Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose

Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose

by Carey Scott

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ISBN-13: 9781683222750
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,205,487
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and certified Biblical Life Coach who's honest about her walk with the Lord—stumbles, fumbles, and all. She challenges women to be real—not perfect—even when it’s messy. Through her ministry, she encourages women to stop living a mediocre, risk-free life and instead step onto the battlefield of life and engage! 
 
For over twelve years, Carey’s had an active ministry geared toward women. She speaks to women's groups and writes an online devotional designed to help women be who God created them to be.  
 
Carey lives in Colorado with her husband and two kids, who give her plenty of material for writing and speaking. She’s surrounded by a wonderful family and group of friends who keep her motivated, real, and humble.
 

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Uncommon

Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose


By Carey Scott

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2017 Carey Scott
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-68322-275-0



CHAPTER 1

The Common Life


I laid my hands on my belly and prayed right there in the kitchen.

Father, I don't want this. My family needs me. Please don't ask me to carry this burden. But Lord, if this is part of Your perfect plan — and if my journey will help one woman find YouI'll take it.

That day, in all my fear and anxiety and confusion, with tears spilling out of my eyes, after weeks of being in a fetal position, I accepted the possible assignment of ovarian cancer. The pathology report from a routine I-don't-want-my-period-anymore hysterectomy showed a small spot on my uterus with ovarian cancer cells. And four different pathologists found it.

Cancer.

It's the word we dread more than any other. It's the diagnosis we never want to hear. And my doctor spoke it as we sat in the exam room. I could tell something wasn't right when I first saw her face, but this had never crossed my mind. Cancer wasn't part of the plan. My appointment that day was to remove stitches. Not this. And as my two kids — then seven and eight — enjoyed extra screen time as they sat in the waiting room, their only concern was what flavor of ice cream they were going to order at Dairy Queen on the way home.

But my concern was heavy enough for all of us.

Am I going to die? That was my next question — one with no immediate answer. I'd have to meet with an oncologist who would run tests to get a better understanding of the spot and the cells, and then determine the next steps. But that wasn't now. Now was the time I had to muster every bit of strength so I could hold it together for my kids. Now was when I had to get control of my thought life so I didn't fall into the pit of hopelessness. Now was the season when I needed to press into God with all my might so I could navigate this situation well.

I gathered my kids and drove to Dairy Queen. It took determination not to burst into tears as I watched them eat their ice cream from the rearview mirror. I was so thankful for the oversized sunglasses. They were the only thing hiding the fear and confusion in my eyes. And when we got home, I turned on a movie to distract them as I slipped away into my bathroom to gather my thoughts. I called my husband and my parents and others who needed to know. And then I lost it.

The cancer center waiting room was decorated with great intentions of bringing light and hope to those who sat in it. But regardless, it was filled by patients and family members with empty, blank stares. And as I sat there with my husband, I silently prayed for God to intervene.

The oncologist was cold and young, and he ran lots of tests that involved needles — something that unnerved me even more. We listened as the doctor made the case for removing my ovaries and possibly more based on what they had discovered. At that point, neither of us would argue with his suggestions. I couldn't help but feel sorrowful that a part of what made me a woman was about to be removed. This choice wasn't for me to make — it was a choice made for me. It's funny how you define yourself as a woman by the organs that help create or sustain life. Maybe you know just what I'm talking about.

And I began asking God tough questions: Why do bad things keep happening to me? When is enough ... enough?

Let's just say I haven't lived a charmed life. From sexual abuse at age four to a minefield of other painful encounters with men growing up to an embarrassing divorce with my first husband plus a million more "you've got to be kidding me" moments, life had been anything but charming. Or easy. And because I thought maybe God would let the second half of my life ease up, I certainly didn't see this coming. I was at the crossroads of questioning God and trusting God, and I had a choice to make.

He brought back to mind a vision from years earlier where He revealed plans for a speaking ministry. And I had watched in awe as random invitations to speak came my way. God had been opening doors only He could open. So deep down, I knew He was trustworthy and had good plans for my future. But this was real life in Technicolor, and I wondered if I could trust God in this life-and-death situation, too.

The timing was horrible. My husband and I were in crisis mode with our son, who was reeling from the horrible and painful effects of a third-grade bullying situation. He needed me now more than ever. And my daughter needed a mom to teach her about being a woman of God, something I was excited and honored to share with her. I knew my husband didn't want to think about raising this family without me. We'd fought hard for the marriage we had, and the thought of being apart was too much. I can't die now. My family needs me. Why is this happening?

