Obedience Over Hustle: The Surrender of the Striving Heart

Obedience Over Hustle: The Surrender of the Striving Heart

by Malinda Fuller

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Overview

The world promises recognition and promotion if we "hustle harder," but at what cost?

Join the counter-cultural movement of choosing surrender over striving.

Throughout scripture, we encounter individuals who had to face the hard reality that their dreams and time lines weren't God's best plan. By exploring these biblical narratives alongside her own personal stories of radical obedience, author Malinda Fuller encourages readers to respond to the questions God asks each of us: "Will you trust Me? . . . Will you do what I'm asking you to do?” 

Fuller's challenge to all of us is to yield to God's voiceno matter where He leads or what He asks, whether it's complicated or straightforward, accepted by others or challenging to understand, and regardless of how it makes us feel (even if it appears foolish). May we have the courage to surrender to His plan and His timingto choose obedience over hustle.


 

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ISBN-13: 9781643520759
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 194,235
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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CHAPTER 1

This Thing Called Hustle

Hustle. It is impossible to ignore this idea.

Everyone has seen the word splashed across the front of a book jacket or coffee mug. It has made its mark on Instagram feeds. It isn't just a catchy phrase for the creatives camped out at the local brewhouse, nor is it reserved for business owners and those chasing down the next sale while sipping espresso. Moms of toddlers unite behind their gold-printed T-shirts proclaiming to the world that the "mommy hustle" is real. Christians are "prayin' and slayin'" — or eating, praying, and hustling, depending on the day.

When I first heard the word hustle, I was confused. I wondered why the bloggers I knew were using this term. I remember thinking, What do you mean you're hustlin'? It sounded bizarre. But then the hype took over and everyone started throwing the word around. All of a sudden, my social media feed brimmed with individuals pridefully announcing their "hustle" like they'd unlocked the secret code for doing super-cool things and achieving goals. They were the same women who'd always had the side business or creative hobby, the same writers, still working extra hard to be noticed, validated, and profitable. But now they had permission to race toward their goals — hustle wasn't just a verb; it had become a badge of honor to wear proudly. I know I used the word a few times, probably accented by a fist-bump emoji because, well, that's what you have to do to get people to notice your work. Or so I thought. It feels quite silly to admit that now.

In the months following the conference in Indiana, I found myself surrounded by the hustle noise. Everywhere I looked, I felt bombarded by the message that unless I was taking this Instagram class, I would never grow my social media platform; unless I was jumping on that writing retreat or conference, my dreams would never become a reality. Friends were taking advantage of opportunities for aspiring business owners, and the voice of hustle made all of it look so alluring.

As I started to see where I was giving in to the hustle, God poised more questions: "If it's for My glory, why are you trying to do it your way, Malinda?" "If it doesn't happen in your time frame, will you be less effective, less happy, less fulfilled?" "What if My way looks different from how you see ithaven't My ways always been better?"

Over a period of months, every book I picked up, every message I listened to, every article I read seemed to have the same undertones: the idea that if our hearts are striving after something other than God's goal for us, He won't bless our efforts. Even if we were to experience success through such means, it would come at a cost. This became a deafening conversation on repeat, and it was inescapable. Suddenly, the dialogue with my husband, my best friends, and random social media friends became, "What's up with the hustle?"

The more I heard and saw the hustle being promoted, the more curious I became: "Where did this notion come from?" I started to ask. "Why are we celebrating the backbreaking workaholism that it seems to advocate?" I decided to do some research.

The word hustle dates back to the mid-1600s to 1700s. The Dutch were the first to use it, and the translation meant "to shake." I remember reading those first lines from the dictionary and thinking, How did we get from "to shake" to the modern definition used to describe hard work? Digging a little deeper, I unearthed a much longer list of definitions that provided insight into the word's evolution.

I noticed most of the historical uses of hustle were derogatory. It wasn't a title to bestow on your closest friend or loved one. Hustler was used to brand lowly characters, not to esteem hardworking individuals.

Listed below are some of the most common definitions I found for the word hustle:

• to push roughly

• to obtain by forceful action or persuasion

• to coerce or pressure someone into a choice

• to sell aggressively

• to swindle or cheat

Of all the interpretations for this six-letter word, the modern version, "working hard, usually towards the common goal of creating an income," is the most widely used today, yet it is less commonly found in traditional dictionaries. The meaning of the word has morphed over the years from "to shake," to "to obtain by force," and eventually to "to put a lot of effort into one's work." Interestingly, this last definition isn't the same "hustle" message that our grandparents and great-grandparents knew. Those who lived through the war eras knew that hustle meant to provide for one's family, but today the connotation is much more explicit.

