My sweet husband bought me Sally Clarkson’s (now) next-to-latest book just after it came out last year on a day when I needed some encouragement. I’m a little embarrassed by how long it has taken me to read Own Your Life, but I finally picked it up right after Christmas while Steady Eddie was off work and I had leisurely mornings to spend with it. Look! I even began journaling as I read, taking time to think through her end-of-chapter questions and respond thoughtfully and prayerfully. (This picture is from Instagram, by the way. If you’re an IGer, you can follow me at hopeisthewordblog.)
That went well until Steady Eddie returned to work and life returned to normal. However, I did glean a lot from this book. I’ve read many of Sally’s books on mothering, and I can say that sometimes her message begins to seem repetitive. That really isn’t a bad thing, as her message is one that needs repeating. However, this book is really about looking at one’s life holistically, and would be an excellent book for anyone to read, no matter what stage of life she is in. This book is divided into five parts and consists of seventeen chapters. She discusses topics such as God’s training, priorities and commitments, spiritual disciplines, emotional health, home atmosphere, and other such topics. I especially appreciate her chapter on marriage. I look at it as a sort of “life coach” book from a Christian perspective, and every single chapter contains wisdom that I really need to hear and heed. Sally encourages women to prioritize both serving others sacrificially and doing little things that feed their own souls, and my only quibble with her is that I’ve yet to figure out how to do both. However, I do realize that now in her seventh decade of life, Sally has the benefit of perspective which I do not now possess. It’s wonderful to have a mentor who gives that perspective. I do highly recommend this title to women who are like I am and feel overwhelmed by the chaos at times and long to be a little more single-minded in their vision for their lives.
Perhaps Sally’s message can best be summed up in this short excerpt from the last few chapters of this inspiring and encouraging book:
Women are the heroines of life in my book. Women rock. Our very inheritance–being made in the divine image of God–gives us power to influence in many arenas. When we embrace our innate heritage as civilizers, life artists, counselors, teacher, and musicians bringing song to life, our influence in glorious. (209)
Sally definitely inspires me to reach beyond where I’m living now, and for that I find her influence invaluable.
Other posts about Sally Clarkson’s books here at Hope Is the Word:
- Seasons of a Mother’s Heart bookclub (this is a long post that indexes all my posts about this book when I blogged through it a few years ago)
- Desperate (written in collaboration with Sarah Mae)