I have been a Natalie Grant fan for years and when I found out about this book, I knew I just had to read it. I was not prepared for her honesty and openness about her struggle to keep up appearances.
This 191 paged book (on my iBooks) is divided into 10 chapters detailing aspects of Natalie’s personal life and her journey to self-discovery and purpose.
She starts out the book with telling the reader the emotions she went through while watching a TV show about Human Trafficking. Right there, she decided to go on a trip to India for an organisation that fights human trafficking. Just before leaving for the trip, her vocal chord haemorrhaged and she was ordered by her doctors to completely rest her voice.
For those who don’t know Natalie, she’s a Four-time Grammy nominee and a top selling Gospel artist. So imagine how devastating it must have been for her to take out time from what she does for a living.
However, she found that not speaking or singing presented an opportunity to actually listen and pay attention to the needs of the world around her. In that silence, she found another passion – helping the less fortunate.
I particularly like this excerpt from the book: “…I find it all too easy to be so caught up in the chaos of life, so overwhelmed with being busy that the only way to get through is to go on autopilot. Life becomes less about living and more about surviving.”
Although this is a Christian book with many references to the Bible, it is written to address the needs of women trying to understand what their passion is amidst the existing distractions. The book encourages readers to focus on their “thrive zone” and wasting time on fruitless comparisons.
Book Description (From the Publisher):
In a culture that praises blending in over standing out, productivity over purpose, and noise over truth, many women find their God-given voice compromised, quieted, or even mocked. We all long to live out our divinely designed passions and unique talents, yet too often it becomes so much easier in the face of opposition to stay silent altogether. What if God is calling you to so much more?
As a working mom, wife, artist, and abolitionist, Natalie Grant has struggled to live on purpose while battling the worldly demands of keeping up the appearance of perfection. Emerging from her own dark spiral of suffocating inadequacy, Natalie found fresh hope in the truth that God has already given women everything they need to live out their God-given identity, passions, and calling. Finding Your Voice offers the heart-rallying, life-giving truth that a woman’s voice is not an uncalled for interference to be silenced, but a gift to be used for God’s Kingdom purposes. In voice lessons as in life, a strong vocal identity requires us to first stand firm, breath deep, and finally, go for it—loud and clear.
With rich scriptural study and personal stories infusing every chapter, Finding Your Voice reveals how to discover your own unique talent, train it according to God’s Word, and start using it for the good of others—without guilt and apology.