It's easy to trust God when the stakes are low, but this wasn't one of those times. There was so much to lose ... so many lives to mess up ... so many dreams hanging in the balance. Believe me, God and I had conversations. Lots of them. But with each prayer, with each scripture read, with each worship song that passed through my lips, things began to shift in me. Fear became hope. Anger became resolve. And questions became praise.

I decided to reach out on social media, asking for prayer and sharing my journey. I'm pretty sure I was on every prayer list from LA to NYC. My online community rallied around me in such a profound way — an uncommon way. And I felt loved and cared for and encouraged with each message and post. This unexpected support system blessed me more than I can even put into words. Community is a powerful weapon.

So as I stood in the kitchen that day praying and laying my own hands on the part of my abdomen directly in front of my ovaries — standing at the intersection of questioning and trusting, of fear and courage — an immediate calm overcame my heart, and worry gave way to bravery. And in an instant of complete surrender, I told my Creator that if it was His will for cancer to be part of my story, then so be it.

That response was anything but common. And it was a sharp left turn from what my prayer had been. Something had changed.

In that moment, God gave me a complete peace the world couldn't understand — a peace I couldn't even fully understand. His presence in the room was so thick, and I felt His supernatural strength infuse me. Even typing this out, I'm struggling to find the perfect words to describe an experience that was unexplainable. Maybe you know exactly what I am talking about because you've experienced it, too. There are powerful moments when God collides with our anxious hearts, and the results are profound. That sacred moment created a new resolve in me for the assignment I felt God might have ordained for me. And looking back — because I didn't realize it then — I was making a conscious decision to be uncommon by saying ... yes.

That's what God does for us when we seek Him. That's what happens when we press into the Perfect One for help. That's what happens when we give God permission to use our story. He exchanges our ordinary for extraordinary. But it's a choice — every day and in every situation. Being uncommon takes guts and grit and a willingness to surrender.

Some of those days between the doctor's diagnosis and my kitchen prayer time were pretty messy. I cried and screamed at God for letting this happen. I hid under the covers, feeling hopeless. I pleaded with God, reminding Him of the two kids He gave me to steward — ones who deeply needed their mama. I told God that while my husband was an amazing father, he would not make the best mother. And I began isolating myself. I hate good-byes.

Don't you think all of those responses make sense? Because when life throws punches and knocks us to our knees, sometimes we struggle to find a way to get back up again. It takes time to catch our breath and find our footing. Even if we're connected to the heart of God, sucker punches hurt. We still get scared. And even more, they can make us second-guess God and His ability and willingness to help us.

Maybe you've responded to life's surprises in these sorts of ways in the past. These responses are not only common, but they make us mortal. Hey, we're not perfect, right? I call them "fleshy" moments because we take our eyes off God and act out of human emotions. We cower before the scary-looking giant standing in front of us. We let the fear of our circumstances seep into our thoughts. We feel small and vulnerable. And it scares us.

I completely understand what it's like to doubt God's sovereignty, faithfulness, or trustworthiness when we get scary news from the doctor. And when our future feels uncertain, I know how normal it is to let fear get the best of us. We've all struggled to love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable, especially when they've been the cause of our pain. And we all have a rebellious streak (or four) that often entices us to ignore truth and respond the way that feels good in the moment. It's "normal." But friend, we weren't called to be normal.

Let's unpack the tendency we have to respond in "common" ways even further. Think back to a time or two when you should have persevered but instead gave up on something or someone because it just took too much effort. Do you remember having the perfect opportunity to share your faith, but you let it pass because you were worried what others might think of you? And who hasn't felt like their prayers hit the ceiling, so they just gave up asking? Too often, we decide waiting for God to intervene isn't working — we worry He is going to be late — so we try to fix it ourselves instead. And in the hustle and bustle of life, I bet we've all put God at the very end (or close enough) on our to-do list. Common, right?

Maybe you have a friend who is a cup-half-empty woman, so you avoid her calls rather than encouraging her to see life differently. Maybe they don't include you in the group, so you gossip behind their backs to help justify those feelings of rejection. Maybe your husband asks for forgiveness, but you're slow to give it because you enjoy the power. Or maybe you have the chance to give someone grace, but instead you allow your sense of justice to take over. Typical responses, yes?

Maybe your kids act out at school and you overpunish because you're worried their actions will make you look like a bad mom. Or when another kid is mean to your child at school, you heap blame on his or her mom and decide your own parenting skills are superior. When people cut you off on the freeway, you scream at them because they were wrong. And when life gets hard, you step into the victim role and milk the attention for all it's worth. Aren't those normal and justified?

