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No more hiding or people-pleasing up in here, sisters. No more being sidelined in your own life. It is time for us to be brave, to claim our gifts and quirks and emotions. You are set free and set up and set on fire.
NOW you can get busy doing what you were placed on this planet to do. NOW you can be honest, honest, honest about all of it, even the hard stuff, even the humiliating stuff, even the secret stuff. NOW you can walk in your convictions of faith and ask new questions unafraid. NOW you can be so free, because you are not searching for value from any source other than your own beautiful soul made piece by piece by God who adores you and is ready to get on with the business of unleashing you into this world.
Jen Hatmaker is the big sister we all need.
Whether or not we, as individuals, have a big sister, we also need Jen.
I don’t want to review a book and simply say, “Oh.My.Word. You NEED to read this.” That’s not fair.
Jen has an uncanny way of laying out a situation with, “Hey, look, I’ve been there, I have literally done that thing. Here are some useful things to make it easier or better for you.”
Sometimes those words are hard to swallow. Sometimes it is not what you want to hear.
But, way more often than not, they are the things you need to hear.
To be honest, this is not my absolute favorite-Jen-Hatmaker-bookTM – that remains Of Mess and Moxie, but Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire is a very close second.
Divided into five sections: Who I Am, What I Need, What I Want, What I Believe, and How I Connect, Fierce provides a guidebook to figuring out some (or all) of those questions for yourself. Filled with personal stores, researched evidence, and supporting commentary from a variety of sources, these chapters give the reader 1. The reminder that they are not alone and they are not the only one doing that thing, feeling that thing, or going through that thing; 2. Scientific “proof” behind statements surrounding body image, eating disorders, suicide rates, among others; psychological definitions and impacts of gaslighting, loneliness, competition, success, and more; and 3. Additional places to expand their knowledge on the theme’s topic – do you want to learn more from Brene Brown after reading this paragraph? How about Sarah Bessey? Rachel Held Evans?
It’s not a road map with checkpoints of how to accomplish the task, climb the relentless ladder of “success,” or become a media mogul. This book invites the reader to look inward. Define who they are. Become who they really want to be and find the confidence to project that into the world honestly.
Chapter 7 – I want this Dream
AKA – the chapter I needed to read most right now
How many dreams are you letting sit on the shelf because you know that they won’t work out?
If you’re like me, you’ve had this IDEATM, you’ve thought about how to start it, you’ve thought about how amazing it would be at first, and then…. then you’ve thought of all the ways it will fail. Not could. Will.
Why are those dreams still hanging around then? They clearly will fail.
But that one little voice won’t let me completely let the IDEATM go.
Maybe it’s time….
The Final Verdict
My rating: 5 stars
Would I recommend? Yes