Saturday, March 6, 2010

Book Review - Embracing Your Freedom by Susie Larson

While our culture places great emphasis on comfort, security, control, and success, there are deeper rewards for those who take hold of God’s promises and reach out in the Name of Christ. Adventure, faith, miracles, and a deep knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is what Susie calls her readers to realize.
Embracing Your Freedom is a book that will transport you away from the petty insecurities of our society and call you to greater things.
As Helen Keller said, "Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." (As quoted in Susie's book.)
As blessed Christian women we can't stand hidden in our lovely homes and pretend there isn't suffering and need throughout the world. Susie's book helped me to see that I need to rise above my insecurities and frustrations and work towards more lofty goals. Susie says, "Now is not the time to be caught up in the petty dramas common among women." We must rely on the Lord to become free of our own weaknesses and then help free others.
"Obviously we are not called to live in a Christian bubble, totally removed from a lost and dying world. In fact the Bible states we're to be in the world not of it." Susie Larson
To me, being in the world but not of it, means we can't partake of the distractions and indulgences of the world, but we must go out and help those who need us.
But how can we help? Susie offered some wonderful suggestions:
Pray - pray to know what you can do to help as well as pray for those who are enslaved physically and spiritually
Learn - there are many wonderful organizations who help protect and support children - International Justice Mission, Human Trafficking Project, Mothers Without Borders, World Vision - these are just a few, please research for yourself and see which organization best fits your beliefs and need to help. I am blessed through my church to be able to contribute to what we call the Humanitarian Aid Fund. Because our church is 100% voluntary, all the contributions go straight to the people who need them. As you're researching, it is smart to ask how much of the funds raised or donated go to administration and other costs.
Mobilize - bring your community, school, or church into the effort
Give - Share your means, time, and/or talents
Lead - Bring your family into the effort
Advocate
Incorporate
I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to read this book. Fighting against human trafficking is an issue that has been close to my heart. I'm thankful to Susie for giving me new ideas to fight and for helping me to focus on increasing my faith and becoming free myself so I can help to free others. I would encourage everyone to read this book.
Susie is donating 50% of her royalties to the International Justice Mission.

7 comments:

  1. What a great review!! This book sounds like one we should all read!

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  2. LOL, I read that you are a "Christian exercise scientist" and I thought, well, that's one I haven't heard of before. I guess that's what I get for blogging after midnight! ;)

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  3. Thanks for the great review of Susie's book. It's definitely a powerful and life-changing read.

    All my best,

    Cheryl

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  4. You're right, Cheryl. The book is amazing, as is the author.
    I'm laughing, Suzette. Maybe I'd better rephrase that!

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  5. Cami, great review, thank you! I love books that help me reach outside of myself and contribute in a more faith-filled way. Based on how much you liked Susie's book, especially your comments about prayer and helping the fight against human trafficking, I think you'd also like Rosemary Trible's new book Fear to Freedom. Her amazing life story and walk with God as well as her stories about other women including several stories of girls who found their way out of the sex slave trade through the goodness of women who cared and prayed with them will inspire you.

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  6. Thanks, Kate. I will definitely look for Rosemary's book. These books just set me on fire to do more.

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