As 2015 begins, I'm sure many of us are stocking up on new reading material, especially with an eye for the uplifting and challenging.
There are many books that come into your year as visitors and a select few who will stay with you as companions.
Sally Clarkson's "Own Your Life" may well fit into the latter category.
This is a book for those moments when we long for a wise person to come along and say "This is the way, walk in it."
Through these pages Sally becomes the God-focused woman guiding her sisters.
She never pretends perfection, instead she affirms that maturity in Christ is a process- a long one, moving in you grace by grace.
If the title sounds a bit commanding- "Own your Life! Stop frittering! Get out of that bathrobe! Give me twenty push-ups!"- don't be afraid.
She doesn't come across as a drill sergeant. Yes, it is intimidating to think about stewarding our lives and forming a legacy, but Sally reassures us that great faith and great love come one small choice at a time.
She talks about cultivating integrity, accepting the little gifts of life with celebration, gaining a clear spiritual vision, learning to respond to others without bitterness and resentment, and choosing to fill our minds with the lasting and real. Sally presents her insights with a winsome tone.
I'd say Sally must have been influenced by Edith Schaeffer. Her pursuit of a home culture made of kindness, creativity, faith, and commitment to each other reminds me so much of Edith's "What is a Family."
If you're looking for some spiritual reading this January 2015, Own your Life is one I recommend.
Thank you Tyndale for my review copy. This is the first book I've read by Sally, but I'll be on the look-out for others.