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You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen. Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too. Make It Happen i You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen. Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too. Make It Happen is for women who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture working women who are struggling to "do it all" weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both ends anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose Your time has come to take a leap of faith. Join me as we surrender our fears, end the chase for perfection, and say yes to cultivating the meaningful lives God desires for us. You know all those things you've always wanted to do?You should go do them.


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You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen. Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too. Make It Happen i You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen. Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too. Make It Happen is for women who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture working women who are struggling to "do it all" weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both ends anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose Your time has come to take a leap of faith. Join me as we surrender our fears, end the chase for perfection, and say yes to cultivating the meaningful lives God desires for us. You know all those things you've always wanted to do?You should go do them.

30 review for Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elisha Kemp

    If I could buy a copy for everyone I knew I would.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Let me begin by saying that I LOVE Lara Casey. I've followed her blog for ages, I've taken her Making Things Happen workshop, I'm a huge fan of Southern Weddings. Lara is a woman I look up to and admire - both from a business perspective and a spiritual one - and I was really excited when I heard she was working on a book. I purchased Make It Happen the day it was released and ran straight home to read it. That said, this book left me feeling a little …. underwhelmed. I enjoyed it, but not near Let me begin by saying that I LOVE Lara Casey. I've followed her blog for ages, I've taken her Making Things Happen workshop, I'm a huge fan of Southern Weddings. Lara is a woman I look up to and admire - both from a business perspective and a spiritual one - and I was really excited when I heard she was working on a book. I purchased Make It Happen the day it was released and ran straight home to read it. That said, this book left me feeling a little …. underwhelmed. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. I was expecting more of a memoir with some business/branding advice thrown in. While Lara does share snippets of her personal journey in Make It Happen , the book is primarily about focusing on what matters most (ie: God) and developing a relationship with Him. It kind of reminded me of Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life , only directed specifically toward business owners and career women. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the message here, but as someone who has spent the past 10+ years building a relationship with God I can't say that anything Lara shared was "news" to me. A good reminder, yes, but not life changing for me at this point in my journey. Maybe my expectations were just a little too high, but this book didn't have the impact I was hoping it would.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Mallone

    I love Lara Casey. I love Powersheets. I'm reading this after it feels like everyone else has read it. I'm also reading after she has share a good chunk of the book on her various social media outlets. I think that's why I struggled so hard. The information is good! Yes, it is. But if you've accomplished the Powersheets prep work a lot of this will sound familiar to you. Too familiar. For it did, and I just was bored. If you are just picking up this book and have never heard of Lara Casey or read I love Lara Casey. I love Powersheets. I'm reading this after it feels like everyone else has read it. I'm also reading after she has share a good chunk of the book on her various social media outlets. I think that's why I struggled so hard. The information is good! Yes, it is. But if you've accomplished the Powersheets prep work a lot of this will sound familiar to you. Too familiar. For it did, and I just was bored. If you are just picking up this book and have never heard of Lara Casey or read anything she has posted then this book will be fantastic for you. But I'm good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scout Collins

