Book Review: Make It Happen by Lara Casey

_240_360_Book.1451.coverIt is the middle of January, so maybe you have already abandoned/broke your new year’s resolutions, if you are even the resolution-making type. Enter Lara Casey. “You were created for a purpose, and it’s time to make it happen,” writes Lara Casey in her book, Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose.

I do not know a lot about Lara Casey, but I ordered an art print from her website for one of my friends last year. The art prints she has listed on her website drew me in because her words were honest and encouraging.

When I began reading Make It Happen, I will admit I read it with some hesitancy. How is this book going to be any different from the many other similar books that tell you to stop being afraid, be brave, be bold, and live on purpose? You can find quotes and self-help books all over the place, so what makes this book any different?

It was not until she opened up about details from her own life that I really felt drawn into the book. She shared some vulnerable moments in her story, and it was Casey’s own personal story that I found most valuable in this book. The book includes a lot of practical steps to move forward, including a fourth part titled “Your Guide to Make it Happen” which offers helpful and realistic action steps to make it happen–exercises to evaluate your life, clear the clutter, set purposeful goals, and take action.

After reading this book, I felt like Lara Casey would be one of those people you would spend time with and feel there is something different about her. She writes with honesty:

“It’s easy to make goals that sound good or goals that other people have that you think you should have, too, just to keep up. Don’t do that. The idea here is for you to simplify your life, not to give yourself a new to-do list of things that sound good. Living on purpose cuts out the fluff.”

There may be other books out there like this book, but nevertheless, it is incredibly helpful because it encourages you to slow down and take stock of your life. If you struggle with feeling overwhelmed or constantly seeking perfection, I do believe this book is worth it. However, you can only “make it happen” when you begin to take action and make the necessary changes in your own life. Reading this book does not instantly make it happen. Lara Casey is not going to show up and make things happen for you. You have to work hard, but you do not have to feel overwhelmed. Casey’s words plant a seed in your heart reassuring you change is possible. Even the impossible is possible with God–a message Casey reinforces. You do not need a new calendar year to start surrendering your fear, taking the leap, and living on purpose. Start today.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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