ in their urban experience.

  • Judee Alvarado

    Hi, Janna. My name is Judee Alvarado, I am 46, am married with five children ages 14-20, and run an alternative high school with my husband in New Hanpshire . A decade ago I was operating a Christian ballet school in Auburn, NH called Grace and Glory School of Dance, out of which came a video called “Beauty From Within” which was carried by CBD for a couple of years before I became ill and that project collapsed. There were supposed to be 10 videos in all, based on the fruit of the Spirit, and with a famous Christian guest speaker on each one. That original video which CBD could not keep on their shelves featured Christine Wyrtzen of Daughers of Promise. The second, “A Lesson On Love” featured former runner up in the Miss America pageant Abbie Lynne Rabine from Massachusetts. The third, “The Joy of Walking With the Shepherd” featured author and speaker Dian Layton of Canada who wrote many books, including the children’s version of Hannah Hurard’s Hind’s Feet On High Places. Those first three are filmed and need to be put on dvd and re-submitted to CBD for sale through their catalog and website. I am physically better now and hope to revive that lovely project. I would love to be able to partner with you in some way to bring your message with each video/dvd. Also, as an aside, you will love to know that the first official ballet I presented was based on your dad’s beautiful story “You Are Special” and brought at least one man who watched to salvataion. I combined your dad’s storyline with Christine Wyrtzen’s music and it was beautiful!!! I am very blessed to hear what you are doing. I also have a big heart for young girls of this generation and wish I had not become so critically ill ~ I, a former Boston Ballet understudy, lost my dance school when I could not teach for a few years. I still stay in contact with some of my dear students, who I was mentoring with a zealous heart! I would love a copy of your book. I have four sons and a daughter who is 18. I am sure your words would penetrate her dear soul. God bless you as you continue God’s work with the beautiful girls of our generation. And, please tell you dad that his book was a real hit in the form of a ballet!!! Lots of Love in Christ,
    Judee Alvarado, Bedford, NH

  • RJ Smith

    I would like this book as I love Max Lucado’s writings. I am also a parent to an almost 11yr old girl and think it would help in raising her in the way God wants her raised. Another reason is that I love your comment on how Jenna is a better speaker than her dad! Knowing how well Max writes and follows Gods direction, I can only imagine how well written this book would be by both Max & Jenna.

  • Candas Ifama

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for this interview. In a time when we see so much about what young people are not doing it’s delightful to see this piece about what one young woman is doing to make a difference.

    Like Jenna, I’d like to think I’m following in my father’s footsteps. One of the cornerstones of his ministry, which has spanned over 50 years, is that what people most need to know is that God loves them. I choose to honor his legacy and my mother’s career as an educator by supporting people in remembering their unique greatness and beauty through my own ministry of teaching. I would greatly appreciate receiving a copy of this book so that I may learn more about Jenna’s thoughts on sharing this message with young women so that I can be more effective in my work.

    Thank you again for sharing the interview.

    Blessings,
    Candas Ifama

  • http://twitter.com/MacKinnonChris Chris MacKinnon

    Older leaders, understand that younger leaders are all around you. Don’t ignore and rebuke them/us. Instead, befriend, encourage, mentor and listen to us. Don’t wait until it is too late.

  • Annab

    I am a mom of a 10 year old girl, an adoption advocate for older children and the missions director at our church. I have seen first hand the potential and hearts of our kids to make a difference in people’s lives. They “get” that people need other people and I firmly believe that no matter what the age, what the financial situation or what the family makeup – you can be used of God to reach the lost and bind up the brokenhearted. I’d love to read this book and influence the up and coming influencers!

  • Suzi

    It would only be fitting to receive a book titled “You Were Made to Make a Difference” from someone who makes a difference in my life every week. I rarely comment, but I read your blog every week and truly appreciate all you do to be intentional in leading those you don’t even know. I would love to have this book as a resource for our family. Making a difference in our community is something we strive to practice with our children and I know we would all benefit from it.

  • Suzi

    I tweeted a link to this post (@gutsygrace)

  • Mike Butcher

    I would love a copy of this book. I have read most of Max Lucado’s books and love them all. He is one of my top 5 favorite Christian authors. Thanks for doing this!

  • Michael Limas

    It is always great to read what the second generation gleaned from the first and see if the fruit of the father. Yes, pun intended!