    2.5 stars In my expansive planner research I came across Lara Casey, and loved her graphic design! I found her website and realized she was a serious Christian who wanted to spread "God's word". I was disappointed by how religious she was but I wanted to read her books anyway. Unfortunately, "Make It Happen" was bogged down with Christianity and Jesus talk, which isn't great for the 5 billion of us who aren't Christian. If this book had been her personal story, and her thoughts on how to lead a "p 2.5 stars In my expansive planner research I came across Lara Casey, and loved her graphic design! I found her website and realized she was a serious Christian who wanted to spread "God's word". I was disappointed by how religious she was but I wanted to read her books anyway. Unfortunately, "Make It Happen" was bogged down with Christianity and Jesus talk, which isn't great for the 5 billion of us who aren't Christian. If this book had been her personal story, and her thoughts on how to lead a "purposeful life", MINUS all the Bible religious talk, I would have given it 4 (or maybe even 4.5) stars. But I couldn't get over how sad it was when good advice was ruined when it was injected with "God this" and "God that". Casey says in her book she had no experience with writing; if she wanted her book to appeal to a larger audience she could have toned down the religiosity of it. Her personal story covers her struggle with anorexia, not being fulfilled in life, her first marriage, her second marriage, and having her first child. (view spoiler)[One of the "impossible" "miracles" is that her second husband went from saying "I have to marry a Jewish girl" (was unclear if his parents forced him to or he was saying this on his own??) to not believing in God, to being converted into... you could never guess... a *CHRISTIAN*! And that was just a true miracle for the author, like the best thing that could ever happen. (hide spoiler)] As a whole, the book has some good ideas. I liked her metaphor of life as a garden, and I liked reading her personal story, the story of her business, and her ideas about living 'on purpose' (most of the time). It also had ideas that made me roll my eyes or cringe - some of the quotes are detailed below. Things I Liked "1. Start with Active Rest during your day" - Work for 60 mins, take a break for ten (with no Internet)! "Take some deep breaths. Get some water, stretch, eat some healthy food, read a few pages of a good book." (Casey, 115). [Quote conveniently cut off before the part about God!] "2. Schedule a day off" - Her idea is that if you know you're going to have a day off, you'll work harder in the time you have so stuff can get done. "3. Plan a full weekend off [social media]" (Casey, 115-116). Living legacy. Lara's mother gave her a detailed cookbook with recipes and tips, and Lara called it her mother's "living legacy". "Make a list of "seeds" you can plant now--perhaps in the next few weeks--of the living legacy you want to pass to others." (Casey, 186). This is a great idea - don't wait until you die to leave a legacy! Things I Didn't Like "Common lies" addressed by bible quotes "The lie: Your life is out of control. Everyone thinks you are a failure. No one likes you. The truth: God is for you. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31)." (Casey, 34). "True or false: "Follow your heart" is a verse from the Bible. False. God doesn't want us to follow our feelings. He wants us to be still with our feelings and see if they align with His heart. If they don't, they can lead us astray. Before you make any big decisions, ask yourself this question, 'Am I acting on faith or feelings?'" (Casey, 70). >> Uhh, how do you know if your 'feelings' align with 'God's' heart? "With my marriage lying in ruins amid our secrets, anger, and now physical separation, was there any hope that God could save it?" (Casey, 77). >> Yes, because God is the only one who has any power to fix a relationship. Not like the spouses have a role or anything. Just God! (view spoiler)["Ari [second husband] became a believer exactly two months after Grace's birth. The impossible happened. Your impossible can happen, too, friend. God is big and real and good." (Casey, 130) (hide spoiler)] One of Lara's strategies is to break everything down into micro tasks. For going to the dentist, she wrote: "1. Open my computer and open Google.com 2. Google the name of my dentist and find the dental office's phone number. 3. Pick up my phone, dial the number, and call while I open my calendar." (Casey, 172). >>Maybe this works for her, but I know it wouldn't work for me. The hard part (I would assume for most people) about booking a dentist appointment isn't the TIME it takes you to book it (that's like 2 minutes. seriously.), but the fact that you have to GO to the dentist and suffer through an unpleasant teeth cleaning! I would go insane if all my tasks were broken down in such tiny steps; for the average person who has many things to do each day, it would get overwhelming (even though it is trying to do the opposite)! The author recommends praying about everything as a viable "action step" that is a big step in solving your problems; simply asking 'God' about it will fix everything! "There's no better how-to book for business, finance, parenting, marriage, and making life happen than the Bible. Read the instructions, do what they say, and watch what grows." (Casey, 146). >> Um, there are many books better than the bible for those, especially marriage and parenting. "Make a list of three purpose-filled things you will do when you find yourself lost in the "I am not as good as ____" talk. Examples: read the Bible, pray, sing worship songs, use one of the creative gifts God has given you to serve others, or encourage someone in his or her faith." (Casey, 165). >> This book is so filled with Christian propaganda! As if I would be doing those things in my new spare time. It's just not realistic to think everyone can stop comparing by going and reading the Bible instead. Not how it works! Quotes I Hated "Read verse 30, though, and you will see the truth: "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."" (Casey, 23). "The fear of the Lord changes what we want. The fear of the Lord--giving him respect and influence over our lives above all else--is a positive fear that refines our hearts..." (Casey, 24). In conclusion, my opinion is mixed. Lara seems like she's on the right track but gets derailed and goes to the Bible instead of properly dealing with emotions and realizing the deeper issues. Some of her ideas may work though, and she has some important things to say (not the religious part). I will read her newest book because there was enough good content in this book for me to be interested.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    After meeting and falling in love with Lara in person, I knew I had to read this book. It was nothing short of perfection. I am so thankful that Lara followed the calling on her life and shared this book with us. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    This was a good choice to read at the beginning of a new year. It was both inspiring in big picture illustrations and extremely practical in detailed action steps. I really appreciated the author's vulnerability in sharing the hard details of her life. I read through without doing the prompts but will go back through to focus solely on that. This was a good choice to read at the beginning of a new year. It was both inspiring in big picture illustrations and extremely practical in detailed action steps. I really appreciated the author's vulnerability in sharing the hard details of her life. I read through without doing the prompts but will go back through to focus solely on that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abigaela Bilbiie

