Today I welcome to the Edge a dear friend, a comrade of the heart, a fellow Susie (all the fam still calls me that) and a brilliant soul. Susie Larson hails from Minnesota, land of my last lengthy sojourn, and has written a new book that I am thrilled to tell you about.
Embracing Your Freedom is what I call a discovery book, it’s a conduit made of pages for digging deep into your faith to uncover what you really believe about what God thinks about you. Pretty amazing stuff. The cool thing is, when you dig down that deep, you discover that even though the world is a big place, you were meant to make a difference in it. (Watch the video in the link in this paragraph. It’s beautifully done . . .)
I asked Susie to share with us a little bit about the journey to write Embracing Your Freedom:
Edge: Where did the motivation for this book come from?
Susie: In my travels as a speaker, I observed that while we as American women are literally free, we are not totally free. My new book, “Embracing Your Freedom” calls women to tenaciously contend for their freedom in Christ. All too often we allow ourselves to be bullied by our fears and held back by our insecurities. God has a big plan for our lives; He wants to use us in mind-boggling ways, and we’ll miss out on the great adventure if we choose to live small, self-protective lives.
Edge: What surprised you most in the writing of this book?
Susie: To be completely honest, writing this book was a huge challenge for me. I really didn’t have a fun moment during this process, but I knew my assignment was an important one and I did my best to complete it. I will say though, holding the first copy in my hands moved me to tears. It was such a labor of love and my publisher did such a phenomenal job with the page and cover design, I was overwhelmed that God allowed me to be a part of this project. The finished product is simply beautiful – hope it’s okay to admit that).
Edge: It’s totally okay! I agree with you. The art department did a great job. So, what does it mean to you to embrace freedom? Why do we struggle with that?
Susie: To embrace our freedom is to face down our fears and to refuse to listen to our insecurities. To embrace our freedom is to look up from our small perspectives and our tendency to live selfish lives that we might consider the sufferings of others. Jesus paid a high price that we might live abundant, significant, free lives here on earth. I think we struggle with true freedom because it seems less painful to stay captive. We have so many comforts to prop us up; so many things with which to medicate our pain. We never really have to leave our captivity if we don’t want to. It takes courage and grit to embrace the bigger call on our lives.
Edge: What are your hopes and vision for this book?
Susie: I want every reader to be challenged to push past her fears and insecurities; I want her to know how important she is to God and to His purposes on this earth; and I want her perspective on the sufferings of others to change significantly. I want every reader to become a world-changer. We live in such an important day; this is not a time for us to cower or shrink back; it’s time for us to step up and step out!
Edge: How did writing this book change you?
Susie: Wow, that’s a great question. As I previously mentioned, writing this book was a huge challenge for me. At the outset, I knew I was tackling a topic that would stretch and challenge me. I assumed I’d face some spiritual opposition. But nothing really prepared me for the kinds of battles I faced while writing this book. Even so, God was with me every step of the way. Standing here, on the other side of this process, I possess a new level of courage and conviction. More than ever before, I want my life to count for the Kingdom. I’ve put everything on the table – my writing, speaking, radio; my fears, insecurities and my time – and I’ve asked Him to place me where He can use me best.
Edge: What’s next on the horizon for you?
Susie: In March, I release my next book, “Growing Grateful Kids: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places.” I am excited about that book and I look forward to my spring speaking season. God is on the move!
Meissner here. Always great to have a good friend stop by. Here is a link to a wonderful video that will give you a visual sense of what Susie’s heart for embracing your freedom is all about and why I treasure knowing her.
Have a great weekend, everyone.