The first month of the Brave Love Book Club has (nearly) come to a close! January still has a few days left in it, and I have to admit I still have a few pages left in the book this month but it has been SO WORTH taking my time to walk through Restless by Jennie Allen!
Part of what I love about this book is how raw and real it asks you to get, providing in depth journaling prompts along the way, plenty of graphics, and stories to connect with throughout. Today, in review, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes from the book, scripture references, and even answer a question or two from the book.
On my Restless scope, I shared that 1 Corinthians 2:9 stood out to me right off the bat, and it has lingered in my mind. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the questions that life can pose, by the unknowns looming ahead, and by the need to control. But how incredible is it that the Lord is all-knowing and has prepared a path for each of us?!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no human mind has conceived the things
God has prepared for those who love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9
Later in the book, Jennie shares the breakdown or the equation of how to find our purpose. "The story of God through scripture + an understanding of myself and my resources + taking inventory of the need around me + the mystery of following the Holy Spirit's leading = obediently living our purposes. (Perhaps-- no promises.)"
I don't know about you, but some of those words gave me reason to pause.
- "The story of God through scripture," now that I am familiar with and it comes pretty naturally.
- "An understanding of myself and my resources" or what Jennie calls my "threads," yeah, okay, I think I know what those are. Maybe. Most of them.
- "Taking an inventory of the need around me".... uh, does theatre really fill a need? Am I really helping people? Insert twelve more questions here.
- "The mystery of following the Holy Spirit's leading" really feels like a mystery some days and not the neon sign with flashing arrows I hope for.
Then, mix all these things together in 360 degrees of real world living for twenty something years, add a dash of grad school commitments, perfectionism and comparison sneaking in under the radar, and maybe I'll find it, right?? [Insert wide-eyed emoji here.]
But y'all. The journey to these things is so worth it! So sometimes I spend more time picking paint colors to illustrate my faith than listening to what the prophets are saying, but then sometimes I can't fathom painting a thing on a page that means so much to me. Sometimes I feel fully confident in who I am and what I have to offer, and other times I doubt I have anything to give. That's when tuning into the Holy Spirit is SO important! His prompting can reveal those things and will help carry you forward into finding out what you were made to do, filling a need and serving His kingdom, and it CAN be done while doing the things that bring you great joy!
When it came to talking about passions, I was thrilled that this lined up with something I am studying in my Arts & Entrepreneurship class. We were asked to daydream and dream BIG about what we would want our futures to look like, holding nothing back, then look for reoccurring themes to find what our core values were. My core values are what I am passionate about.
Faith. Family. Creativity. Community. Service/Ministry.
What was surprising to me was that theatre wasn't listed. Instead it was CREATIVITY. And I have the freedom to pursue creativity in different areas of my life, knowing that it may look different in various seasons of my life. Yes, I love doing theatre, and I'm SO confident that I am called to do it right now, but I am not boxing myself into that. I believe the Lord works in creative ways, and I want to LIVE, DREAM, and CREATE with courage, no matter how that may change over the years.
Gosh, Restless was just so good. I'm smitten and envisioned!
Thanks for the grace as we've gotten this ball rolling. After reassessing the breakdown of the Book Club events, I have decided to limit it to one book club Periscope per month, midway through the month, and that date will be announced on the first BLBC post of the month with details about the new book. I cannot set a firm time for the Periscope with my constantly shifting school schedule, but I will post about it on both Instagram and Twitter once it is live. If you miss the 24 hour window, you can catch any and all of my scopes at Katch.me/baileyjrobert.
Now it's your turn. What did you think of Restless?
What were the biggest takeaways? What did you learn?
Link your thoughts in the comments below!
As a reminder, the February selection is
by Elizabeth Gilbert
See you back here with more details about February's selection next week!