Make a Life: Book Review & Giveaway!

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So, a little over 3 years ago we were in transition.  After feeling God was calling me home from 3 1/2 years working at our church, I was embarking on a new journey. I would be working from home as a Virtual Assistant (yes, it’s a real job. yes, I really work. no, I don’t just sit around all day.) and have the freedom to be fully present for my kids and my husband.  Little did I know that I was at the beginning of making a life, instead of just a living.

Four short months into my career as a Virtual Assistant, I began working for Curt Beavers. I had no idea in April of 2013 all that God would do through this “job”, the doors He would open, the friendships with the Beavers family and the countless other blessings.  But working alongside Curt is where I really began to understand the difference in making a life and making a living.

Recently Curt released his second book, Make a Life.  It took me having a plane ride to Phoenix where I had no distractions to sit still and read the book. And even after working with him for three years, I still took away so much.

So often, we get wrapped up in the daily ins and outs of life, of earning a paycheck, of paying the bills, that we lose site of the things that make us excited. We’re making a living, but we’re missing out on the things that make a life.  We get so wrapped up in our jobs, whether that’s a corporate CEO or the CEO of your home, that we lose ourselves and stop pursuing our passions. Finding those things that energize us with excitement are the things that make a life.  It’s different for all of us.

My heart skips a beat when I can go to a class party, cheer (loudly) from the sidelines, spend a day fishing, have a date night with my mister, roll the dice with my BUNCO girls, spend time growing my Juice Plus business.  Really, the list could keep going on.  But just 3 years ago, so many of those things weren’t on my radar. There wasn’t time.  There was no margin.

 

By taking a risk a little over 3 years ago and following my heart home, we all began to experience what it is to make a life at a completely new level.  Maybe a complete career change isn’t what making a life looks like for you. Maybe it is. But either way, this book will empower you, will encourage you and will help you define those God moments that lead you down your path to your most fulfilled life.

Basically, you’ve got to read this book!

So here’s where I make it super easy for one of you!

Would you like to win an autographed copy of the Make a Life book?  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. SHARE this post on Social Media.  You pick the platform.
  2. COMMENT below or on my Facebook Page with one thing (or more if you want to) that would be different about your life if you could design your life and money wasn’t a concern.

I’ll draw a winner on Tuesday, March 29 and announce it here and over at the My Sacred Hideaway Facebook page.

Don’t want to wait until next week to see if you win? Order your copy now at http://makealife.com!

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Interrupted {Jesus wrecked my comfortable Christianity}

So, here’s the deal.  I’m moderately obsessed with Jen Hatmaker and when she started an email newsletter, I signed up as soon as I heard.  Then, when she emailed for bloggers to send in some info for the opportunity to review her book InterruptedI got my email in quickly.  Because I wanted her book (for free!) and I wanted to read it.  And I wanted to write about it.  But I wasn’t planning on having my comfy Christianity wrecked.  Yes, there would be some “feel goods” and maybe a hint of conviction here and there, but no wrecking.  Absolutely no wrecking.

That was quickly an idea I knew that God was laughing at when I read Jen’s prayer: Raise up in me a holy passion and then prayed it for myself.

Um, I was crying and underlining and highlighting while reading the foreword.  The FOREWARD, people.  I knew my plan to not be wrecked was straight out the window.  There was a part of me that wanted to just put the book down.  Did I really want my comfortable life wrecked? I was a little afraid of what God might ask of me…or point out to me…or convict in me.  But I kept reading.

Aside from my Bible, there is no book I own that has so many notes in the margins, underlining, highlighting, circling and tear stains.  Friends, I’ll tell you now.  If you like the cozy American Christian life and want to just stay the course, don’t even pick up this book.  If you think the American church has it all figured out and is the standard (or should be) for the rest of the world, this book isn’t for you.  If you don’t want your happy bubble popped, just don’t even read my blog.  Seriously.

But if you feel like you might be missing something…that as much as you’re fed through church sermons, Bible studies, activities and church life, yet you’re still never really full…THIS IS FOR YOU.  When I read the following, I completely lost it.  This is where I’ve been for a really long time.  And this is when I knew, beyond any doubt, that this book was for me, right now.

“I had gorged myself on all the products of the Christian industrial complex but was spiritually starving to death.  I was marked by an over consumption but malnourished spiritually, suffocated by Christianity but thirsty for God.”

I know God.  I see him show up in my life, in my family, for my friends.  I don’t doubt Him.  I have relationship with Him.  But I’m over-churched and completely malnourished spiritually.  There are moments where I’m full, but not consistently.  Not the way it could be.  Or should be.

In this book, there are eye-opening and heart wrenching facts about our country and our world that will rattle you at your core.  And should ignite a fire in you.  There are methodologies that challenge the legalist in anyone.  And, for me, there was such a fresh, new understanding of Scriptures I’ve read my entire life.

And there was also the gut punching conviction that I’ve placed way to much of the responsibility for my spiritual nourishment on my church leaders.  Because when you know something is missing spiritually, that ugly human reaction is to blame someone else.

There have been stirrings in my spirit in recent years that this book put into words.  And there has been a sense of solidarity forged in my heart that LOVE is what we should lead with.  Not judgement, not condemnation, not even opinion.  Just love.  Lead with love.

Folks, there are conversations that God & I have had through this that have reached the most intimate places in my heart.  I’m done reading the book, but God is definitely not done with me.  I could write a book on just my takeaways from this book.

I told a friend last week that I didn’t think I could “review” this book.  You can’t review something that has such a deep reach into your heart.  But, friends, I can tell you this: If you want to experience God in a new way, if you want to have a fresh set of eyes on often heard Scripture, if you’re willing to have your comfortable bubble wrecked, then this book is for you.

Have you been Interrupted? I’d love to hear your stories.  And create a little community for us to pray together as we discover what God wants to do with our interruptions.

Want your own copy of Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity? You can buy your own here or pop over to my Facebook page and enter to win a free copy of your own!

Interrupted: Raise up in me a Holy Passion

So, I posted a week or so ago that I had been given the opportunity to review the revised and expanded version of Jen Hatmaker’s book Interrupted.  I’ve been excited to have the chance to not only read this book, but share with y’all what God stirs in me.  So, after a week to settle back in from vacation, I picked up the book today to start reading.

My “plan” is to read through and once a week (maybe more if there’s something huge God puts on my heart) share what God shows me through this book.  Uh, today I didn’t even get past the book jacket.

Because, here’s the thing.  Am I really ready for God to wreck my comfortable Christianity? It’s, well, comfortable.  It’s safe.  It doesn’t push me too far out of my comfort zone too often.  And, if I’m being completely honest, I’m ok with that.  But God’s not.  And deep down in my soul, I’m really not.

Jen (because I like to pretend she’s my BFF and we’re on a first name basis) prayed what the book calls a dangerous prayer that started the journey that is this book: Raise up in me a holy passion.

So, before I even turn page 1, this is my prayer.  Raise up in me a holy passion.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey.  At the end of this, I’m going to give away a copy of the book to one of my readers.  If you can’t wait, click here to purchase for 20% off through tonight!

Interrupted

Y’all, I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to review this book! It’s the revised & expanded version and it’s in my hot little hands today!

Stay tuned as I journey through this book and share how God is interrupting my life. I’ll also have a book giveaway for you & a discount code just for my readers to purchase your own!

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