At first glance, wild and free seem like two words that do not describe my season of life. As the mom of a toddler, wild involves play dates, potty training, and dancing to the Chuck-E song at Chuck-E-Cheese, and free involves trying not to spend money on a tight budget. I’m also on the shy side. So yeah, wild and free are not the first words that come to mind when I describe myself (honestly, I love this stage of life, even if it is not wild or free in the way society might define the word). Yet, I was drawn to the book Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan because I wanted to hear more about how wild and free can be reclaimed as part of a Christ-centered outlook.
For all the fullness of God available to His daughters, we often feel limited by two defining insecurities: “I am too much,” and “I am not enough.”
Co-authors and best friends Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have felt the same, until one essential question turned the tables on it all: If God is wild and free and he created women, what does this mean for us today?
Wild and Free is an anthem and an invitation in equal parts to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, Jess and Hayley reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus.
Because you don’t have to be everything to everyone. You don’t have to try so hard to button it up and hold it together. And you certainly don’t have to quiet the voice that God gave you when he created you to sing. Wild and Free will help you shake off the lies of insecurity in your life, and step forward to maximize your God-given influence for his glory and the world’s good.
In terms of self-talk, I typically fall on the “I am not enough” side of the fence. I may feel like I’m not enough in certain situations — but I’m reminded that Christ is. The book encourages women to be wild and free in terms of following the direction of Christ in their lives, looking to Him for guidance instead of seeking the world’s approval. The book provides a lot of much-needed biblical encouragement, even for someone who might not initially describe herself as wild or free.
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