“Wild and Free” by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan could not have come at a better time. During a challenging month I found myself questioning if I was “too much or not enough.” Then the beautiful Jennie Allen shared this book as one of her “favorite things” and I had the chance to review. Thank you God for beautiful, ordained timing. Right as I faced overt sexism, right when I wasn’t sure what God was calling me to, this anthem “Wild and Free” came into my life.
Connolly and Morgan share candidly and conversationally. I love that they realized they needed each other to write the book. Each section is written by one of the ladies and then a “response” is written by their counterpart. Wow how can I explain just how much I relate to bits of each perspective. There is plenty that “isn’t me” but so much more that I could identify with and learn from.
This is one I must get my hands on, in hard copy, and I will read again. I truly believe that women of all ages, walks of life, and on either end of this “too much” or “not enough” spectrum must read. I am planning to bring it as content to my community Mom’s group and I cannot wait to see the women devour it. Connolly and Morgan set the stage for transparent and authentic conversation that I know the women will use as a springboard to explore the concepts held in the pages.
I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of Scripture laced into the book and while I have seen reviews from self declared “Non- Christians” that also raved about this book I know for a fact that the most impact is for people who believe but have trouble having active faith. I want a faith that demonstrates my belief that Jesus is who makes us enough and in that we have absolute freedom. This book gave me the reminders I needed…
I have complete…
Freedom to do what He has called me to, unashamedly.
Freedom to be who He made me to be with complete confidence.
Pick up a copy. Like now. And while you are at it buy a second copy to give a friend. You will need someone to share the experience with.
Here are a few quotes I just couldn’t resist sharing. Found in the first few chapters, they resonated so much with me, I just had to keep reading….
“If you’re not living in freedom, you’re living in fear. Fear and love cannot occupy the same space, and neither can deep-rooted fear and freedom.”
“You can take up all the space you need and still leave room for others.” “You can be seen and heard and still be gracious. Challenging expectations is wise, but abandoning them defensively is not.”
Ladies this was just the tip of the iceberg as I examined why I was feeling like “too much” in one moment and “not enough” in another. I know what God has called me to, I know I am sensitive to His leading, and I know that he wants me to be “Wild and Free.” So here goes…
For all the fullness of God available to His daughters, we often feel limited by two defining insecurities: “I am too much,” and “I am not enough.”
Co-authors and best friends Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have felt the same, until one essential question turned the tables on it all: If God is wild and free and he created women, what does this mean for us today?
Wild and Free is an anthem and an invitation in equal parts to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, Jess and Hayley reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus.
Because you don’t have to be everything to everyone. You don’t have to try so hard to button it up and hold it together. And you certainly don’t have to quiet the voice that God gave you when he created you to sing. Wild and Free will help you shake off the lies of insecurity in your life, and step forward to maximize your God-given influence for his glory and the world’s good.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.