    A very useful book for every woman and a must for Christians women. A book who empower you to find your purpose in life in order to get a meaningful and fruitful life. To make it happen you have to find your purpose. And this is what Lara Casey helps you to do.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashely Clark

    I give this book three stars - really more like 2.5 but I rounded up. There was nothing amazing or great about it. It was pretty ok. I am not really sure when I finished it, but I have spent most of the month mulling over it and my Powersheets (laracasey.com for more info). The book is divided into two sections: her testimony and application. My thoughts: *At first I was concerned Lara Casey was teaching a prosperity gospel but that wasn't the case which made me feel better since I've been reading I give this book three stars - really more like 2.5 but I rounded up. There was nothing amazing or great about it. It was pretty ok. I am not really sure when I finished it, but I have spent most of the month mulling over it and my Powersheets (laracasey.com for more info). The book is divided into two sections: her testimony and application. My thoughts: *At first I was concerned Lara Casey was teaching a prosperity gospel but that wasn't the case which made me feel better since I've been reading her blog for so long. *No where does she lay out the gospel. She dances all around it but never puts it out there. This was a huge disappointment since she has been given such a large platform. Yes, she focuses on relationships and I agree with her on that, but I feel she missed an opportunity. It could have been as simple as one sentence when she mentioned her husband's conversion. This really disappointed me. *For someone who is a type A, organized, project manager, I didn't really learn anything. She shares methods we're all familiar - download thoughts, break into small actions, set blocks of time to work undisturbed, etc. However, I did like her focus of tying all of these goals/projects back to whether they promote God's kingdom or yours. That's something you don't get in secular books (of course) so it has caused me to really think about what I want to do and why and has encouraged me. *I recommend her Powersheets over the book. I walked through them and they're a little easier to digest. She sort of lists the Powersheet steps in the book, but they're not detailed and she uses a garden analogy that frankly at times, I wondered if we were gardening or not. It was a bit confusing. *One thing I really, really liked was that she suggests setting boundaries - social media/email free weekends, office hours. I've started doing this a bit and am finding it really nice. I also feel as though my productivity has increased and I don't feel as overwhelmed. I do find it ironic that there is a hashtag for #socialmediafreeweekends. So, basically, if you're like me and you know all the time management secrets, you won't get anything out of this book other than the idea to align what you're doing with God's word. Like I said, I've read her blog for a while and have the Powersheets and feel as though those two combined do a better job than the book and would recommend them instead. And, I don't have a negative view on Lara Casey just to be clear. I do enjoy her blog and Powersheets. I think I was just hoping for so much more from the book, but it was really what I already knew.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Official Rating: 3.5 stars Had I read this about 18 months ago, there's the possibility it would've been a higher rating. Lara Casey is an incredible woman. She's been insanely successful in business and the encouragement she shares with others is contagious. But more than that, her faith and trust in the Lord is contagious. Make It Happen is partly the story of Lara's life -- where she started and how she got to where she is today -- and partly her encouragement for you to go out and make the thi Official Rating: 3.5 stars Had I read this about 18 months ago, there's the possibility it would've been a higher rating. Lara Casey is an incredible woman. She's been insanely successful in business and the encouragement she shares with others is contagious. But more than that, her faith and trust in the Lord is contagious. Make It Happen is partly the story of Lara's life -- where she started and how she got to where she is today -- and partly her encouragement for you to go out and make the things you want to happen happen. She says it in the beginning that it's not a passive book, that she wants you to actually answer the questions she asks and such, which is not what I expected going into it. That wasn't something I particularly enjoyed, but again, part of that was due to my expectation. If I want to just read a book, I expect to be able to just read a book. If I want to read something more like a workbook, then I will do that. I expected to read a book, what I got was part book and part workbook. Also, the entire fourth section is very similar to the prep process for her PowerSheets, which I had just completed about a week prior to getting to that point in the book. All of my issues with the book though, were purely due to timing. Like I said, if I'd read it about 18 months prior (and known it was part book, part workbook going in), I probably would've given it at least four, possibly 4.5 stars. I would highly recommend it for anyone who's feeling a little lost in their life and wanting to make big things happen but not knowing where to start. Be aware that Lara is a believer and a huge part of her story and advice relates directly back to her faith.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Callie

