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Own Your Life: How to Grow a Legacy of Faith, Love, and Spiritual Influence

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Do you ever long for days full of joy and energy—days that bring out the best version of you rather than leave you exhausted? Do you sometimes catch yourself wishing life was more impactful and fulfilling? In a world that’s moving so fast, it’s easy to lose your sense of purpose. So now is the time to make each moment of your ordinary, everyday, beautiful existence count. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Tyndale Momentum
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Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the Clarkson family's books. . .Clay's, Sally's, and Sarah's. I have been to multiple mom's conferences both in Colorado and Texas and have heard them speak. I have attended their seminars at homeschooling conferences. I subscribe to their newsletter and read their blogs. So, when I saw that Sally was publishing yet another book I wasn't particularly enthused, not because I don't adore the message of the Clarkson family, but because I thought, "I've heard all the stories and I ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
As a book, it was okay. A lot of imagery and flowery writing that I could've done without. But I felt like the title (of the book and the sections) didn't match the content. It was more like "Own Your Faith". The answer for pretty much every problem presented was "read your Bible, pray, have more faith". And I lost count of how many times the author mentioned "the countless books and conferences our ministry has produced". I know many women are loving this book, but it severely missed the mark f ...more
I'm only about 1/3 through this book and I think I'm going to put it down for now. It's just too touchy-feely for me. A lot of stories with a lot of elaborate fluffy details, and with my ADD brain I simply lose focus. I think Sally is a wonderful Christian woman and I'm sure her words touch many women. But for me, the style of the writing simply isn't holding my attention at this time in my life. I don't doubt, however, that many women would give this 5 stars and surely enjoy it and feel challen ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Sally Clarkson. The end.

For real, though. This, in my opinion, was her most "real" book. She shares her struggles and weaknesses. She's usually pretty idealistic (one of the things I love about her!) but it seemed like in this book, she really got down to the heart of the matter(s).

One thing I love about Sally is her constant devotion to the Lord and her ability to take any issue and encourage you to surrender it to Jesus.

I would love to sit down and have coffee with this women, but I'
Jenny Carr
Like all Sally's books encouraging read, and some helpful prompts in there, too about making the most of time, and especially the time we have with our children, and family.
One thing that I really did not like, though was the quote she headed a chapter with from a former Pope. I would be wary of this, as to some they might think it justifies Roman Catholicism. I see the Pope as a Spiritual apostate, and not a Christian. However, having said this, she never every justifies works based religion in
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The chapters in this book have been read and reread as I worked my way through it. The overall theme for this book is being a good steward of the life we are given. My biggest take-aways are simple ones--seek God daily and consider where He leads today. Don't wait for life circumstances to change to do the things God calls you to today. In all things, love others with God's love.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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A.C. Cuddy
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
God has made you with the capacity to live courageously, to have great faith, and to become a person of influence. Will you follow hard after Him and live into your potential? Will you choose today to own your life?

Learn to live each day with spiritual intention—and see how your moment-by-moment decisions add up to a breathtaking life story that shines with God’s love. You’ll come alive with confidence, energy, and purpose as you discover His fingerprints in your most ordinary days. Your life wi
Catherine Gillespie
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Clarkson delves deeply into the tension between valuing productivity and valuing relationship. The two need not be mutually exclusive, of course, but in our culture efficiency is greatly prized and busyness is often equated with meaning, so you really have to be deliberate to prioritize engagement and encouragement. She notes that when you’re preoccupied with working on something, giving a passive “uh-huh” rather than making eye contact, you aren’t really fooling anyone, and miss the chance to b ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of practical tips on Christian living from this book. A reminder that God often does not work with the most qualified, but with the most available. We had lots of things to agree on (1) "My mother-in-law is no Naomi." (2) instrumental guitar music (3) always sit in front of a window (4) convinced that gratefulness is a life-changer (5) a friend-oriented person (6) spending time in the Word of God (7) homeschooling (8) having no curtains on my bedroom windows so I can enjoy morning light.

This is the second Sally Clarkson book I've read. I admire Clarkson's life and ministry, but can't seem to connect to her via her books. The chapter that made this book worth the effort, though, was the one on the high cost of loving. One thing off-putting about this book is that the many examples she gives from her own life come off as bragging, which I'm sure was never her intention.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read at just the right season of my life as we RV traveled. A keeper of a book to read again. Sally is like a kindred spirit friend with her thoughts in this book. I haven't enjoyed her other writings nearly as much as I did this one.
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Much to love. Some that is irksome.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sally Clarkson is always wonderful and this book is no exception!
Lucille Zimmerman
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A book filled with wise advise and wonderful stories. Sally is an inspiration.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I am launching another 101 things to do in 1001 days, so I thought it would be good to read this to help me prepare. I was able to borrow it through my library's inter-library loan service, but I confess I only read the first one and a half chapters before needing to return it.

The author related a time that was very difficult for her which reminded me of a time that was very difficult for me. She had an "aha!" moment or what could also be called a "coming to Jesus" moment which she shared. I had
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-growth
Sally's wisdom and love for Jesus shine through every page of this book. I underlined many thoughts that spoke to me so I can go back and ponder some more.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Nathan Albright
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.]

