Selecting a book from Bethany House for review can be a challenge because the list includes several books of interest. My preference is books that will grow me spiritually and speak to my heart and this book served the purpose. I am very excited about writing a review for this book. If you don't know your purpose or you are not sure about your purpose or the season you are in this book will benefit you. The introduction sums up quite well who will benefit from this book (the woman who has a desire in her heart to be filled, the woman who has no passion and the woman who is earnest in her walk with Jesus). The author gives incredible insight on life's purpose. Through her writing, she provided some of the answers that I was seeking and also provided great advice on how to enjoy the seasons we are currently in. One of the first things that she mentioned was God knows full well whom He is getting when He calls us. He qualifies those He calls and we are created for His purpose. This is very valuable. Especially for people who feel they can't be used by God. All we have to do is listen for His voice. He knows how to communicate with each of us. He'll transform us to accomplish what he has planned for our lives if we trust Him. The author is more detailed on this subject and as you began to read what she has written, I truly believe you will have a different outlook on life and want what God has planned for you and you will begin to understand the seasons of life we experience. The least favorite for most of us is the season to rest. The season we think God has forgotten about us but he is always working on our behalf and preparing us for the next level. There is so much more I could mention in this review, but reading the book would serve you better. This book would definitely be a blessing to you. Thank you Bethany House for allowing me to share my opinion. Also for giving me the opportunity to select a great book and providing a copy free of charge.
Your Beautiful Purpose is a book written to address many of the pitfalls we find ourselves facing in this life - comparing ourselves to others, feeling fear, discouragement, and more - and then pointing the reader to victory in the areas where we often suffer defeat. It is a book written to encourage women that God has created them as unique individuals, set apart for a purpose, His purpose. I appreciated the reminders not to compare ourselves with others, but to allow God to work in our lives and situations. Ultimately, as we surrender to Him, He is able to use us for His purposes.
The messages in this book are practical. I found myself relating to the author at nearly every turn. I appreciated her openness about her own struggles and sharing how God worked in those situations for her good. The book is written in such a way that it could be used in women's ministry - Bible studies, etc. At the end of each chapter, there are questions that you can use for personal enrichment or even some group discussion. It is definitely a book that causes you to reflect and do some soul searching. I believe that in reading it with an open heart and mind, you will find yourself meditating on how you can become a better woman of God.
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers, Chosen Books.
If you have ever heard Susie speak or read any of her books, you are in for RICH dialog. Susie's message... if one is willing, produce transformed lives. This book doesn't pass on "a five step process" it displays the power of God, that changes it. Thank you Susie for being so raw, transparent, and passionate in the way you communicate and the way you live. You write, just like you speak. I can hear your voice and passion through these words on a page. Truth from a living and active God produces freedom. Thanks for displaying what that looks like, and pushing me to walk in it. I am so grateful for your heart for Jesus. It's absolutely contagious! This book speaks out loud of hope, defining ones call, and to live out the life that our amazing God intended for you.
I worked through this study with many girlfriends and our conversation over each chapter and the questions NEVER lacked...we always needed more than two hours together.
This was not a good book. I guess the point of the book was to encourage women to embrace what God has in store for them but honestly, I felt like there wasn't much real substance to the book. The author seemed to spend more time just rambling on than getting to the real point of what she wanted to say. Also, when she added examples from her own story, it didn't flow with the rest of the chapter, making the book seem discombobulated. And I felt like it almost seemed that she thought she'd figured out how to almost be perfect, so you should do what she said or did to be like her. I realize this wasn't how she meant to sound, but it came across to me that way. And there was too much of "this is what needs to happen" and not much of "here is what practical life application would look like".
Honestly, I don't think I would recommend this book. I found it hard to read, boring, and lacking substance.
I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Your Beautiful Purpose is a book both tender and touching. Ephesians Two teaches us that we are God's workmanship, created in Christ for good works, and He has prepared these works in advance for us to walk in them. This is our beautiful purpose: To Glorify God and Enjoy Him forever. This is a purpose beyond our wildest dreams and greatest desires. The outworking of this purpose comes when we find where God would have us go and what He would have us do. For many of us those good works may be right here where we are at the moment... for some these may be on the other side of the world where we never imagined we would be called to go. It may be what we always thought we were made for. It may steal upon us like a slow spring twilight and we realize "God is in this. This is where He wants me."
So often we women have a hard time believing that we are God's own artwork and that we have God's work to do and His blessing upon that work. We have a hard time believing that God will or can use in a way that Glorifies Him magnificently. We will have a hard time until we see that He delights in making beauty out of brokenness. No Saint has lived a life of beauty because of their own inner goodness and usefulness. No. They have been beautiful because God is God of creating beauty from brokenness, beauty that he defines and designs, beauty that comes from living out his purposes.
The most touching parts of this book were Susie Larson's own story, revealed in a way that lets us see into her spirit. She has walked through the seasons in this book...seasons of seeing the top of the tapestry God is weaving when all the threads make lovely sense, and seasons of not seeing much of the design at all. Seasons of wondering how being "Here" is serving God, and seasons of knowing in her soul that her gifts are glorifying Him. Thank you Mrs. Larson for sharing your story.
God is calling us, let us answer Him. Let us whisper the prayer "O God, call us even more insistently, knocking at the door of our hearts and bidding us follow Christ as humbly dependent, boldly confident women." This can be our prayer.
God has a purpose for every saved soul- if you are His and have breath in your lungs you have a beautiful purpose.