Inspiration for books clubs and breaking out of your comfort zone
Apr 25, 2009
So Long Status Quo by Suzy Flory is an intriguing book about getting out of your comfort zone and moving into the Spirit. I tend to read a lot of inspirational books, but I can only think of a handful that have actually changed my life in a real way and left lasting change. Flory was much like that, comfortable in her life, happy with her family and career, and enjoying all that she had. Admittedly, that's a feeling many people are never able to achieve, but she realized that contentment wasn't enough; she wanted more, to be more. She sought out biographies about famous (and some not-so-famous) women who had a single definable characteristic: faith, devotion, humility, etc and then set out to emulate that trait in a small way. After reading about Mother Teresa's vow of poverty, Flory fasted for 24 hours just to get a taste of going without. Eleanor Roosevelt sent her to Cuba, and Harriet Tubman to sell her jewelry for wells in Darfur! Each woman Flory writes about did something amazing and awe-inspiring with their life, and while most of us are incapable of that kind of world impact, as Mother Teresa said: We feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. At the end of each chapter Flory offers suggestions for readers to stretch their own limits and become more than who they are. This would be perfect for book groups; I wish I had one to read it with!
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