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You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen. Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too.Make It Happen is fYou were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen.Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it"—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too.Make It Happen is forwomen who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfectionthose seeking the courage to jump into a new ventureworking women who are struggling to "do it all"weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both endsanyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purposeYour time has come to take a leap of faith. Join me as we surrender our fears, end the chase for perfection, and say yes to cultivating the meaningful lives God desires for us.You know all those things you've always wanted to do?You should go do them....

Title : Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.
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Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. Reviews

  • Elisha Kemp
    2019-02-17 13:44

    If I could buy a copy for everyone I knew I would.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-11 13:47

    Let me begin by saying that I LOVE Lara Casey. I've followed her blog for ages, I've taken her Making Things Happen workshop, I'm a huge fan of Southern Weddings. Lara is a woman I look up to and admire - both from a business perspective and a spiritual one - and I was really excited when I heard she was working on a book. I purchasedMake It Happenthe day it was released and ran straight home to read it.That said, this book left me feeling a little …. underwhelmed. I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. I was expecting more of a memoir with some business/branding advice thrown in. While Lara does share snippets of her personal journey inMake It Happen , the book is primarily about focusing on what matters most (ie: God) and developing a relationship with Him. It kind of reminded me of Rick Warren'sPurpose Driven Life , only directed specifically toward business owners and career women. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the message here, but as someone who has spent the past 10+ years building a relationship with God I can't say that anything Lara shared was "news" to me. A good reminder, yes, but not life changing for me at this point in my journey. Maybe my expectations were just a little too high, but this book didn't have the impact I was hoping it would.

  • Hunter Collins
    2019-02-13 09:03

    I love Lara Casey. I love Powersheets. I'm reading this after it feels like everyone else has read it. I'm also reading after she has share a good chunk of the book on her various social media outlets. I think that's why I struggled so hard.The information is good! Yes, it is. But if you've accomplished the Powersheets prep work a lot of this will sound familiar to you. Too familiar. For it did, and I just was bored. If you are just picking up this book and have never heard of Lara Casey or read anything she has posted then this book will be fantastic for you. But I'm good.

  • Taylor
    2019-01-28 12:10

    After meeting and falling in love with Lara in person, I knew I had to read this book. It was nothing short of perfection. I am so thankful that Lara followed the calling on her life and shared this book with us. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  • Callie
    2019-02-15 14:40

    I read this book over the course of several months, so I am not remembering all the early chapters as easily and the ones I jut finished - but I remember getting frustrated at the beginning of the book, because everything Casey said just seemed too vague. I wanted more specific examples and encouragement right from the start, but I plugged along and soon got interested in Casey's testimony/story that she shares through most of the book. The last several chapters of the book were exactly what I felt was missing from the beginning - specific encouragement and motivation to clear the clutter in our lives, set goals on things that matter and match up with God's goals for us, and make them happen.

  • Emily
    2019-02-18 12:50

    Lara has written an incredible book. It's not like some other 'make over your life' books--Lara has made mistakes, and she's not afraid to tell us about them. She writes honestly and unflinchingly about how she changed her life for the better and her journey with God. To me, the spiritual aspects of this book are what makes it rise about the others. God is an integral part of her process--it's not just about throwing out clutter and setting goals, it's about doing what God has in mind for your life. It's a hard book to describe, so just read it. And then get her power sheets!

  • Lindsay
    2019-02-17 13:02

    The prescription here for how to evaluate your life and set goals is so good. Lara Casey gives a step-by-step process to examine your heart and live on purpose. It's worth a read for that alone.

