_225_350_book-2048-coverFinding Your Voice:  What Every Woman Needs To Live Her God-Given Passions Out Loud, Natalie Grant, Zondervan, 2016.

Grammy nominated Christian artist Natalie Grant has been a force in Christian music since 1999. As she tells it in her new book, Finding Your Voice, she had what one could call a spiritual awakening during a trip to India. This “pivotal encounter with God,” she says, changed her career.

It was on that trip she came face-to-face with women and girls who were victims of human trafficking. It was this encounter of the image of God in the Other that Grant had her epiphany: She has a voice and her voice has power.

Finding Your Voice

This is the basic premise of the mostly advice driven book. Grant suggest ways to find your voice. All mixed in with a little personal experience and a grounding of scripture, the book offers Christian insight into discerning how God is calling Grant to use her voice for others.

Just like Jesus.

Jesus is the prime model of what it means to be other-centered. When the disciples wanted to chase the children away, Jesus said, “Let them come to me.” When the religious leaders mocked and scorned tax collectors, Jesus had lunch with them. Jesus’ example is to use our voice to counter the oppression of others.

Grant, however, does not totally go there.

Often, Grant returns to Christ and simply states that Jesus focused on others, so we as his followers should do the same.  Her advice is typically grounded in the language of her career based on singing and performing. Key steps include quality check and working the stage. This works well for those readers who are interested in the industry or are singers/musicians.

What Grant does not give us is more about her epiphany. She states that it happened, but does not go into much more detail. I wish that Grant had shared more about her travel to India and her time with those women and girls who were being trafficked. She puts so must weight on this experience, it is a shame that she does not provide more details about it.

The book is marketed to women (note the subtitle). I agree with the blogger who wrote that gender restrictions should be removed. There is nothing in the book that screams that this is solely for women.

In short, this is an easy read book with quality suggestions on finding and using your voice. It could be easily used with a small group. The one thing I think this book needs more of, is Natalie Grant herself.

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Thanks to BookLookBloggers and the publisher for a review copy.