Surrendering to God isn't easy. It can bring both joy and heartache. But it enables you to know God in a deeper way than ever before. When Kay Warren's plans for her future were suddenly derailed by cancer, she had a choice to make. She chose to surrender to God's plan - and she invites you to do the same.
You have a plan for the rest of your life. God has a plan for the rest of your life. Are they the same? You have expectations for how your life will play out, and you hope those plans will become realities. But what if Gods plan for your life is far different from what you had in mind? Can you accept that? Will you surrender your goals for Gods? Kay Warren had a plan. Together with her husband, Rick Warren, author of the megaseller The Purpose Driven Life, she planned that after her kids were grown, shed travel the world, teaching and encouraging couples in ministry. It was a good plan. But it wasnt what God had in mind for her. In a startling wake-up call, Kay discovered the shocking realities of the AIDS pandemic in Africa while reading a magazine. I want to use you! she heard God say. That began the struggle---first to avoid Gods call and then to surrender herself to God. She cried out to God, Why are you bothering me with this? Theres nothing I can do about it. Im just an ordinary person. What could one person do about such a gigantic problem But God had grabbed her attention and wouldnt let go. If youve ever struggled with knowing and doing Gods will, this book is for you. With raw honesty, Kay goes straight to the heart of the matter: the bottom line is surrender. Will you trust God? Along the way shell introduce you to others---people like you---who have said yes to God and have made a difference in the world. Using their skills, energy, faith, and a willingness to take risks, they became powerful instruments of change and tools in Gods hands. Giving in to God isnt easy. Its not for cowards. Its the boldest, riskiest step youll ever take. This dangerous surrender can bring both joy and pain, both heartache and ecstasy, but it enables you to know God in a far deeper way than ever before. I had to make a conscious decision. Would I retreat to my comfortable life and to my settled plans? Or would I surrender to Gods call and let my heart engage with a cause such as AIDS that I was pretty sure would include buckets of pain and sorrow? I felt like I was standing on the edge of a giant precipice; I couldnt go back, and yet the way forward looked like stepping into a void. Kay Warren took that step, choosing to dangerously surrender to God. That decision transformed her life, marriage, and future. She invites you to do the same. Youll benefit most by discussing this book with others. A Readers Group Discussion Guide is provided in the back of the book. Additional help can be found at www.kaywarren.com.
Kay Warren is a speaker, Bible teacher, and advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS and for orphans and vulnerable children. She and her husband, Rick, founded Saddleback Church, the Purpose Driven Network, and the Global P.E.A.C.E. Coalition. She is the coauthor (with Tom Holladay) of Foundations: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On.
Kay Warrens story of surrender to a deeper meaning demonstrates the way to make sense of the chaos and jubilation that characterize our
existence. Through Kays human and humble submission, we learn, as Kay did when she decided to form the Seriously Disturbed and Gloriously
Ruined Club, that we cannot afford to remain indifferent. - Her Excellency, JEANNETTE KAGAME, First Lady of Rwanda
Dangerous Surrender should come with a warning labellike "flammable" or "explosive." Books this raw and real don't come along often, especially from highly visible leaders with global impact. Read it at your own riskbut take the risk!" - Bill Hybels, Courageous Leadership
Kay Warren is touching the conscience of a nation. - John Ortberg, The Life Youve Always Wanted
This beautiful book is an astonishing achievement, the words of a modern-day prophet. Many chapters are stand-alone classics. Its one of the richest reads Ive experienced. It breathes the Spirit of Jesus on every pageso powerful, so well written, and so profound. - Gary Thomas, Authentic Faith
Kay Warren suffers from a case of severe compassion. Thats why I admire her. Only read this book if you want a softer heart. - Max Lucado, Facing Your Giants
Dangerous Surrender will inspire you, challenge you, humble you, make you uncomfortable, and show how God can use you to make a difference in the world. - Dennis Rainey, Growing a Spiritually Strong Family
Kays book is an unmistakable sign of a new evangelicalism thats closer to the poorand anything but safe! - Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution
Kays book forced me to clarify my calling and grapple with how much Im willing to pay to follow it faithfully. I needed to read this. - Lynne Hybels, Nice Girls Dont Change the World
Kay Warren, like it says in Robert Frosts famous poem, took the road
less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - RICH STEARNS, president, World Vision U.S.
Kays intimate portrait of brokenness reminds us of what surrender
to God ultimately produces a person with Gods own heart for the
hurting. It is a deeply moving story that a watching, suffering world
needs to see in the church today. - WESS STAFFORD, president, Compassion International
Be careful. While reading this book, you may wrestle with an angel as
Jacob did, and limp with joy in the continuing discovery of surrender
and privilege in serving Jesus. - DEBORAH DORTZBACH, international director for HIV/AIDS programs, World Relief
Kay Warren is an unflagging lioness. More than simply a call to an
awakening to global suffering, this book is a primer in Christlike obedience
that anyone can consider. - STEVE HAAS, vice president, World Vision U.S.
If you think this is a book about how to be the wife of a successful
minister, youre wrong. Its the story of someone who models the journey
from self-interested religiosity to unconditionally loving Christ by
embracing the lepers of our own age the victims of HIV/AIDS. - TONY CAMPOLO, professor emeritus, Eastern University
Warren, wife of megachurch pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren (The Purpose-Driven Life), traces her transformation from housewife to international HIV/AIDS advocate. Moved by a news article about AIDS, Warren made a life-changing visit to Africa in 2003. In this book, she tells stories of the world's great tragedies (HIV/AIDS, the genocides in Rwanda and Cambodia, sex slavery, orphaned children and deep poverty) through the lens of her travels. Warren challenges readers to engage with devastating situations and surrender themselves to loving othersparticularly those who may be considered outcastsin the name of Christ. She describes being "gloriously ruined" by her close knowledge of these tragic situations, having previously been unaware or simply too busy raising a family to realize what was happening in the world. The book lacks practical suggestions for readers, demonstrating an unexpected emphasis on Warren herself and the "miracle" God has made of her life. At times this comes across as self-serving, especially in the midst of so much tragedy. No doubt readers will be inspired by Warren's considerable passion for the hurting world, though it remains unclear exactly what to do about it. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.