If you read my new year goals post then you know that one of my goals is to read 24 books this year. This means that I will be reading about two books a month. So far I am on track with that goal and I completed my first book earlier this week. If you want to see the list of all of the books that I’ll be reading this year, you can find that here. It is not in order but at the end of each book review I will announce the book that I’m reading next. So let’s jump right in to the review of Don’t Settle for Safe!
About the Author
The first book I’ve read in 2018 is Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable by Sarah Jakes Robert. I discovered Sarah in the latter part of 2017 by watching one of her sermons on Twitter. I was immediately drawn to her because of the way she spoke. She delivered her messages as though we were two friends talking on the couch. She was so relatable and down to earth, and I could tell that she wasn’t trying to pretend to be some righteous person telling everybody else how to live their lives.
If you’ve never heard of Sarah then I’m excited to be the person to introduce you to her. Sarah Jakes Roberts is a co-pastor of two churches, a business woman, an author, a wife, a mother, everybody’s homegirl, auntie, sister, and cousin…and oh yeah, she’s also the daughter of T.D. Jakes. Her life story is incredible and very inspiring. I really encourage you to check her messages out on Youtube.
Before we get into the review I just want to say that I although I love Sarah this review is based solely on the book!
Don’t Settle for Safe Review
Don’t Settle for Safe is a must read if you want to step out of your comfort zone and confront behaviors, experiences, and actions that keep you from becoming who God has called you to be. Sarah Jakes Roberts uses some of her own life experiences, such as having a baby at fourteen and being divorced by twenty-two, to encourage women that it’s not how you start, but how you finish.
Don’t Settle for Safe touches on topics such as relationships, discipline, self-worth, and recognizing your own power. My top three favorite chapters of this book were Frienemies, Learn Your Patterns, and Intimacy. Below are some of my favorite quotes from each chapter.
- “It’s imperative to remember that just because someone was with you through a hard time doesn’t mean he or she will be with you for a long time.”
- “Desperate to be understood, we settle for less-than-ideal connections because there is an opportunity to relate. The desire to have your circumstances validated by another is a gateway that leads to begging for friendships that may poison your destiny.”
- “You don’t need a villain to run away from fruitless friendships or relationships, just a sense that avoidable and detrimental distractions will inevitably prohibit you from fulfilling your potential.”
Learn Your Patterns
- “There’s nothing wrong with not having figured out who you are, but so much can go wrong when you pretend that you have.”
- “Fear-based decisions yield devastating results.”
- “How can we ask someone to love our hearts if we don’t even know how?”
- “Relationships that we choose reflect the relationship we have with ourselves.”
- “Don’t give another person permission to hold your heart unless you know their hands belong to God.”
- “God does not operate on the timing of our biological clocks, nor does He use our insecurities as motivation to rush us into relationships.”
Should You Get the Book?
Yes! For one, it was so hard to pick the quotes above because I had almost the whole book highlighted! This book really taught me to embrace everything that I’ve went through, and to also understand how what I’ve gone through impacts how I view situations today. So often we want to forget about mistakes and past failures but it is those exact things that have shaped who we are and we have to uncover them in order to heal and walk in the purpose that God has given us. I will be placing this book on my Read Again list and I definitely recommend that you read it.
Many different versions of this book are available on Amazon – the Kindle version is currently only $1.99 so grab it now!
So What’s Next?
The next book that I’ll be reading is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. If you want to read it with me, you can grab it here!
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