    I read this book over the course of several months, so I am not remembering all the early chapters as easily and the ones I jut finished - but I remember getting frustrated at the beginning of the book, because everything Casey said just seemed too vague. I wanted more specific examples and encouragement right from the start, but I plugged along and soon got interested in Casey's testimony/story that she shares through most of the book. The last several chapters of the book were exactly what I f I read this book over the course of several months, so I am not remembering all the early chapters as easily and the ones I jut finished - but I remember getting frustrated at the beginning of the book, because everything Casey said just seemed too vague. I wanted more specific examples and encouragement right from the start, but I plugged along and soon got interested in Casey's testimony/story that she shares through most of the book. The last several chapters of the book were exactly what I felt was missing from the beginning - specific encouragement and motivation to clear the clutter in our lives, set goals on things that matter and match up with God's goals for us, and make them happen.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Lara has written an incredible book. It's not like some other 'make over your life' books--Lara has made mistakes, and she's not afraid to tell us about them. She writes honestly and unflinchingly about how she changed her life for the better and her journey with God. To me, the spiritual aspects of this book are what makes it rise about the others. God is an integral part of her process--it's not just about throwing out clutter and setting goals, it's about doing what God has in mind for your l Lara has written an incredible book. It's not like some other 'make over your life' books--Lara has made mistakes, and she's not afraid to tell us about them. She writes honestly and unflinchingly about how she changed her life for the better and her journey with God. To me, the spiritual aspects of this book are what makes it rise about the others. God is an integral part of her process--it's not just about throwing out clutter and setting goals, it's about doing what God has in mind for your life. It's a hard book to describe, so just read it. And then get her power sheets!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nana

    It's so weird because I'm struggling between giving this book 2-3 stars (because I liked it and it was ok) and 4-5 stars because I kept thinking about it and it even made me pick up my powersheets again. The only thing I disliked was the focus on God and Jesus. don't get me wrong, I am a believer myself, but for me the start of a good life is believing in yourself. Sometimes I had the feeling you were not allowed to be proud of yourself in this book, because only God's approval was the right one It's so weird because I'm struggling between giving this book 2-3 stars (because I liked it and it was ok) and 4-5 stars because I kept thinking about it and it even made me pick up my powersheets again. The only thing I disliked was the focus on God and Jesus. don't get me wrong, I am a believer myself, but for me the start of a good life is believing in yourself. Sometimes I had the feeling you were not allowed to be proud of yourself in this book, because only God's approval was the right one. And I did not like the feeling those passages gave me. Further it is a very strong book, but I just wish it was less about what god wanted. I rather print a nice motivational quote that a psalm verse that doesn't mean a thing to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The prescription here for how to evaluate your life and set goals is so good. Lara Casey gives a step-by-step process to examine your heart and live on purpose. It's worth a read for that alone. The prescription here for how to evaluate your life and set goals is so good. Lara Casey gives a step-by-step process to examine your heart and live on purpose. It's worth a read for that alone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessi Payne

    This is a beautiful book designed to help you discover yourself and your purposeful legacy. I loved it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sexprilla

    FIRST, let me start by saying that I purchased this book well over a year ago and I am literally kicking myself in the ass for not reading it sooner. If I could give this book 10 🌟STARS I would. Everyone and when I says EVERYONE should read this book I honestly, wholeheartedly❤️ mean this !!!!! This book will speak to you on so many different levels. It will make you questions, think, and have you digging deep into your soul for what you desire in life. Please and I mean it. Please read this boo FIRST, let me start by saying that I purchased this book well over a year ago and I am literally kicking myself in the ass for not reading it sooner. If I could give this book 10 🌟STARS I would. Everyone and when I says EVERYONE should read this book I honestly, wholeheartedly❤️ mean this !!!!! This book will speak to you on so many different levels. It will make you questions, think, and have you digging deep into your soul for what you desire in life. Please and I mean it. Please read this book! You will NOT regret it! 💖💕 Lara Casey is a wonderful Author. She is real, honest and down to earth. You won’t be disappointed. ☺️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Caelan

