“Take Back You Life” by Levi Lusko: Devotional Review & Giveaway


A forty-day interactive journey that will help you identify and fight your internal battles—so you can take back your life. 

Every person has a mission and a God-given potential to impact the world, whether they recognize it or not. But life presents challenges and traps us in a helpless, hopeless loop of anxiety and fear.

In Take Back Your Life, a blend of bestselling books Through the Eyes of a Lion and I Declare War, join Levi Lusko on an interactive journey to take back your life. With biblical truth and perspective, this step-by-step journaling process will help you:

  • get out of your own way by learning to think right so you can live right,
  • find purpose by discovering that God will do great things with your imperfect progress, and
  • learn that your pain is not an obstacle to being used by God but an opportunity to be used like never before.

This is more than a book; it’s an intimate self-analysis tool that will help you recognize what’s weighing you down or holding you back, and equip you to embrace it head-on as you become the best version of yourself. Start thinking right, so you can live right.

About the author:

Levi Lusko is the founder and lead pastor of Fresh Life Church located in Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Utah. He is the bestselling author of Through the Eyes of a Lion, Swipe Right, and I Declare War. Levi also travels the world speaking about Jesus. He and his wife, Jennie, have one son, Lennox, and four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven. 

In Emilee's opinion:

Take Back Your Life was the right book for me at this time. I needed a book to help me re-adjust and re-discover my own journey. This book is a 40-day interactive journey to thinking right so you can live right. Levi Lusko is a pastor of Fresh Life Church. He is a Christian just like me, someone who tries to align their lives with Christ. And isn't that what we all should be doing? We all have our own journey and our own path. What are we doing to contribute and encourage others?

Levi starts by saying, "Thank you, Jesus, for a seat at your table and for giving me the power to win the war against the version of me I don't want to be." That was a strong and wise statement because we are all trying to win the war against our own thoughts. "Like it or not, we all have a battle that we're constantly fighting." He tells us to look in the mirror. What do you see? Are things going the way we had planned? He said, "What if you woke up every day, looked at yourself in the mirror, and proclaimed what God says about you? 

You are loved. 
You are chosen.
You are called.
You are equipped.

But I had a bad week.
Loved. Called. Chosen. Equipped."

I loved this! I loved that he ended each chapter with a Prayer. He also shared something you could try asking Heavenly Father to help you with. Then Levi listed ideas to help one breathe, think, and live.

I not only marked the heck out of this book, I wrote on post its to help remind me of the words of advice that Levi gave. He didn't just write a book for himself, he wrote it for us and for those who need a fresh start...a way to get rid of negativity in their lives. I cried, I laughed and I was inspired. That is why we need to surround ourselves with good books. We need uplifting and inspiring books like Take back your life. And I'm not just saying these things because I'm doing a book review. I truly mean what I say. Just like Levi said, "You are complex, special, and one of a kind."  I sure am.

I'm also excited about this book because I learned that I am a genius. The definition of the word genius: "A person who is exceptionally intelligent. A person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally or in some particular respect." Wow! I am a genius. Did you know that Albert Einstein had trouble finding his house when he walked home from work everyday? I can do that in my sleep. I have maps in my head that help me find places I've been to. I'm not great at street names but I can find it if I've been there. True fact.

Another word of advice Levi gave was, "If you're going to take back your life, you're going to need to fight for it. It's time you fire yourself as your personal critic and rehire yourself as a coach." Wow! Truly profound! He also said, "You are unique. You are beautiful a work of art. You are God's poem. His masterpiece. You are what he thinks, not what you think." Again, these words were exactly what I needed to read. We need to be our own coaches. We need to also coach others and lift them up.

The hard chapters were on their way...Day 8-Day 10. Levi wrote about his daughter Lenya who had an asthma attack and died. This was tough on me. I have a daughter who has special needs. We were told she would only have a couple months to a couple of years. She is now seven but I still worry about the day that we have to go through grief and darkness. However, I know Christ will be in our lives. Some of what he shared hopefully will help me to breathe in and breathe out. I know what my calling is. My calling is to be a mother to my angel child. 

However, it is hard. Levi said, "Plus, hard times are a passport that gives you permission to go places you wouldn't get to any other way. Pain can open doors that would otherwise remain locked. There are avenues of influence. There are situations and opportunities you will stumble upon that would never have been yours had things gone well." I meet people all the time especially when we are out with our daughter, Elizabeth. People stop and stare and I've gotten used to it. They probably want to know why we have an angel living with us. They are curious why she has a cool purple mobile car (wheelchair). They wonder what she is thinking because she can't speak. They wonder... And in the meantime... I feel like Wonderwoman. I feel powerful being her mother. I feel tough lifting her wheelchair in and out of our van. I feel special.

I know this is probably the longest review I've written but this book has spoken to me. It helped me know that when I have a negative thought...I can recite scripture or sing hymns to bring in the spirit. We can be in a bad mood but lets not be held hostage for very long.  "When you feel like complaining, see yourself acting selfishly, or find yourself slipping into a bad mood, shoot a prayer to God that is full of joy and gratitude instead. Setting your mind on things above you is declaring war on low-level thinking." 

He ends by giving us a challenge. He called it 8-8-8. "What if you got eight hours of sleep on average a night? What if your goal was eight glasses of water a day? What if the first and last eight minutes of every day were given over to Jesus? I'm begging you, don't give up. You've got to fight. You've got to keep fighting. And then, after that, here's what you do: keep showing up. That is the fight. Just keep showing up every day (just like the story of the Leatherman Tool Group)."

Awesome Book! I definitely recommend it!
(It even comes with a bookmark)

Now...who wants to win a copy of Take back your life by Levi Lusko?

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Giveaway ends 8/28

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC and HCCP for providing this prize for the giveaway and review.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


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