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

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

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 f...

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Title:Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.
Author:Lara Casey
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Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. Reviews

  • 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!

  • Elisha Kemp

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

  • 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. Leap

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    , 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

    , 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.

  • 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.

  • Sarah

    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

    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.

  • Hunter Collins

    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.

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