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Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence

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A powerful call to step into your full potential that biblically affirms the need for women to rise up and work together to make a better world.

"Jo is one of my most trusted voices in Christian leadership... She leads auditoriums full of people, and she leads me one-on-one." --Jen Hatmaker

In this particular cultural moment, where the momentum of #MeToo meets raised voices
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Waterbrook Press
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Heather Haigh
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor to read an advance reader digital copy. What a fantastic motivating realistic deep soulful read. Amazing amazing nuggets to brew deep and lead the way and pursue gods gifts he gave us and root up fly and take wing. Amazing book. I really enjoyed the style of writing. Thank you for the privilege. Highly suggest pre order. Absolutely do it!
QUEENIE
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book tackles women's empowerment. The author relates our issues to the women in the Bible. I can relate to some of the book. I feel the author kept repeating things throughout the book but just paraphrasing. The book touches on sexism, low self-esteem, financial issues, and workplace harassment. I recommend this book to all women. I give this book 5 stars. ...more
Michelle
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read another book by this author last fall (The Dream of You) and fell in love with her ability to tell a story and encourage the reader to take action. Therefore, when I discovered she had a new book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Ready to Rise is a book for women. It's meant specifically to encourage, instruct, and inspire leaders. I am not in a leadership role in any capacity currently, so there is much that I didn't feel was meant for me. However, as I read, I found myself c
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Kailyn Hill Van Der Wal
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After a few chapters I could already tell this book was going to be life-giving in a time that self-reflection is at its peak. I caught myself wondering how Jo could have known that a book like this would be needed in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, and then I realized: she didn’t know, but Jesus did. Where do we as Christian women go from here? Jo addresses inequality in a wholly un-obnoxious way and encourages the reader to take up the mantle Jesus has left for us. As a white American woman ...more
Kirsten
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a privilege and an inspiration to read an advance review copy of Ready to Rise. Like Jo’s other two books, this one is raw, honest, encouraging and empowering and would have had me in tears (of delight and anguish) had I slowed down long enough to let myself (I’ll save that for my second read when the paperback arrives!).

Deeply grounded in biblical truth and practical wisdom, Ready to Rise is not only an imperative to ‘find our voice’ and use it for the kingdom of God, it also provides tool
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Sally Mellinger
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Jo, for writing exactly what I needed to read during this time. I sometimes think that my voice is too much for those around me, and now I am learning that my voice is exactly what those around me need. Thank you for showing me the importance of self-care and community while I step into my influence.
Rev Hannah
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘If there was ever a time to uncover our potential and voices - it’s now. Now is the time to boldly and authentically rise.’ The more I read of this the more inspired, challenged and excited I am. I, like Jo, am someone with strong opinions. Kind people call me direct but I know that I can be blunt! Since I was ordained in June 2019 God has been challenging me on using my voice well, using it to be ‘graciously challenging.’ I’m reviewing this now knowing that the rest of the book will not disapp ...more
Unnichan
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are times when you read a book to learn. You open it and are ready to be lavished with new ideas or general uses and plans that you can implement. You are genuinely ready to embrace the guidelines and the anecdotes as they teach you about someone else. It is an altogether different thing when you read something and you realize every story, every plan, every gem is speaking directly to you.
Ready To Rise by Jo Saxton is for every woman. Literally everyone who has ever lived, ever dreamed, e
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Stacy
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jo Saxton has written a book specifically about the unique challenges women face in leadership. Her writing is genuine, real and inviting. She speaks to the heart of the struggle women face and have faced in any form of leadership or influence. Jo inspires the reader with stories of biblical characters, real women, that God used to display his love and purpose for. The book is not only filled with quality content but each chapter is followed up with questions that call the reader to action in di ...more
Thabile
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have never thought of myself as a leader and I have never wanted to lead anyone. When I stumbled upon Jo Saxton a few years ago she scared me and intrigued at the same time. In my head she was born like that “ bold and courageous “. I did not think she had anything to offer me because I am timid and quiet and so not a leader.