The truth is that it's easy to yell in anger and gossip in our hurt. It's easy to give the silent treatment when someone makes us mad. It's easy to quit when it gets hard. It's easy to have a crisis of faith when God doesn't answer prayers the way we want them answered. It's easy to make quick decisions without seeking His will. It's easy to dislike others, especially when they stand for something different. And sister, this list isn't even exhaustive.

I'm guessing you found yourself somewhere in those last few paragraphs. Sweet mother, I know I did. Having these common responses to life is something that unites us, because we all have them — every single one of us. I'm not saying it's a good thing. I'm just saying it's a normal thing. Can you see how easy it is to live the common life? It has become our default button, and here's why ... Most of us were taught to go with the flow ... follow the crowd ... fit in at all costs ... avoid the spotlight. We were told to be normal — whatever that meant. We were taught to blend in so we would avoid standing out. We probably watched our parents try to live this way and took our cue from them. And so we grew up doing the same thing everyone else was doing, because we learned the hard way that being different — being uncommon — was unacceptable.

Most of us weren't encouraged to be special or to stand out. And if we were, it was only to an acceptable or appropriate level. Few of us felt comfortable rocking the boat too much because we might get noticed for the wrong things. We weren't encouraged to take risks and try new, inventive ways of doing things. Instead, we learned to follow the leader and stick to the unwritten rules within our families and even in our culture. We didn't want to do anything that might bring criticism, judgment, or negative labels our way, so we opted for the status quo. And if we did choose to be different or step out in another direction, it was probably because everyone else was doing it, too. No wonder we are where we are today.

If you journeyed through my last book Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life, my hope is God uncovered places where you didn't (or don't) feel special. I pray He revealed and healed I'm-not-good-enough lies that knotted up your confidence as a woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, and a daughter. These lies have the power to make us feel ordinary because they trigger feelings of inferiority and insignificance, so we fly under the radar, hoping to be unnoticed. And through the pages of Untangled, we learned prayer and scripture are fail-safes to keep us from falling into the pit of common living. Even if you didn't read Untangled, God's willingness to free you is just as real.

When we invite Him into our broken places, we experience freedom. The chains that have held us hostage fall away. They are lying at our feet. And when we choose to walk away from them in our God-given freedom — freedom to believe we're good, lovable, and worthy, freedom from worrying if we have what it takes to be the woman God created us to be, freedom from being consumed by what others think of us, freedom from trying to fit into the world's ways — we can live uncommon. God is the key.

Take a moment right now and close your eyes. Can you bring a visual of that beautiful image to mind? Now spread your arms wide, take a deep breath, and feel the freedom. See yourself taking a step away from what has tangled you for so long. The chains can't hold you anymore. Can you see it? You are no longer a prisoner to common ways of living. Your insecurities can't keep you afraid of standing out. Friend, it's uncommon and it's the way God created you to live.

Freedom is so powerful. And sometimes when it's new, it feels foreign. Unfamiliar. You wonder, What now? And it's in that unfamiliarity that we often reach down, pick up those entanglers, and try to wear them again. They have been your identity for so long. For many of us, they're all we've known, and we fear changing what's always been. We begin to crave the common life because we know how to navigate it.

When Moses led the Israelites out of their four hundred years of slavery in Egypt and into the desert, these men, women, and children tasted glorious freedom — freedom they had been crying out to God for daily. In the wilderness, gone were the days of abuse and oppression and they instead traveled with visual reminders that God was with them. But less than three months after their miraculous exodus, they wanted Egypt again. It was familiar and predictable. And they romanticized their bondage, forgetting the hopeless conditions that smothered them.

"It would have been better if we had died by the hand of the Eternal in Egypt. At least we had plenty to eat and drink, for our pots were stuffed with meat and we had as much bread as we wanted. But now you have brought the entire community out to the desert to starve us to death" (Exodus 16:3 VOICE). Every time I begin to feel disgusted by their lapse in judgment, I'm reminded of my own. I understand their argument for the familiar.

But friend, you cannot live extraordinary when you live in the bondage of ordinary. You weren't just created to survive. You were created to thrive.

Countless times, I've seen women opt for bondage rather than embrace the freedom God had delivered them into. I've actually been one of them — more than once. But how can we continue to justify that kind of living when we collide with Galatians 5:1? "Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you" (MSG). We can't justify it at all because freedom and bondage cannot coexist. Neither can uncommon and common. We have to choose which life we want. So let's choose right now.

