As part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour for Don’t Go Through Life Naked, please join me in welcoming Susan B. Mead to the blog today
With over 22 years in corporate American, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelf, an MBA hanging on the wall, and a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan B Mead shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships. A master storyteller and award winning, best selling author, Susan leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle.
Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.
Why do I feel like I’m going through life naked if I’m following God faithfully?
The Bible tells you the war has already been won, yet some days you simply feel undone.
The enemy of your soul wants you to feel out of control…overwhelmed, outwitted and under resourced. When you listen to the lies the enemy weaves in your marriage, finances, relationships, and health, he wreaks havoc. Steals your joy. Kills your hope. And aims to not only dull, but destroy the power of God in your life.
In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Susan B. Mead shares her own deeply personal experiences with feeling exposed and engaging the enemy—from the recurring nightmares of childhood to the loss of her son and perceived judgment of others.
With scriptural insight, let’s-get-real vulnerability, and a wry sense of humor, Mead helps readers:
– Toss out misconceptions about spiritual warfare to understand what Jesus really said about your spiritual authority and the certainty you have in him. – Know what to pray to steady your soul and restore your confidence. – Stop feeling overrun by the enemy and start believing the authority of God abides in you to overcome.
In Don’t Go through Life Naked, Mead provides strong spiritual weapons for your life through the scripture of God’s prayer book, the Bible. These weapons enable you to successfully clothe yourself in God’s power and promises every day.
A portion of the proceeds of Don’t Go through Life Naked will benefit Proverbs 31 Ministries to help them continue teaching biblical truth and taking the hope of Jesus to women and families around the world.
Hi Susan! Welcome to the blog!
Susan: Apples – an apple a day…
Carrie: indeed! Plus they’re tasty – best kind of preventive medicine
Susan: Summer! Cold hurts.
Carrie: I hate sweating so I’m sticking with the cold 😉
Susan: Cats – yet we have a dog too.
Carrie: Dogs rule! lol
Susan: Coffee, yet I love a great cup of tea.
Carrie: best of both worlds…
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Susan: Helping others find calm in the chaos of life
Carrie: So desperately needed these days ♥
Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
1) The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer – Tozer’s use of the English language wraps around my head and heart in such a way that I long to fervently pursue God.
2) Blessings and Curses: You Can Choose by Derek Prince & Mahesh Chavda – This book addresses the Biblical blessings and curses in such a way that you WANT every blessing – and you now understand how to obtain them.
3) Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen – This book walks you through the characters of the story – the wayward son, the judgmental older son and the loving father – in such a way that you see yourself in each character
4) Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby – Life Changing workbook. Over 8 million people experienced God through this workbook in the first 25 years of publication.
5) The Purple Book: Biblical Foundations for Building Strong Disciples by Rice Broocks – Even though I was raised in a Christian home, I learned SO MUCH from the Purple Book.
And I might have to barter for one more – Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson!
Carrie: Oh you’ve got some of my fave teachers in that list – Tozer, Nouwen, Blackaby (Experiencing God IS life-changing)
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Susan: In my office painted a beautiful shade of turquoise with a little red suede love seat nested against the back wall – there is room for me – and God! It looks out over the lake and my bird feeder. The window is a stained glass inserted with two red hearts. The setting is simply serene.
Carrie: i love those colors! Sounds blissful!
Q: What surprised you as you wrote this book?
Susan: How much revelation from scripture leapt off the pages of the Bible, requiring it be included in the book!
We don’t fight against flesh and blood according to Paul in Ephesians 6 as the full armor of God is addressed. We fight against the following:
Principalities and Powers
Evil, spiritual forces of evil
See the first letter in each of those words? R A P E jumped out of the Bible as God whispered He is always protecting us from rape – spiritual rape.
I simply heard ARMOR UP. Don’t go through life naked and exposed to the enemy.
Carrie: I’d have to more research on my own on the acronym but I can totally get behind ARMOR UP! Yes!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Don’t Go Through Life Naked?
Susan: In James 4:7, we read:
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
And in Revelation 16:15, we read:
“Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”
God gives each one of us authority to resist the enemy.
It is my job, and yours too, to submit to God. Then we can resist the devil and he will flee. That is GOOD NEWS! Plus we are instructed to come boldly to the Throne Room, so go!
We have been given notice that Jesus is returning. Are you ready? Or will you be caught naked and ashamed? I pray each one of us is prepared in advance of His return.
My job is simply to share the message.
Carrie: Thankful that His blood covers me ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Susan: One of my next books will be The Power of Love –Most of us are simply seeking love and acceptance in life, yet there is a generation that does not know who they are so how can they know Whose they are? God is love, so if they know love they know a little bit about God. I wonder – do they know God is pursuing them?
To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle Oasis preloaded with her ebooks along with an autographed copy of her book Don’t Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power.