I listened to her and GLS 2019 and decided that I would like to know more. Ready to Rise has been such an eye opener for me. Chapter 8 was my favorite because it was mean
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Laura Meiser
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been following Jo Saxton's work for quite some time and was delighted to read this book. Geared towards women who lead in any context, "Ready to Rise" is a call to action. As a woman in leadership and often the only woman in the room, it can be challenging to find one's voice, but Jo encourages just that through Biblical examples, practical tips and sound advice. Jo's passion for empowering others is evident and her wisdom quite applicable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks t ...more
Sarah
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to receive an advance reader copy of ‘Ready to Rise’ at the perfect time. I grew up in the church and had spent some time away as an adult. I received my copy in the midst of a women’s retreat and a call to join a church that I have volunteered in over the last year.

Ready to Rise is a must read for women who are ready to equip themselves and step into leadership roles. The world is ready for women to pull a seat up to the table and contribute their God given gifts. Jo tackles the
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Katrina
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! It's amazing how timely this book is in the world right now. During a time where we need to be socially distant this book is all about finding your voice, being with your community, and stepping into your influence. It's a timely book because of the time we have to read and focus on what Biblical truths and that is what Jo has in this book. She not only weaves in her story but Biblical leaders lives as well as practical ways for us to step into our influence and thus helping others to do th ...more
Bethany
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ladies, if you are looking for an encouraging and empowering read, Ready to Rise would be a great choice! Jo Saxton talks about how to use your spiritual gifts, find your voice, take care of yourself, allowing yourself to be healed by our Savior, grow your grit, and surround yourself with a supportive village. One part of the book that stood out to me was when she discussed how the word in the Bible for women in Genesis was "ezer", which is often translated as "helper". Ezer means "to rescue, to ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ready to Rise
Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence
by Jo Saxton

WaterBrook & Multnomah
WaterBrook
Christian | Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 14 Apr 2020


I am reviewing a copy of Ready to Rise through WaterBrook & Multnomah and Netgalley:



In this book Jo Saxton reminds the readers if there is every a time for us to find out voices and fulfill our potential the time is now. She goes on to encourage the readers to think of their family trees, think of their storie bys and exper
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Donna
Jul 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Ready to Rise by Jo Saxton is a must read for all women. Even if you are not in a leadership role you will relate to so many of her stories and situations. I highlighted so many sections of this book that are encouraging and reminders. And sometimes a nugget that helped me know I am not alone in the situations I face.

It is amazing that Jo wrote this book before knowing we would be in a pandemic, economic and racial unrest. So many times in the book you felt that she was writing for this specifi
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Jaymie
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

Jo Saxton is one of my favorite speakers from If:Gathering. In fact, her sermon this year, tied into this book, was one of my favorites. It made me look forward to reading this, and I was not disappointed.

I loved this look at women in leadership, especially in church leadership, but not exclusively. My favorite chapters were the ones in the middle about saying yes to who y
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Hayley
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a long time reader, listener, and admirer Jo Saxton's preaching, teaching and speaking - this book is pure inspiration from the start. Jo's inspirational from page one and her Bible knowledge as well as fire for women knowing His truth is evident as the reader makes their way through this book. Food for my hungry soul, I found myself highlighting and making notes more often than not and finally realized I needed to pull my Bible out to really delve deeper into this while following Jo's words. ...more
Cheryl
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook version of Ready to Rise and it was like sitting down with a wise friend and leadership coach. Jo is forthright yet compassionate and the book was timely for me, as I am contemplating potential life transitions. As a woman who has been raising a family while at the same time in full-time vocational ministry, it has been a struggle to find models or mentors and Jo was that for me in this book. There's nothing fluffy or flaky here...She is honest and authentic about her ...more
Kim Whetstone
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jo Saxton has been a friend, mentor, leader and coach who has transformed my life. Her writing is honest, invites healthy reflection and always moves us toward action. Ready to Rise helps us to name those things that are holding us back in our leadership, and more fully own our gifts, skills and desires so we may move forward and authority and confidence. Since engaging the content of this book, I have been able to name more readily the gifts I have not owned fully and the areas I have diminishe ...more
Janet
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
A new book on leadership for Christian women!
It takes a woman leader to encourage Christian women to lead! (You can quote me!)