  • http://www.amylmaris.com amylmaris

    I have four girls. I took them, along with our new German Exchange student to Revolve. We will never be the same. We heard Jenna and Chad and I bought a couple of Chad’s books, which my girl’s ate like it was chocolate. They loaned the books out so much, we can’t find them anymore. We would happily read anything Jenna has written!!! Thanks for the great opportunity and your support of Jenna, and the Revolve tour!

  • Nccoolchik

    I would love this book to share with my daughter. And also for the girls in our church youth group. I think it would make a great bible study

  • http://twitter.com/annbhibbard Ann Hibbard

    I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with teen girls for over ten years now, and with each new group of young ladies God has taught me new things about working with them. But the ones God has placed before me now are more challenging than any I have ever taught or interacted with. I’m hungry for all the help I can get teaching and ministering to these girls.

  • Bill

    Hello Michael,

    I’d like a copy of Jenna’s book, “You Were Made to Make a Difference” because it represents one more opportunity for me to make a difference in the lives of my grandchildren, to whom I will re-gift it immediately after reading for myself. Thanks for your consideration.

    Bill Catlette

  • Mark

    She is hot!!!

  • http://twitter.com/KrissCasey Kristi Casey

    As someone who struggled through the pre-teen and teen years, and who now works with teen girls, I have searched for books just like this to help strengthen my ministries and guide me towards better leadership. I see and hear today’s teen girls struggling with far deeper issues than my generation (which wasn’t that long ago either!) and I want to do more. I would love to find out more of Jenna’s insights and her correlation of these ideas to the book of Acts.

  • Triplett Heather

    I have an almost 15 yo avid reader daughter. I’d love to provide her with beneficial material to read. She’s read numerous Max books, and I’m sure she’d get a lot out of Jenna’s book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jody-Urquhart/619326194 Jody Urquhart

    I think that getting out like Jenna is and speaking and leading is great. Young women need to see other women who are confident, established and happy to see them as a role model for what they can inspire to.
    Encourage young women to step outside of themselves and share their message with the world.

  • Cheryl

    I’d like this book so I can share it’s inspiration with many others!

  • http://twitter.com/sugarnspice007 Paris Hanvey

    I would love to own this book because I feel like it would help to further me on my relationship with christ. I am an 18 year old college freshman and I feel like this book would help not only encourage me but to spur me on in making a difference in my college class. I yearn to learn more about God and would love to start an incredible movement of God in my college. I go to Erskine College which is a christian college but you would be surprised at the massive amounts of students that go there that do not know christ, have no intention of getting to know him, or *the scariest part* students who think they know God but couldnt be more wrong. I feel like reading this book would be an amazing encouragement to step out on faith and start calling people out in the way God would call me to.

  • BettyMc

    I want this book, first to read what Max Lucado’s daughter said. Then to use this book as a giveaway on my blog http://reflectionswithcoffee.com along with a story about a starfish and a card that says YOU make a difference. in sum, to spread the word, the joy, the knowledge one person does make a difference. On second thought I want to give it to my daughter-in-law. With her self esteem, she should know from this book she makes a HUGE difference.

    So hard to post here, I hope I’m not duplicating

  • J Radosevich

    I would like this book because I would read it and pass it along.

  • Danielle @ MomWithAMinivan

    Would love to read this book! It fascinates me that so many people wait for things to happen to them when in fact, they themselves have the power to change the direction of their course. That was directions, not intentions. This book sounds like what so many teens of todays culture need to hear. Excited to read it and grow.

  • Smoky3766

    I want to read to grow spiritually, and to expand my horizons in the Lord. Thanks angela troutt

  • http://twitter.com/unscriptedlife Ivy @ UnscriptedLife

    Wow, this sounds like a really amazing book. I’m sure Jenna follows in her father’s footsteps when it comes to a pastoring spirit.

    Why would I want this book? Well, I’m a little over a year into my new role as worship leader and I’m starting to bring a lot of other my age and younger into the mix. It’s hard to be in charge of mentoring others when you feel like your new at this yourself. I was kind of thrown into my role as worship leader, so I’ve had to really dive in from day one. I’ve seen God do so many amazing things this past year, but I do feel like I have a lot of growth to do. I want to see others develop into amazing leaders and use their unique talents to spread the love of Christ. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned this past year is that without God every you do is meaningless, but with God even the most meaningless action can move mountains.

