A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life
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A flourishing life is possible—no perfection required!
Women often feel like they have to have it all together in order to live a meaningful life. Instead they feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and exhausted as they to figure out how to do it all. Author, business owner, and mom to three Lara Casey offers sound and grace-filled advice: “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”
Welcome to the journey of getting messy in the rich soil of possibility—embracing imperfect, grace-filled progress to grow a life of joy.
Written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide, Cultivate offers wisdom from God’s Word alongside lessons Lara has learned in her garden. Woven throughout is her personal story that helps release readers from the pressure to achieve and gives them freedom to move from planning to planting a meaningful legacy. “It’s in the imperfect—the mess of the dirt--that good things grow,” Casey reminds readers. “Peonies grow through the dirt, and so do we.” Readers will learn to embrace the season they’re in, finding balance as they interact in fresh ways with their current life scenarios, with God, and in the communities where they are planted.
Special features include
Actionable Cultivate It prompts throughout the bookA ten-week Cultivate Together discussion guide with questions for small groups“Grace from the Garden” vignettes provide encouragement and inspiration
Find the joy and the freedom that comes in cultivating what matters, little by little, with God’s transforming grace.
Great Book With Amazing Insight
Lara's insight and sensitivity alongside her transparency, make this a wonderful read. She shares from her heart about growing in faith and love and trust. I loved getting to know her and her story while deep truths hit my heart and changed me. There's a definite blessing for anyone willing to cultivate their faith beside Lara.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review.
Cultivate is Amazing!!
I loved “Cultivate” by Lara Casey!! Her book is a grace-filled and inspirational guide on living an intentional life, minus the perfection. The author shares her own life stories and biblical verses in a beautifully honest, humble, authentic, and heartfelt way. She takes you along her journey of seeking and finding God’s grace in the ups and downs, the messiness, in the seasons of her life. The book is laid out with thought-provoking and soul-searching questions for the reader to ask themselves, to help them see into their own life journey.
“Cultivate” is written with wisdom and faith-filled words that speak to your soul. Lara uses journal prompts and reflection questions to help the reader implement all the steps into their lives. I love how Lara uses gardening terms and examples of her own gardening evolution to impart her wonderful message. “Cultivate” is rich with inspirational and spiritual nourishment for our hungry souls. I loved the actionable steps Lara shares to dive deeper into her message of embracing the messiness of our lives and being renewed in the Lord’s grace.
Lara’s amazing book is about growth, renewal, seasons of wait, growth, and loss, getting our hands dirty, digging into the soil of our lives, nurturing the seeds, pruning our life gardens, cultivating and being a cultivator, embracing tension, and God’s amazing grace. It filled my spirit with hope and a new perspective on viewing my own life struggles. Lara is an excellent author and I cannot wait to read her first book, “Make it Happen”.
“Cultivate” is a book you can keep rereading and never tire of. Each time I have reread sections I gain more wisdom and insight. The self-reflection sections are wonderful to do over again in different seasons of our lives, because they are always evolving. This is a book you will not be able to put down because it speaks to all those weary places in your soul. I felt so blessed by Lara Casey’s writing and faith-filled inspiration. Her raw honesty and life stories are spoken in authenticity and faith.
Lara’s book also includes a Gardening 101 section which is filled with a wealth of information. and a Cultivate Together guide, which is great for group studies.
I encourage everyone to read this book and to re-read it, no matter where you are in your journey.
Lara hits home from the very beginning.
"I was tired of living in a state of lack—lack of time, lack of peace, lack of confidence, and lack of meaningful connections with people. I was tired of working hard but feeling like it wasn't getting me anywhere that mattered. I needed a new way of living, from the ground up."
"Instead of living for the short term and patching things to just get by, I thought about the long term. I committed to little-by-little progress instead of the all-at-once. I started to cultivate."
I needed to hear these words. They were life-giving words, especially for a newly married 30-something like myself.
I also love that this book is interactive, and not in a homework/study guide-way. It encourages me to write my thoughts down, however short and jumbled they might be.
I encourage everyone to read this book and to re-read it, no matter where you are in your journey. We could all use a few tips to cultivate change and growth in our lives.
*I received this book in exchange for my review from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*