Remember the picture in your mind's eye of standing in freedom with the tangling chains and ropes now lying at your feet? Rather than choosing to be tied to an ordinary life again, why not accept freedom and walk into a different way of living?


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1: The Common Life,
Chapter 2: The Reason We Can Be Uncommon,
Chapter 3: Uncommon Courage,
Chapter 4: Uncommon Evangelism,
Chapter 5: Uncommon Faith,
Chapter 6: Uncommon Forgiveness,
Chapter 7: Uncommon Generosity,
Chapter 8: Uncommon Gratitude,
Chapter 9: Uncommon Hunger for God,
Chapter 10: Uncommon Kindness,
Chapter 11: Uncommon Leadership,
Chapter 12: Uncommon Inheritance,
Chapter 13: Uncommon Love,
Chapter 14: Uncommon Obedience,
Chapter 15: Uncommon Perseverance,
Chapter 16: Uncommon Prayer,
Chapter 17: Uncommon Morality,
Chapter 18: Uncommon Wisdom,
Chapter 19: Why the World Needs You to Be,
Uncommon,

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Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
“Weebles Wobble, but they don’t fall down, a perfect mantra for uncommon faith,” this author puts it this way and then goes into more and more of the uncommon ways of living out our lives in devotion to the Savior. She speaks of things that hold us back, like fear, offenses, and forgiveness, and she helps us work through those thoughts to free us to right thinking and living uncommon. Extending lavish love is definitely uncommon and what God extends to me and to you. Want to join the challenge?
Sylvia17 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book and have revisited several sections already. A definite must read for anyone struggling with ANY situation, or who just wants to know how to live fully for our Lord!
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
". . . you cannot live extraordinary when you live in the bondage of ordinary. You weren't created to survive. You were created to thrive." (20) What does it mean to be uncommon or "pursue a life of passion and purpose"? Carey Scott shared exactly what it means in Uncommon, and what a powerful call-to-action and self-reflection this book is. Insightful in purposeful living in what we're called to do in faith and as Christians, the author touched on topics of courage, obedience, forgiveness, grace, prayer and what it means to be uncommon and extraordinary. "When we invite Him into our broken places, we experience freedom. The chains that have held us hostage fall away. . . when we choose to walk away from them in our God-given freedom - freedom to believe we're good, lovable, and worthy, freedom from worrying if we have what it takes to be the woman God created us to be, freedom from being consumed by what others think of us, freedom from trying to fit into the world's ways - we can live uncommon. God is the key."(19) I find the author's writing style friendly and not at all preachy. Refreshing and down-to-earth, Uncommon talks to each of us sisters-in-Christ with genuine love. I enjoyed every word in this book, and in honesty, it took some time to finish it. Not because it was dry or even boring. It took time because it was filled with such insight, wisdom and common sense, that it required a lot of thought. Self-reflecting about my choices and how I live my life as God had called me to. "Uncommon living doesn't mean we won't struggle. It doesn't mean we'll never be tempted. . . (or) royally mess up . . . nor does it mean we will always make the best choices or that our lives will always point others to God. Remember, living uncommon isn't about perfect living. It's about purposeful living."(240) Uncommon is one of those books that once you pick up, you can't let go. It's one of those books that will stay with you for a long time, if not your whole life. It's one of those books you want to shout at the top of your lungs for your friends to consider reading. It's also one that would be a great small group discussion book or a book club. Either way, Uncommon is aptly named, even if it's not talking about the book itself but what God called us to be. "He exchanges our ordinary for extraordinary. . . That's what happens when we give God permission to use our story. . . But it's a choice - every day and in every situation. Being uncommon takes guts and grit and a willingness to surrender." (15) So what is your choice? Are you willing to choose to surrender? Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose is a book that every woman should read. How do we live our lives and show our faith on a daily basis? Are we afraid to show our faith to others? How can we share our passion for God? This book has reminders of ways to be bold in sharing our faith and ways to encourage others. The author refers to stories in the Bible of women who shared their faith by words and actions. Excellent book. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Author Carey Scott encourages us to live an uncommon life, don’t settle for ordinary. Shine for God in the way He wants to use you; be courageous! Written with humor and honesty, you’ll want to say Yes! And welcome God’s call on your life. Each chapter shares scripture and stories about courageous women from the Bible. Questions at the end of the chapter will have you thinking about being Uncommon. This book would make a great small group study. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
5643437 More than 1 year ago
Carey Scott has written an amazing book in "UnCommon". It is a heartfelt examination of stepping out with extraordinary or uncommon faith. She uses Bible characters who stepped out in uncommon faith and God used them to accomplish incredible things to come to fruition. She describes how women can live for God rather than while the world is screaming for everyone to just conform and live like the world thinks we should. She shows how leaving the comfortable and expected way to live into the way God would have us go can bring hope and motivation to continue living for God. While it is not easy to step out and live with uncommon faith, Carey provides examples from the Bible to help us in our journey. Her message is powerful and heartfelt. I definitely feel this is a book to read.
