Finding Your Voice: A 40-day Guide to Rediscovering Your Purpose, Passions, and Priorities
Written by Csilla Muscan
Book review by Suzanne Mason
In todayâ€™s fast-paced, social media-driven world, itâ€™s hard to believe our voice matters or that we have a purpose beyond making it through another week and paying the bills. God tells us that we definitely do, but how do we find that purpose? How can we learn to focus on that still, small voice to guide us? Can we ever find a way to establish our God-ordained priorities and live into those? Written specifically for women, Csilla (pronounced Cheela) Muscanâ€™s new book â€œFinding Your Voice: A 40-day Guide to Rediscovering Your Purpose, Passions, and Prioritiesâ€ hopes to help answer some of these questions and guide readers to daily lean into the purpose God has given each and every one of us.
A singer, songwriter, podcaster, and womenâ€™s inspirational speaker among other things, Muscan has worked with hundreds of women over the years, and sheâ€™s continually found that one of the biggest struggles they contend with, regardless of background or walk of life, is identifying their priorities and crafting their lives to live into their purpose.
â€œI struggled with this myself, with knowing that my voice mattered, knowing that I had a purpose, that I had value to offer to the world,â€ Muscan explains. â€œGod has really planted in my heart that we, as women, really struggle with our value and wait for people to validate us. We wait for permission to step out, and the only person we need to hear from is God.â€
For Muscan, hearing from God meant stepping out of her comfort zone, writing this book, and sharing many personal stories along the way. Throughout this 40-day guide, she shares many of her own struggles and vulnerabilities in the hopes that she can connect more deeply with her readers. In essence, sheâ€™s not telling them how to find their purpose but walking the wilderness with them and showing them how itâ€™s done.
â€œJesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. I think when we give ourselves enough time and go into the wilderness with God, thereâ€™s something powerful that happens,â€ Muscan shares. â€œWe need to give ourselves long enough to process things.â€
Reading through the guide day by day also allows readers to create a daily practice of quieting their minds to listen to Godâ€™s leading, a daily habit all of us could use.
Now more than ever, Muscan believes in the importance of living life with the purpose Godâ€™s laid out for each of us.
â€œSchedules donâ€™t necessarily reflect our priorities, and it can create a tension, a frustration,â€ she notes.
In one of my favorite quotes in the book, Muscan highlights, â€œthe more voices we listen to, the more confused we become.â€
With her practical daily guide, Muscan illustrates how to eliminate the loudness of the world, others, and even ourselves to lean into Godâ€™s plan for us.Â
I asked Muscan if sheâ€™s been successful in finding and living out her God-given purpose or if itâ€™s still a daily practice.
â€œYes!â€ she exclaimed. â€œI wake up every day knowing what my bigger purpose in life is, unashamedly and unapologetically. But some days I donâ€™t feel like it, donâ€™t feel like doing the things that are hard. Those are the days my healthy, established routines help me out.â€Â
And thatâ€™s the struggle, isnâ€™t it? Trying to learn, grow, and blossom into the purpose God has for us, even on days when itâ€™s difficultâ€”but we canâ€™t do that if we donâ€™t know what that purpose is. Muscan wants to help you find it, and â€œFinding Your Voiceâ€ serves as a roadmap to discover your unique purpose as determined by God and rediscover the passion for daily life.Â
Csilla Muscan is an international singer, speaker, author, and founder of CAPTIVATE Training (https://www.captivate-training.com/). With over 20 years of experience as a performing artist and keynote speaker, she learned a thing or two about what makes for a powerful communicator. Sheâ€™s performed and presented on over 900 stages to thousands of people all over the world. Today, together with her team, she helps women find the clarity and confidence they need in order to become a dynamic and effective communicator. She is an old soul with a contemporary voice. Born and raised in a third-world country amidst excruciatingly difficult circumstances, Csilla is committed to sharing her story of overcoming and rising from the ashes in order to inspire her audience into brave action. Currently, you can find her bi-weekly on her CAPTIVATE â€“ With Your Words podcast, where Csilla teaches women how to become better communicators and interviews other inspiring thought-leaders. Csilla and her sweet family currently reside just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. â€œFinding Your Voiceâ€ is available now on Amazon.com and at www.fyvbook.net. You can follow her on Instagram at @csillamuscan
Review by Suzanne Mason
Suzanne Mason regularly reviews Christian films and books for SGNScoops.