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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210662
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Let God Breathe a Fresh Purpose Into Your Soul

We so want each day to matter--to serve God in big and small ways. But how, especially when everyday responsibilities, work, fears, and other obstacles get in the way?

Like a trusted friend, Susie Larson shares practical, scriptural ways to overcome whatever keeps us from living fully in God's will. Susie will help you learn to:

- Discern the best use of your time and gifts

- Confidently pursue God's unique desires for you

- Stretch your faith and deepen your impact

Respond today to that nudge in your spirit--that desire to use your gifts and passions more fully in God's work. Lay down lesser commitments and lay hold of God's beautiful purpose for your life.

"For every woman who has ever wanted to dream big dreams for God, this book is for you!"--Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

"God will meet you in these pages."--John Eldredge, author of Wild at Heart, Captivating, and Beautiful Outlaw

"Susie has such a beautiful way of making you feel at ease in her conversations and in her written word."--Angie Smith, author and Women of Faith speaker

Includes a study guide for personal or group use. A DVD study companion is also available separately.

Susie Larson is a popular radio show host, national speaker, and author. She has a passion to see women everywhere strengthened in their faith and mobilized to live out their high calling in Jesus Christ. Susie and her husband live near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About the Author

Susie Larson hosts a daily radio talk show that airs across the upper Midwest and contributes a weekly feature heard nationally on Moody Radio. Active in local ministry as well as International Justice Mission, she has authored six previous books and been a guest on national TV and radio programs, including Focus on the Family. Susie and her husband, Kevin, have three adult sons and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at

More About the Author

With enthusiasm, humor, and conviction, author/speaker Susie Larson has spoken to thousands of women locally, nationally, and internationally. She is a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Women in Christian Media, and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Authors Network. Susie also serves a regular guest host for Along the Way – a two-hour talk radio show (AM Faith 900). In addition to authoring several books and many articles, Susie works as a freelance writer for Focus on the Family, and has been featured as a guest on radio and TV programs across the country, including Moody Midday Connection, Family Life Today, Chris Fabry Live!, The Harvest Show, and the LIFE Today Show with James and Betty Robison. While in Washington D.C., Susie and her husband Kevin, along with Troy and Sara Groves, represented International Justice Mission's* concerns in meetings with Congress as part of their efforts to abolish and prevent human trafficking and slavery. The four of them serve as co-chairs for the IJM benefit banquet in Minnesota. Susie comes with a passion to share the love of a Savior who will never let us go.

*IJM, among other things, rescues young girls from the horrific life of human trafficking. Visit

Customer Reviews

This is a book I will read over and over again.
Susie Larson's passion for God and for helping women live out God's purposes in their life shone through beautifully in this inspirational book.
It would be an excellent book to use for a group Bible study.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michele Arndt on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am in full-time ministry with college students and have been in Christian circles long enough to flip the pages of many books on leadership, purpose, identity and related matters, but none has ever described my heart and experiences quite as distinctly as Susie's latest release. With amazing clarity, she describes the forces that are at work trying to overshadow a clear view of my heart and life free from fears, failures and insecurities. Many times I literally read a paragraph and said out loud, "WOW! I think she wrote this just for me!". Susie has a keen understanding of the inner workings of our hearts as women and is not afraid to also talk about the tactics of the enemy that will knock us off course if we let them!

One chapter in particular (Chapter 4) talked about the connection between our fears and sins and our threat to the enemy and how he attempts to threaten us. This chapter alone took days to slowly digest and with the help of the study questions at the end, I believe I unlocked things that have remained hidden and kept me stuck for years! Let me put it this way - I am certain that I would be saving highlighter ink if I just highlighted the sentences that didn't strike something very deep and profound in my spirit. I am deeply grateful for Susie, for her endurance in her own experiences and for her boldness and giftedness as a writer in putting to words the things so many of our hearts have experienced but wouldn't know how to express!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Schwanke on December 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you've ever heard Susie Larson speak, you want to take her home with you to be your mentor. And reading Your Beautiful Purpose is a chance to do just that!

Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit... ~John 7:37-38

"Your Beautiful Purpose" is the stream flowing from Susie's life. She dwells at the Well of Living Water and is living her beautiful purpose. This book is our chance to reap the overflow, to glean from her walk of faith. I walked through this book very slowly and God met me in the pages.

In closing my gift shop, and recently becoming an empty nester, I'm at another of life's crossroads asking, "What's next Lord?" I discovered that I am in a season of active waiting. Susie names the seasons we will experience on our journey with God, "Run, Rest, Stand, and Active Waiting." And enables us to discern which one (or more) we may be in and to walk through each one victoriously. Susie shares with humility, tenderness and transparency the experiences she has had on her great adventure. With stories from her life, she explains the sometimes-difficult lessons and often exhilarating God-moments on her way to being a public voice for Jesus who nourishes and encourages so many.

Jesus often asked questions to draw out the truth from within those he was ministering to. At the end of each chapter Susie does that very thing. Her questions lead you to the feet of Jesus with your own questions, and in so doing, leads you to deeper interaction, deeper intimacy with Jesus.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By LRumley on March 19, 2013
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I don't know why I do this to myself. I don't even really like non-fiction books. Or, I should say, they're not easy reads for me. But I was hoping that this one would rejuvenate me in my weariness from mothering. I admit I was hoping to read some great encouragement to press on in my tasks, even if they are small and seemingly unnoticed. Because, let's be honest, my current God-honoring purpose in life is not glamorous. But it IS my purpose.

What I found instead is a woman who seems to think that my true purpose in life must be bigger and louder and more noteworthy than the role I'm currently "settling" for. That maybe I'm not trusting God to use me to my full potential. That the current trials of the day are refining me for something bigger and better.

Here's a quote from pages 93-94:
"On the other side of this refining time is a fresh perspective and new mercies. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God; in due time you will be lifted up and honored before a watching world."

And another, from page 121:
"Daring to dream is no small thing. And it's not for the faint of heart. But in Christ we are called, appointed, and equipped to live lives bigger than we are...Can you and I win the inner battle that keeps us from living out God's highest and best purposes for us?"

Susie Osteen, anyone?

What if God really intends for me to live my life in obscurity? What if his big purpose for my life is to do little things, and die never being recognized for them? Does this make us question the goodness of God, or does it mean that we have missed his purpose for us?

Absolutely not!

Here's a thought for us:
Maybe it's not all about ME!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on December 21, 2012
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If you're wondering if you'll relate to Susie's book or not, all you need to do is open the first couple pages to find your answer! Susie writes "Your Beautiful Purpose" with three women in mind:

(Excerpt from the book)
1) The first is the woman with a buried passion, a desire in her heart yet to be fulfilled.
2) Then there's the woman who's been so beat down by life, had so many of her heartfelt desires pushed aside that's she's barely alive, hardly passionate. She's afraid to dream, because she'd rather not be disappointed.
3) The last woman is earnest in her walk with Jesus, but doesn't resonate with words like dream, or calling. She wants to be faithful right where she lives. She loves her familiar territory but lives unaware of the more God has for her.

All of us can relate to each one of the women Susie describes! Susie eloquently shows you through many stories and pieces of Scripture on how to fulfill God's beautiful purpose for our lives. You'll finish the book fired up and ready to work with God to accomplish His work.

"Your Beautiful Purpose" would also be the perfect Bible Study book to work through with your friends, complete with chapter study questions.

Look no longer for a New Year's resolution - start reading "Your Beautiful Purpose" to find out what God has in store for your New Year!
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