Risk is Right

About a month ago, we were hit with something very hard that deeply shook us. I cried and prayed, held on to Russ, made calls, and sometimes I just curled up on my bed hoping it would go away. Then early one morning I saw this small book on my desk. I received a copy of Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It at the Spokane Orphan Summit and so far it had managed to make it into the long queue of “books I own and want to read some day.”

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But that morning, in my fear and desperation, the title grabbed me. It’s a short book, short enough to read in one sitting if it’s early in the morning and no children are interrupting you. I literally sat, underlining as I read, with tears running down my face. It was exactly what I needed to read that morning.

Here is an excerpt.

There are a thousand ways to magnify Christ in life and death. None should be scorned. All are important. But none makes the worth of Christ shine more brightly than sacrificial love for other people in the name of Jesus. If Christ is so valuable that the hope of his immediate and eternal fellowship after death frees us from the self-serving fear of dying and enables us to lay down our lives for the good of others, such love magnifies the glory of Christ like nothing else in the world (p 15).

You can buy Risk is Right on Amazon, or download it for free from Desiring God. I love that it is available at no cost – don’t miss the opportunity to read this.

Question: What does it mean to take risks for God? How has it changed your life?

Lisa 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Cindy
    June 6, 2013

    Lisa, you are in my prayers. You are such a precious person. Much love to you.
    Cindy

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 6, 2013

      Thank you, Cindy, for taking a moment to leave a comment for me.

      Reply
  2. Andrea
    June 6, 2013

    Thank you! Will get it. Praying! <3

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 6, 2013

      Andrea, I think you just might like it.

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  3. Jen Dugas
    June 6, 2013

    Sending hugs mama! And ordering this book.

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  4. Tara Bradford
    June 6, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this Lisa! I can’t get past the first paragraph of chapter one. I’m already so challenged in asking God what that means in my life.

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  5. Courtney
    June 6, 2013

    i also read it. it was excellent! always praying and loving you and your family!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 6, 2013

      I'm glad you like it too, Courtney. Thank you for holding us in your prayers.

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  6. Jennifer P
    June 6, 2013

    Lisa, yet another confirmation that God is always working. We just made a momentous decision today to risk everything in hopes of a better future for our son. Reading Crazy Love brought us to finding him and loving him for however long we have him. I will be reading long into the night…

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 6, 2013

      Jen, I'm so glad this is helpful to you. I pray the Lord will give you the answers you need.

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  7. Lisa H.
    June 6, 2013

    Here's the part I'm struggling with….How do we know when to say no in wisdom and when to say yes in faith in God….Not easy decisions!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      June 6, 2013

      Definitely not easy, Lisa. That is where I have to truly listen to the Holy Spirit, laying down my own desires, seek the counsel of wise friends, and the pray the Lord will protect me from our own foolishness!

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  8. Lori McCary
    June 8, 2013

    Better question…. How has it NOT changed my life??? I'm headed to China for #4. This angel has Down Syndrome. The last had a broken heart and is waiting for a transplant. This wonderful little book reminded me that the risks are SOOOO worth it when they're for Jesus and His glory! I'm scared…. but risking it all for Him! Lori McCary http://www.LoriMcCary.com

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  9. Fiona
    June 11, 2013

    I'm on a plane with wifi and just downloaded it and sent to my hubby and pastor. I'll be reading it too. THANKS!!

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