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Hustle invigorates me and fuels my fire to "GO."

• Fortune favors the brave.

• Use as much energy as you can to get to the finish.

• Work hard to hit a goal. [Hustle] makes me feel excited for what's to come.

• Hustle equals drive. Those who hustle are entrepreneurs. They are "doers" and get stuff done. They are like Nehemiah ... who saw and filled the need.

• [Hustle is] giving everything I have into one concentrated thing.

These were some of the responses I received when I asked my Facebook community, "What feelings does the word 'hustle' stir up?"

If you just read these thoughts and felt your heart beating wildly in excitement, then you're probably one of those who picked up this book because of your love for the hustle. You send out virtual fist bumps to your friends who are growing their sales teams and crushing goals in their businesses, and you wake up eager to tackle your to-dos for the day and check off items from your goals list. This six-letter word gets your blood pumping. Each time you say it, your adrenaline surges like a wave cresting just off the beach. More than likely you are a creative, an entrepreneur, a builder of things or teams or people. Perhaps you love sales and networking, or maybe you're a dreamer with a five-year plan that you keep posted on your bathroom mirror. You are a three, eight, or one on the Enneagram personality model, and you enjoy setting audacious goals and then surprising everyone when you crush them early.

If you're a Christian and a lover of the hustle, then you probably know where to find verses that sound like this: "I worked hard at building the wall of Jerusalem. All my men gathered there to work on the wall." These lines from the book of Nehemiah are like balm to your soul when you find yourself being told to "slow down" by friends and family. They're the permission you need to continue pushing forward at the breakneck speed you've been racing. As a planner and overachiever, you tend to be hypercritical of yourself and typically see your efforts as never quite good enough — which just pushes you even harder. You always have a "word for the year," live by your day planner, and struggle to embrace the idea of "rest."

Even if you're not in the business world, this hustle hunger has bled over into other aspects of your life. You demand perfection from others — your spouse, family members, friends, children, and coworkers. You probably expect everyone to have the same drive and passion as you and become easily frustrated when others have no ambition to set goals for their personal development. If you see yourself in these characterizations, rest assured, you're in good company. In fact, these descriptors are fairly accurate of my own personality and tendencies. You are not weird, crazy, or alone if you are wired this way.

This book was not written to guilt or to shame you. Its pages are not meant to overwhelm or condemn but to offer freedom — a pass to jump into the deep end of the pool called grace. The message here is not that working hard, having goals, and even being wildly successful are bad things. I want to make one thing very clear: I am not against small businesses, women pursuing their dreams, or mothers who work from home — I am one of those hardworking women myself. I applaud those who are chasing after their dreams — if those dreams are God-given and, even more important, God- authorized. (In chapter 17 we'll discuss the idea that sometimes our goals are from God but He hasn't approved the timing.)

Rather than condemning those with lofty ambitions, those defying the odds with their achievements, I'm suggesting that our lives have become overrun by an incessant striving for something more. The hustling heart reaches its fingers deep, infiltrating far beyond just our livelihood. Its chant chokes out the conversation of contentment and gratitude until our "wants" masquerade as "needs." I'm not here to advocate slothful behavior and apathetic living; I'm here with one question: Is what you're hustling after the thing that God has asked you to do?

In our me-centered world where we believe we can become anything we set our minds to and attain anything we feel we deserve, it is no longer enough to just put a lot of effort into our work — we have to hustle after it. "It" being the variable. For some, hustling after "it" means earning a paycheck or achieving a goal. Others are seeking to attain more of something: clients, power, success, influence, fame.

"A lot of effort" simply isn't enough anymore. We're expected to be competitive, focused, and driven — every day, all day. We aren't happy to just "work smarter"; we have to be both smart and relentless in the pursuit of our goals. We need to complete our work faster, and with better results, than everyone else. It's as though our entire lives are a giant game of Monopoly where we're creating side deals and one-upping everyone in our circle, continually positioning ourselves for recognition, validation, and success.

