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Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,856 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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.
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 1st 2014)
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Elisha Kemp
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I could buy a copy for everyone I knew I would.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Let me begin by saying that I LOVE Lara Casey. I've followed her blog for ages, I've taken her Making Things Happen workshop, I'm a huge fan of Southern Weddings. Lara is a woman I look up to and admire - both from a business perspective and a spiritual one - and I was really excited when I heard she was working on a book. I purchased Make It Happen the day it was released and ran straight home to read it.

That said, this book left me feeling a little …. underwhelmed. I enjoyed it, but not near
Hunter Mallone
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love Lara Casey. I love Powersheets. I'm reading this after it feels like everyone else has read it. I'm also reading after she has share a good chunk of the book on her various social media outlets. I think that's why I struggled so hard.

The information is good! Yes, it is. But if you've accomplished the Powersheets prep work a lot of this will sound familiar to you. Too familiar. For it did, and I just was bored.

If you are just picking up this book and have never heard of Lara Casey or read
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
After meeting and falling in love with Lara in person, I knew I had to read this book. It was nothing short of perfection. I am so thankful that Lara followed the calling on her life and shared this book with us. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good choice to read at the beginning of a new year. It was both inspiring in big picture illustrations and extremely practical in detailed action steps. I really appreciated the author's vulnerability in sharing the hard details of her life. I read through without doing the prompts but will go back through to focus solely on that.
Ashely Clark
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I give this book three stars - really more like 2.5 but I rounded up. There was nothing amazing or great about it. It was pretty ok. I am not really sure when I finished it, but I have spent most of the month mulling over it and my Powersheets ( for more info).

The book is divided into two sections: her testimony and application.

My thoughts:
*At first I was concerned Lara Casey was teaching a prosperity gospel but that wasn't the case which made me feel better since I've been reading
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Official Rating: 3.5 stars

Had I read this about 18 months ago, there's the possibility it would've been a higher rating.

Lara Casey is an incredible woman. She's been insanely successful in business and the encouragement she shares with others is contagious. But more than that, her faith and trust in the Lord is contagious. Make It Happen is partly the story of Lara's life -- where she started and how she got to where she is today -- and partly her encouragement for you to go out and make the thi
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I read this book over the course of several months, so I am not remembering all the early chapters as easily and the ones I jut finished - but I remember getting frustrated at the beginning of the book, because everything Casey said just seemed too vague. I wanted more specific examples and encouragement right from the start, but I plugged along and soon got interested in Casey's testimony/story that she shares through most of the book. The last several chapters of the book were exactly what I f ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lara has written an incredible book. It's not like some other 'make over your life' books--Lara has made mistakes, and she's not afraid to tell us about them. She writes honestly and unflinchingly about how she changed her life for the better and her journey with God. To me, the spiritual aspects of this book are what makes it rise about the others. God is an integral part of her process--it's not just about throwing out clutter and setting goals, it's about doing what God has in mind for your l ...more
Scout Collins
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

In my expansive planner research I came across Lara Casey, and loved her graphic design! I found her website and realized she was a serious Christian who wanted to spread "God's word". I was disappointed by how religious she was but I wanted to read her books anyway. Unfortunately, "Make It Happen" was bogged down with Christianity and Jesus talk, which isn't great for the 5 billion of us who aren't Christian.

If this book had been her personal story, and her thoughts on how to lead a "p
The prescription here for how to evaluate your life and set goals is so good. Lara Casey gives a step-by-step process to examine your heart and live on purpose. It's worth a read for that alone.
Jessi Payne
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book designed to help you discover yourself and your purposeful legacy. I loved it.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Hannah • So Obsessed With
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
3.5 stars

There were a lot of things I liked about Lara's book, especially Lara's honesty and openness. She's vulnerable in these pages, and I know that takes a lot of courage. I also love that God is at the heart of everything she's writing. This isn't a self-help book telling you that YOU can do it all in your own power. It's a book about faith, facing your fears, surrendering control and living out your purpose. It's a book about adding meaning to your life - not just doing more. However, the
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I started this book on January 1st because I knew I wanted to make 2016 a year of making changes and begin living on purpose. Of course, before you can live on purpose, you have to determine what your purpose is. This book, as Lara says herself, is an action book rather than a reading book. It took me awhile to work my way through it because it does require a lot of introspection, questioning, actioning, and praying. This book is part autobiography, part guidebook to really focusing on what matt ...more
I love Lara Casey's powersheets and organizing/goal stuff and when I saw that she had a book I decided to grab it also. I thought it would help me with my goals and motivate me to move foreword to, "Make It Happen." I was expecting a book that was more like what part 4 (the guide to make it happen) was in the book. I didn't realize it was more of a mini life bio on how Lara found God and it transformed her life. Her story took up about 75% of the book. She does have an amazing story, and great g ...more
India Brown
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I've been following Lara Casey for a year and some change now and everything she writes is always inspiring. This book is no different. She's all about being transparent on what she's been through to let you know that her life is not and has not been as "cookie cutter" as you might think. This book challenges the reader to let go of the fluff and other things that you may be involved in just to say that you're busy, or to gain exposure, or to "make it". It challenges you to zo ...more
Oakley McMullin
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is a great book for anyone looking for religion! Unfortunately, I was looking for more of a book that would inspire me to take action and make my goals happen. I found the cover to be pretty misleading. The author goes as far as to say that following your heart leads to heartbreak and you need to surrender everything to God... not sure how that’s making anything happen...
Sandy  Kemp
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
Too religious for me.
I took a lot of notes in this Biblically-based instruction on goal-setting. Reading it provided a good foundation to the new year - a year in which I want to "live on purpose"!
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love hearing back story. This book was a great mix of story and motivation.
Fruity Lemonade
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Most of this is not a review....these are my notes from the book and most of this is direct quotes taken directly from the book.

