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So Long, Status Quo: What I Learned from Women Who Changed the World
Beacon Hill Press / 2009 / Paperback
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So Long, Status Quo is an inspirational story of Flory, a happy housewife who wrapped herself in a cocoon of complacency. Then she met Rosie, Harriet, Eleanor, and Jane. With candor and insight, she tells how the stories of nine historical women prompted her to abandon her sheltered existence and work alongside immigrant farmers, embark on a secret humanitarian mission, and much more. Paperback.
Susy Flory grew up on the back of a quarter horse in an outdoorsy family in Northern California. She attended Biola University and UCLA, where she received degrees in English and psychology. She has a background in journalism, education, and communications. Her first book, Fear Not Da Vinci: How to Use the Best-selling Novel to Share Your Faith, released in 2006. In addition to writing books and articles, she serves at her local church, and is a popular speaker and blogger. She lives with her family in Castro Valley, California.
Susy Flory's life was a lot like her couchcomfy, slumberous, and safe. She was a happy suburban wife and mom who enjoyed her couch-like cocoon and avoided suffering and uncomfortable situations at all costs. Then she met Rosie... Eleanor... Elizabeth... and Jane. Now, thanks to their example, her life will never be the same.
So Long, Status Quo is the powerful story of how nine amazing historical women inspired a suburban mom to abandon her safe, sheltered, vanilla existence for a life of passion, service, and significance. With challenging insight and honesty, Susy Flory shares about her struggles with selfishness and complacency and tells how the lives of these fascinating women challenged her to get up off her couch and embark on a quest for something more. Venturing into unusual and even dangerous places, she followed their example and found herself serving needy children on a secret humanitarian mission to Cuba, feeding the homeless, sharing her faith in pagan communities, and selling her jewelry to fund freshwater wells in Darfur, Sudan.
Inspiring, convicting, and transformational, So Long, Status Quo challenges women to examine their lives and answer this question: what are you doing to get God's work done in the world? Whether it's by sharing your faith like Perpetua or getting your hands dirty like Rosie the Riveter, Susy's story invites women of all ages to say goodbye to their old, couch-comfy lives and become women who make a difference in their world.
"Susy Flory not only takes us on a historical journey through the stories of courageous women from Mary Magdalene to Rosie the Riveter, she also inspires us with practical actions that will transform our own lives and change our futures. Read the book for entertainment. Emulate it to change the world."
JENNIFER SCHUCHMANN, coauthor of Your Unforgettable Life and Six Prayers God Always Answers
"This book inspired me with well-told stories of courageous women who changed the world and challenged me to do the same. Susy Flory's own brave stories of how she's followed in the footsteps of these great women make this much more than mere biography. I highly recommend this book."
"Susy gives us a wonderful synopsis of the lives of nine amazing women and the tools needed to put those lessons into practice in our own lives. She weaves her own practical experiences into the story and challenges us to be creative and find ways to make a difference in today's world. A challenging and inspiring read, good for both individual and group study."
"What an amazing book. With equal parts inspiration and application, this is a must-read manual for any woman who wants to trade her ordinary life for one that is God-breathed and extra-ordinary. After reading this, I want to go feed the poor, climb a mountain, and maybe even clean out a closet or two."
"A powerful book that challenges readers of all ages to get off the couch and give of themselves in ways they never thought they could."
Many women who long for the good life are surprised when they get it. Years pass, and one day a woman wakes from her slumber to find herself ensconced in an existence as comfortable as the plush, safe, luxurious couch under her ever-widening posterior wondering what good her life is. That happened to Susy Flory on an average Sunday afternoon. So Long, Status Quo is the result.
Seeing the familiar image of Rosie the Riveter in a Sunday ad, Flory began to muse about the impact scores of WWII-era women had on the entire world. That set her on a quest to learn about other women who changed history - not just to know their stories but also to implement the qualities that made them exceptional and dynamic influences in her own life.
The down-to-earth Flory recounts each step of her progression off the couch and into life. From Rosie, she moved to eight other ordinary women who changed the world. So Long, Status Quo examines nine women - including Harriet Tubman, Mother Teresa, Jane Austen, and Mary Magdalene - whose hearts, hands, and hope changed the world - and turned Flory's life upside down, which it will also do for those fortunate enough to read it. So Long, Status Quo eliminates every excuse readers could have for pursuing comfort rather than changing their world.
From feeding the homeless at the crack of dawn to selling her jewelry to fund wells in the Sudan to a secret humanitarian mission to Cuba, Flory packed up her faith and took risks. So Long, Status Quo is the story of her journey, and her words - without a guilt-trip - challenge and encourage readers to get off the sofas and to the work.
Each chapter ends with sections on "How You Can Help Change the World," which are great for individual study, small groups, or anyone who wants to impact those around them. Flory's compelling writing lovingly spurs readers to slay the status quo, take action for their faith, and reassert the truth that it's never too late to understand what a good life is all about.
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