For some of you reading, maybe the hustle looks more like "keeping up" with those in your neighborhood, at the gym, online, or at church. Maybe you've experienced the suffocating feeling of the need to prepare all-organic homemade meals, return to your prepregnancy weight at six weeks postpartum, keep your home sparkling clean (despite having two toddlers at home), read ten books a month, and slay your business goals a week before the end of each month. Does this sound familiar?

For new college graduates, the hustle might look like chasing after a dream job that can help you pay back your mountain of debt. But rather than working hard toward that goal, you may find yourself in the perennial trap of the hustle: bouncing from one position to the next trying to find the "right environment," struggling to commit to the nine-to-five, eating and drinking your paycheck away, and splurging on impressive items and trips. Because that's what you're supposed to do — according to social media.

To those who have graduated kids and now find themselves in the next season of life, the hustle song sounds different yet. You may not care in the slightest about posting on Instagram, chasing sales, or climbing a ladder of success, but that doesn't mean your heart doesn't strive. Maybe it's for your ministry, book, church, or business to do well. Maybe it's to keep up with your friend's house, car, body, or luxury vacations. You may not be someone who struggles with listening to God when it comes to writing a check, but you know He's been telling you for years to befriend a neighbor, foster some children, mentor a young businesswoman, host a foreign exchange student, start a Bible study, or lead a women's group at church — and you've continued to find other things to do so that you're "too busy" to follow through on what He's asking.

The hustle looks a little different for each of us, but its nature of striving is always the same. Hustling is chasing after a goal at any cost. It's the pushing that comes from a heart focused on what others have and what others are doing, rather than choosing contentment and listening for the voice of God. We've traded hearing God's simple "Well done" in our current season (our current budget, our current circumstance) for gaining the applause of the masses.

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The hustling heart drives us — from making sure our skin, travel schedules, and homes measure up to the social media noise. We tally how successful our side business is right out of the gate, strive to calculate the reach of our influence, and work to prove the worthiness of our cause — right alongside our closest friends and allies. We question God's timing, His ways, His failure to move on our behalf, even while at the same time crying out, "Your way, Lord!"

What is this obsession with a word once rarely used — hustle? Why have we elevated this concept, carrying it around like a banner, chanting it for everyone to hear? Are we seeking validation for our achievements or our efforts? Who is our audience — and to what end are we performing? These are just a few of the questions we're going to tackle over the next several chapters. Are you ready? Let's go!

CHAPTER 2

Suffocating under the Hustle

I'm pretty sure in the Garden of Eden the serpent had "hustle" on his deceptive lips. If Eve had [decided] to be still and reflect and pause over the moment, perhaps she may have chosen differently. Hustle creates a false urgency to act and move based on deception of who we are and what we need, yet hustle is seen as a "good thing" in our culture of women. If we don't hustle, then we won't get what is ours or what we "deserve." So we are told to hustle and move quick ... and then feel guilty when we rest or aren't pushing ourselves. It's a crazy thing, that thing called hustle.

When I began to share with friends and other writers about how the hustle had affected me on a personal level, I was surprised by their responses. The general feeling was that of suffocation. I had no idea how many people had been experiencing similar angst over this word. The epigraph above is from an online friend who responded to my questions about how the word made her feel. Crowdsourcing brought forth emotional responses from people who were burnt out and looking to mend what they had inadvertently broken as a result of their hustling. Some answers were simple, others strong — some even combative. As I did more research and probed further, I discovered that the stress of the hustle is a widespread concern. Here's a sampling of the comments I received regarding the implications of the word hustle:

It has very negative connotations to me. I see it used constantly, and it's often with people/brands that are prioritizing their business goals above all else; [who] see working fifty-five-hour weeks as a sign of being passionate and earning their success.

[When I hear the word hustle] I feel stressed immediately.

It gives me heart palpitations.

For me, it's a dangerous word. It tempts me to sin and fool myself into thinking I can function out of my own strength.

From all over the country and across oceans, individuals were joining the conversation. They were skeptical of the message that there is only one way to become successful (and questioning the markers used to measure "success"), and they were tired of feeling compelled to claw themselves into the spotlight, following the advice of "industry leaders," and grow a big platform. Outside of the creative circles I was involved in, I heard mothers respond to the idea of "trying to do it all," and shop owners admit that despite all they'd poured into their businesses, they were choosing to shut them down because they had become something that God didn't want them to focus on anymore. The idea of "success" was confusing to women who were stay-at-home mothers intent on loving their families well, yet drowning beneath the message "God has more for you than just being a mom."

