Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson

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".

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Own Your Life is divided into five main categories, with multiple chapters within each section. The section topics are:
  1. Barriers to Owning Your Life: Don't Settle for a Mediocre Life
  2. Owning Your Vision: Mapping Your Life Purpose
  3. Owning Your Life by Giving God Control: What Only He Can Do
  4. Owning Your Life by Partnering with God: Attitudes and Actions That Transform
  5. 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.
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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!

April E.

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.

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