Own Your Everyday: You Need to Read This, Sis

Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up For What You Were Made to Do Book Review

Have you ever read something that you felt was written just for you? Something that speaks to you where you are, at the exact moment you needed to hear it? Other than the Bible itself, I don’t often experience this with “self help” type books. Even a lot of self-touted Christian books comes across as either preachy or whiny to me. Worse yet, some seem more about seeking glory for yourself rather than for God.

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For me, Jordan Lee Dooley’s book Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do hit that sweet spot of being outward (and upward) focused, but not pushing my own agenda at the expense of God’s plans. In today’s post I’m sharing a few of my favorite quotes and takeaways from the book so you can see why you need to read it. Many thanks to Jordan Lee Dooley and Waterbrook & Multnomah for the free book!

Key Takeaways

Own Your Everyday isn’t just a book about how to live your faith and find God’s purpose for your life. Dooley says at one point, “I want to preface this by telling you that while I’m not here to impose my faith on you, I’m also not going to hide it from you. So if this makes you uncomfortable, well, maybe that’s good. Growth comes when we leave our comfort zones.” I related to that because it’s kind of how I view my role as a teacher as well.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it’s all about letting God work in your life to reveal his plans for you. The book’s full of simple things you can do to, well, get out of your own way. The “Declaration” is something I’m going to print and keep handy as a reminder.

Own Your Everyday Declaration by Jordan Lee Dooley

What I Loved About Own Your Everyday

  • Dooley’s reference to you, dear reader, as sis, sister, girl, and friend is so relatable. It makes you feel like you and she are just having a coffee and chatting.
  • She addresses perfectionism and comparison how exhausting they can be. She gets it.
  • She encourages looking for ways to connect with and help others, not promote yourself.
  • The book has a simple, everyday, in-the-moment emphasis (you DON’T have to do allllll the things).

Favorite Quotes

Jordan Lee Dooley’s writing packs lots of profound one-liners. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Try stuff before it makes sense, because it doesn't need to all make sense in order for God to use it. Jordan Lee Dooley
Focus on loving people more than on getting them to like you. Jordan Lee Dooley
When we show up to do what we think we can't do and reach out to those we don't understand, everything changes. Jordan Lee Dooley

The Bottom Line

Own Your Everyday reminded me that I don’t have to have a big dream-slash-goal or 10-year plan complete with specifics: I just need to be present in the moment and look for those people and experiences that God gives me, every day. It’s God’s purpose for me that matters, not the one I thought I wanted. As Jordan says, “Yes, girl. I hope you do big things and go after your wildest dreams. But guess what? You can’t do the big, cool, extraordinary things until you learn to show up for the not-so-cool, everyday things.”

The perfect addition to your summer reading list: I can’t wait to read it again!

One regret I have after reading the book is that I’ll never get to meet Dooley’s amazing Nana (you’ll get what I mean if you read the book). The biggest truth I took from the book was this: I already am where I need to be: I just need to show up, really see the people around me, and not be afraid to let things get a little awkward. All things I can do, now, where I am. Without a logistics plan. What a relief.

“Stop tripping yourself up, sis. It’s really so, so simple. Keep your heart, mind, and eyes open. You never know when your next yes will be the best step you’ve ever taken.”

–Jordan Lee Dooley
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