“Shannan’s story feels at once familiar and spectacular, ordinary and exceptional. You will discover that at the same time her words make you squirm, you will wish you lived next door to her. You will want her wisdom and you will want her pickles.” —Jen Hatmaker (from the foreword)
Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence.
But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s call to something radically different: a small house on the other side of the urban tracks, a shoestring income, a challenged public school, and the harshness of a county jail (where her husband is now chaplain). And yet the family’s plunge from “safety” was the best thing that could have happened to them.
Falling Free charts their pilgrimage from the self-focused wisdom of the world to the topsy-turvy life of God’s more being found in less. Martin’s practical, sweetly subversive book invites us to rethink assumptions about faith and the good life, push past insecurity and fear, and look beyond comfortable, middle-class Christianity toward a deeper, richer, and ultimately more fulfilling life.
In this moving book, speaker and writer Martin explains how her dream of living her faith quietly and to herself was shaken to the core by unexpected challenges. Given Martin's popular blog, Flower Patch Farmgirl, readers might think she lives in a quaint farmhouse out in the country. And indeed she did until she and her jail-chaplain husband lost their jobs and had to move their four children to the middle of Goshen, Ind., where they bring encouragement and the benefits of a strong faith to a community challenged by drug abuse, crime, and poverty. Soon Martin discovers that she is exactly where she should be: a place where her presence can make a huge difference in people's lives, and where by sharing her faith, she can help instill hope in a community that had little of it. Written in a blog-like style, the book will help inspire those who find their lives turned upside down to pay closer attention to their current circumstances and open their hearts to change. In doing so, Martin writes, they may find a more meaningful purpose in life.
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Rescued from the life I always wanted.....or can I say the life I thought I wanted. Shannon speaks right to my soul as I seek to live the last half of my life serving Jesus better and in a way I never thought would happen.
Thank you for your words, Shannan.