Okay Ms. Flory. Youve gone from inspirational writing to meddling. My couch is my command center. I can bark orders at the kids from it, with some degree of success. I can reach both remote controls and enjoy Netflix and my DVR, including educational and spirit-feeding shows. I dream up things I might do to make someone elses life better. Ive even planned Womens Ministry events from deep within the fuzzy throw blanket. A lot of thinking gets done there. But could I be spending too much time stretched out on the cushy cushions?This book is full of incredible stories of real women of history who did truly amazing things which impacted their world, as well as mine. But throughout the reading of SLSQ I felt an annoying background discomfort. Like the itchy tag on my shirt. It didnt take long to figure out why. With each passing chapter my couch was being outed for what it really is. An avoidance center. Instead of personally engaging in making a difference, I often hide behind my title of Womens Ministry Leader and direct others to go and make a difference by using my couch-induced plans. An inconvenient truth of mine. I read SLSQ while at a transition point in my life. As a result, I deeply resonated with each phrase of Florys question What can I do/that isnt going to get done/ unless I do it/just because of who I am? I plan to keep this question before me and the Lord to see where He takes me. I have a feeling my couch is on its way to becoming something else, just as I am on my way to becoming someone else. Im full of anticipation. Thanks, Susy!
"So Long, Status Quo" is the kind of book that you should buy for birthday presents for people you know, give as Secret Sister gifts, Mother's Day presents, graduation gifts and pretty much any excuse you can think of to pass this book onto a girl/woman in your life that needs a little encouragement. I personally have already recommended it to the homeschool moms I know to use in school (and just found out that Suzy has put together a reader's guide to use with the book that makes a great educational enrichment) and loaned my copy to my mom. She in turn has started recommending it to ladies at our church. Here is the set-up of the book...It starts with a little peek into Suzy's personal life that reveals some area of her life that she is lacking in or needs work on (an overflow of material items or lack of sympathy for the children of the world) and then she delves into the biography of a woman that made an impact in that particular area. Following the biography she then figures out a way to make that relevant to her life and somehow implements it. She rounds out the chapter with some ideas for how you can do something in that area of your life. This is a great book that kept me absolutely captivated the entire way through and while I normally plow through non-fiction at a slow pace - I breezed right through this book because I just loved it.
So Long Status Quo by Suzy Flory is an intriguing book about getting out of your comfort zone and moving into the Spirit. I tend to read a lot of inspirational books, but I can only think of a handful that have actually changed my life in a real way and left lasting change. Flory was much like that, comfortable in her life, happy with her family and career, and enjoying all that she had. Admittedly, that's a feeling many people are never able to achieve, but she realized that contentment wasn't enough; she wanted more, to be more. She sought out biographies about famous (and some not-so-famous) women who had a single definable characteristic: faith, devotion, humility, etc and then set out to emulate that trait in a small way. After reading about Mother Teresa's vow of poverty, Flory fasted for 24 hours just to get a taste of going without. Eleanor Roosevelt sent her to Cuba, and Harriet Tubman to sell her jewelry for wells in Darfur! Each woman Flory writes about did something amazing and awe-inspiring with their life, and while most of us are incapable of that kind of world impact, as Mother Teresa said: We feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. At the end of each chapter Flory offers suggestions for readers to stretch their own limits and become more than who they are. This would be perfect for book groups; I wish I had one to read it with!
Susy Flory admits that she was once more interested in a life of comfort and ease than service and significance. But she had the courage to change. In SO LONG STATUS QUO, Susy introduces readers to nine world-changing women who inspired her to examine her own life and begin to live differently. She reveals how the average North American woman can move out of her comfort zone taking small, practical steps toward creating an extraordinary life enriched by service and sacrifice. Easy to read, this honest book will challenge and inspire you."Sharon L. Fawcett, author of HOPE FOR WHOLENESS: THE SPIRITUAL PATH TO FREEDOM FROM DEPRESSION
"So Long, Status Quo" is written to inspire the reader to probe deeper into spiritual truths. The subtitle of the book states: "What I learned from Women Who Changed the World." Susy discusses the way she was challenged through the hardships the nine women profiled. Each chapter speaks of the heroism of one woman and her effort to impact injustices and unfair conditions. Flory illustrates their cause by writing of an experience from her life in which she attempted to emulate a similar service, one that took her out of her comfort zone, impacted her life, and met the needs of others. At the close of each chapter she includes suggestions and resources for similar action steps the reader may want to take.Susy maintains a writing style distinctly her own. Funny, entertaining, and motivational, she writes with candor. I appreciated her vulnerability and transparency. Her writing is inspiring, transcending, and demonstrates a well practiced discipline in the craft of writing. Although, "So Long, Status Quo" is primarily a book written for and about women, the challenge and inspiration is not limited by gender or age. Anyone can adapt the lessons Susie learned. These lessons can be adjusted to fit our circumstances, locale, and individual gifts. Flory invites the reader to step out in a new adventure, drawing on the indwelling power of Christ to change the world. Susie writes with candor, making herself vulnerable. Her writing is entertaining, transcending, and demonstrates a disciplined approach to the craft of writing.Although, So Long, Status Quo is primarily a book written for and about women, the challenge and inspiration is not limited by gender or age. Anyone can adapt the lessons Susie learned. They can be adjusted to fit our circumstances, locale, and individual gifts. Flory invites the reader to step out in a new adventure, drawing on the indwelling power of Christ to change the world.