As the hustle noise continued to grow louder all around me, so did God's whisper to my heart: "Is that what I've called you to?" Just as it had in the hotel ballroom, His voice came softly, gently, with grace. As I pondered whether the chase was worth it, other messages surfaced: "Stay humble. Be still. Rest. Build people, not things. Trust Me. Seek first My kingdom, not your empire."

That last one was a zinger, not because I had any lofty goals — my aim wasn't to reach superstar status as a writer — but because I did feel that God had gifted me with the ability to string together words, and I wanted the opportunity to share them. I wasn't seeking a six-figure income, but my heart did want a sphere of influence. I wanted to teach the Bible to women and share messages of hope and truth with crowds. It didn't seem like a selfish goal, but eventually I realized I also longed for the affirmation those opportunities provided.

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Closed Doors and Open Hands,
Part One: Confronting the Hustle,
Chapter 1: This Thing Called Hustle,
Chapter 2: Suffocating under the Hustle,
Chapter 3: But Didn't God Institute Hard Work?,
Chapter 4: The Better Thing,
Chapter 5: Artificial Significance,
Chapter 6: The Mommy Hustle,
Chapter 7: Close to Jesus Yet Still Hustling,
Chapter 8: The Church Hustle,
Chapter 9: Eve's FOMO (Fear of Missing Out),
Part One: Reflection and Small Group Questions,
Part Two: Choosing Obedience,
Chapter 10: What Happened to Obedience?,
Chapter 11: Jesus: Obedience in the Flesh,
Chapter 12: Complete Obedience,
Chapter 13: Obedient When the Dream Isn't Yours ...,
Chapter 14: Attitude Is Everything,
Chapter 15: Obedience Equals Maturity,
Chapter 16: Obedience When the Path Is Unclear,
Chapter 17: Obedience: Not Just Direction but Pace,
Chapter 18: Exchanging Fear for Obedience,
Chapter 19: Courageous Obedience,
Chapter 20: Fruitful Obedience,
Part Two: Reflection and Small Group Questions,
Conclusion: Continued Obedience,
Obedience over Hustle Manifesto,

