I always share my booklists with you before I read them, but every time, I end up going off list just a little bit. This summer, one of my favorites has been one I purchased on a whim, unsure if I would like it or not. Wild and Free, by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, has been a beautiful gift to my weary soul.
When I ordered this book, my only concern was that it would be another super-Christiany-suburban-white-stay-at-home-mom book, but the title said Wild and Free, and the subtitle, “a hope-filled anthem for the woman who feels she is both too much and never enough,” was an idea my Young Life girls and I had talked a lot about a few years ago, so I ordered it despite my reservations. I am so thankful I did.
For a long time, I have struggled with what it means to be a Christian woman. So often, I feel like I just don’t fit the mold. I am too opinionated, too strong willed, too outspoken, too inclined to break the rules and dismiss authority. When I’m around other Christian women , I often feel less than. I feel like I don’t measure up, like everyone else is better at being a Christian than I am. But at the same time, I don’t want to be like everyone else. I don’t think that the word gentle describes me, and I’m 10 times more willing to use the f word than I am willing to use the word submit. (I know, I know, if any really good Christian women read this blog, they are scoffing at me rn 😁.)
Wild and Free has done something beautiful inside of my rebellious soul. It’s reinforced in me the truth that I am enough, and despite my tendency to drop a curse word in every other sentence, I am not too much. I have felt convicted about what it means to speak and pursue life, and what it means to live in the freedom that the Gospel offers. It’s beautiful and hope filled and has allowed me to believe the Gospel truths that the Lord proclaims over me. I am starting to really believe the truths that I tell high school girls every week: Jesus will never love me more than He does right now, in this very moment, and He allows me to walk forward in freedom.
This book is great to read on your own, and would also be a beautiful study between friends or in a book club. Give it a read, ladies. Let Jesus speak His wild freedom into your hearts. You can check out more sweet things for Jess and Hayley at wearewildandfree.com.
*For those of you who are really concerned about my repulsion to the word submit, rest assured that Jesus and I will tackle it during premarital counseling. 🙃