    Great motivation to accomplish your goals- but also to make sure your goals are aligned with God. Loved all the scriptures and challenges she added. Great ideas.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a very interesting book. Are you ready to set some goals and take a big leap of faith? Are you on the fence? In both cases, I think you would enjoy Lara Casey's Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose. As you can see from the table of contents, the book is divided into the following sections: PART ONE: SURRENDER YOUR FEAR 1. Stop Chasing Perfect 2. Meet Your Fear 3. End the Extremes 4. Find an Anchor 5. Decide You Can 6. Let It Go PART TWO: TAKE THE LEAP 7. L This is a very interesting book. Are you ready to set some goals and take a big leap of faith? Are you on the fence? In both cases, I think you would enjoy Lara Casey's Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose. As you can see from the table of contents, the book is divided into the following sections: PART ONE: SURRENDER YOUR FEAR 1. Stop Chasing Perfect 2. Meet Your Fear 3. End the Extremes 4. Find an Anchor 5. Decide You Can 6. Let It Go PART TWO: TAKE THE LEAP 7. Leap into Trust 8. Take a Leap of Faith 9. Leap into What Matters PART THREE: LIVE ON PURPOSE 10. Follow the Real Success Equation 11. Make Room for Grace 12. Follow Him PART FOUR: YOUR GUIDE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN How to Use This Guide Step 1: Evaluate Your Life Step 2: Clear the Clutter Step 3: Set Purposeful Goals Step 4: Take Action Step 5: Encourage Others I found this to be a powerful book for me to read. It is very encouraging. I am at a stage in my life where I am thinking about how I am going to spend my time over the next few years. Am I going to work? Part time or full time? What else can I be doing to purposely fill my time? How I can I make a difference? Is it all about helping elderly family members or is it something else? So many decisions to make. Right off the bat, the first chapter spoke to me...Stop Chasing Perfect. As an admitted perfectionist, I often get bogged down right from the start. I appreciate the Take Actions sections at the end of each chapter. This book is perfect as a personal bible study. It could be used as a group study but I found this book to be very personal and probably is best handled on its own. This is a great book. It is helping me along the path to be more courageous about the choices I am going to be making over the next little while. Highly recommend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I started this book on January 1st because I knew I wanted to make 2016 a year of making changes and begin living on purpose. Of course, before you can live on purpose, you have to determine what your purpose is. This book, as Lara says herself, is an action book rather than a reading book. It took me awhile to work my way through it because it does require a lot of introspection, questioning, actioning, and praying. This book is part autobiography, part guidebook to really focusing on what matt I started this book on January 1st because I knew I wanted to make 2016 a year of making changes and begin living on purpose. Of course, before you can live on purpose, you have to determine what your purpose is. This book, as Lara says herself, is an action book rather than a reading book. It took me awhile to work my way through it because it does require a lot of introspection, questioning, actioning, and praying. This book is part autobiography, part guidebook to really focusing on what matters. What makes Lara's guidance so valuable is that not only has she been where you are, but she shows you how she started to make things happen in her own life - making changes that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. Her authenticity and continued journey that comes through on her blog and on Periscope really strike a chord with me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start making things happen in their own life. Not only did this book help me define what matters most to me, it also provided me with clear and actionable steps to move toward those things.