Make It Happen by Lara Casey was my quiet meditation book this month. I have read her other book
Cultivate this year and was so inspired by it I had to get this one as well. This book speaks to my desire to live my life on purpose instead of autopilot. Which I feel I have been doing the last thirty years don’t get me wrong I have a wonderful life however my husband a
Charlene Dean
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don't we all have dreams for our lives? Things we'd like to do or become? This is a book about how to set goals to have the life we've imagined. Will these ideas propel me forward? It's too soon to tell, but I'm willing to give it a shot. This book is part of a larger entity know as "Cultivate What Matters" and as such has a social media presence, and of course, you can purchase the companion books, worksheets, planner, etc. I also want to note that this book (and company) is Christian based so ...more
Lydia Geisendorfer
Better motivation and energy boost than a good cup of coffee!

Lara Casey has the best way with words. Rooted in Christ and His love for us, her encouragement and practical tools (that she has learned from her own experience) truly make you want to get up and make things happen.
Lara genuinely shares her own story of how she faced her fears, dreamed big and relied on the Lord to make big changes in her own life. And then in the second par of the book, she gently walks you through some of those sam
Ezinne Meribe
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Read For Every Year

I started this book in January and I’m glad I read it through the quarter. It is filled with lots of signposts for just being - living a life of purpose that is not bound by rules and regulations but intentionally heart centred giving glory to the Father and spreading His fragrance with my life.

Every chapter has a sign post that leads you towards fulfilment and less overwhelm fully resting in the assurance that God has you sorted and that every step we take is ordered
Angela Boord
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith, memoir
I'm not really sure how to rate this book, so take the 3 stars with a grain of salt. I highlighted many passages on my Kindle because they particularly spoke to me or because I thought they were important, but I think the book as a whole is a little uneven. That doesn't mean that it isn't worth reading, though, because much of what she says about living a life on purpose instead of living by accident is very motivating.

I'm not sure if this book is meant to be a companion to her Power Sheets or
Windy Kahler
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading 'Cultivate' and loving it, I knew that I had to read this one too. I really enjoy reading Lara Casey's writing. Even though I didn't love this book as much as the other, it was still a really great read.

"Our failures are gifts, allowing us to learn, grow, redirect, and take new - and potentially better - paths."

"My purpose cannot depend on someone else's yes. The only yes that matters is God's."

"It's in the middle of what feels hopeless that, in our complete surrender, life happen
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This book was recommended to me by a friend. As I read the book, I got them impression that it was a fine read, just not what I need at this time. As I anticipate having a baby, there are a lot of things that I feel the need to get done. Nesting is awesome. Yet, I don't really have fear of them, just tiredness that gets in the way. I think the most helpful part of the book was to break down all the tasks that you want to accomplish into smaller parts. I have a few daunting tasks that I should br ...more
Yasmin van Bussel
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Although a short book it took me will to read it till the end as she talks way to much about God and Gods will. Particularly that ruined it for me. There were some interesting thoughts and I love her personal story but I was expecting to get more motivated but all what it did was make me think that the only thing she had to say was: leave it to God if is his will then it will happen. Therefore I do not recommend it if you are looking for motivation.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this audiobook. For the first three hours I was glad to get background on Lara's life and perspective, but the book wasn't what I expected. The rest of the book was more along the lines of what I expected - tips and insight into making it happen. I gifted a copy of the book to a friend of mine who I thought would really relate. All in all, a great book, and not a typical self-help read!
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Hi, y’all! I’m Lara. I’m a mom to three–one through the gift of adoption, a grateful wife, and a believer in the impossible (we have quite the story!). If we were having tea together right now, you’d find out quickly that I’m passionate about helping people get unstuck, unrushed, and living on purpose instead of by accident. To help with those things, I created the PowerSheets™ grace-filled goal s ...more
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