  • Ashely Clark
    2019-01-27 13:57

    I give this book three stars - really more like 2.5 but I rounded up. There was nothing amazing or great about it. It was pretty ok. I am not really sure when I finished it, but I have spent most of the month mulling over it and my Powersheets ( for more info).The book is divided into two sections: her testimony and application. My thoughts:*At first I was concerned Lara Casey was teaching a prosperity gospel but that wasn't the case which made me feel better since I've been reading her blog for so long.*No where does she lay out the gospel. She dances all around it but never puts it out there. This was a huge disappointment since she has been given such a large platform. Yes, she focuses on relationships and I agree with her on that, but I feel she missed an opportunity. It could have been as simple as one sentence when she mentioned her husband's conversion. This really disappointed me.*For someone who is a type A, organized, project manager, I didn't really learn anything. She shares methods we're all familiar - download thoughts, break into small actions, set blocks of time to work undisturbed, etc. However, I did like her focus of tying all of these goals/projects back to whether they promote God's kingdom or yours. That's something you don't get in secular books (of course) so it has caused me to really think about what I want to do and why and has encouraged me.*I recommend her Powersheets over the book. I walked through them and they're a little easier to digest. She sort of lists the Powersheet steps in the book, but they're not detailed and she uses a garden analogy that frankly at times, I wondered if we were gardening or not. It was a bit confusing.*One thing I really, really liked was that she suggests setting boundaries - social media/email free weekends, office hours. I've started doing this a bit and am finding it really nice. I also feel as though my productivity has increased and I don't feel as overwhelmed. I do find it ironic that there is a hashtag for #socialmediafreeweekends.So, basically, if you're like me and you know all the time management secrets, you won't get anything out of this book other than the idea to align what you're doing with God's word. Like I said, I've read her blog for a while and have the Powersheets and feel as though those two combined do a better job than the book and would recommend them instead. And, I don't have a negative view on Lara Casey just to be clear. I do enjoy her blog and Powersheets. I think I was just hoping for so much more from the book, but it was really what I already knew.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-16 09:53

    This is a very interesting book. Are you ready to set some goals and take a big leap of faith? Are you on the fence? In both cases, I think you would enjoy Lara Casey's Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose.As you can see from the table of contents, the book is divided into the following sections:PART ONE: SURRENDER YOUR FEAR 1. Stop Chasing Perfect 2. Meet Your Fear 3. End the Extremes 4. Find an Anchor 5. Decide You Can 6. Let It Go PART TWO: TAKE THE LEAP 7. Leap into Trust 8. Take a Leap of Faith 9. Leap into What Matters PART THREE: LIVE ON PURPOSE 10. Follow the Real Success Equation 11. Make Room for Grace 12. Follow Him PART FOUR: YOUR GUIDE TO MAKE IT HAPPENHow to Use This Guide Step 1: Evaluate Your Life Step 2: Clear the Clutter Step 3: Set Purposeful Goals Step 4: Take Action Step 5: Encourage Others I found this to be a powerful book for me to read. It is very encouraging. I am at a stage in my life where I am thinking about how I am going to spend my time over the next few years. Am I going to work? Part time or full time? What else can I be doing to purposely fill my time? How I can I make a difference? Is it all about helping elderly family members or is it something else? So many decisions to make.Right off the bat, the first chapter spoke to me...Stop Chasing Perfect. As an admitted perfectionist, I often get bogged down right from the start. I appreciate the Take Actions sections at the end of each chapter. This book is perfect as a personal bible study. It could be used as a group study but I found this book to be very personal and probably is best handled on its own.This is a great book. It is helping me along the path to be more courageous about the choices I am going to be making over the next little while. Highly recommend.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-20 09:50

    Official Rating: 3.5 starsHad I read this about 18 months ago, there's the possibility it would've been a higher rating.Lara Casey is an incredible woman. She's been insanely successful in business and the encouragement she shares with others is contagious. But more than that, her faith and trust in the Lord is contagious. Make It Happen is partly the story of Lara's life -- where she started and how she got to where she is today -- and partly her encouragement for you to go out and make the things you want to happen happen. She says it in the beginning that it's not a passive book, that she wants you to actually answer the questions she asks and such, which is not what I expected going into it. That wasn't something I particularly enjoyed, but again, part of that was due to my expectation. If I want to just read a book, I expect to be able to just read a book. If I want to read something more like a workbook, then I will do that. I expected to read a book, what I got was part book and part workbook.Also, the entire fourth section is very similar to the prep process for her PowerSheets, which I had just completed about a week prior to getting to that point in the book.All of my issues with the book though, were purely due to timing. Like I said, if I'd read it about 18 months prior (and known it was part book, part workbook going in), I probably would've given it at least four, possibly 4.5 stars. I would highly recommend it for anyone who's feeling a little lost in their life and wanting to make big things happen but not knowing where to start. Be aware that Lara is a believer and a huge part of her story and advice relates directly back to her faith.

