Joining us today is author, speaker and occasional talk show host Susie Larson. We'll be talking about her writing and her latest release, Embracing Your Freedom: A Personal Experience of God's Heart for Justice.
Welcome Susie. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Thanks for having me! Here’s my bio:
With enthusiasm, humor, and conviction, author/speaker Susie Larson has spoken to thousands of women locally, nationally, and internationally. She recently finished writing her sixth book, “Growing Grateful Kids,” which releases this spring (March, 2010). Susie has been interviewed on radio stations across the country and serves as a regular guest host for Along the Way (A two-hour talk radio show on Faith Radio-900 AM).
While in Washington D.C., Susie and her husband Kevin, along with national recording artist Sara Groves and her husband Troy, represented International Justice Mission’s*concerns in meetings with Congress as part of their efforts to abolish and prevent human trafficking and slavery. The four of them serve as co-chairs for the IJM benefit banquet in Minnesota. Susie comes with a passion to share the love of a Savior who will never let us go.
Susie and her husband Kevin will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this March. They have three wonderful grown sons, and now, a new daughter-in-law.
*IJM, among other things, rescues young girls from the horrific life of human trafficking (visit www.ijm.org)
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been journaling for a long time. In the year 2000, I self-published my first book; not too long after that I attended my first writers conference where I met up with an editor from Focus on the Family. As a result of my initial connection with the editor from Focus, I ended up publishing about fifty articles with them. Since that first writer’s conference, I’ve written a handful of articles for other publications, I’ve published six books and a devotional journal, and I’ve contributed to several other compilation books.
Are you a morning or an evening writer?
My best hours for writing are between 11:00 and 7:00 PM. I get up early but I need my prayer time and workout before I can do anything of substance. Not that I could accommodate this schedule when my kids were young. They’re grown and gone now and this schedule works for me.
Who is your greatest source of inspiration?
Without sounding too cliché, I’d have to say that Jesus is far and away my greatest source of inspiration. I would have nothing to say if not for His power and presence in my life.
Do you have a favorite author?
I love Andrew Murray, A.W. Tozer, Catherine Marshall, and Francis Frangipane, not for their writing as much as for their spiritual content.
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
I would love to!
While our culture places great emphasis on comfort, security, control, and success, there are deeper rewards for those who take hold of God’s promises and reach out in the Name of Christ. Adventure, faith, miracles, and a deep knowledge of Jesus Christ.
When we live in bondage to our fears, insecurities, shame, guilt, despair, or sinful appetites, we live self-focused lives. But when we embrace our freedom in Christ, our hearts are released from captivity and we view everything around us—our relationships, resources, responsibilities, and opportunities—as tools to bring that same freedom to those who desperately need it.
This book is for the woman who wants to grow stronger in her walk of faith and who wants to gain a greater view of God’s heart for the world. And it’s to this we are called. May she be provoked, to be as free as God meant her to be. And as a result, may she become an advocate for the freedoms of others.
Who is this book written for and have you always written for this market?
That’s a great question. I wrote this book for the earnest Christian who is sincerely tired of living a self-preserving, self-protective, impotent life. She wants to break loose from the chains that bind her, she wants to make a radical difference in her world, and she longs to gain a greater view of God’s heart for the world. She wants to be free and wants to be a part of securing that same freedom for others.
To answer the second part of your question, I write for the woman who truly wants to follow God. My tag line is: Deeper Life in Christ ~ Powerful Life on Earth. The two convictions that filter through everything I write are intimacy with God that translates into making a difference in our world.
That being said, ‘Embracing Your Freedom’ is for sure the most challenging book I’ve written thus far and will most likely speak to a very specific sub-group within my typical market.
What was the most challenging part of writing this book? The most rewarding?
I can’t begin to describe the opposition I encountered while writing this book. You know that poem, “Footprints in the Sand”? Well, my poem would be more fitly titled, “Heel Gouges in the Sand.” There were moments when God had to drag me through the process of writing this book because it was so grueling and costly at times. My faith was stretched and challenged in big ways. I experienced several nightmares; terrible sleepless nights; continual computer issues, harassing thoughts, and a constant sense that I was awaking a sleeping giant in my midst. Day after day I just kept pounding out the words in spite of my mental and physical exhaustion and my stirred up fears. I don’t know how better to explain it except to say that I felt bruised and battered once I crossed the finish line. But God was with me, cheering me on, and I’m so thankful for His grace and patience with me along the way. And it was all worth it.
The most rewarding aspects of this project are how God is using it now. I’ve already heard life-changing testimonies from some of my readers.
What do you hope readers will learn from your book?
My prayer is for my readers to be moved deeply in their souls to contend for their freedom; to walk with God to their next places of promise; to awaken to their God-sized call in such a way that they begin to change the world. It’s easier to stay safe and make all kinds of rules around our insecurities. It takes much more grit to step out in faith and face down our fears.
I want to see a whole generation of Christians contend for their paid-for freedom; and then I want to see them mobilized to change the world.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
Yes, here are my links:
What is up next for you?
Thanks for asking! This March (2010) my next book releases and is titled, “Growing Grateful Kids: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places.” We live in a day when kids ooze selfishness, entitlement, and disrespect. This book encourages moms (and grand-moms) to instill gratitude, honor, and humility into our children. And even though it’s critical that we do so, it’s not difficult. I am very excited about this book and I’m looking forward to my speaking tour this spring.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for your time. It is my prayer that your readers will embrace their own call to absolute freedom, that they might become the world-changers God intended them to be. Pick up a copy of my book, “Embracing Your Freedom” and let me know what you think! God’s blessings to you all!
Thanks for spending time with us today Susie. We wish you all the best.