While this book is one of many in my collection written by, about, and for women, it speaks to a lot of concerns that men can easily identify with as well. That said, the book is written intentionally for broken and overstressed mommies struggling to find time to pray or rest, or who have to deal with divorce, difficult family backgrounds and personal pasts full of abuse and shame. The book
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do you long for a wise spiritual mentor? Sally Clarkson is that for me. She offers hope and encouragement that spills from Godly wisdom and years of experience in living an intentional life, owning her life.
I am so very excited to wrap up 2014 and begin 2015 with this book. Since my youngest 3 children were quite young, I've been blessed by the wisdom and encouragement of Sally Clarkson. I've read several of her books, used Educating the Wholehearted Child when we first began homeschooling and h
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson is a great book for the new year. Many people are looking for a fresh start in the new year, and reading this book is a good place to start. The description reads:

"Do you ever long for days full of joy and energy—days that bring out the best version of you rather than leave you exhausted? Do you sometimes catch yourself wishing life was more impactful and fulfilling? In a world that’s moving so fast, it’s
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was a big fan of the book Desperate By Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae so I was looking forward to reading more from Clarkson. Own Your Life did not disappoint. Sally's writing comes across as someone having a chat over a cup of tea, not a sermon or a soapbox rant.

So many things in the book jumped out at me.

"Will you invest your life for eternity, or spend it, wasting the days on things that do not matter, on issues that will quickly fade away?"

"Each person has the power and authority to bring h
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. For me, the take home point was that I could embrace and live fully in my unique life and family makeup. She encouraged me to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to growing in my faith and living it out. The book is very inspiration and practical.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"I had to own my life--to take responsibility for my choices, attitude, will, and actions, knowing they would all have consequences for eternity. Once I understood that my integrity was built when no
Ruthe Turner
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could, I would give this book 10 stars. I appreciate so much the wisdom of Sally Clarkson, gleaned from her own life and from her daily walk with God through prayer, Bible reading, and service to others. While many of Sally Clarkson's books are addressed to homeschool moms, the focus of this book is to a broader audience of women who want to live life to the fullest as God intended - in their home, marriage, and other relationships. Sally Clarkson encourages women to see beauty and purpose ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sally Clarkson's words bless, encourage and inspire. This book refreshed my soul as a follower of Jesus, as a wife, and as a mother.

Sally exhorts and encourages women to be intentional in all areas of our lives-- to put into practice today the habits that will shape us for our tomorrows.

I am always so thankful for Sally Clarkson's books and the ways she has mentored me through them. Her words always resound with truth and give such inspiration to my heart and practices as a mama, especially.

Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sally has written a very good book again. This book is culturally so relevant and every Christian woman should read this slowly and ponder each deep and self-evaluating point. Sally penetrates to the heart of every pressing issue in today's world that divide us from God's true calling and purpose for us as moms, wives, and women. This thoughtful and though-provoking book may be just what you need to help you grow deeper in your walk with God and be the best that you can be in every aspect of you ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I feel like I've sat near Sally for a few weeks just soaking in her life, her wisdom, her quiet time, her mothering, her love. I really enjoyed picking out th elittle things that I needed to hear from Sally and the conversational tone with which she writes. Sometimes it's a little tempting to get discouraged about how good her relationship is with her adult children, and wondering how my boys will turn out... but rather than get sucked down that hole, I just kept reading and soaking in as much a ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most spiritually inspirational books I've ever read. What a gift Sally Clarkson is. An example in her humility, love for the Lord, and pure joy in circumstances. This book is for any mom in any stage of life. Not only am I fed from the top of my head to my tippy toes but I have a bunch of highlighted portions to add to my commonplace book. I am also going to buy the audio version so I can listen to it again and again. Highly recommended.
Karlyn Hillman
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was not a book I read quickly. It took me just shy of 3 months. Not because of uninterest, boredom, or poor writing, but because I needed time to soak in the wisdom poured out in these words. I highly respect Sally's writing, her experience, and the wisdom she shares. I'm grateful for her honesty and her ability to share Gods truth in how to own our lives. This is a must read but give yourself time to marinate in the words written. Don't rush it.
Stephanie  Bishop
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like Sally Clarkson, she is an amazing role model to mothers everywhere. I love her views on how to make a home feel like a home, parenting, and her thoughts on sharing Jesus with others. This isn't a sit down and read through quickly type of book. It's meant to be read in sips, a chapter or so a day. She's reminding us how to live our lives and share our faith and be the best version of ourselves. I definitely recommend this book, especially to my other Mommy friends.
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  • Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
  • Caught Up in a Story: Fostering a Storyformed Life of Great Books & Imagination with Your Children
  • Heartfelt Discipline: The Gentle Art of Training and Guiding Your Child
  • Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest
  • Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are
  • Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace
  • Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
  • Abundant Simplicity: Discovering the Unhurried Rhythms of Grace
  • Let. It. Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith
  • Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home
  • Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
  • Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most
  • You're Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You
  • Treasuring God in Our Traditions
  • Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy
  • The Shaping of a Christian Family
  • Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer
  • Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval - and Seeing Yourself Through God's Eyes

From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary, traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God's kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same. From her best-selling books such as Own Your Life, Desperate (with
“God desires to work supernaturally through normal people who are willing to follow Him wholeheartedly and reflect His glory.” 4 likes
“There is no single way to serve God, but the point is this: We each have only one life to live to tell a story about Him, about His ways, about His love. And if we are Christ followers, then God calls us to use our gifts, to exercise our faith, and to become salt and light right where we are.” 2 likes
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