Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step Into Your InfluenceJo SaxtonWaterBrook / 2020 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Empowering encouragementApril 16, 2020BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleLadies, if you are looking for an encouraging and empowering read,Ready to Rise would be a great choice! Jo Saxton talks about how to use your spiritual gifts, find your voice, take care of yourself, allowing yourself to be healed by our Savior, grow your grit, and surround yourself with a supportive village. One part of the book that stood out to me was when she discussed how the word in the Bible for women in Genesis was "ezer", which is often translated as "helper". Ezer means "to rescue, to save, to be strong". Saxton highlighted some important female leaders in the Bible such as Deborah, Jael, and Mary. She also included stories about a group of female leaders who started meeting, and how they found their voices and inspiration through supporting each other.
Some of my favorite quotes from this book included:
"If there was ever a time to uncover our potential and voices - it's now. Now is the time to boldly and authentically represent God's goodness in the world. Living as channels for his transformative change and power. Now is the time to rise."
"We cannot present or perform our way out of our own brokenness, no matter how hard we try. Nevertheless, Jesus doesn't need us to keep it all together, to pretend life and people haven't happened to us. He's the kind of leader who tends to His leaders, lays down His lifefor their whole lives."
"However you live into your influence, whatever way you hope to make an impact on your world, you will need grit for the journey."
"When I'm feeling negative about my voice or my influence or my impact, I need to take my mind off myself and retain perspective. One way I do this is through practicing thankfulness."
"You always had a twofold purpose: having a relationship with God and then representing Him in the world around you - to play your part in the Great Commission."
"Our leadership is not the end result; a better world, filled with God's love and light, shaped by His mercy and justice and grace, is. All things made new."
I would recommend this book for all women, especially those who are in or are seeking to be in leadership positions. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, as part of the launch team, in return for an honest review.
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