Gayla_Mazzuca More than 1 year ago
Refreshing read. I really enjoyed this book. It deals with many different women from the Bible leading uncommon lives. We look around us and see other people doing things and wonder why we aren’t/can’t do the same things. What is normal for one person may not necessarily be normal for the next person. It can also be hard to live a Christian life in the world today and Carey gives concrete advice on how to keep true to your faith in this world. This is the kind of book will resonate with you long after reading it. Carey’s ability to write and help you understand the Bible was appreciated as a lot of the time books like these just feel like you are being “preached” to. I didn’t feel preached to, I felt like I was learning things about these women I never knew before. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
DChatley More than 1 year ago
Much needed topic for woman today. In this book, the author shares with us the battle cry to answer the call placed in us by our Creator and that is to live UNCOMMON, to draw from God's strength and to live with passion and purpose. And I ask you what woman (or man) doesn't want that. This book will awaken that desire with in you, I found myself saying yes I want that as I began reading this book. And I want that for my family, my friends. Using examples of woman in the BIble, each chapter highlights a different quality of the UNCOMMON woman.. For example, in the chapter on Uncommon Courage, the author uses the example of Esther who displayed extreme courage to say her people. And in this way, you will see these woman from the BIble in a different light. I loved how the author shined the light on each of these extraordinary woman in the BIble and brought how they were Uncommon in some way and how we can choose to be Uncommon. I have read these woman's stories many times over, but in the book I saw them with new eyes. But the author doesn't stop there, she pulls out the lessons that we are practically apply to our lives today. In fact, each chapter will highlight a different quality of the Uncommon woman, share one of more examples from Scripture, and then end with a section entitled "Lean into Him" where she shares relevant Bible verse, followed by application questions entitled "Look in you" and ending with a prayer for the reader to pray on that topic. This format is powerful and relevant. My favorite chapter was UNCOMMON Gratitude as it really spoke to where I am in life at this point and it highlighted the need to choose praise even when facing life's toughest battles. One quote from that chapter is that "Praise is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal" My favorite quote from the book is "Crossroads of questioning God and trusting God - fear becomes hope, anger becomes resolve, questions become praise". I don't know about you but I'm standing at those crossroads and I want to answer the call to be Uncommon. The only criticism I can offer is that the Scriptures are in the more modern translations and I prefer the KJV version so I struggled to even recognize the Scriptures that are prevalent in the chapters. I know that for some the modern translations might be preferred and that is fine, it was just a stumbling block for me.
vicky1959 More than 1 year ago
When she speaks about how it is ok to be uncommon,allow G-D to speak to you every day challenges
VelvaB More than 1 year ago
Un-Common Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose – Carey Scott I couldn’t wait to write about this book. I think the more “politically correct” people are, the less willing people are to step out of their comfort zones. Let’s face it if you are married, have a few kids, work, serve AT church – who really has time in their lives to actually step into the HOT MESSES of life. If we are all truthful we have been a part of some messes. “God has a perfect track record in your life. Here’s what that does not mean: 1) Life is pain-free. 2) Life is easy. 3) God will do what you want, when you want it.” Love these words of truth. People don’t discuss the hard – especially if it is embarrassing. “Your faith doesn’t grown by chance but by choice.” OH MY WORD! LOVE THIS TRUTH! And sometimes…the choice is hard. The choice can be uncomfortable. I am not quite done with the book, but know that I will finish it. We all need to grow in our faith. We all need to step out of what is common. This book is well written, thought provoking, and challenging. It is so rich and good! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LynlovesGod More than 1 year ago
For any woman needing a bit of encouragement to live above the status quo, I heartily recommend Carey Scott's Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose! Carey writes from a place we've all found ourselves in, if not once, than multiple times. A place of struggling to rise above mediocrity, rise above being content to staying comfortable and safe. She spurs us on to using our time here to be uncommon~to be women who live counter-cultural and radical lives for Jesus. Written as a friend encouraging a friend, Carey taps into living uncommon in our courage, evangelism, faith, forgiveness, generosity, just to name a few. If you've found yourself living in a world of complacency, I urge you to read Carey's Uncommon. It may just be the push you need to once again live boldly and passionately for the Lord! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
PamMooney More than 1 year ago