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Wanda_M 11 days ago
Are we being fruitful and obedient? Or are we still pushing and constantly in a hurry to get through each day? Do we listen to our hearts, or are we too busy to even listen? This unique book, OBEDIENCE OVER HUSTLE, by Malinda Fuller, gives us some insights on obedience and hustling. In Part One, In the first chapter, the author goes into deep detail on, This Thing Called Hustle, and why so many people are using this word this day and time. It seems to be everywhere! People hustle to get to some place or from some place. But, if the hustling heart drives us, then, what would the obedient heart do? Would it also drive us to do what is right? To make us strive harder? Then, in chapter 2, Suffocating Under The Hustle, the author began by stating how hustle had affected her personal level. I was also surprised how much this word affected other people. And, how, in the Garden of Eden, hustle affected Eve when the serpent wanted her to choose the fruit over obeying God. Then in Part Two, Choosing Obedience, in chapter 10, What Happened To Obedience? The author goes into deep detail about obedience, and how the first five books of the Bible talks about, or are quoted from, ( can be observed closely, or pay attention to) obedience. Then, about mid-way through the book there were these Small Group Questions for discussion or study, and use with a journal. That way you can take your time answering them honestly. I like the title of this book because it mentions the striving heart right on the cover. And I also like what was said on page 221. "It's living with the knowledge that His opinion is the only one that matters and that seeking Him first is a command worth following. When we live like this, we are choosing obedience over hustle."This whole book made this reader think. Fascinating read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
AFarley21 14 days ago
Malinda Fuller did an excellent job writing Obedience over Hustle. When the world is yelling hustle harder to get ahead it is hard to hear the Lord whisper obedience is better. God doesn't ask each of us to do the same thing; however, He does ask each of us to be obedient. Sometimes what He asks makes absolutely no worldly sense, but it does make God sense. Malinda uses biblical accounts to drive home her point of obedience. Think of the radical obedience of Noah. Building an ark made absolutely no sense, but he obeyed. Or what about Joshua marching around Jerico. God asks for obedience. The book is divided into two sections with discussion questions for each portion. This book could easily be used as a small group study. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to review.
rkfall 14 days ago
I enjoyed this non-fiction read. This author talks about stopping the striving and focusing on what God is calling you to do. As you do this, walking it out in obedience. The importance of having a life defined by obedience. So true! She talks about her experience with what to say no to and what to say yes to. She talks about walking in what God has called us to, choosing contentment, and listening for His voice. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
DChatley 17 days ago
This book is a life changer in that in causes you to stop and second guess the messages that we are bombarded with day in and day out to do more, be more and have more. Especially as woman, we are overtly and subtly encouraged to be superwomen, having kids that involved in everything, having the perfect marriage, and the magazine worthy house and a career that makes others jealous. Yet is this what God really intended for us. This book draws on expertise of personal experience, characters from the Bible, and stories of others walking the same paths to call us to the life of step by step obedience to God instead of following the world's call to hustle. I love the format the author used to divide the book into 2 parts, the first part focused on understanding the call to hustle and the second part focused on understanding the call to obedience. In this way, the 2 concepts are contrasted and compared. Another thing I loved about this book was the journaling/thought provoking questions provided for each chapter at the end of each part. I would definitely recommend taking the time necessary to ponder over these questions, they are so powerful in helping the reader digest and apply the concepts discussed in the book. Some of my favorite quotes that cut right to my heart as they echoed the sentiment of my heart as I started this book include: pg 10 I had been burning the candle at both ends and in the middle. I wanted to have it all. I wanted God's provision , but I wanted it my way. - these statements cut right to my heart as they echoed the sentiment of my heart as I started this book pg 27 hustle creates a false urgency to act pg 29 hustle brings weighty pressure - to perform and please, to hurry and overwork, to strive after recognition or power pg 51 laying down the hustle meant being content with being small pg 111 Obedience is both a choice and an act of faith pg 149 Obedience is often difficult because it isn't the shiny and sexy stuff of faith I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under to obligation to post a review.
AFerri 18 days ago
This is a book everybody needs to read. We are so busy, we forget to ask God what He wants from us. We have to spend time with Him to know and to learn how to be content and listen for His directions. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Ginger Hudock 18 days ago
I had been feeling anxiety lately even though I "have it all". I am happily married, have a part-time nutrition career, volunteer on a regular basis, and have two grown children out on their own. But I was hustling. The description of Malinda Fuller's book, Obedience Over Hustle immediately struck a chord with me. Fuller says "Maybe you've heard a similar whisper: "You are doing too many things. You are striving and multitasking and chasing productivity... You are eager to serve, but out of what motive?'" If this quote rings true for you, I highly recommend this book. Fuller uses many Biblical examples to encourage readers to engage with God about what He wants you to be doing in your life. She asks readers to be obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit instead of the world. If you are a Christian whose desire is to follow God's will for your life, but are uncertain how to do this, then I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary advance copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Stardust_Fiddle 21 days ago