  • Hannah • So Obsessed With
    2019-01-24 10:44

    3.5 starsThere were a lot of things I liked about Lara's book, especially Lara's honesty and openness. She's vulnerable in these pages, and I know that takes a lot of courage. I also love that God is at the heart of everything she's writing. This isn't a self-help book telling you that YOU can do it all in your own power. It's a book about faith, facing your fears, surrendering control and living out your purpose. It's a book about adding meaning to your life - not just doing more. However, the message did feel a bit repetitive at times.I must also note that I don't think this book is meant to be read on an e-reader. I feel like I missed out on a lot of the value of this book by reading it on my Kindle. You can't mark up an electronic copy in quite the same way! And I kind of skipped over the workbook section. I'm not a huge fan of books where you fill in sections and answer questions, but that's just a personal quirk of mine. Either way, however, I don't think the e-book is conducive to the kind of interaction and journaling that Lara is hoping to inspire. So, if you decide to read this book, I'd recommend buying a physical copy!I'd hoped that I'd love this book because of how much I admire Ms. Casey, but I ended up just liking it. Now, I'll admit that it could partly be due to the fact that I didn't interact with the book by answering the questions and filling in the workbook sections. If you like that type of book, and are looking for some encouragement to take a leap of faith, I think you'll appreciate what Lara has to say.See my full review on So Obsessed With!

  • Scout Collins
    2019-01-24 10:56

    2.5 starsIn my expansive planner research I came across Lara Casey, and loved her graphic design! I found her website and realized she was a serious Christian who wanted to spread "God's word". I was disappointed by how religious she was but I wanted to read her books anyway. Unfortunately, "Make It Happen" was bogged down with Christianity and Jesus talk, which isn't great for the 5 billion of us who aren't Christian.If this book had been her personal story, and her thoughts on how to lead a "purposeful life", MINUS all the Bible religious talk, I would have given it 4 (or maybe even 4.5) stars. But I couldn't get over how sad it was when good advice was ruined when it was injected with "God this" and "God that". Casey says in her book she had no experience with writing; if she wanted her book to appeal to a larger audience she could have toned down the religiosity of it.Her personal story covers her struggle with anorexia, not being fulfilled in life, her first marriage, her second marriage, and having her first child. (view spoiler)[One of the "impossible" "miracles" is that her second husband went from saying "I have to marry a Jewish girl" (was unclear if his parents forced him to or he was saying this on his own??) to not believing in God, to being converted into... you could never guess... a *CHRISTIAN*! And that was just a true miracle for the author, like the best thing that could ever happen. (hide spoiler)]As a whole, the book has some good ideas. I liked her metaphor of life as a garden, and I liked reading her personal story, the story of her business, and her ideas about living 'on purpose' (most of the time). It also had ideas that made me roll my eyes or cringe - some of the quotes are detailed below.Things I Liked"1. Start with Active Rest during your day"- Work for 60 mins, take a break for ten (with no Internet)! "Take some deep breaths. Get some water, stretch, eat some healthy food, read a few pages of a good book." (Casey, 115). [Quote conveniently cut off before the part about God!]"2. Schedule a day off"- Her idea is that if you know you're going to have a day off, you'll work harder in the time you have so stuff can get done."3. Plan a full weekend off [social media]" (Casey, 115-116).Living legacy. Lara's mother gave her a detailed cookbook with recipes and tips, and Lara called it her mother's "living legacy". "Make a list of "seeds" you can plant now--perhaps in the next few weeks--of the living legacy you want to pass to others." (Casey, 186). This is a great idea - don't wait until you die to leave a legacy!Things I Didn't Like"Common lies" addressed by bible quotes"The lie: Your life is out of control. Everyone thinks you are a failure. No one likes you.The truth: God is for you. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31)." (Casey, 34)."True or false: "Follow your heart" is a verse from the Bible.False. God doesn't want us to follow our feelings. He wants us to be still with our feelings and see if they align with His heart. If they don't, they can lead us astray.Before you make any big decisions, ask yourself this question, 'Am I acting on faith or feelings?'" (Casey, 70).>> Uhh, how do you know if your 'feelings' align with 'God's' heart? "With my marriage lying in ruins amid our secrets, anger, and now physical separation, was there any hope that God could save it?" (Casey, 77).>> Yes, because God is the only one who has any power to fix a relationship. Not like the spouses have a role or anything. Just God!(view spoiler)["Ari [second husband] became a believer exactly two months after Grace's birth. The impossible happened. Your impossible can happen, too, friend. God is big and real and good." (Casey, 130) (hide spoiler)]One of Lara's strategies is to break everything down into micro tasks. For going to the dentist, she wrote:"1. Open my computer and open Google.com2. Google the name of my dentist and find the dental office's phone number.3. Pick up my phone, dial the number, and call while I open my calendar." (Casey, 172).>>Maybe this works for her, but I know it wouldn't work for me. The hard part (I would assume for most people) about booking a dentist appointment isn't the TIME it takes you to book it (that's like 2 minutes. seriously.), but the fact that you have to GO to the dentist and suffer through an unpleasant teeth cleaning! I would go insane if all my tasks were broken down in such tiny steps; for the average person who has many things to do each day, it would get overwhelming (even though it is trying to do the opposite)!The author recommends praying about everything as a viable "action step" that is a big step in solving your problems; simply asking 'God' about it will fix everything!"There's no better how-to book for business, finance, parenting, marriage, and making life happen than the Bible. Read the instructions, do what they say, and watch what grows." (Casey, 146).>> Um, there are many books better than the bible for those, especially marriage and parenting."Make a list of three purpose-filled things you will do when you find yourself lost in the "I am not as good as ____" talk. Examples: read the Bible, pray, sing worship songs, use one of the creative gifts God has given you to serve others, or encourage someone in his or her faith." (Casey, 165).>> This book is so filled with Christian propaganda! As if I would be doing those things in my new spare time. It's just not realistic to think everyone can stop comparing by going and reading the Bible instead. Not how it works!Quotes I Hated"Read verse 30, though, and you will see the truth: "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."" (Casey, 23)."The fear of the Lord changes what we want. The fear of the Lord--giving him respect and influence over our lives above all else--is a positive fear that refines our hearts..." (Casey, 24).In conclusion, my opinion is mixed. Lara seems like she's on the right track but gets derailed and goes to the Bible instead of properly dealing with emotions and realizing the deeper issues. Some of her ideas may work though, and she has some important things to say (not the religious part). I will read her newest book because there was enough good content in this book for me to be interested.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-02 08:05

