Monday, October 31, 2016

Falling Free by Shannan Martin

“Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles.” —Jen Hatmaker (from the foreword)
Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence.
But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail (where her husband is now chaplain). And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.
Falling Free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.
My Thoughts:
Ya'll this book is just real. I mean seriously! What would we all do if we had this perfect great life or so it seemed, but God called us to leave it for something more perfect, his PERFECT for our life? Then what? That is exactly what Shannan and her family did. This book will wreck you, it will make you realize why you love Jesus and it will help you find to push beyond fascination with Christ into Faith. Step out of your box, grab this book, several hours and sit with Shannan as she unpacks a work that only God could do! I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing a complimentary copy. I have given my honest review. 

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