  19. 5 out of 5

    India Brown

    I loved this book. I've been following Lara Casey for a year and some change now and everything she writes is always inspiring. This book is no different. She's all about being transparent on what she's been through to let you know that her life is not and has not been as "cookie cutter" as you might think. This book challenges the reader to let go of the fluff and other things that you may be involved in just to say that you're busy, or to gain exposure, or to "make it". It challenges you to zo I loved this book. I've been following Lara Casey for a year and some change now and everything she writes is always inspiring. This book is no different. She's all about being transparent on what she's been through to let you know that her life is not and has not been as "cookie cutter" as you might think. This book challenges the reader to let go of the fluff and other things that you may be involved in just to say that you're busy, or to gain exposure, or to "make it". It challenges you to zone in on what truly matters. Lara walks you through the process of discovering what it is that you're afraid of, what's your purpose and how to make it happen. I absolutely love this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love Lara Casey's powersheets and organizing/goal stuff and when I saw that she had a book I decided to grab it also. I thought it would help me with my goals and motivate me to move foreword to, "Make It Happen." I was expecting a book that was more like what part 4 (the guide to make it happen) was in the book. I didn't realize it was more of a mini life bio on how Lara found God and it transformed her life. Her story took up about 75% of the book. She does have an amazing story, and great g I love Lara Casey's powersheets and organizing/goal stuff and when I saw that she had a book I decided to grab it also. I thought it would help me with my goals and motivate me to move foreword to, "Make It Happen." I was expecting a book that was more like what part 4 (the guide to make it happen) was in the book. I didn't realize it was more of a mini life bio on how Lara found God and it transformed her life. Her story took up about 75% of the book. She does have an amazing story, and great gold nuggets that she weaves throughout her testimony. Overall it's a good book, and I would encourage someone who is struggling to read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Oakley McMullin

    This is a great book for anyone looking for religion! Unfortunately, I was looking for more of a book that would inspire me to take action and make my goals happen. I found the cover to be pretty misleading. The author goes as far as to say that following your heart leads to heartbreak and you need to surrender everything to God... not sure how that’s making anything happen...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    I love hearing back story. This book was a great mix of story and motivation.

  23. 4 out of 5

    alisonwonderland (Alison)

    I took a lot of notes in this Biblically-based instruction on goal-setting. Reading it provided a good foundation to the new year - a year in which I want to "live on purpose"! I took a lot of notes in this Biblically-based instruction on goal-setting. Reading it provided a good foundation to the new year - a year in which I want to "live on purpose"!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Kemp

    Too religious for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Auwarter

    Honestly, I like her book Cultivate better, but that may be because I read it first. Great wisdom and inspiration in here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue.the.very.busy.reader

    **Most of this is not a review....these are my notes from the book and most of this is direct quotes taken directly from the book. Make It Happen by Lara Casey was my quiet meditation book this month. I have read her other book Cultivate this year and was so inspired by it I had to get this one as well. This book speaks to my desire to live my life on purpose instead of autopilot. Which I feel I have been doing the last thirty years don’t get me wrong I have a wonderful life however my husband a **Most of this is not a review....these are my notes from the book and most of this is direct quotes taken directly from the book. Make It Happen by Lara Casey was my quiet meditation book this month. I have read her other book Cultivate this year and was so inspired by it I had to get this one as well. This book speaks to my desire to live my life on purpose instead of autopilot. Which I feel I have been doing the last thirty years don’t get me wrong I have a wonderful life however my husband and I have always operating on what do we need to get done to get through this week. The weekends are generally go something like this family stuff and then what do we need to do to prepare for another busy week. Although I have step back in life and started working part-time many thanks to my husband for that. Unfortunately he is still working a lot of hours. These are my highlighted quotes that I wish to get back to and spend more time journaling and reflecting on. What are you really chasing? I needed a heart change. What would your life look like if you had balance and success in it? I f you want change, choose it. Step into the hard stuff in order to get to the good stuff. “Please, God, show me the way.” Am I waiting to make change because I fear failure or hard work? Lean in, be honest, and know God is God. He will guide you through this. What would happen if you were capable of doing the very thing you think you cannot do? How would you be able to thrive--and help others? List the possibilities. Our failures are gifts, allowing us to learn, grow, redirect, and take new -- and potentially better--paths. Life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to take a leap of faith. Work Hard for What Matters! My Life + God’s Way = Living On Purpose God’s way is the way of purpose. Of living intentional in order to love others. God’s way is the way of rest coupled with meaningful work. God’s way is the way of true balance and lasting success. God’s way means less of us and more of Him. God’s way brings freedom, joy, and contentment. Commit to not working on Sunday A life of purpose created boundaries. Boundaries help you raise the bar. Set office hours, this will change your life. The fruit of following him: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” He makes our lives into gardens that our meant to be shared --inspiring others, nourishing them, and equipping them to live on purpose too. Create a Life of Purpose!! Make Intentional decisions! Evaluate your life. Clear the clutter. No Social Media on Sundays Clear the clutter on your computer Unsubscribe, Unsubscribe, Unsubscribe Turn off all alerts and give family members a special ringtone. Simplify and question everything Fast from buying clothes, home decor, and other things you do not need -- school stuff! Set purposeful goals. Every hour of your life holds the possibility to change someone’s for the better. What long-term goals will help me live a life on purpose.? What short term goals would help me live a life on purpose? Take Action. Keep your daily lists small, realistic and actionable How we spend our time is how we live our lives Commit and follow through and complete each task Encourage others.. Be A Blessings for Others Have clear boundaries, but make sure they are purposeful, allowing for relationships to grow. Sometimes the most lasting things in our lives are those that grow slowly over time, with great care and patience. If you want to live on purpose you will make time and it does not cost any money!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Geisendorfer

