Love Riot by Sara Barratt: Author Interview, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.
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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How does writing non-fiction affect you personally?
Writing non-fiction forces me to go deeper—into Scripture, into my walk with God, even into the recesses of my own heart. It requires me to honestly evaluate my walk with Christ and ask myself questions such as, “Am I talking about Jesus more than I’m talking to Him?” It also reveals areas of my own weakness and vulnerability and leads me to rely upon God’s strength, because I realize how little I have on my own. Writing non-fiction has helped me grow as a person and as a follower of Christ, because it’s led me on a journey of trust and reliance. Those journeys are always worth taking!
How do you deal with the emotional impact of writing a book?
Surrender. Again and again and again. After pouring so much of my heart into a book, it’s easy to want to control the results. How will people respond? What if there are critics or negative reviews? What if everyone misinterprets what I intended to say? I’ve learned the only antidote to these fears is to lay them at the feet of Jesus time and again. I believe writing can be an offering of praise to God as I follow through in obedience to write what He’s placed on my heart. My heart, my book, my life are always safe with Him and I can trust Him with each.
What do you like to read?/What books are on your nightstand at the moment?
I enjoy a variety of genres! As a non-fiction writer, other non-fiction books are always on my TBR, but I also love a good story. I’m currently about to dive into David Platt’s latest book, Something Needs to Change, and I’m also starting Patti Callahan’s Becoming Mrs. Lewis. As a long-time C.S. Lewis fan, I’m fascinated to learn more about this aspect of his life!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
It might sound strange, but when I’m not writing, I love cooking and doing housework. Seriously. There’s something about those two tasks that contrasts the mental work of writing that I find both fun and mentally rejuvenating. And yes, I know I’m strange… wink
What is your favorite thing about writing non-fiction?
Two things: 1. I love sharing favorite stories through non-fiction. I’m a story-loving gal at heart and I love sprinkling my non-fiction with true-life stories about heroes today and throughout history. And 2: I love it when God speaks truth into my heart so clearly through His Word or I have an “Aha!” moment that I just can’t wait to write down. I feel God guiding my writing during those moments so powerfully. While they’re sometimes few and far between, the memory of those times keeps me going when writing is
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.
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To celebrate her tour, Sara is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!!