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 strugglefirst 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 otherspeople like youwho 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 cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick Warren, in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for those living with HIV & AIDS, orphaned and vulnerable children, as well as for those affected by a mental illness. She founded Saddleback's HIV & AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough, Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew who is in Heaven; she has five grandchildren.