    Better motivation and energy boost than a good cup of coffee! Lara Casey has the best way with words. Rooted in Christ and His love for us, her encouragement and practical tools (that she has learned from her own experience) truly make you want to get up and make things happen. Lara genuinely shares her own story of how she faced her fears, dreamed big and relied on the Lord to make big changes in her own life. And then in the second par of the book, she gently walks you through some of those sam Better motivation and energy boost than a good cup of coffee! Lara Casey has the best way with words. Rooted in Christ and His love for us, her encouragement and practical tools (that she has learned from her own experience) truly make you want to get up and make things happen. Lara genuinely shares her own story of how she faced her fears, dreamed big and relied on the Lord to make big changes in her own life. And then in the second par of the book, she gently walks you through some of those same steps she took to help you make changes and big things happen in your own life. This book reads like sitting down to coffee with a good friend, sharing stories, experiences, and helping each other reach for your dreams.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ezinne Meribe

    Perfect Read For Every Year I started this book in January and I’m glad I read it through the quarter. It is filled with lots of signposts for just being - living a life of purpose that is not bound by rules and regulations but intentionally heart centred giving glory to the Father and spreading His fragrance with my life. Every chapter has a sign post that leads you towards fulfilment and less overwhelm fully resting in the assurance that God has you sorted and that every step we take is ordered Perfect Read For Every Year I started this book in January and I’m glad I read it through the quarter. It is filled with lots of signposts for just being - living a life of purpose that is not bound by rules and regulations but intentionally heart centred giving glory to the Father and spreading His fragrance with my life. Every chapter has a sign post that leads you towards fulfilment and less overwhelm fully resting in the assurance that God has you sorted and that every step we take is ordered. I would love to have this book as a devotional so I can use it every 30 days to remind myself to make WHAT MATTERS happen. What matters isn’t necessarily more money or acquisitions, peace in my life and in my home is part of what TRULY matters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Dean

    Don't we all have dreams for our lives? Things we'd like to do or become? This is a book about how to set goals to have the life we've imagined. Will these ideas propel me forward? It's too soon to tell, but I'm willing to give it a shot. This book is part of a larger entity know as "Cultivate What Matters" and as such has a social media presence, and of course, you can purchase the companion books, worksheets, planner, etc. I also want to note that this book (and company) is Christian based so Don't we all have dreams for our lives? Things we'd like to do or become? This is a book about how to set goals to have the life we've imagined. Will these ideas propel me forward? It's too soon to tell, but I'm willing to give it a shot. This book is part of a larger entity know as "Cultivate What Matters" and as such has a social media presence, and of course, you can purchase the companion books, worksheets, planner, etc. I also want to note that this book (and company) is Christian based so there are Bible verses and Christian talk. While it is not over the top, non-believers, and non-Christians might be put off by the references. If you want to make a change in your life, there is nothing to lose by giving this a try.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angela Boord

    I'm not really sure how to rate this book, so take the 3 stars with a grain of salt. I highlighted many passages on my Kindle because they particularly spoke to me or because I thought they were important, but I think the book as a whole is a little uneven. That doesn't mean that it isn't worth reading, though, because much of what she says about living a life on purpose instead of living by accident is very motivating. I'm not sure if this book is meant to be a companion to her Power Sheets or I'm not really sure how to rate this book, so take the 3 stars with a grain of salt. I highlighted many passages on my Kindle because they particularly spoke to me or because I thought they were important, but I think the book as a whole is a little uneven. That doesn't mean that it isn't worth reading, though, because much of what she says about living a life on purpose instead of living by accident is very motivating. I'm not sure if this book is meant to be a companion to her Power Sheets or if Power Sheets came after the book, but in my opinion, I don't think you need both; the Power Sheets can stand on their own. (I would give Power Sheets 5 stars.)

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