Book Feature: Falling Free


Today’s the day!

Today’s the day that Shannan Martin’s book, Falling Free, is released!!!

I had the privilege of being on the launch team and therefore got to read this book last month.

Here’s what I have to say:

You MUST read this book.

Ok, maybe not everyone.

But, if you fit under any of the following categories, you must read this book:

  • A Christian
  • A desire to live a life that glorifies God

Yep, that about covers it.

Seriously, friends. Seriously. If you love Jen Hatmaker’s writing style, you will also love Shannan’s writing style. It’s light and funny, but passionate and convicting at the same time.

If you were impacted like “woah” by books like Radical or Univited, then this one will stir your heart, too. Shannan drops so many truths…so many deeply convicting truths. The way that we live the American dream is often so far from what God is calling us (and equipping us to do!).

Here is what Jen Hatmaker has to say about the book:

“Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles.” —Jen Hatmaker (from the foreword)

Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence.

But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail (where her husband is now chaplain). And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.

Falling Free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.”

Let’s just talk for a minute about how I much I have loved this book. As I read through this book, we had just said goodbye to Little Miss and I was struggling with the transition. We got a phone call for another placement, and another. We said no each time, because we just weren’t just ready. And I still believe that was the right decision.

However, as I read through this book it really challenged me to be ready to say yes when the next call comes. Foster care will never be convenient. In fact, following Christ will probably never be convenient. Our culture gets some lies mixed up in the gospel, and one of those lies is that if we follow Christ, we will be earthly blessed. Well, here is the truth: we won’t necessarily.

It’s terrifying. It’s humbling. And do you know what it does? It causes us to run to the cross. To cling to the cross. To realize that all we need is Christ.

Although these concepts are not new to me, Falling Free brought this up over and over again. It encouraged me and challenged me and convicted me, and I think that it will do the same for you.

So, I leave you with two main points. If you read nothing else in the post, read this:

  1. Order this book. Order it and read it. And weep and laugh and love it.
  2. Comment below with your favorite Christian Life book and I will choose one of you to win this book. This is not affiliated in any way with the Launch Team I was one or the author of this book. I will be ordering it and sending it to you personally. That’s how much I love it. If you don’t have any clue what your favorite Christian Life book is, then just leave a comment below to be entered to win! That’s it!



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  1. Jacqueline Michler says:

    My favorite Christian life book? Tough question! Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp has been favorite for years! But so many books I love!! lol

  2. Jenna Senter says:

    I LOVED Crazy Love by Francis Chan!!! Excited about this book 🙂 I just listened to her on The Happy Hour podcast with Jamie Ivey yesterday !

  3. jehava says:

    Awesome! I would love to read this! My favorite are torn between the last 2 books I read : “Fervent Prayer” by Priscilla Shirer and “For the Love” by Jen Hatmaker! Great blog here!

  4. Stephanie Gilbert says:

    You have me sold….now I want to read this book. I love lots of books but a recent favorite of mine is actually by Jen Hatmaker…For The Love! If this author writes similarly to her, then I know I’ll love it!

  5. Callie Tanner says:

    I am currently reading Uninvited, which I love! I also just got A Mile Wide in the mail today, so I’m looking forward to reading that one, as well!

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