Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. I read a lot in this genre, but I really, really tracked with Casey’s way of looking at the world and her intense, direct style. Although my life experiences haven’t tracked exactly with hers, I found myself nodding and saying “Yes! That!” throughout. I marked almost every page with sticky tabs–often more than one per page–and am still slowly working through my notes, writing responses and digging into the material. This is an exceptional book.
It’s not so much that the material itself is new–you can read about living on purpose and overcoming fears that hold you back and setting goals all over the place–rather it’s the delivery in Make it Happen that really resonated with me. Sometimes books in this genre seem too much of one thing or another to me, but I really connected with this one because, like me, Casey is driven, yet cares deeply about family relationships; she’s a person of real faith, yet still grapples with big questions and is still learning. For that reason, as I read I either found myself agreeing vigorously or hearing big points I really needed to think through. This isn’t a “light a scented candle and make a batch of cookies” sort of approach. It’s more of a call to really dig deep, peel back the layers, and get to the root of your problems and fears and reluctance to live your best life. It’s also not a name-it-and-claim-it book, but rather a call to pray deeply–surrendering your biases and boxes and preconceived notions–that God would show you what the “it” is that you’re supposed to make happen and how to go about doing that.
As I’ve been writing my responses to the book (there are lots of sections where readers are invited to think through something and write answers) I’ve been interested to see how often I’m coming up with stuff I didn’t even know was “stuff” for me. Something about the way Casey writes invites deeper reflection and different angles for considering familiar topics. This isn’t a Biblestudy, but it is a very biblical approach, and Casey’s examples draw from her faith experience. Make it Happen isn’t something you can read and set aside in one sitting (although I had a hard time putting it down), but a book that almost demands that you wrestle with yourself. Since my goal is to be changed by what I read I appreciate books that invite that sort of interaction.
I’m not sure what my ultimate conclusions will be after I finish going through my notes, but everyone will get something different out of the book. No matter where you are in life, Make it Happen is such a great book that I think you couldn’t fail to get something from it, and I highly recommend it.
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