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Surrender!: The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will [Paperback]

Larry Richards
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book Nov. 19 2011
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I purchased this book after being at one of fr. Larry richards Missions In Ontario Canada. This book was not a disappointment! Fr. Larry takes you in a very easy to understand and yet deep analyses of your life and Gods Will for your life. I loved this book and could not put it down! My mom and my friend also bought this book and they both said they loved it and it made them see things in a way they had previously never heard explained before....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Read Oct. 16 2011
By Studge - Published on Amazon.com
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Fr. Larry packs a powerful punch with Surrender. From the start to finish, he challenges the reader to forget oneself and trust completely in Jesus every day in order to know God's plan for him or her. He teaches the importance of discerning God's will through use of the sacraments and prayer. He shows how one can recognize whether it is God's will or one's own will that is being sought, whether a decision to be made is motivated by the Holy Spirit or by an evil spirit. Fr. Larry challenges the reader to die to oneself every day for love of God and others, but he teaches that this can be accomplished by allowing Jesus to take control.

There is so much useful information packed in this book of 155 pages. Fr. Larry pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surrender should be called CHALLENGING Nov. 21 2011
By jmack6971 - Published on Amazon.com
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Fr. Larry provides a simple road map to all of us to surrender our lives to Jesus. The book is filled with everyday advice as to "how" to do it. If we follow the road map and the day to day advice we will surely be able to surrender. The only thing Father cannot provide is the readers cooperation, that has to come from us.

His catchy little remiders, "no bible no breakfast no bible no bed", or "don't let your feet hit the floor until your knees hit the floor" will ring in your head throughout the day. His style is direct and to the point. It also is funny, thought provoking and extremely challenging.

Get a copy for everyone you know. It will be life changing.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Happiness Nov. 18 2011
By Elizabeth Gerbracht - Published on Amazon.com
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Like an evangelist knocking at your door, Father Larry is on the front
steps of your mind, knocking on your soul--he wants to tell you about
surrendering to God, and he explains how. After you've read his book
up to the passage that starts at the middle of page 35, if you have grown-
up kids you'll probably have tears in your eyes; I did--not from feeling
bad but from understanding. Keep reading; maybe you'll have more
tears but you'll laugh, too, and you'll love it. When you get to page 114,
take your pen and circle the middle paragraph starting with, "Take five
minutes..." including the three points; if you do what it says, you'll
realize a great change in you--you'll also realize what Father Larry is
all about. If you don't want him knocking on your soul, just close the
book--you can't!
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy one for yourself and one for someone you love! Oct. 19 2011
By Lora Ward Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're already familiar with the awesome preaching of Fr. Larry Richards, his latest book SURRENDER will not disappoint. Many of the anecdotes and messages will not be new for those who've heard his talks on CD or listened to his weekly podcast messages, The Reason for Our Hope Weekly Homilies. This 155 page volume organizes and distills his practical, down-to-earth approach to the gospel into a blueprint that's easy to read and refer back to later. With God's grace, it will also be easier to surrender step-by-step with Fr. Larry as your guide.

If you are not familiar with Fr. Larry's approach, you will find this book to be honest and refreshing, thought provoking and entertaining. He's from Pittsburgh after all! He tells it like it is and uses real world examples from his life and ministry. He is not one of those holier than thou sorts of priests, and reveals his human weaknesses in the book to assure the reader that we all must strive for holiness and to surrender to God's will more and more each day.

While the book is easy to read, it also has depth. I'm about halfway through now and probably need to stop at this point (where God hit me in the head with a 2x4) to reflect more on the need to forgive myself and those who have hurt me.

As the back cover asks, "What is it in your life that you hold on to so tightly that you can't surrender in order to receive everything God wants to give you?" We're all holding on to something that we should really let go. If you hands and your heart are already FULL, you don't have any capacity to receive the abundant grace God longs to give you!

Buy two copies of this book. . . one for yourself and one for someone you love enough that you want them to understand the truth about what it means to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Call to Follow God's Will Jan. 16 2012
By Brandon Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fr. Larry Richards is certainly one of the most dynamic teachers in the Catholic Church (watch this video and see what I mean.) His preaching is electric and fiery and his blunt aphorisms often provide a needed spiritual shock therapy. His unique style bled through the pages of his first book, Be a Man!: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be, which challenged men to pursue heroic sanctity and Godly manhood. I think that title is the best Catholic book out there on masculine spirituality.

Fr. Richards' newest book, Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God's Will (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 155 pages), packs a similar punch. In the book, Fr. Richards explains that the first step to discovering God's will is obvious: converse with Him daily through prayer and ask Him what He wants. But after we discover God's will, which in many cases is the easy part, we're faced with the difficult question of whether we surrender to it or not.

"It's as simple as that," says Fr. Richards. "Are we going to do God's will, even if we don't want to? That's the real question, isn't it? It goes beyond knowing what God wants us to do--to being willing to carry through and do it."

Reading Surrender! is like having a wise spiritual director walk you through one of Christianity's murkiest questions: "what is God's will for my life?" Fr. Richards provides sharp advice to help cut through our paralyzing fears and stubborn self-wills, the resistances we build to carrying out God's plan. Surrender! would be an especially good book for young Christians who are discerning their path in life, but all can benefit from Fr. Richards' powerful advice.
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