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.
Every now and then The Lord will bring something into your life that totally rocks your world. For me, Susie Larson's book 'Your Beautiful Purpose' did just that. I knew from the moment that I read the Table of Contents and wept, that the Holy Spirit wanted to do a deep work in me. That He did! Without fail, every chapter touched on a deep need, desire or struggle in my heart. Through Susie's practical stories, in depth scripture and probing questions God revealed His truth, His promises, His love and His grace to me in a fresh way. He has used this book to bring some much needed clarity and perspective into some areas of my life.
I have had the honor of meeting and becoming friends with Susie. She is 100% authentic, passionate, wise, kind, generous, humble, bold, faithful and loving. This book is a living testimony of the work that The Lord has done in and through her. She only leads the reader where she has been. I couldn't have asked for a better friend and mentor!
'Your Beautiful Purpose Book' and DVD are perfect for both individual and group study! It is a challenge and a call to rise up, become the woman God has called you to be and to walk out the purpose that He designed for you.
'Your Beautiful Purpose' is a MUST have resource for every woman trying to discover and fulfill the beautiful purpose that God has for them.
This is my first Susie Larson book and I am loving every chapter more and more. I've done many Bible studies, but this one has captured my attention, and I feel that these pages are speaking right to me...
The nice thing about this book is its versatility. It works fine as an individual study, with questions and prompts at the end of each chapter to help personalize the Biblical message for the individual reader. These questions could also be used as part of a Bible study group, and there is a companion DVD that would be even more appropriate for group use as well. I really like the addition of prayers at the end of each section. It's hard for me to really think of nice prayers, especially about the abstract, so the prayers in the sections helped me really focus my thoughts and reflections. I am planning on bringing this forward as a suggestion for our next book for my church's Moms' Bible Study.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-copy to facilitate this review.
"Your Beautiful Purpose" is an exceptional book. It was as if Susie took the questions of my heart and, with the Lord's direction, answered them with wisdom on these pages. Things I had struggled with for years were met with fresh revelation through the words of this book. Susie's vulnerability was refreshing. Thank you, Susie, for using your gifts so that we could be encouraged to find and use ours.