    Thanks for post. I can’t wait to read this book!

  • http://twitter.com/bigbluemug Margaret

    My husband and I are struggling to parent a troubled teenaged daughter. It’s been a particularly rough and rocky year for all of us. I am hoping that this book will touch our daughter’s suffering spirit and broken heart by reminding her that God has a beautiful plan for her life, if she will only give it to Him.

  • Theresa Trotter

    I have really been seeking God’s place for me in the world of service. I want any resource that will help me to utilize my skills in the maximum way. Plus I can only imagine how amazing this book will be. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  • Slwarren

    I’ve seen first hand the talents of younger generations put on hold because they did not have the support and encouragement of mentors and older generations. Too often the phrase “you’re young…you’ll have plenty time to make a difference” is used. The reality is they have the ability and willingness to make a difference NOW, and I want to be the cheerleader on the sidelines cheering them on!

    As a mother, this is near and dear to my heart, but as a supervisor and mentor to many young girls just starting their careers and life, I see the same need. I am fortunate to have progressed into a successful career thanks first to the blessings provided by my Lord and Savior, and also to the mentors who had faith in me. It’s now my turn to provide that support for the next generation.

  • John Alexander

    As someone who works with a number of young teenage students, I know how badly they want to make a difference and how hard it is to get them to understand what they were created for. I am seriously excited to read this book so I can pass it along!

  • Tina MacNamara

    I would love to have a copy of this book to read with my almost-11-year-old daughter. We are currently reading Purpose Driven Life together. This book would be a great follow-up.
    I teach at a Christian school and often recommend books to parents looking for quality reading for their kids. I’m hoping this will be one I can recommend.
    BTW, I enjoy reading your blog. Many times I find the comments from your readers to be as inspirational and helpful as the blog post itself. You have a sharp audience!

  • http://www.rockymountainwriter.com Tamara Fickas

    I have loved Max Lucado’s books for a long time and am excited to read this book that he and Jenna wrote. I am the aunt of teenagers including a 15 year old girl I am always looking for ways to encourage them to be who they were created to be. As a former teenager I know how hard is sometimes to just be who God intended you to be.

  • Jackfiscus

    I’d like to get this so I could give it to my wife. She’s looking for a great read!!! Sounds like this could be it.

  • http://espressoyour-self.blogspot.com Malory H

    Honestly, I would just love to read her book. I think she is a great speaker and has a big heart for teens (and adults too). I believe it’ll be something to share with my girls at Church.

  • Angela Harris

    I have 3 children of my own, the middle one being a daughter, and I truly desire be a light to the world with my husband and 3 children right along my side!! I would love a copy of this book to show them that others have that desire as well, and to get another perspective and help to instill this desire in them as well.

  • Carrie

    I’ve seen Jenna at the Revolve Tour twice and both times was challenged and inspired by her words. I would love to read more written by her and share them with my girls in youth group!

  • Quinne78

    I teach 6th grade and am always looking for ways to help my students. I teach in a high poverty area and am one of a few positive role models most of my students see. I feel this book would help me to minister to my students. I know it’s not very creative, just the truth.

  • M.

    As a ‘middle’ aged leader- not older – not younger- encouraging those around you isn’t always easy- sometimes what works for me to get encouraged is just to spend some time talking to older leaders- for those younger then me I find sharing my experiences and my heart can encourage and inspire them to be everything they were created to be- I guess the short of it would be to share, share your heart, share your experiences, share your failures and share your successes…. Just share- let me know I’m not alone in the hard times and rejoice with me in the good times.

  • Ajyouthguy

    i would love to have a copy of the book. i’ve read the latest Lucado book, and we did a D-now based on the DVD from it, and i think a lot of my students in our youth ministry would love to read a book like this. i think it’s timely and needed and super appropriate to our students right now.

  • Suejing3

    I haveseven kids and eleven grandkii need help to guide them

  • Quinng13

    I would like a copy of this book because I teach high school kids and I believe this resource could help me in my called profession in showing young people how to make a difference. The class I teach utilizes technology to help students create self-guided projects that will benefit their school, their community, and their world. This book would help me be a better guide.

