Book Review: I Give Up ​by Laura Story

Updated: Aug 11


Most of us long to be in control—of our schedule, our relationships, and our future.

Newlywed Laura Story thought she had control over the great life ahead of her. After all, she followed Jesus and had a promising new job as a worship leader. Why would God not want to fulfill her dreams?

But when Laura and her husband, Martin, faced a brain tumor, infertility, and a son’s birth defect, she realized she’d been looking for a happiness that comes from circumstances, rather than a deeper joy that comes from God.



Available from leading booksellers nationwide, such as C.U.M. Books, Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Wordsworth Books, PNA – As well as online at C.U.M. Books, Loot and Takealot.


Reviewed by: Tebogo Segoje


Tell us a bit about yourself:

Tebogo is a 45 year old wife and mother, who loves the LORD and loves hearing from HIM.  Tebogo serves as a deacon at her church, Grace Cov Church in Centurion, South Africa.


What drew you to read this book? The title of the book caught my attention as one of the things that I pray about consistently is my level of faith.  I am always making plan A, B, C and D.


What impact did this book make on your life? It gave me the tools to let go of the control of my life and give it to God.  I have been finding the concept of FAITH overwhelming until I read this book and learned how to let go and surrender to God. ​ Laura's personal experiences with motherhood and as a wife also helped me learn a lot about handling challenges that one is not prepared for.  I also loved how Laura used the examples from the bible of people who surrendered their lives to God and how it worked for them.


What is the main point of this book? Letting go of our control over our life and surrendering it to God.  Believing what God's Word says about us and to us and using that to lead a life that God has planned for us.   To learn from the word of God itself and be liberated.


Who would benefit from reading this book? Letting go of our control over our life and surrendering it to God.  Believing what God's Word says about us and to us and using that to lead a life that God has planned for us.   To learn from the word of God itself and be liberated.

Published by Thomas Nelson and distributed by Struik Christian Media All comments are the reviewers own.

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