Excellent! So well written and relatable - The best book of this genre that I have read. I believe from failure comes empathy, sympathy, understanding and wisdom. Scott demonstrates her wisdom with grace as she uses scriptures, personal experience, humor and caring to give a blue print for pursuing a life of passion and purpose. The message is clear that you can choose to live and uncommon life rather than fall into the depths of despair that envelops many around us. Certainly a hand up for those who are seeking guidance in a world that is pushing the envelope - in the wrong direction.
catangel2 More than 1 year ago
If you are ready to step out and make a difference in this world, this book is definitely for you. By using women in the Bible as examples, Carey Scott shows us how to live an uncommon life. She focuses on areas where women struggle and shows us how to step out of those traps and start living to make an impact for Jesus. This book is excellent for individual or small group studies and is one that you will go back over many times. She helps us to see that it is time for us to stop staying on the sidelines and start stepping out in faith and begin living in a way that will lead others to Jesus. This was the first book I had read by this author, but I have plan on reading all of the books she has published. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
JLink More than 1 year ago
The book Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose is full of truths, encouragements, and challenges. It is so easy to roll with everything and everyone around you--just coast through life. Author Carey Scott reminds us that as Christians, we are called to be more. We should stand out. The author cites examples of courageous and uncommon women in the Bible that followed God's leading and did extraordinary things. The author also includes heartfelt examples in her own life to get her points across. As a mom, I felt challenged to be a better example to my children. They should see me striving to be more uncommon. This book is very organized and well written. I would recommend it to anyone woman who is tired of the norm. My only problem, and it's a small one, is the use of Bible translations. I know they can be easier to read and understand, but I would have liked more traditional versions included. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
JLink More than 1 year ago
The book Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose is full of truths, encouragements, and challenges. It is so easy to roll with everything and everyone around you--just coast through life. Author Carey Scott reminds us that as Christians, we are called to be more. We should stand out. The author cites examples of courageous and uncommon women in the Bible that followed God's leading and did extraordinary things. The author also includes heartfelt examples in her own life to get her points across. As a mom, I felt challenged to be a better example to my children. They should see me striving to be more uncommon. This book is very organized and well written. I would recommend it to anyone woman who is tired of the norm. My only problem, and it's a small one, is the use of Bible translations. I know they can be easier to read and understand, but I would have liked more traditional versions included. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
SusanS More than 1 year ago
Un-Common by Carey Scott first grabbed my attention by the title and cover. Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose…now that is something I want to read more about. For some time I have been disturbed by what I have seen or read about women’s marches, speeches and rallies. For the most part, these people who are “representing women” are NOT representing me or my beliefs and opinions. I’ve been searching to find my role in life. Carey Scott, in her easy to read, friendly manner has touched me in various ways. In her book, Carey explains not only what the common life is, but why we can be uncommon. She also compares the common life to the uncommon life in a multitude of ways. The topics she covers, uncommon courage, evangelism, faith, forgiveness, leadership, obedience and more, are critical to women today. Sharing the life of several Un-Common Bible women creates a very real bridge between the life woman we are today and the woman God wants us to become. I especially like that each chapter contains a section of “Lean into Him” “Look into You” and “Live Uncommon”. The scriptures, the questions and the prayer really help you to dig a little deeper. My plan is to read the book a second time with my KJ or NKJ Bible at hand for when there are references from the Message or the Voice. I think this is going to be one of those books that you find an additional nugget or inspiration each time you read it. I recommend this book to all women who want to live an Uncommon life as God leads. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
PTL6KDS More than 1 year ago
Un-Common by Carey Scott I received a complimentary copy of this from Barbour Publishing and while I was under no obligation to post a review, I knew when I saw this book that I wanted to review it. I have not read anything by Carey Scott before, but if her other books are as personal and “speak to the heart” in such a friendly manner as this book then I know I would like anything she writes. Carey Scott shares biblical truth like she is meeting with you over a cup of coffee. I loved this book. I love that she addresses not only the typical fears we as women struggle with, but she also challenges us with examples and suggestions that help us recognize our need to know Jesus intimately. Our love for Him, ultimately requires us to live in a stand-out and "uncommon" way. There are 19 chapters starting with an introduction and definition of The Common Life and The Reason We Can Be Uncommon, (chapters 1 & 2). Then she takes 16 chapters to discuss the typical areas in which we as Jesus-followers struggle, how to identify the areas of weakness and then step up to claim change for Him. Courage, faith, forgiveness, generosity, leadership, love, perseverance, and prayer are just a few of the areas we are challenged to consider as we work toward “uncommon” results. Her last chapter, "Why the World Needs You to Be Uncommon," really puts it all in perspective. If we are to have a passion for making a difference then we need to understand our purpose. We need a paradigm shift from how to fit in, to how to glorify God in the midst of storms, challenges and yes, even blessings. Carey shares the following statement, “Uncommon living doesn’t mean we won’t struggle. It doesn’t mean we’ll never be tempted to misuse our words and actions. It doesn’t mean we won’t royally mess up, hurting someone we love. Nor does it mean we will always make the best choices or that our lives will always point others to God. Remember, living uncommon isn’t about perfect living. It’s about purposeful living.” (page 240) This is the message of this book in a nutshell. Purposeful living sets the stage for growth and making a difference. That is uncommon. This book challenges and inspires us to be uncommon simply because we are chosen.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
Totally worth the read. Uncommon is a great book for those who want to spread their wings and step outside their comfort zone....yet not in a scary way. I admire this author for the honest way she writes. Using women from the Bible, she introduces ways to live your life, like the the cover states, “ with passion and purpose”. I highly recommend this book. “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”
Bookluvr4vr More than 1 year ago
Uncommon-The Pursuing a life of passion and purpose by Carey Scott. We meet Carey Scott a young woman, who has been hit with almost everything. She was told her has ovarian cancer, but by God's grace and gentle hand was healed by a miracle the cancer was gone. This made her think about how it is to be uncommon and write this awesome book. Through out the book we take a look at several uncommon virtues and Biblical women who were not the norm during their time or even today. Carey wants us to see that it is important to stand fast in your feelings and moral rights when all about you are losing their minds. That reminds me of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. ("If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, and make allowance for their doubting too...."  That's all I remember. lol) She mentions how people today are scared to speak up for their opinion. The world does want you to shush today. She mentions the last Presidential election and how people are still fighting. Does this have to continue? No, we must strive to be uncommon and voice our opinion and also listen to others reasonably.  Being Uncommon is tough stuff, but in the end God will reward you. I wasn't sure what to think about this book when I first received it from the great Barbour Publishers. I thought "okay, what's this book going to tell me?" Instead this was a good application book and I even felt sad sometimes, because how true the stuff was being said. There were a lot of truths mentioned. It's a very moving book and every though provoking. I really think this book would be great for a Bible study in a church. It's a lot of cover, but I think it would be well worth it.
Ndfin More than 1 year ago
Living an 'Uncommon Life' for God does not come naturally. Break out of the norm and live the uncommon life God wants you to live. How do we do that? Carey Scott gives us examples from God's Word of women who choose to live uncommon lives of passion and purpose even when it was not easy. I enjoyed reading this book and being challenged by it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Madalyn More than 1 year ago
Carey Scott presents a challenge in Un-Common to see what it looks like to live an uncommon life. To live with purpose and passion! A life where others will see Jesus because of choosing an Un-common life. In Christ we are called to be anything but common and Scott leads us to consider how that can be lived out. I will just name a few of the nineteen chapters of her book where she challenges us to a life of uncommon courage, uncommon faith, uncommon forgiveness, uncommon generosity, uncommon gratitude and uncommon wisdom. Each chapter has a section, Lean Into Him, with Bible verses to remind us of truths we need to know. She uses examples of real lives today to teach us and then takes a woman from the Bible who lived the uncommon life to discuss each subject. I would recommend this book Un-Common to any woman of any age who wants a serious relationship with Jesus Christ. It is truly a five star rating I give this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
delsiek51 More than 1 year ago
Un-common is a book I recommend to all women who want to live a life grounded in God’s Word and to follow the lives modeled by women in the Bible. Carey Scott also uses Scripture to not only encourage but to challenge us to be different as the Lord leads and works in each person’s life. The author is also very honest in sharing her own experiences. I love the challenges Un-common gives women. We must dare to be different, to be a light to everyone we meet and in every situation we find ourselves. That includes not only our daily life at home with family, but outside the home and everyone we come in contact with. After reading Un-common, I find myself asking, “How can I respond in an uncommon way?” In the last chapter of the book, Carey states, “And with the Holy Spirit as your guide, you can do hard things.” So, no matter what my circumstance, my goal is to be that uncommon woman. “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”
Wanda_M More than 1 year ago
