Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: Make it Happen Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. by Lara Casey

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0529101505
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Dec 30 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KQ2G18M

Book Description

"You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them!"

In the constant chase for perfection women find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed. Working women want to take their careers to the next level, but are struggling to "do it all." Stay-at-home moms look for relief from burning the candle at both ends. Aspiring entrepreneurs and artists seek the courage to jump into a new venture. Make It Happen is the tool these women need to finally let go of the chase for perfection and take the leap of faith towards God's perfect plan.

Author Lara Casey was once a burned-out workaholic buried by debt, depression, and a failing marriage. Now thriving as a wife and mother, and running a booming business that fills her with joy, Lara is on a mission to share her experience and help readers find the spark that lives inside them. "I believe in the impossible. I'm living it," Lara says. "Life is too short to wait to take the leap!"

Written for women who want to do it all and live a life of meaning, Make It Happen rescues them from being overwhelmed by endless to-do lists, paralyzing fears, and other obstacles that stand in the way of cultivating the rich life God desires for them.

With seasoned advice, wisdom, and encouragement, Lara helps them pinpoint what isn't working and how to get there from here so they too can make it happen!

About the Author

Lara Casey is a believer in the impossible, helping women to live on purpose through the many hats she wears in her parent company, Lara Casey Media. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Southern Weddings® magazine and the founder of the Making Things Happen movement. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Ari, and their bubbly daughter, Grace. For more information, visit

My Review

A year from now, you will wish you had started TODAY.

– Karen Lamb


  From Amazon

You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen.

Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too.

Make It Happen is for
  • women who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection
  • those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture
  • working women who are struggling to "do it all"
  • weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both ends
  • anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose
Your time has come to take a leap of faith. Join me as we surrender our fears, end the chase for perfection, and say yes to cultivating the meaningful lives God desires for us.

You know all those things you've always wanted to do?
You should go do them.

This is a very interesting book. Are you ready to set some goals and take a big leap of faith? Are you on the fence? In both cases, I think you would enjoy Lara Casey's Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose.

As you can see from the table of contents, the book is divided into the following sections:


1. Stop Chasing Perfect 
2. Meet Your Fear 
3. End the Extremes 
4. Find an Anchor 
5. Decide You Can 
6. Let It Go 


7. Leap into Trust 
8. Take a Leap of Faith 
9. Leap into What Matters 


10. Follow the Real Success Equation 
11. Make Room for Grace 
12. Follow Him 


How to Use This Guide 
Step 1: Evaluate Your Life 
Step 2: Clear the Clutter 
Step 3: Set Purposeful Goals 
Step 4: Take Action 
Step 5: Encourage Others 

I found this to be a powerful book for me to read. It is very encouraging. I am at a stage in my life where I am thinking about how I am going to spend my time over the next few years. Am I going to work? Part time or full time? What else can I be doing to purposely fill my time? How I can I make a difference? Is it all about helping elderly family members or is it something else? So many decisions to make.

Right off the bat, the first chapter spoke to me...Stop Chasing Perfect. As an admitted perfectionist, I often get bogged down right from the start. I appreciate the Take Actions sections at the end of each chapter. This book is perfect as a personal bible study. It could be used as a group study but I found this book to be very personal and probably is best handled on its own.

This is a great book. It is helping me along the path to be more courageous about the choices I am going to be making over the next little while. Highly recommend.

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