Jo is a woman who leads, and speaks to groups, and writes books!

When I first picked up this book, I knew it was about encouraging Christian women to find their voice and influence people, but I did not know it was about the art of leadership for Christian women.

This book is full of tips and steps to follow. It also is full of encouragement! Jo gives examples from her own
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Katie
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯'𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.⁣

In Ready To Rise, Jo Saxton brings light to the issues (eg. sexism, insecurities, finances and such) that discourage women in leadership. She encourages us to own our voices, to build our communities and to step into our influence.⁣

Written from a faith-based perspective, Jo shares stories of female leaders from the Bible such as Deborah and Priscilla. Jo uses Scripture to affirm that God created women for leadership.⁣

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳, 𝘨𝘪𝘧
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Emily P
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved "Ready to Rise" ! Saxton is adept at encouraging her readers to leave fear behind, running towards what God has called us to, unafraid.

The book is a clarion call to step out and use our talents for not only lifting others, but continuing on the path God has for our lives. Saxton is a truth teller and a friend you can lean on.

This would be a great read for all ages of women.
I think in a group setting, this would springboard a lot of conversation and growth among friends.

If y
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Denise Hauge
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jo summarizes Jesus’ call to women, and really God’s view of women throughout history, in one of the chapters. It was refreshing to hear Biblical support for the idea that women leaders are of equal value and equipping as men. Women posses important giftings that this world needs for us to contribute.
A favorite component of the book is that each chapter ends with reflection questions to pause and make it personal. Initially I read an advanced copy on my e-reader. I cannot wait to get my pre-ord
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Xamayta
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I loved most about this book is how Jo Saxton has masterfully woven personal stories, Biblical truths and the voices of other leaders to assist us to be ready to rise. Her words are already helping me embrace my God given talents, while challenging me to work on sharpening the skills and gifts I already posses. Saxton has an ability to combine her personal and interpersonal skills to convey her message, which I found useful because it didn't leave me wishing I had been given practical ways ...more
Liv Young
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read Ready to Rise, but I had no idea how deeply it would resonate with me. I could not wait to share quotes with my friends because she truly captured how I have often felt as a female leader. The section in which Jo identified her true feelings about her call to leadership gave me so much comfort because I had never heard another vocalize my internal feelings so eloquently as she has. This book is inspiring, yet practical. I thoroughly enjoyed the authentic conversations she h ...more
Liz T.
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence

So So Good!!! This book is exactly what I needed in this season of leadership! I'm so glad I got my hands on it and I am so thankful that I was able to share it with my daughters who are growing into womanhood & leadership! Jo Saxton has a way of delivering a powerful message we all need to hear, asking the questions we all need in order to grow into leadership AND help us with the game plan to move forward with our vi
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Fel (whatfelreads)
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'll read anything Jo writes, truthfully, and I was SO EXCITED when I received this early copy.

After graduating from college last year with my degree in Christian ministry, I was BURNT OUT and needing a break. But, I jumped right into ministry without even a second glance. This book really helped revive my sprit and remind me of the importance of my call in life. Jo has a way of writing that reminds me of a mentor relationship, that ability to call the best out of your while not being unaware o
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Sheryl
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading 'Ready to Rise.' I felt like Jo and I had been sitting down for a good long meal chewing on the meat of women in leadership particularly in the Christian context (although this book is valuable for all women.) Ready to Rise is affirming and challenging. Jo's writing is conversational and as I read and considered my own experiences, I found myself wanting practical next steps. She gets there, I promise. But first she invites you in to the conversation so you can discover f ...more
Kristine
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ready to Rise is entering the market at just the right time; for a time such as this. It is the perfect book to cozy up to during "The Great Pause".

I'm half-way through the book and cannot put it down. Jo Saxton is an excellent story-teller, motivator, and encourager. This book is about empowerment, leadership, and owning our voice. I liked the part where she says that we don't need to find our voice because we already have one given to us by our Creator; we just need to walk in its power.

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