    I started this book on January 1st because I knew I wanted to make 2016 a year of making changes and begin living on purpose. Of course, before you can live on purpose, you have to determine what your purpose is. This book, as Lara says herself, is an action book rather than a reading book. It took me awhile to work my way through it because it does require a lot of introspection, questioning, actioning, and praying. This book is part autobiography, part guidebook to really focusing on what matters. What makes Lara's guidance so valuable is that not only has she been where you are, but she shows you how she started to make things happen in her own life - making changes that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. Her authenticity and continued journey that comes through on her blog and on Periscope really strike a chord with me. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start making things happen in their own life. Not only did this book help me define what matters most to me, it also provided me with clear and actionable steps to move toward those things.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-14 11:48

    I love Lara Casey's powersheets and organizing/goal stuff and when I saw that she had a book I decided to grab it also. I thought it would help me with my goals and motivate me to move foreword to, "Make It Happen." I was expecting a book that was more like what part 4 (the guide to make it happen) was in the book. I didn't realize it was more of a mini life bio on how Lara found God and it transformed her life. Her story took up about 75% of the book. She does have an amazing story, and great gold nuggets that she weaves throughout her testimony. Overall it's a good book, and I would encourage someone who is struggling to read it.

  • India Hill
    2019-02-06 09:44

    I loved this book. I've been following Lara Casey for a year and some change now and everything she writes is always inspiring. This book is no different. She's all about being transparent on what she's been through to let you know that her life is not and has not been as "cookie cutter" as you might think. This book challenges the reader to let go of the fluff and other things that you may be involved in just to say that you're busy, or to gain exposure, or to "make it". It challenges you to zone in on what truly matters. Lara walks you through the process of discovering what it is that you're afraid of, what's your purpose and how to make it happen. I absolutely love this book.

  • Britt Hanson
    2019-02-13 12:03

    Just read it. Now.

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  • alisonwonderland
    2019-01-23 09:42

    I took a lot of notes in this Biblically-based instruction on goal-setting. Reading it provided a good foundation to the new year - a year in which I want to "live on purpose"!

