Deep, Important Encouragement from Seasoned Runner
January 9, 2013
Susie Larson's "Your Beautiful Purpose" thoughtfully and effectively pairs a Word-centered framework with personal anecdotes to help readers embrace their value and opportunities in God's Kingdom work. Susie is vulnerable and authentic while capturing the wonder of trusting Jesus. Her book will inspire and empower readers who feel stuck, confused or anxious to experience the adventure of following Jesus â€” whether it involves waiting, walking, resting or running in His ways!
The companion study provides a welcoming and meaningful atmosphere for Bible exploration and personal discovery. While affirming the reader's own sense of vision, Susie carefully guides us through a pursuit of understanding that doesn't allow our tendency toward seeking personal significance to eclipse God's call and timing.
Susie's urge to, "leverage this day to your advantage" will be spurring me to fully embrace my inheritance in Christ for many seasons to come!
In Susie's new book "Your Beautiful Purpose" she speaks directly to your heart and stirs you to seek all that God has for you. I found that Susie's personal stories helped me to relate and understand the training principles along the way. She writes with such humility and boldness.
Each chapter has in-depth teaching within the stories and scripture shared, stirring quotes along with study questions at the end that help you to find what is true for you personally. This book will be one that you will pick up again and again to reread the life changing truths. This book could also be read almost like a devotional where you can take each chapter, pray through scripture within the chapter and apply the principles shared through the study questions.
This book helped me to confront some of the obstacles that I struggled with and showed me how to tackle them and hang onto God's truth. Although each chapter is written so well helping us to face fears and insecurities that have clouded our views, for me chapter 9 spoke to me like none other. It gripped my heart and it felt as though it was written just for me. God spoke profoundly to me here and throughout the book. If you are one who journals you will love the "nuggets" that you find in this book and will be encouraged to write them down.
It will encourage, inspire and challenge you to embrace God's purposes for you. This is one book you will want to share with friends, family or your bible study group!
Susie Larson's book 'Your Beautiful Purpose' was very touching and in-depth. Her wisdom and spirit-led teaching is very warm and applicable to daily lives. Rather than reading just another bible study book, this is more like having coffee with a friend sharing Godly experiences and understanding that personally impact your mind, heart and spirit. It is not just reading a book to cross off your list. It is a guide and friend to accompany you on your journey of life. The study questions are also not something you just fill in to move you to the next chapter. They are very thought provoking and cause you to go far deeper in your walk with the Lord.
I would highly recommend 'Your Beautiful Purpose' as a life changing companion.
It is refreshing to read something that comes from the heart. Larson's approach in this book is to write from life including the good and the failures. Because she was honest about her trials and how she overcame them, the reader has hope that he/she can do the same. I've read so many books where the author writes in a "spiritual cerebral" way and tells how things ought to be if the reader does A, B, C. But things don't always work that way. We do the things we ought to do and sometimes life sticks out its leg and causes us to face-plant on the ground.
Larson's naked honesty is evidence of her love for Christ and for people. The last chapter in the book did just as she encourages us to do: Last Long, Finish Strong. The lessons in this book will last long in my life. The book finishes strong in that it reminds me of who I am to the Father and the riches He has already given me. I highly recommend this book for both individual study and group studies.
In this economy, even buying a book can become a well, thought-out process. This is a book worth every penny and more. Susie takes you on a very personal journey to finding your purpose, and much like a "life coach", gives you the tools and questions to ask to get you moving in the right direction.
While this book would work perfect for a group format, I personally think it's a great daily devotional, too. The questions at the end of each chapter are wonderful conversation starters between you and God...the kind of questions that will deepen your own walk with Him, and allow you to see how very personal He is with you. He has a plan for you and can't wait for you to live in it.
In a gut-honest way, Susie brings her own personal stories to the pages, but also gives great biblical references and truths. I think one of her best accomplishments in writing this book is in leaving the ongoing story between the reader and God. Start your new year off right and buy this book!