Are you living the life that you always wanted? Are you weighed down with fear and paralyzed by a constant chase for perfection? What would you be doing if you were actually living out the purpose that God created you for?
Lara Casey helps you work through answers to all these questions in Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. In this book, she relates her story of how she went from being full of fear and anxiety, not living a life she loved, to surrendering her fears to God, and allowing him to work through her life to make the best of her gifts for his purposes.
I actually had feared when I picked up this book that it would be full of the “be all you can be,” “follow your heart,” self-help variety nonsense that I’ve finally rejected as being full of me and nothing to do with God. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there wasn’t much of that in this book. In the author’s own confession, when she followed her heart, she found herself weighed down with fear, paralyzed in a life that didn’t make her happy, feeling like she wasn’t good enough for anyone. It was only when she submitted her ways to God and began to use the gifts he gave her to fulfill purpose in her life that she was finally set free.
Throughout this book, Casey makes you work through the issues of your life. This book is as much an interactive workbook as a book, as Casey stops every few paragraphs to ask you a question or to have you complete a sentence. At the end of each chapter, Casey also gives larger assignments as action steps related to the chapter. The last quarter of the book is also a step-by-step guide to using the ideas in the book to create your own action plan for living your life on purpose. I did find some of the activities to be a little “self-help” inspired, but Casey’s words and ideas are mostly sound for living out a life that is purposely surrendered to God.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Booklook Bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and my opinions are my own.