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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Own Your Life

I was a big fan of the book Desperate By Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae so I was looking forward to reading more from Clarkson. Own Your Life did not disappoint. Sally's writing comes across as someone having a chat over a cup of tea, not a sermon or a soapbox rant.

So many things in the book jumped out at me.

"Will you invest your life for eternity, or spend it, wasting the days on things that do not matter, on issues that will quickly fade away?" 

"Each person has the power and authority to bring his or her life back into order. Each of us is a steward of the days allotted for our lifetime."

"There is no single way to serve God, but the point is this: We each have only one life to live to tell a story about Him, about His ways, about His love. And if we are Christ followers, then God calls us to use our gifts, to exercise our faith, and to become salt and light right where we are."  

I could go on and on about what I liked about this book. It makes you stop and think about how you are living your life. How to stop making excuses for how your life has turned out because we all have the chance to change it.

Yet, it's not a "how-to" book in the way that other books seem to be. Clarkson helps us see that we don't always have to like our current situation in order to embrace it and use it to God's purpose. She writes about tough times in her own life that she saw worked towards the good of God. 

Own Your Life doesn't show us a magic formula on how to have the perfect life but rather how to take up our cross and be content in all things. And to own it. How to change how we view our life, view our days, view our life purpose.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review. 

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