Own Your Life: How to Grow a Legacy of Faith, Love, and Spiritual Influence  -     By: Sally Clarkson
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Own Your Life: How to Grow a Legacy of Faith, Love, and Spiritual Influence

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Feeling stressed, burdened, or on the brink of burnout? Take responsibility for your life---and recover your sense of God-given purpose! In this encouraging volume, Clarkson shows how to bring much-needed order to your chaos. Find out how to build an intentional life of authentic, joyful service as God shapes your character, family, life, and soul. 224 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414391285
ISBN-13: 9781414391281

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Do you ever long for days full of joy and energy—days that bring out the best version of you rather than leave you exhausted? Do you sometimes catch yourself wishing life was more impactful and fulfilling? In a world that’s moving so fast, it’s easy to lose your sense of purpose. So now is the time to make each moment of your ordinary, everyday, beautiful existence count. It’s time to own your life.

Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life is a breath of fresh air into the life and soul of a busy woman. Like a faithful friend, Sally journeys with you to explore what it means to live meaningfully, follow God truly, and bring much-needed order to your chaos. Each page offers deeply personal, authentic, and practical guidance to help you build an intentional life. Discover what it means to own your life, and dare to trust God’s hands as He richly shapes your character, family, work, and soul.

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  1. maryville, tn
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Living up to your spiritual potential
    July 1, 2015
    nonna
    maryville, tn
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Owning your life is taking responsibility for your own behavior, decisions, attitudes, and living up to your spiritual potential. Then you can fully embrace Gods vision for your life and leave a legacy that points others to Him. The author determined to take God at His word, to risk living beyond her circumstances, and to lean into His call. God honored her decision to live a life set apart for Him beyond what she could ever have imagined.

    Life was not what she expected. She and her husband received criticism for decisions they made.

    The secular and Christian world will tell you what you should do and remind you of your failures, but only God offers deep-down inner acceptance and approval. Only His unconditional love and acceptance will satisfy your longings.

    This section really spoke to me:

    Dont define yourself by what other people think of you.

    Wishing you were different is a waste of time.

    Gods desire is for you to love yourself as you are.

    Enjoy the person God made you to be.

    Because we reflect the character of God, Christians should be the most trustworthy, hardworking, truth-telling, dependable, moral, patient, and grace-filled people.

    This is the first book I have read by Sally Clarkson. She writes in living colorvery descriptive. I could see the colorful flowers, and see her running outside to chase the deer away from her garden. This is a book that offers encouragement, and challenges the reader to live a life fully connected to God.

    I won the e-book in a drawing, and liked it so much I bought it in paperback for our church library.

    You wont be disappointed in this book.
  2. KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So encouraging and challenging!
    March 26, 2015
    April E
    KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sally Clarkson's books have had an immeasurable impact on my life. I own each of her books, and have read some of them more than once. While most of her books speak to mothers, Own Your Life speaks to every Christian woman. It is a call to live "with deep intention, bold faith, and generous love".

    Own Your Life is divided into five main categories, with multiple chapters within each section. The section topics are:

    Barriers to Owning Your Life: Don't Settle for a Mediocre Life

    Owning Your Vision: Mapping Your Life Purpose

    Owning Your Life by Giving God Control: What Only He Can Do

    Owning Your Life by Partnering with God: Attitudes and Actions That Transform

    Owning Your Life by Loving Well: Create a Lasting Legacy

    But what does Sally mean when she encourages us to own our lives? Her forward explains it like this:

    "It means taking responsibility for my own behavior, decisions and attitudes so I may fully embrace God's amazing vision for my life and leave a legacy that points others to Him. Quite simply, owning my live means living up to my spiritual potential."

    It's hard to explain the exact contents of the book. Each section is different from the previous section, but it also just builds and flows. I've had to read it in small sections due to time-constraints, but also because it takes time to digest what Sally has written and apply it to your life. The book is a bit like a trail mix, I guess. It contains different elements, it's delicious and nourishing, and you can nibble at it as you hike along through life.

    I love the book! So much of what Sally says resonates with me. It speaks to where I am, feelings I have had, conversations I've had with my teens. It challenges me to look more carefully at my priorities, my attitudes, my actions, and my relationships. I've shared quotes with my daughter in college, and tweeted quotes that just spoke to me. Most of the pages in my book look like this picture - full of underlining, stars, and even notes.