  • RebekahDMartin

    Reasons why I want Jenna Lucado’s new book You Were Made To Make A Difference:
    1. Since you are recommending it, I know it will be beneficial.
    2. Since Jenna wrote it, I know it will be good.
    3. Since the topic is applying the book of Acts to 2011, I know it will be practical.
    4. Since I have a teenage daughter that has a heart for God and others, I know it will be effective.

    5. Since I am a full-time working mom, I need all the help I can get.

  • http://twitter.com/MattBeard Matt Beard

    I realize I’m a little late to game here but I just got a chance to read the post. I would love a copy of the book because I minister with high school and college students on a weekly basis. I’d especially like to see the practical tips she gave for ideas for young people to make a difference. I could use those ideas to create ministry opportunities for students. Thanks for the heads up on what sounds like a great resource!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4IL3MGRP2W3NPLWVJOENQC24Y careergirl

    I believe that God is birthing something in me this year like never before. I’m accomplished in a career, but know that God has something more for me. I absolutely believe that I was created (actually formed) to make a difference in this world! I want to be able to learn from lessons in your book & apply them in this season to help me fulfill God’s purpose for me. I hope I’m a winner! Thanks!

  • Mamaof2

    I would love to have a copy of this book :) I am a mother of 2, who just recently quit her job in the Neonatal ICU as an RN to stay home to take care of her own children. My 2 year old had to be seen for many months in the hemoc/oncology department at the local children’s hospital that I worked in while I was pregnant with my daughter. My daughter was born, and had to be on a apnea monitor (to make sure she didn’t stop breathing) and have major surgery last month. I love staying home with my children, but this is totally new to me! I am used to working during the day, and I would like some guidance and inspiration for my daily grind with the kids. I sometimes feel like I’m not working, which I know is silly. Would love some great reading and inspiration in this time of my life.

  • http://twitter.com/Juanbg Juan

    Teaching the youger generation about our family, religious, country values is key for the future of our country, the future of our world. Now with some much worldwide power balance you name in ecomonics (BRICs), Military (North Korea, Iran, etc) – we need to have our young people prepared to lead our country to the next level spreading our demoratic values. However these days a lot of us want to walk the shortest way – getting in debt, no working, no religion, no education, –> we need to change it! It starts with us, with you, with ME. Hope to win the book.

  • Chip

    If having 3 daughters doesn’t call you to be a life long learner; I don’t know what does! Love Mr. Lucado’s book and gave Jenna’s to my 15 year old to read recently.

    Blessings,
    Chip Campbell

  • Ian T Blacker

    Simple: invest in them on their terms! Love them as Jesus loves them, and disciple them as an equal follower of Jesus the Christ of God. lead by example, pray for them and encourage different thinking which you then back up by encouraging them to carry out their ideas and ministry-even if you don’t like the ministry-realize it not yours, but theirs!

    Ian T Blacker.

  • Ian T Blacker.

    I want the book, not so much for myself, but my youth staff, so that they can better mentor and lead the next generation of revivalists. Ian T Blacker

  • LanaVaughan

    I took my tween daughter to Revolve in Sacramento. It was an incredible weekend for us. She enjoyed meeting Jenna and we have ordered 5 of the green hoodie sweatshirts because it’s her “go to”. Jenna has made a huge impact on my daughter and I would love for her to read the new book before we try to see Revolve in Ontario.

  • tantorXIX

    I had the chance to meet Jenna at one of the Revolve events a while ago and it was amazing. She was an awesome speaker, but even when she was taking pictures with us girls she really wanted to get to know us and it made me feel so special. Every time I left the Revolve tour I felt refreshed and I remembered how much God loved me and wanted me to make a difference in the world. Sometimes in the chaos of life I forget that, but I want my life to make a positive difference in someone else’ life.

  • http://twitter.com/Beverlyspeaks Beverly Lewis

    I came back to say THANKS! I’m thrilled to be on the list of winners. Makes my day.

  • Ashley Musick

    Sounds like a good read. I believe in this generation of young people and see theirs hearts to end poverty and injustice; to really see God’s Kingdom come to this earth. My job allows me to see this happening around the world. More and more young people are hearing the whisper that there is more… more to this life… more to our relationships with the Lord… more to give.

  • Rachel

    I just wanted to say “Thank you” for picking me as one of the book winners. I am enjoying the book and am sharing it with my daughter. Thanks for your generosity!
    rachel