(Review) Restless: Because You Were Made For More by Jennie Allen
Publisher: W. Publishing Group.
Genre: Nonfiction, Story of Joseph, Calling.
Rating: 3 stars for good.
Restless has been written to an audience of women who struggle with finding their calling, and pursuing the dreams that have been squeezed out by the realities of life.
Jennie Allen uses the story of Joseph from Genesis chapters 37-50, as the Biblical passage.
The book is divided into three parts: "The Call," "The Threads," and "Living On Purpose."
"The Call" introduces us to the concept and feeling of having a call that is unrecognized or ignored or unknown.
"The Threads" is the mechanics (so to speak) of the calling.
"Living On Purpose" addresses those problems that hinder us, or drown out the call. This section gives a final encouragement to be steadfast and obedient to God in our call.
Restless is for an audience of women younger that me. I'm 51, and have moved passed the thought pattern of "gosh, what is God's calling in my life." In theory, this question is not a bad question. But, it can certainly trip us up in that we are more focused on asking the question than in realizing that if we are a Christian and we are praying for God's calling/will in our life, we are already in His will. Secondly, I want to make a statement. God's calling in our life is not always dreamy and dramatic. More often it is faithfully enduring in the current work or tasks we are already engaged in.
When we are in an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, reading His Word, studying His Word, and allowing Him to have reign in our life (all parts of our life.) Then we are in His will.
I appreciate Restless. I felt it had good teaching, with easy to remember and applicable one line quotes.
"We know our mission is to know God and make Him known." Page 122.
"This journey is a chance to lay out what you have, what you know, and hand it up to God." Page 67.
"The kind of life you want lies on the other side of death" page 17.
And the best quote!
"Great people do not do great things; God does great things through surrendered people." Page 23.
And to this last quote I say Amen!