  • Joy
    2019-02-04 14:48

    I love hearing back story. This book was a great mix of story and motivation.

  • Lydia Geisendorfer
    2019-01-22 12:53

    Better motivation and energy boost than a good cup of coffee!Lara Casey has the best way with words. Rooted in Christ and His love for us, her encouragement and practical tools (that she has learned from her own experience) truly make you want to get up and make things happen. Lara genuinely shares her own story of how she faced her fears, dreamed big and relied on the Lord to make big changes in her own life. And then in the second par of the book, she gently walks you through some of those same steps she took to help you make changes and big things happen in your own life. This book reads like sitting down to coffee with a good friend, sharing stories, experiences, and helping each other reach for your dreams.

  • Angela Boord
    2019-02-20 10:02

    I'm not really sure how to rate this book, so take the 3 stars with a grain of salt. I highlighted many passages on my Kindle because they particularly spoke to me or because I thought they were important, but I think the book as a whole is a little uneven. That doesn't mean that it isn't worth reading, though, because much of what she says about living a life on purpose instead of living by accident is very motivating. I'm not sure if this book is meant to be a companion to her Power Sheets or if Power Sheets came after the book, but in my opinion, I don't think you need both; the Power Sheets can stand on their own. (I would give Power Sheets 5 stars.)

  • Windy Kahler
    2019-02-12 11:07

    After reading 'Cultivate' and loving it, I knew that I had to read this one too. I really enjoy reading Lara Casey's writing. Even though I didn't love this book as much as the other, it was still a really great read. "Our failures are gifts, allowing us to learn, grow, redirect, and take new - and potentially better - paths.""My purpose cannot depend on someone else's yes. The only yes that matters is God's.""It's in the middle of what feels hopeless that, in our complete surrender, life happens."

  • Kate
    2019-02-17 06:58

    This book was recommended to me by a friend. As I read the book, I got them impression that it was a fine read, just not what I need at this time. As I anticipate having a baby, there are a lot of things that I feel the need to get done. Nesting is awesome. Yet, I don't really have fear of them, just tiredness that gets in the way. I think the most helpful part of the book was to break down all the tasks that you want to accomplish into smaller parts. I have a few daunting tasks that I should break up into components.

  • Brittany
    2019-02-06 09:05

    I listened to this audiobook. For the first three hours I was glad to get background on Lara's life and perspective, but the book wasn't what I expected. The rest of the book was more along the lines of what I expected - tips and insight into making it happen. I gifted a copy of the book to a friend of mine who I thought would really relate. All in all, a great book, and not a typical self-help read!

  • Mailee
    2019-02-16 11:44

    This book found me at just the right moment. I needed a guide to setting better goals and living intentionally. Lara Casey uses her own life experiences to show how bringing God into your goal setting and planning can make more of you than you could ever do on your own. For me, that is exactly what I was missing.Nothing in this book is earth-shattering or rocket science. A lot of really good common sense guidance, what makes it special is that seeking of God's will.

  • Aimee
    2019-02-05 10:08

    I liked the combination of memoir, devotional, and how-to in this book. I've seen the PowerSheets around for a while, so it was interesting to read the book that seemed to start them off. I would have wanted Casey to go deeper into some of the life events as they seemed a little glossed over at times, but overall I found her story interesting and relatable.

  • Kate
    2019-01-28 10:46

    Really good book for making you step back and examine what matters and what is pressing on your heart. Normally books that prompt you to journal drive me nuts, but this one really worked for me. It might just be the timing, but this was a very important book for me right now.

  • Alicia Sample
    2019-02-01 13:43

    True EncouragementIts like she KNOWS my thoughts about things. But truly she gives us steps and truth for getting things done that matter. She acknowledges that not all things we try will be what's meant to be. But no matter what we will grow. We must start in order to finish.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-08 13:03

    This took me a while to get through just because I kept putting it down and picking up another book. I loved Lara Casey's message and the idea that we will be more productive and happier if we get our priorities in order.

  • Marianne
    2019-02-03 09:53

    Lara does a great job of weaving her personal experiences with the redemption story her life has become now. She gives realistic ways to help achieve desires God has given you and breaks down helpful strategies to take action.