Ever feel like life is careening out of control and the more it spins the more you fight to hang on and steer? Wonder what it would feel like to surrender everything to God’s control? Wonder if it would bring the peace that seems too good to be true?
Surrender All explores this topic, while aspiring to deliver an Answer to Living with Peace, Power & Purpose. I wasn’t familiar with Joni Lamb before getting this book, but the first chapter quickly fills in the details. The woman has walked the walk — she outlined ways that God has called her and her husband have surrendered their lives to God’s call — and the mighty ways He has used them as a result.
Surrender involves giving up control. Sounds simple — but as Max Lucado states in his new book Fearless — we often fear that act of giving up control. We may not be in control, but it feels like we are. So Joni advocates rethinking surrender. Instead of seeing it as a lack of control, we should see it allowing God to do what He wants to do in our lives — and as a result landing smack-dab in the center of God’s will. I have to admit that when I’ve managed to surrender, there is nothing like knowing you are in the middle of His will!
Joni suggests praying a prayer of surrender and then watching your gifts and talents. when you find the spot where you are fulfilled, full of joy and maximizing your abilities to put God’s gifts to work, then you may have found the spot God wants you in. She goes on to explore how to surrender your marriage, children, career, health, friendships, loss and more.
This book is an easy read. It’s not filled with deep word studies, but by way of lots of stories and examples provides a perspective on the process of surrender.