Sunday, February 24, 2013

Your Beautiful Purpose

9780764210662Your Beautiful Purpose – DIscovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You
Written by Susie Larson
Published at Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

About the book

Let God Breathe a Fresh Purpose Into Your Soul

We so want each day to matter--to serve God in big and small ways. But how, especially when everyday responsibilities, work, fears, and other obstacles get in the way?

Like a trusted friend, Susie Larson shares practical, scriptural ways to overcome whatever keeps us from living fully in God's will. Susie will help you learn to:

  • Discern the best use of your time and gifts

  • Confidently pursue God's unique desires for you

  • Stretch your faith and deepen your impact

Respond today to that nudge in your spirit--that desire to use your gifts and passions more fully in God's work. Lay down lesser commitments and lay hold of God's beautiful purpose for your life.

My Thoughts

Purpose.  The word that attracted my eye when I first saw the cover.  Then the vase and its brilliant purple colors spoke to me.  Purple is the color of royalty and as a daughter of God I just enjoy seeing this color.   Then I read the description and was hooked to the words.   I knew it was a book I would enjoy reading so I requested it to review.

There are six section in this book each containing two chapters.

  • Embrace Your Purpose – Believe You’re Called & Love Your Story
  • Trust God’s Timing – Wait on God & Face Your Fears
  • Hear God’s Voice – Discern Your Preparation & Silence Your Enemy
  • Believe God’s Word – Follow His Lead & Engage Your Faith
  • Walk by Faith – Find High Ground & Stay the Course
  • Take New Territory – Take New Land & Last Long, Finish Strong

Reading this was a breath of fresh air for me.  I am currently embarking on a journey with a ministry that touched me in numerous ways.  I believe this ministry could help numerous men and women in my city.   And reading encouragements poured through the pages of this book help me to get a better perspective of what God is doing in my life.    I so connected with the four seasons the author speak of at the end of book and I could identify the times in my life where I went through a specific season.   I have gleaned a multitude of ideas on how I can pursue my growing in Christ.   One of these was the idea of praying for the protection and blessing a woman that I admire instead of pondering why she is successful and how she seems to be in tune with God.   Because in reality, I don’t know everything in the life of that woman.  So switching to a blessing prayer makes sense.    And while doing so we are also blessed in ways we can’t even imagine.

Each time I finished one chapter. I simply wanted more from the author on this subject.   She also incorporated specific examples from her own life through the pages of this book.  Reading her story made me getting closer to her because at times I could related.  Other times I could sense I didn’t experience the same thing as her but in the end I could understand the issue she was speaking about.    As I read, one specific scripture touched me.  Ephesians 2:10 which says:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.  (NLT)

I love this Scripture because I know I am a work in progress.   I have hills to conquered and valleys to rest in.   This book also encouraged me to pursue homeschooling my kids because God has put this desire in my heart.  I realized that not every day will be easy and not every child of mine will be compliant but in the end I am doing it for God.    In a time of the year where I doubt myself every year because of winter stretching, it will a blessing to read Your Beautiful Purpose and be reminded that there are different ways to serve God – in small and big ways. 

I suspect that I will re-read this book in the future because it was such an eye opener for me.  I highly recommend it to every woman who desire to discover the purpose God has in their lives.

For each chapter, the book also offers a study guide for personal or group use.   A DVD study companion is also available separately.

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Disclaimer: The book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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