Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Musings - Own Your Life

In the Spring issue of Life: Beautiful Magazine, I saw a review for Sally Clarkson's new book, Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love. I picked up a copy at the library a few weeks later. I had checked out quite a few books from the library when I picked this book up; luckily our library allows a one time online renewal option. However, I was only halfway through the book when the second due date arrived . . . so, I did something I rarely do. I kept the book and finished it anyway, paying the $1 fine when I turned it in four days later.


This Christian non-fiction book contains advice for living an abundant life, not settling for mediocrity, mapping out our purpose, giving God control, changing our attitudes and actions, and living well to leave a legacy. I especially liked the author's admonition to "live with intention."

The following description of faith from the book reminds me that while my faith in the Lord alone is all that's needed to attain the reward of eternity in heaven, there's still work to be done in this lifetime.

Faith is a mysterious process of following the voice of God, accompanied by hard work and wisdom.

I was particularly drawn to her descriptions of a home. Here's one example:

Home is the haven of INSPIRATION, where the art of life is expressed and taught. Color is strewn into every corner; delectable food is tasted; fine art, books, and beauty are strategically placed throughout the scenery of its rooms and walls.

Each chapter ended with a section titled "Own Your Part," which included exercises and questions to help apply the topic to our own life.

Think about the legacy you are leaving behind - even now, as well as after your life on earth is over. Are you content with what you imagine it will be? Can you identify any areas of your life that you would like to build into in order to leave a more godly heritage?

There were actually a lot more thought-provoking quotes and exercises that I marked with sticky notes throughout the book. In fact, I'd like to re-read this book and work through some of the suggested exercises at the end of each chapter, so I've added it to my list of books to purchase.

Have you read anything lately that's filled with thought-provoking ideas?

5 comments:

Sandra said...

I'm going to see if our library has this book. Sounds vey interesting

joel & ginny said...

Sally is one of my favorite writers. I got to attend one of her conference/workshops, and it was uplifting and encouraging. Her daughter Sarah's book Caught Up in a Story is another good one. (Tyfb from the old bpc)

MonicaB said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for reviewing it.

Missus Wookie said...

Looks interesting - I like the quotes, and will go looking for it.

Fiona Kennedy said...

Sounds like a really interesting book.