About the Book
Book: Love Riot
Author: Sara Barratt
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Have you ever thought about walking away from the church? Have you already left it in your heart? Does it seem like it’s not relevant to your life?
It’s time for a revolution. A holy uprising. A love riot.
Not content with safe religion that demands nothing of us, Sara Barratt is calling you to stop giving in to the status quo and devote yourself fully to Christ, following Him no matter what your friends do or the culture around you promotes. Sara challenges you to hand everything over–your comfort zones, your time, your loyalty, your pride–and invites you to embark on a radical journey of passionate love for Christ. Because once you experience His love, it will transform your life.
Love Riot is a battle cry from one teen to another to embrace a life of wholehearted commitment and relentless abandon for Christ . . . no matter the cost.
“Sara Barratt wants to start a riot. An uproar. A disturbance for Jesus. Unlike some teenagers who want to disrupt and destroy, she wants to bravely build.”–Kyle Idleman, author of Not a Fan and Don’t Give Up and senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church
“God is at work among my generation. There’s no denying that, especially after reading Love Riot. This book will challenge you, encourage you, and ignite your pursuit of Christ. I highly recommend it!”–Jaquelle Crowe Ferris, author of This Changes Everything
“Love Riot will challenge your idea of what it means to be a teen who truly follows Christ. Sara Barratt raises the bar and calls her peers to a higher standard. This book has the power to change lives!”–Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal, authors of Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart and cofounders of GirlDefined Ministries
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About the Author
Sara Barratt is an author, speaker, avid reader, chocolate lover, and lead editor for TheRebelution.com. Her passion is challenging and encouraging teens to live sold out and set apart for Jesus. Come hang out with her on Facebook, Instagram, and at her website, sarabarratt.com.
More from Sara
Why are teens leaving the church?
Why are my friends drifting away from God?
What does it look like to be a teen who wholeheartedly follows Jesus?
In my early teens, I began wrestling with these questions. God was working on my own heart, shaking me out of my complacency, and leading me to a deeper walk with Him. Yet I knew I wasn’t the only teen battling apathy and the low expectations of our culture.
Everywhere I looked, I saw the evidence.
Friends drifting away from God. Compromise slipping in. Peer pressure strengthening.
It broke my heart to see these teens struggling. Because I’d walked in their struggles as well.
Teens like eighteen-year-old Brayden who said, “I’ve never pursued a passionate relationship with Christ, because I’ve never had anyone to share it with. No one else I know takes God seriously.”
Or like sixteen-year-old Trevor who realized something was missing. “I know God is real. I’ve seen Him work in other people’s lives, but I can’t find the strength to change, so I’ve just put God on the back burner.”
These are the words from real teens, battling in the trenches of an apathetic, post-truth, anti-Christian culture. We’re wrestling through questions and doubts about God and Christianity as our peers, the media, and the culture around us feed us a myriad of messages, trying to influence our hearts. Some stand strong. Most give in.
Something needs to change.
Is it possible for teens to reject apathy and live sold out for Jesus? Is it possible to turn our backs to the culture and choose to follow Christ? Is it possible, that instead of a generation leaving the church, we could become a generation building the church, living for the glory of God?
My journey of writing Love Riot began with these questions, but ended with this answer.
God has not given up on this generation. On the contrary, I believe He has more in store for us than we can imagine. The power which rose Jesus Christ from the dead can raise up the spiritually dying remains of this generation and spark a passion in teenager’s souls for His name.
The world, and even the church, doesn’t automatically think of teenagers as passionate followers of Christ—but I’m out to change that.
In this new generation arising, it’s my heart-cry to see a remnant living out the message of the gospel, embracing our commission to go out and make disciples.
It’s not an easy journey. It requires risk. Sacrifice. Surrender. But as Jesus said, the life of a follower isn’t safe. It’s not just a call to pray a prayer and be saved. It’s a call to lay down your life and be transformed. Luke 9:23 counts the cost, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
For every teen, for every adult, for everyone who desires to follow Jesus, it’s time to pick up our cross, and in the words of Elisabeth Elliot, “live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all [our] energy and strength into it.”
It’s time for a love riot.
Author Interview with Sara Barratt
How did writing this book grow you spiritually?
Writing this book stripped away my illusion of self-confidence and laid open my desperate need for Christ’s power through my weakness. Many writing days found me on my knees next to my desk, crying out to God for strength to keep going. There were so many moments of “I can’t do this” where God stepped in and reminded me, “But I can.” Through tears, struggle, and weakness, God brought this book to life and taught me how to trust in greater ways. Writing Love Riot vividly showed me that God’s promises are true and faithful and that even in our weakest, most vulnerable moments, He is all-sufficient.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
As a born and raised Michigan gal, love for the great outdoors is ingrained in my soul! There are few things as peaceful as sitting alongside one of our Great Lakes or taking a walk through the woods. When I’m not writing, I take every opportunity to bask in the fresh air and beauty Michigan has to offer!
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Elisabeth Elliot is my all-time favorite author. Since I first read Passion and Purity at the age of 16, I’ve been captivated by her story and blessed by her biblical truths. Shadow of the Almighty, the biography she wrote about her husband, Jim Elliot, challenged and convicted me in life-altering ways. Both Jim’s life and Elisabeth’s writing have shaped my own writing and inspired me in my walk with Christ. I’ve also been deeply impacted by authors such as C.S. Lewis, Francis Chan, David Platt, and Alex and Brett Harris. . . . there are truly too many to list!
When did you start writing?
I began writing seriously at the age of sixteen. Before then, writing was never something I planned to do. But when I submitted my first article to the website TheRebelution.com, God lit a passion in my heart for sharing His truths through the written word. Since then I haven’t been able to stop!
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
By far, the vulnerability of it. Writing requires you to look long and hard at your own soul and life and then pour out of those messy and hidden places. It’s laying your heart bare on a piece of paper for anyone to read, criticize, and misinterpret. As someone whose personality wants to always appear put together and in-control, writing forces me into an uncomfortable place of truth and exposure. Will I be accepted? Will I be understood? Or will I be criticized or attacked? Those questions often come to the forefront, but the truth I’ve learned is that we’re simply called to write the truth—write what God has placed on our hearts, and then place our confidence in the knowledge that He knows all those vulnerable parts and holds us—and them—in His hands.
Thank you, Sara, for your allowing us to get to know you better!
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