- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (May 3 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310345537
- ISBN-13: 978-0310345534
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough Paperback – May 3 2016
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Wild and Free is equal parts encouragement and challenge to live the wild and free lives our heavenly Father has planned for us. Through Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan’s open and honest writing, I felt like I’ve gotten to know them better, to know myself better, and most importantly to know the loving God I serve better! Read it for yourself and for your daughters. (Korie Robertson, Duck Dynasty and author of Strong and Kind)^Imagine living in the moment with God, defined by His truth, without the weight of shame, fear, insecurities, or expectations of others. It’s not too far out of reach! Page by page, Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan are the friends who take your hand and transparently lead you to that beautiful place with the Lord. Every woman needs to read Wild and Free! (Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries)^I tend to play it safe, hesitate, and shy away from becoming all God created me to be. With the passionate voice of two visionaries and the beautiful blend of gut-honest truth shared from their own stories and struggles, Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have written a message every woman needs to read. (Renee Swope, author of A Confident Heart and Proverbs 31 Ministries radio cohost)^As a woman who sometimes doesn’t believe it’s actually possible to live wild and free, this book is water to my soul. Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan’s words are full of grace and truth as they remind us that being wild and free is actually how we were always created to be. (Jamie Ivey, podcast host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey)^Wild and Free is a breath of fresh air. Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan share their hearts and their story with refreshing candor, vulnerability, and grace. I love them. I love this book, and I know you will too. (Alli Worthington, author of Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy)^Wild and Free is the missing puzzle piece for anyone who has ever felt like they are stif ling a rebellious streak, crazy whim, or creative idea. This book promises to point those urges in God’s direction and will bolster your confidence to help you live out your hidden purpose. (Whitney English, founder and creator of Day Designer)^Wild and free are two of my favorite words, and now there’s a book that explores both in a way that is practical, applicable, and relatable. I love how Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan dig deep into not only the how but also the why behind each word! Each chapter will make you feel inspired and encouraged to pursue both, not just in principle, but in practice. (Bianca Juarez Olthoff, writer, teacher, and chief storyteller for A21)^Into the milieu of self-help, “do more, try harder” books and Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pressures, Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have given a sweet gift to the women of their generation---freedom from finding our identity in anything aside from the love of our heavenly Father and the work of Jesus Christ. With refreshing transparency and deep devotion, they respond to the pressures women experience today with answers that are any- thing but trite religiosity. Because we are loved by God, we can live in freedom and find a place of rest as He grows us into all He has for us. I’m honored to recommend their fine work. (Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author of Good News for Weary Women)^Open these pages only if you are ready for your life to be radically changed. Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have penned an important message of grace and truth for women, freeing them from the chains of misplaced identity. Like a conversation with two wise friends, Wild and Free is refreshing balm for weary souls like mine. I laughed, cried, and danced in celebration as I devoured these nourishing words! I’m grabbing extra copies for my daughters to read when they are older. This book will no doubt change generations as women walk alongside Jess and Hayley, uncovering the truth that in Christ alone, we are free. (Lara Casey, author of Make It Happen)^If you feel small and scared, constantly worried about pleasing God or finding his good plans for your life, then I have good news! Wild and Free is the key to unlocking that cage of anxiety and f lying straight into the freedom Christ died to give you. (Susie Davis, author of Unafraid and cofounder of Austin Christian Fellowship)^Wild and Free touches the deepest parts of a woman’s heart, giving her permission to both live with abandon and shed the shackles of doubt and unworthiness. Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan’s friendship is felt with the turn of each page and reminds us we’re not alone. In fact, their relationship reminds us we’re part of a beautiful community of women who desperately want to love big and live unapologetically meaningful lives---wild and free. (Emily Ley, creative director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts and author of Grace Not Perfection)^Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have given you the key to unlock the dungeon of performance and perfectionism. Read this book and watch the chains fall off---and then come outside and rest in the warmth of God’s great love. (Jessica Thompson, author and speaker)^What Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have done here is a beautiful work. It reflects not only the truth of the gospel, but also the truth of who they each are and how uniquely God has made us. I’m thankful for the way Wild and Free gave me permission to be me and to love others the way Christ does. (Annie F. Downs, author of Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave)^Where social jockeying is the norm and self-worth is measured in clicks, our hearts are in exile. Where do I fit? And can this world even handle me? Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan’s words are gospel-soaked arrows of hope shot through the desert noise. As it turns out, the opposite of lost is free. (Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free (available fall 2016))^If ever there was a time for a book about how freedom in Christ directly speaks to womanhood in our demanding culture, it is now. No matter what our particular calling as women, we are enough! But goodness, I needed this truth in this way from women who are struggling to figure it out, just like I am. (Jami Nato, blogger/writer/speaker)^Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan are a dream team role model duo for young women everywhere. Their minds, souls, and spirits are wildly different, but together, their hearts gracefully point to one common purpose: to find freedom and rest in God alone. (Erin Loechner, author of Chasing Slow (forthcoming), Design for Mankind blog)^In a culture where we are constantly bombarded with the message to fit in and conform, Wild and Free is a desperately needed call to action, summoning the passions, desires, and dreams that have, for far too long, been hidden in the caverns of our hearts. Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan have somehow managed to unpack our Christian boxes and ideologies, leaving us with the freedom--- God’s freedom---to run wildly in the direction of the call of God in each of our lives. (Kennesha Buycks, inspirational speaker and writer, Restoration House blog)
About the Author
Jess Connolly is a gal who is in the thick of it herself. She is the founder of the Naptime Diaries print shop, co-founder of the Influence Conference + Network, and she is passionate about using her words to point women to Jesus through writing and speaking. She and her husband planted a church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they live with their four children. Blog: www.jessconnolly.com^
Hayley Morgan is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who inspires women to create lives of more passion and less fuss. She and her husband started Wildly Co., an ethical children’s clothing line, and she is also the cofounder of the Influence Conference and Network. Hayley lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and their four sons. She blogs at www.HayleyEMorgan.com.
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I was so excited to find out they wrote this book called Wild & Free. This book isn't about being wild, free women who do whatever they want and don't worry about anything else, it's all about walking in who God made us to be and resting in what Jesus has done for us. The book opens with a beautiful description of 100% wild horses that Jess observed near where she lives. These horses are wild and they live exactly how they were created to be. And the idea is that we women were created in the image of God (who is wild and free) and we are to be wild and free as well.
"When we live wildly, we are walking in who God made us to be: bold, beautiful, and reflecting Him."
Jess and Hayley rotate writing each chapter. In fact, Jess wrote all the wild chapters and Hayley wrote all the free chapters. I think these women touch on so many relatable topics for women today, and they are so real, honest and approachable. I really look up to them both.
I found the message of this book to be so powerful that after some prayer, I decided to form a book club with the women in my church so we could read this book together and discuss it. I have been following the free leaders guide on the website and also purchased the discussion videos, which have been a nice addition to our book club.
If you are interested in finding out what it really means to be a wild and free woman of God, you should definitely check this book out!
Exploring the fears of being "too much" and "not enough" there are few women who would be unable to find points of connection in Jess and Hayley's words. These friends and co-authors draw heavily upon Scriptural truth and life experience to call women forward to "shake off the lies of insecurity in your life, and step forward to maximize your God-given influence for his glory and the world’s good." (text from back of book)
Although the contrasting experiences and personalities of the authors are sure to help readers find connection with the book (cause let's face it there are always some personalities different people are drawn to first) it was the open honesty and humanness of the authors that drew me in. Through these pages it was easy to picture myself sitting down over coffee with a friend and exploring life intricacies (which sounds like a great way to spend a few afternoons in my opinion).
Like all good discussions I didn't agree with the authors on everything. My personality/time working on my MA make me sensitive to those who try to rush through pain or oversimplify but sometimes it's in those differences that good thought and discussion can happen to allow for growth.
For those looking for a great book for a ladies book club this book is perfect (need a pick me up for summer, fresh start with school in the fall, new you with the new year this is a great option).
You see, the only downside with this book was bot having other women to cheer on and be cheered on by. I really feel that the ability to do life with a group of gals while going through and working through these chapters would make the book that much more impacting.
This is definitely a book going on my "reread later" shelf. 5 out of 5 stars.
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In reading this book you learn to give your permission to be yourself. Sometimes we get caught up wanting to "fit in" to the mold set by society and in trying to do so we find ourselves feeling like we are never good enough.
If that is how you find yourself feeling then you will enjoy this book as it takes you on a journey to learn to be freed from the bondages of insecurity. You are more than enough.
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