“She had me at hello.” If ever that phrase was pertinent it’s now, in reference to Jennie Allen’s new book Made For This: 40 Days to Living Your Purpose. From the very introduction, an anecdote about Sarah, to the beautiful layout and workbook format I found this book drawing me in. This would be a wonderful study to engage in during the Lenten season, starting this Wednesday on Ash Wednesday you could dive into the study for the 40 days of Lent. Made for This is a beautiful tool for deepening your relationship with Jesus and to not just discover, but to live out your purpose.
There is also a current study going on (not too late to join!) and watching how the workbook is impacting the lives of other women is awe inspiring. The book is a “new look at Jennie Allen’s core message from her first two books Restless and Anything.” The two books have been combined in Made For This to “create a unique interactive journey to help [the reader] analyze the places they find themselves in, the passions, the gifts, the experiences, their age, and their position to discover their specific calling.” Allen has accomplished what she set out to do. The workbook format is practical and engaging. Although some of the ideas and stories are familiar as a reader of Allen’s aforementioned books, much of the content is new. I find that hearing a story again provides a unique opportunity to hear it from a different perspective in a different time or space, plus it makes Allen feel like an old friend who tells you the same story a handful of times.
Allen asks challenging questions, leaves room for the reader to process their answers, and provides encouragement to go deeper. The space to respond, read, and reflect both on Allen’s words and on Scripture is refreshing. With each page her genuine spirit and love for God and His Word is evident. Her authenticity and candid nature provide a safe space for the reader to engage in the same way.
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Made For This: 40 Days to Living Your Purpose
By Jennie Allen
Recognize your calling, find your place of service, and follow God to a life of purpose.
In her bestselling books Anything and Restless, Jennie Allen challenged women to fully surrender their lives to God and then offered a process to uncover and understand the raw materials He had given them to use for His glory and purposes. Now, for the first time ever, those two concepts have been combined to create a forty-day journey for women to pursue God and find the deepest yearnings of their heart fulfilled.
This step-by-step process, to fully surrender to God and then identify the threads of gifts, passions, places, relationships, and sufferings in your life, is not to get what you want but to find what God wants of you. The journal-like edition includes
a new introduction and perspective from Jennie stories and testimonies from women whose lives have been changed by the process and the workbook graphics to determine the individual threads and how to weave them together
Divided into forty days, Made for This will help readers not only follow their dreams but also be able to answer life’s ultimate question: Why am I here?