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Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Beacon Hill Press
Publication Date: 2009
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So Long, Status Quo is the powerful story of how nine amazing historical women inspired a suburban mom to abandon her safe, sheltered, vanilla existence for a life of passion, service, and significance. With challenging insight and honesty, Susy Flory shares about her struggles with selfishness and complacency and tells how the lives of these fascinating women challenged her to get up off her couch and embark on a quest for something more. Venturing into unusual and even dangerous places, she followed their example and found herself serving needy children on a secret humanitarian mission to Cuba, feeding the homeless, sharing her faith in pagan communities, and selling her jewelry to fund freshwater wells in Darfur, Sudan.
Inspiring, convicting, and transformational, So Long, Status Quo challenges women to examine their lives and answer this question: what are you doing to get God's work done in the world? Whether it's by sharing your faith like Perpetua or getting your hands dirty like Rosie the Riveter, Susy's story invites women of all ages to say goodbye to their old, couch-comfy lives and become women who make a difference in their world.
JENNIFER SCHUCHMANN, coauthor of Your Unforgettable Life and Six Prayers God Always Answers
"This book inspired me with well-told stories of courageous women who changed the world and challenged me to do the same. Susy Flory's own brave stories of how she's followed in the footsteps of these great women make this much more than mere biography. I highly recommend this book."
KERI WYATT KENT, author of Breathe: Creating Space
"Susy gives us a wonderful synopsis of the lives of nine amazing women and the tools needed to put those lessons into practice in our own lives. She weaves her own practical experiences into the story and challenges us to be creative and find ways to make a difference in today's world. A challenging and inspiring read, good for both individual and group study."
BETTY SOUTHARD, speaker and author of The Mentor Quest, Come As You Are, The Grandmother Book, and Spiritual Director
"What an amazing book. With equal parts inspiration and application, this is a must-read manual for any woman who wants to trade her ordinary life for one that is God-breathed and extra-ordinary. After reading this, I want to go feed the poor, climb a mountain, and maybe even clean out a closet or two."
KATHI LIPP, national speaker and author of The Husband Project
"A powerful book that challenges readers of all ages to get off the couch and give of themselves in ways they never thought they could."
LYNN BOWEN WALKER, author of Queen of the Castle: 52 Weeks of Encouragement for the Uninspired, Domestically Challenged or Just Plain Tired Homemaker
Seeing the familiar image of Rosie the Riveter in a Sunday ad, Flory began to muse about the impact scores of WWII-era women had on the entire world. That set her on a quest to learn about other women who changed history - not just to know their stories but also to implement the qualities that made them exceptional and dynamic influences in her own life.
The down-to-earth Flory recounts each step of her progression off the couch and into life. From Rosie, she moved to eight other ordinary women who changed the world. So Long, Status Quo examines nine women - including Harriet Tubman, Mother Teresa, Jane Austen, and Mary Magdalene - whose hearts, hands, and hope changed the world - and turned Flory's life upside down, which it will also do for those fortunate enough to read it. So Long, Status Quo eliminates every excuse readers could have for pursuing comfort rather than changing their world.
From feeding the homeless at the crack of dawn to selling her jewelry to fund wells in the Sudan to a secret humanitarian mission to Cuba, Flory packed up her faith and took risks. So Long, Status Quo is the story of her journey, and her words - without a guilt-trip - challenge and encourage readers to get off the sofas and to the work.
Each chapter ends with sections on "How You Can Help Change the World," which are great for individual study, small groups, or anyone who wants to impact those around them. Flory's compelling writing lovingly spurs readers to slay the status quo, take action for their faith, and reassert the truth that it's never too late to understand what a good life is all about.
Susan Harman5 Stars Out Of 5April 27, 2009Susan HarmanOkay 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!
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2009Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female"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.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2009Christy LocksteinSo 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!
Sharon L. Fawcett5 Stars Out Of 5April 15, 2009Sharon L. FawcettSusy 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
Richard R. Blake5 Stars Out Of 5March 25, 2009Richard R. Blake"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.
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