With so much strong displeasure, offensively blunt behavior, and selfishness floating around, a christian has a time coping with every day living. That is why prayer is so important. We need to talk to our Heavenly Father all the time. So as soon as I looked at the cover page I knew this book would be uniquely different. And, as I began reading and turning the pages I found out how uncommon a read it really was. This book was so deep with passion and purpose about uncommon people, working through uncommon faith, for uncommon forgiveness, that I had to delve deeper inside its pages. I liked what the author, Carey Scott talked about on page eighty-two and eighty-three, when she went into deep detail about forgiveness, a very good conversation piece, I thought. When everything was perfect in the beginning, all of a sudden doubt glided in and this caused the whole human world to change. Things didn't get better either. That is what happens when you listen to the devil instead of God. Wasn't that what Eve did? Through her disobedience, listened to the serpent instead of God and lost it all? I could just imagine how she must have felt when she heard God tell her she had to leave her home, the beautiful garden. And, because Adam, through his disobedience, listened to his wife instead of God, lost everything? Just imagine how guilty both must have felt at that moment in time when they watched as their beautiful home disappeared, and the overflow of sorrow ran through them. Can you see the tears flowing down their cheeks as they walk away with their heads down? There are so many good subjects all through this great book, UNCOMMON: PURSUING A LIFE OF PASSION AND PURPOSE by Carey Scott. I could talk on and on, but I just touched on one part. This book would be good for a book club because there is so much to talk about. An amazing read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
We live in a society that often frowns upon someone who looks and acts in a different way. We women are encouraged to conform to certain expectations and we are often expected to be part of the common majority. Author Carey Scott has written a book that tells us just the opposite. She wants us to be 'Uncommon' and pursue 'a life of passion and purpose'. She wants us to stand out and let our light shine to "bring out the God-colors of this world" and she urges us to be the "salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth". Reading this book has led me to question my own life. Am I devoting enough time to studying God's Word? Do I talk with Him as often as I should? Does my life speak to others and show them that I am a Christian through my witness and not just my words? Am I worthy to be called uncommon? Carey Scott has written such a powerful resource for all of us to use. I appreciate that many of the nineteen chapters end in the same way. She includes multiple scriptures that pertain to that chapter topic; she challenges each reader with questions about their own personal Christian life and she offers a prayer that will help each of us in our efforts to become uncommon. I was also impressed with the vast number of Biblical women she used to strengthen her theories. Many were well known but all of the women mentioned were pillars of faith and none of them were common! I recommend 'Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose' to women of all ages and I think that it would be a wonderful book for women's fellowship groups. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose" by Author Carey Scott is a 244 page paperback book published July 1, 2017 from Barbour Publishing, Inc. This Christian women's book's back cover says it is "a battle cry for women to step out of the ordinary and live differently. It's a blueprint for a life full of passion and purpose. And it has the power to change everything." This nineteen chapter book is geared toward young women, but ladies of any age will glean something from it. "Uncommon" is an encouraging and delightful book. It is excellently written. Chapters focus on courage, faith, forgiveness, generosity, kindness, love, obedience, prayer, morality, and why the world needs you to be uncommon (my favorite one of the nineteen), among others. Subjects are all interesting, relevant, and things Christian women need in their lives. The author wants to teach young women to stand out in faith. Be uncommon, live life differently is the author's theme. She wants readers to cease worrying about what others think. Scripture is heavily laced throughout this inspiring book. Beginning each chapter is a Bible verse relating to the topic followed by explanation and a lesson. Examples of biblical women and their stories are next followed by "Lean into Him (scripture), Look into you (questions), and Live Uncommon (prayer)". This helps to dig deeper and really learn. In the Kindness chapter one question is "Are you a kind person for the right reason?" The questions are meant to do some soul searching. The author encourages readers to praise and worship God. She also states the need for prayer and how essential prayer time is. Every chapter is a positive reenforcement for readers of something we should know but may have forgotten because of how busy life has gotten. Uncommon is a well written, organized, and well researched book. The chapters are easy to follow. The author has a nice style of writing. It is almost as if she is sitting chatting with readers. Women will find it relatable and inspiring. It definitely was written to bring women closer to God and glorify Him. Using personal stories, scripture, humor, and encouragement, Author Scott teaches women how to stand apart from this world and live for God. In her last chapter she even briefly discusses the mess Americans have made of their relationships during and after the election. That Issue is heavy on my heart. She states "Even now, several weeks after the election, we are still screaming at one another." "Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose" is a book that every woman will enjoy reading and should read. It provides information that is biblically based that encourages us to help others, forgive, be kind evangelize, and worship. It is a wonderful book for any woman, woman's group, or church library. I highly recommend it and give it a 5 star rating. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.