‘Make It Happen’ – A Book Review
‘You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do?
You should go do them’.
In a world where we constantly receive the message to ‘do more’, I must admit that the title of this book made me a little nervous. There are many inspirational books on the market today that aim to encourage people to live a life of meaning and purpose. Books that help people to live the meaningful life that God desires for us. But ‘Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose’ by Lara Casey is really worth a look. In ‘Make It Happen’ Lara, a wife, mother, business woman and ‘believer in the impossible‘ tells her story of how she surrendered her fear, took the leap, and ‘got a life’. In her case, ‘a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife’. It is the story of how she chose to make “it”—a greater purpose than her own—happen, and how others can too.
Make It Happen is a great book to read for women who find themselves feeling overwhelmed by the unrealistic expectations that society places on them, those who are struggling to ‘do it all’, those who have grappled with the pressure to be perfect, and those who dream dreams and want to see the fruition of them. It is also a must read book for worn out women who want to slow the merry-go-round of life and find relief from ‘burning the candle at both ends’.
This book is an easy read and it offers God centered, practical tips for fulfilling one’s dreams and living a life of purpose and meaning. The book is ordered into four sections: Surrendering your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose and a workbook titled ‘Your Guide to Making It Happen. I’m often reminded of the author’s catch phrase – ‘Progress not perfection.’ and I like the way Casey encourages readers to clear through the clutter in their lives and to find what really matters. I also appreciated how she challenges the reader to think about their own goals and whether they promote God’s kingdom or their own. But what really won me over in this book was Casey’s raw honesty and vulnerability about the struggles that she has faced in her personal, professional and spiritual life. You won’t finish this book feeling overwhelmed but you will hopefully feel encouraged to live a life of purpose.
*I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255