On her path to happily ever after, Sarah Jakes Roberts doesn't want to leave anybody behind.
Before she became a best-selling author, sought after motivational speaker and co-pastor of One Church International in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Pastor Touré Roberts, Sarah had a baby at 14, married at 19, and was divorced four years later.
Sarah has often shared the ups and downs of her life through her blog, books, social media outlets and sermons, but she decided it was time to do something more than just relay the events of her life to other people. The 28-year-old decided to create a guide to help others navigate the tough moments in their own journey to foster healing and growth.
This is the premise of her new book, Don't Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable.
"I wanted to go an extra step and not necessarily write another memoir, because I think it's easy to close a memoir and say, 'Well, that's good for her.' But I really wanted to do some work on the inside to dissect what were the decisions I made, what were maybe the friendships that I lost [and] what was the healing that had to take place on the inside before this life became real to me," she said in an interview with The Christian Post.
"I wanted to create this guide to help other women who were like me, who may not have always gotten things right in life and found themselves feeling stuck. But they want to believe they can really manifest a life that makes sense now, is exciting and not just this routine thing where you feel like, 'I don't know if there's anything better for me.'"
In her book, Sarah's transparent about her own struggles, starting each chapter with a personal journal-like entry that assures her readers she can truly identify with their feelings and struggles. And just because she's the daughter of high profile megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes doesn't mean she's passing judgement on the women who may be struggling with poor decision making or thoughts that may not often be a topic for discussion in church.
"My goal and intention is to take the reader and first say, 'Girl, I know how you feel. I've been there. And if I could have expressed what I was feeling in those moments, it would have been like this,'" she said. "'And now that you understand that I'm not judging you, I understand you and we're in this together. Let's talk about how we change our perspective on these things.'"
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