I'm delighted to share with you my friend, Jocelyn Green's latest book. I could not put this book down! You will love Jocelyn's casual and personal writing style like you're sitting on a swing chatting with her about our crazy lives. I found myself spending more time on our deck swing enjoying my view after reading
Free to Lean!
Can you explain the title of your new book, Free to Lean: Making Peace with Your Lopsided Life?
Free to Lean
basically explores the idea that balance is the wrong goal--and that it's not only acceptable to focus on our God-given priorities for our particular season of life, it's biblical. So what looks like an unbalanced, lopsided life is really a life that's leaning into what God wants us to do. Our purpose in life is bigger than balance.
Free to Lean
helps readers to:
> Stop feeling "less than" for not being able to do more
> Shed the burden of other people's expectations
> Find ways to prioritize and order your life
> Learn to recognize the various seasons in each of our lives
> Develop the five pillars even the unbalanced woman must lean upon
> Grow in your confidence of God's plans for your life
We don't have to "do it all." We can lean into our priorities, and lean on God for the strength we need.
What inspired you to write it?
For years, I would often get the question, "How do you do it all?" And my answer has always been: "I don't!" I was amazed that people assumed I was excelling in every area of my life, when in reality, I focus on a couple of priorities, and cut corners in other areas of my life to make more room for what I think God has called me to do. I wrote this book to help other women feel the freedom to do the same. We really don't have to do it all, or do it all well at the same time. It's OK to prioritize!
For what type of reader did you write this book?
Free to Lean
applies to any woman who is weary of striving for balance, and is ready for the peace that comes with following God-led priorities. That could be a mother of small children, a college student, a company executive, a pastor's wife, a caregiver for elderly parents-anyone! It doesn't matter if you're married, single, with or without children, or what you do during the day. If you're tired of trying to do it all, sister, this book is for you.
What is one truth you want your readers to remember?
We are most effective when we focus on what God created us to do-and we need not apologize for prioritizing accordingly.
We are being the best stewards of our resources when we say no to what is good so we can say yes to what is best for us in our current season of life. If you're like me, you may be prone to false guilt for saying no to someone or something, but friends, it's biblical to estimate the cost of an opportunity and consider whether it fits with what God wants us to do.
How has God used the writing of this book in your own life?
One of my favorite things about this book is other women's voices. I interviewed more than fifty women in a variety of seasons and vocations, and I learned so much from what they had to say. It was my privilege to be able to include their stories in the pages, because they really blessed me, personally, too.
I've had to re-read Free to Lean
multiple times throughout the editing stages, and each time I have, God has used it to remind me of something I needed to hear at that moment. The book is full of Scripture, and I attribute these well-timed reminders to the fact that the Word of God is living and active. So even when God's Word quoted again in my own book, it still has power to touch me anew. I love that!
To learn more about Jocelyn, her books and her writing/speaking ministry visit her website.
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Free To Lean