Restless: Because You Were Made for More
Jennie Allen (@JennieAllen)
I read the Kindle edition.
Author Jennie Allen has a sweet, southern style of writing that oozes of hospitality, comfort, and loyal friendship. It’s refreshing, really, to know there are still people in the world like this. In her book, Restless: Because You Were Made for More, she describes a large network of friends who support each other through good times and devastating times.
We each feel restless with our lives. It may come across in different times, different ways, or with different intensities, but it is a common feeling. We were made for more. But what is the “more” we seek? According to Jennie Allen, we were made to be Christ to others:
We are filled with God to pour him into the darkness, pour him into the broken souls who are starving for something.
–Jennie Allen, Restless, quote from Chapter 23: The End of the Mundane.
If you are not sure what your God-given purpose in life is, consider the pain from your past as a clue:
Out of our pain we will heal the world. This isn’t a trite saying; it is truth. Because whatever we failed to receive as children are the very things we most want to give. So we don’t dig up the past without just cause. We dig up the past because it is some of the most fertile material in our lives.
–Jennie Allen, Restless, quote from Chapter 13: Threads of Suffering.
Following our sense of purpose—the “why am I here”—can be risky. Jennie Allen doesn’t want that to hold you back.
Risk something. Step out and fail. Be the fool. Build a life that needs our God.
–Jennie Allen, Restless, quote from Chapter 20: Shrinking Back.
Besides, we are empowered by God’s Spirit and He is capable of so much more than we think.
If we only had an inkling of all we miss because we do not pray, because we do not believe the Spirit in us is able to do impossible things, we would shudder. You have God in you and waiting to go crazy through you, if you would just let him.
–Jennie Allen, Restless, quote from Chapter 17: The Tailor.
If you don’t know what to do, she offers this admonition:
Respond to the need you see. Right now.
“Give to everyone who asks you” (Luke 6:30).
–Jennie Allen, Restless, quote from Chapter 5: Uncertainties.
I enjoyed reading Restless because it is very personal and the stories really developed the ideas well. At the end of each chapter are suggestions for journaling because that is where you dig in to discover your own purpose. Because I read it on Kindle, I chose to read through it the first time and come back to the journaling exercises, which I think are worth the effort.
I give Jennie Allen’s Restless five cups of love.
|Restless: Because You Were Made for More
By Jennie Allen / W Publishing
Our lives are full. Full up to the brim with jobs, children, homes, family, friends, and church, to name a few. And yet, despite life’s fullness we often feel empty, bored, and restless. Our hearts yearn for more, to know that we’re fulfilling the purpose we’ve been put on this planet to accomplish.
Jennie Allen felt like her life was missing something too, and in Restless, she shares how God helped her discover and embrace her calling. In turn, she gives practical advice on how to identify your gifts and passions, even your suffering, to uncover the divinely placed threads in your story.
You and your heart were made for more. What if you began to live like you believed it?
|Restless: Because You Were Made for More – eBook
By Jennie Allen / Thomas Nelson