Back in first grade, we had to design a T-shirt about what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wanted to be a writer. That dream got sidetracked for a few years during and after high school, and although I thought I was working toward my career goals, God had other plans. Less than a year after graduating from college I started having health issues, and before long I became chronically ill with a laundry list of conditions that grows with each passing year. I kept stubbornly waiting for healing, and it wasn’t really until this year that I accepted that I am likely not going to get better, although of course nothing is impossible with God! In the meantime, I had started writing book reviews, as I have always been an avid reader, and several doors opened. I don’t get paid, but I do get free books, which is a bibliophile’s dream! As I commit to reviewing more and more books, of which the vast majority are specifically Christian, I realize that out of pain and loss God has brought me back to the dream that He planted in my heart as a young child, allowing me to glorify Him through reading and writing. I do not have a big following on social media, but I do have the contentment of knowing that I am doing what the Lord created me to do, and that I am hopefully planting seeds that He will water and grow. This encapsulates much of the message of Malinda Fuller’s “Obedience Over Hustle” and is partly why this book resonated with me so strongly. The book is divided into two segments: “Confronting the Hustle” and “Choosing Obedience.” As Fuller points out, our culture builds itself around doing more, being more, beating out the competition and being at the top. While I’ve never been very competitive, I am a perfectionist, so I am always striving. Being chronically ill has added another layer to this, as there are many things that I can no longer do, so I push myself harder in those things that I can do. Reading this book, I realized that this is hustling, and that while society promotes it, God doesn’t. “Hustling is chasing after a goal at any cost. It’s the pushing that comes from a heart focused on what others have and what others are doing, rather than choosing contentment and listening for the voice of God.” That’s the crux of the issue: hustling is about what “I” can do, rather than about working with God and relying on Him. On the other side of the coin is obedience. In order to be obedient, we have to acknowledge that God is in control, and often it isn’t easy to hand over the reins to our lives. We want things to happen in our way and according to our schedule, but submitting to God “means that we surrender not only to His plan but also to His timeline”. We have to acknowledge that His ways are always best and that He is sovereign. If we are walking with Him, we can expect Him to ask us to do things that are outside of our comfort zone and that seem to fly in the face of reason. Think of Joseph, Noah, and Moses, and so many others from the Bible. Obedience is “living with the knowledge that His opinion is the only one that matters and that seeking Him first is a command worth following.” What He calls us to do won’t be in accordance with popular opinion and what the world tells us, but what blessings flow forth when we obey! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Waytin4him 21 days ago
With God, timing is more important than time. The timing of this book was perfect for this season in my life. Having said that, this book speaks clearly about the importance of time and our wise use of it. It has been said that success is knowing and doing God's will for your life. Malinda does an excellent job of speaking to the harried and hurried lives many of us live and the choices we must make to remedy that. The "take-away" for me was the reminder that there's always enough time to do God's will, God's way. While written with primarily women in mind, as a male pastor, I found it to be quite applicable to me as well. I plan to get copies for several people to read. Thanks! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
Anonymous 22 days ago
This book will work well with a small group. It is divided into two parts with selections for reflection and small group study at the end of each section. The size of the font on the printed page makes it easy to read; the spacing makes the reading move structurally and fluently. I appreciate that in the books I read at this time. The author addresses the ‘hustle’ at the onset. Awareness of hustling to fill the hours of our days to maintain our hunger for more of everything and to ‘have it all’ is well expressed. Traveling through the syntax, I found many opportunities to chastise myself for the desire to please others by acquiescing to the requests for help through service organizations. I do remember fighting being overwhelmed when I raised my 3 chubby children. The author’s suggestions were helpful, but I also know that having good executive functions helps a great deal in curtailing overloads. Executive functions are a brain thing that come from the hard wiring of the brain at birth. I deeply appreciated the references to Biblical characters throughout the book and found the author’s commentary ‘dead on’ in her assessments of the occupancies of Adam and Eve, Mary and Martha, and Peter, James and John. The pages of reflections offered questions to stimulate my further thinking on the hustles that I have overcome in my life. Part Two’s chapters ran the gamut of obedience in all things, relating those things to Biblical characters and their detailed messages from God. Interesting evidence of particular directions from God when our way is not clear, when we need to pace ourselves, when our attitude is off center, or when we are fearful is given through the use of Biblical characters. This gives the reader confidence in using the information suggested. I found this book well researched and written. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Informative information, showing the life style of today is make yourself doing all you can to further yourself with enjoyable life and things. Wherein, instead of doing that realize there is a higher power that we should be listening to and can do so if we read the Bible, then as the author says we can obey. However, just obeying is not the point so I fill I should say this, yes obey is great, but why, that should be out of love for God and that love comes as we read and apply the Bible in our lives. You'll enjoy the changes this book can help you make, it's a great read. But needs a bit more forethought as to why obey. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing but was under no obligation to write a review.
PamMooney 24 days ago
Inspiring. A gentle reminder to look at our lives and see if we are doing what is best in God's eyes as well as for those we care about. I loved the biblical narratives that illustrate the obedience over hustle movement. I felt like I was being guided through lessons that would bring me to a better place rather than reading another book of "should do's". It is such a nice idea to listen to the whispers of God rather than making up our own ways that lead to anxiety and broken relationships. A good read.
MEPinkham 27 days ago
The world values hustle, tells us that's where we'll find our significance, where we'll do the most good. But what God wants is for us to be obedient, in the big and the small things. To be obedient even when the results don't look like we thought they'd look like. When things happen at a different pace then we thought they would. When it takes more courage, or seemingly more ability than we have. Michelle Fuller deals with all these issues and helps make clear that God is more interested in us following His plan for our lives than in doing great things. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All thoughts are my own.
MelissaGH 3 months ago
Reading this book reminded me to pause and think about my activities. Am I doing things to promote self or to share about God? Am I focused on rushing through my days, trying to get chores done? While reading each page, I was brought back to the truth that my words and actions are supposed to glorify God, not to glorify anyone else. I do not have to say "yes" to every opportunity. I do not have to "hustle" in every moment. My focus should be on God and what He has planned for me. What a great book! I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.