    Own Your Life will resonate with any Christian woman who is trying to find God's plan for her life, who feels bogged down by the ordinariness of everyday life, or somehow feels unworthy of being used by God. It isn't always easy or fun to take an honest look at changes we may need to make, but Sally is so encouraging in everything she writes. She shares stories from her own life that help us relate to her and give us hope that we can live boldly for God in our own daily life, as well.

    Sally Clarkson has done it again! I highly recommend Own Your Life!

    I received a complimentary copy of Own Your Life for review purposes from Tyndale House and Tyndale Blog Network. No other compensation was received, a positive review was not required, and this review contains my honest opinion.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Live your life full of God's potential!
    February 17, 2015
    Johanna
    I was thrilled to finally get this book! From the very first page I felt pulled in to see what Sally had to say about living our life full of God's potential. I want to live a life full of the Lord and full of His power!
  4. White, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Take Charge of Your Life and Become Who God Designed You To Be
    January 4, 2015
    Raventhreads
    White, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've long been a fan of Sally Clarkson. I've followed her blog, read many of her books, and found her wisdom and spiritual maturity to be a great guide to me at my stage of life. So, when I received the opportunity to review Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love, I jumped at the chance. As I finished reading it this week, I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. I was thrilled and often challenged with the message and writing in this book.

    In Own Your Life, Clarkson begins with the premise that many of us are just drifting through our life, allowing it to happen to us and not taking the responsibility for what happens. We're not living with purpose or with the idea of leaving a legacy. Clarkson reminds us that we are in charge of our decisions, our behavior, and ultimately becoming the person that God created us to be.

    Clarkson begins by discussing the barriers to owning your life. These barriers include not being saved, chasing after idols and busyness, and listening to the voices in our head that tell us that we're not worthy. In the words of Clarkson on idols:

    What are your idols, or the habits that steal your heart? What consumes your energy, time, focus and money and takes away from time pursuing God? What do you hold on to that you hope will make you happy and bring fulfillment? What are the empty pursuits of your own life? Until you identify those areas that unnecessarily rob you of time , you will continue on the hamster wheel endlessly.

    Once you've removed some of these barriers from your life, then you are ready to begin focusing on owning your relationship with Christ, your mental and emotional health and your relationships with others. Along the way, Clarkson gives warm and friendly advice, shares various helpful scripture and offers options for points of action, journaling and reflection. Clarkson's voice is that of a mother, big sister or beloved aunt who is further along the path and can show you the path ahead.

    I found the information in this book to be valuable and much needed. In a world full of people who are willing to just let life happen to them, it's refreshing and wonderful to find a voice willing to counsel you to take charge of and responsibility for your own decisions.

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House publishers. I was not required to write a positive review, and my opinions are my own.
  5. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The "beautiful pursuit" of God.
    January 4, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As 2015 begins, I'm sure many of us are stocking up on new reading material, especially with an eye for the uplifting and challenging.

    There are many books that come into your year as visitors and a select few who will stay with you as companions.

    Sally Clarkson's "Own Your Life" may well fit into the latter category.

    This is a book for those moments when we long for a wise person to come along and say "This is the way, walk in it."

    Through these pages Sally becomes the God-focused woman guiding her sisters.

    She never pretends perfection, instead she affirms that maturity in Christ is a process- a long one, moving in you grace by grace.

    If the title sounds a bit commanding- "Own your Life! Stop frittering! Get out of that bathrobe! Give me twenty push-ups!"- don't be afraid.

    She doesn't come across as a drill sergeant. Yes, it is intimidating to think about stewarding our lives and forming a legacy, but Sally reassures us that great faith and great love come one small choice at a time.

    She talks about cultivating integrity, accepting the little gifts of life with celebration, gaining a clear spiritual vision, learning to respond to others without bitterness and resentment, and choosing to fill our minds with the lasting and real. Sally presents her insights with a winsome tone.

    I'd say Sally must have been influenced by Edith Schaeffer. Her description of a home culture made of kindness, creativity, faith, and commitment to each other reminds me so much of Edith's "What is a Family."

    If you're looking for some spiritual reading this January 2015, Own your Life is one I recommend.
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