What does it mean to be ‘born free’? Can we hear the call to be still and know God? Can we really appreciate, even remotely, that we are citizens of God’s kingdom, and apply that assurance to the way we live? Or do we scurry around like the proverbial ant, anxious to earn our place, keeping our heads down under a heavy yoke of our own making? Might we instead draw a lesson from the lioness, adopt her posture of attentive stillness, and live, as Eugene Peterson put it so memorably, ‘freely and lightly’?
In this profoundly empowering book, Katharine Hill explores how we can experience the love of God more deeply and truly flourish even while fulfilling the considerable responsibilities of work, bringing up a family and the complex demands of contemporary life.
Bringing a wealth of experience from the corporate sphere, from representing the interests of the family to government, on national media and internationally; from working with families of every kind and, not least, from bringing up her own, Katharine Hill speaks directly from the heart. She pinpoints issues that are problematic in our society and offers practical guidance in navigating our distracting world while also learning to stop, be still, and make space for God’s redeeming work in our lives.
What people are saying
“I loved reading Born Free. Katharine understands the issues around wellbeing and the dynamics of modern family and work pressures, and invites us each of us to consider how we might live more deliberately, simply and freely. Packed with ancient wisdom and modern insight, this book suggests we can indeed flourish in the midst of our demanding lives. Highly recommended!”Cathy MadavanSpeaker, writer, broadcaster and author of Why Less Means More
“In a society that adores talent from the stage, Katharine Hill is an emerging sage. And the Church desperately needs her voice. She is sharp and sane and if you want to know what it means to be Born Free, this is the book for you.”Daniel GrothePastor and author of The Power of Place
“Katharine Hill’s newest book combines a delicious concoction of biblical wisdom, investigative journalism, and targeted research with imminently practical advice from a woman of warmth and grace. Sit down to this feast, that—if you let it— will change the way you do the rest of your life. You’ll push away from the table empowered to answer the call to ‘be still, know God, and flourish in a hectic world’!”Phil and Diane ComerFounders of Intentional Parents International, and authors of Raising Passionate Jesus Followers; the power of intentional parenting
“Born Free touched my soul. Experience, so candidly described, opens a window into what is a common experience for many of us. It is the conflict between our heart’s desire to know God in a deeper way and and the lived reality of the relentless activity and hurriedness that militates against that. If we long for change, this book is a great place to start.”Rob ParsonsChairman and Founder of Care for the Family
“Covid made Katharine Hill stop! The lessons she learned are ones I too glimpsed but foolishly did not pause to ponder. I thank God she did, because there are so many insights about our souls, our Sundays, our phones, our driven-ness and our rhythms of life, which we neglect at our peril. I also found this such an engaging, well-illustrated book, that I feel I could give it to any of my friends, regardless of their beliefs. It's a real tool for evangelism as well, as everyone reflects on their Covid journey.”Rico TiceCo-author of Christianity Explored, Evangelist and Senior Minister at All Souls, Langham Place
“In Born Free, Katharine tells her own story and it is both gripping and highly relevant to each one of us in the modern age. With her sharp mind and compelling style, Katharine uses lessons from the story of Elsa the lioness to describe what if means to live ‘freely and lightly from a place of attentive stillness’. You will love this book!”Nicky and Sila LeeFounders of The Marriage Course and authors of The Parenting Book
“Many will identify with Katharine’s longing to love God more and the challenges of doing so in our busy, distracting world. So her hard-won wisdom shared with vulnerability and humility are a wonderful gift to those who seek to make space for the transforming work of God in the everyday.”Tracy CotterellManaging Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
“When I read that Katharine Hill wrote this book for people like her, and she listed the struggles faced by Christians wanting to make a difference in the world while battling the relentless demands of a busy life, I found myself ticking almost every box. I’ve spent much of my life relying on performance to prove my worth. By the time I got to the end of the book, I felt lighter. I’d been challenged, encouraged and supported, with practical ideas to help me find space to experience the presence of God while living out my calling to minister in my family, business, community and church.
Through her wonderful use of relatable personal stories and preparedness to show her own vulnerability, Katharine manages to teach valuable lessons about how to order our priorities as Christians in today’s world, and to provide very practical ideas about how to stick to them.
Though eminently readable, this isn’t a book to be rushed through but to savour, to absorb a chapter at a time, to reflect on the questions at the end of each, to allow God to speak to you and ‘cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he turns us more into the image of Christ.'”Joelle Warren MBELawyer and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire
“Rarely have I sensed, as I did with Born Free, that a book had been “lived out” in practice long before it was “written out” on paper. It is clearly the case that contemporary culture is craving silence, solitude and centredness. And here we have an invitation – indeed an initiation – into a life that is both inspiring and practical, spiritual and human, and beautiful in every way.”Pete Greig24-7 Prayer International and Emmaus Rd Church, UK