Inspiring Motivational Message for Women from Sarah Jakes
Ruth's life is a journey of transformation. Allowing God to transform her circumstances, Ruth went from a widow excluded from society to a wife with a secure and protected future, one that paved the way for the birth of King David.
Her story is full of collisions, but she never let her past define her. Instead, the most painful time of her life became her most pivotal, propelling her to a destiny she'd never imagined.
Many women experience struggles and disappointments that keep them from being their true selves. But as you follow Ruth's life, you will discover the hope available to every woman.
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About the Author
Sarah Jakes is a businesswoman, writer, speaker, and media personality. She is the senior editor of the online magazine eMotions and, with her husband, Touré Roberts, ministers to those in the TV, film, and music industries. Sarah is a mom of two and lives in the Los Angeles area. Learn more about her and her ministry at sarahjakesroberts.com.
Table of Contents
1 Life Doesn't Always Go As Planned 15
2 Unmasking the Lone Ranger 23
3 Keep the Faith 31
4 Don't Let Life Change Your Name 37
5 Stick With What You Know 45
6 Do What You Can 53
7 You Never Know Who's Watching 61
8 Your Enemy Becomes Your Footstool 69
9 He Knew You Before He Blessed You 75
10 Surpass Them All 81
11 There Will Be an Overflow 89
12 Make Others Believe 95
13 Extra Protection 103
14 The Beginning of the End 109
15 It's Time to Try Again 117
16 Respect Those Who Came Before You 123
17 Be Vulnerable 129
18 Your Blessing Is in Your Obedience 135
19 Those Who Love You Will Protect You 141
20 Relationships Are Investments 149
21 Wait Patiently 155
22 God Will Put Like-Minded People in Your Life 161
23 Set Your Standards 167
24 Be Honest 173
25 It's Already Done 179
26 "I Know You, and I Still Chose You" 185
27 Witness the Redemption 191
28 From Redemption to Restoration 197
29 It's Not About You 203
30 Collide With Your Destiny 209
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was excited about the idea of examining the biblical story of Ruth more closely in Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth by Sarah Jakes. Colliding with Destiny did deliver in part what I hoped. I liked how each chapter sequentially introduced a part of the story of Ruth. I felt that telling the story of Ruth through multiple biblical translation was effective in creating, a full, powerful story of Ruth. I thought the chapter titles introductory quotes were carefully chosen and matched well the different facets of Ruth’s story. I feel I understand much better the story of Ruth and how her trails apply to my challenges and disappointments. But, overall I was not impressed or motivated by Colliding with Destiny for several reasons. I was initially confused the with journal and prayer sections that conclude each chapter. A brief reference to those sections in the introduction would have clarified questions of how best to use those sections which are unfamiliar to some readers. While I enjoyed some of Jakes’ discussion of Ruth, I felt Jakes sometimes stretched the story of Ruth too much to fit her purpose, and added suppositions as part of Ruth’s story. Jakes’ obviously has experiences that have taught her a lot about life and relationships, but all of the chapters seem focused mainly on Jakes’ life experiences. As the book progressed I felt like I was reading the memoirs of Sarah Jakes rather than a discussion of how the story of Ruth applies to everyone. I so wanted to like this book from the moment I saw the beautiful cover and read the introductory chapter, but it’s not what it could have been. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth by Sarah Jakes for my candid review.
The story of Ruth has always been special to me. I admire her loyalty, strength and convictions. She is a woman we can all follow by example. Only God knew that because of her choice Jesus would come from her family line. Ms. Jakes challenges us like Ruth to live a life that is destined for God. Her questions at the end of the chapters were convicting because it allowed you to see where you are with God. There is no room for lies when you want to be what God has called to be. As a single woman it was a reminder that Ruth did not go looking for a husband but God provided her with one. She was just doing what God wants her to be doing and he answered her need. Ms. Jakes pointed out something in this story that I missed. It was that Boaz protected Ruth’s reputations. I am reminded of I Cor. 13. Love truly protects. There are two sentences that inspired me in this book. It calls us to see ourselves through God’s eyes. He is the one that is molding us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by you and he has given us his stamp of approval. Often the things we spend a lifetime trying to hide are the very tools we need to become who God called us to be. Page 189 Restoration. It is the moment when God shows you that you lost nothing in the process. Page 200 I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”
I have always loved the book of Ruth. Probably even more so since reading Tessa Afshar’s fictional account of Ruth in her book In the Field of Grace. What Sarah did in Colliding with Destiny is take the scriptures apart and then write a short chapter reflecting on how these words can apply to our lives today. She takes examples from her own life and shares her mistakes, regrets and deepest hurts. You could easily make this book a daily devotional as most of the chapters are only a couple of pages long. Each chapter ends with Sarah sharing a bit more in a “Journaling” section and then asks questions so you can journal or share in a small group your thoughts. There is also a short prayer at the end of each chapter. Sarah gave me some new insights into this familiar, yet powerful, story. If you enjoy the book of Ruth and encouraged by her I recommend this book as another way to delve into these scriptures. A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
I recently read Colliding with Destiny, which is a 31 chapter study on the book of Ruth written by Sarah Jakes. I ended up consuming the book rather quickly, taken in by the honest writing of Jakes and the compelling story of Ruth. And though I have read the book of Ruth before, with Jakes' commentary, it was almost like reading a new story. When I first began reading, I found the structure of the book to be strange, with each chapter being only 2-3 pages long in general. However, I found myself enjoying the layout, and I think it would make a wonderful morning devotional. Each chapter starts with a few verses from the book of Ruth. Then Jakes shares a short personal anecdote which she beautifully relates to the scripture. After a commentary on the few verses, which often includes cultural references from the time of Ruth, Jakes provides a journal prompt and several questions. I really enjoyed this study and loved the personal touches Jakes added to the book. She wove many stories from her life, and I found myself wanting to know more. I'd love to read Sarah Jakes biography after reading Colliding with Destiny. My favorite part of this book is that Jakes took and a very old story and turned it into something very relevant in our modern world. And aesthetically, this book is beautiful, from the cover to the headings and embellishments inside. It was obvious a lot of effort went into the writing and presentation of the book, which was lovely. I would recommend this book to any woman seeking to dive deep into the book of Ruth and her legacy. It would make a wonderful month-long devotional, or even a Bible study. Undoubtedly, anyone who reads this book will take something away from it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
My mother and I have been studying Ruth. We’ve gotten out numerous texts, movies, and have been looking into a play. Basically we are in love with Ruth and her tale. With that in mind, I was thrilled to receive a copy of COLLIDING WITH DESTINY: FINDING HOPE IN THE LEGACY OF RUTH by Sarah Jakes from Bethany House. Now that I’m done with it, I am definitely sharing it with my mother. I loved the line “We rarely hear about the collisions she faced on the road to her destiny,” from page 11. It has stuck with me after reading it. Oftentimes we see the end result – such as, in my case, a bestselling author – but don’t take the time to think of the struggles that individual went through. I see the final product, that famous book, but I don’t see the numerous rejection letters and edits the author went through. Such things help to put our lives in perspective. The author used examples from the Bible and from her personal life to weave a narrative both insightful and enthralling. I will be sharing some of the things I learned with people who I know are also struggling in their lives, and I highly recommend this book.