Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Every Little Thing: A Book Review

About The Book:

Everyone has had that moment--we see a need and we think, Someone really should do something about that, never imagining that we might be the answer. We don't have the time, the expertise, the money. We've got careers to manage, bills to pay, meals to prepare, and families to attend to. Besides, who are we to think we can change the world?

In this encouraging and empowering book, Deidra Riggs calls you to accept God's invitation to join him in making a difference right where you are, right now. She shows you that you were created with a purpose and with the capacities to fulfill that purpose. And she reminds you that while it's not up to you to fix the world, it is up to you to join God--and his people--in his redemptive work.

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Deidra Riggs is an influential blogger who writes at her own blog, Jumping Tandem, as well as DaySpring's (in)courage and TheHighCalling.org, for which she is managing editor. She has been a speaker for TEDx and women's retreats. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Nebraska. Learn more at deidrariggs.com.

My Review:

When you pick up a book, and it's foreward is written by none other than Ann Voskamp, and has endorsements from folks like Sarah Bessey, Holley Gerth, Jennie Allen and Rene Swope, you know you are holding something very, very special in your hands. And you know that it has the potential to change the life of whomever will read it. 

That is the case for Every Little Thing. This book. BLEW. MY. MIND. Seriously, I need to get another copy of it just for sharing with others (I love loaning books out!) because the writing and notes and highlighter will drive whomever reads my copy crazy. Not since One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and Longing For Paris by Sara Mae, have I been challenged so much as I have in reading Every Little Thing.

One problem I have, and many other women have, is thinking that we have to do so much more or we are not worth anything. This is a lie. We don't have to find the cure for cancer, or write a life changing book to be of worth to those in our lives. We just need to be right where we are and do that which Christ has called us to do. Even folding laundry and making spaghetti and meatballs! But more than that, in our everyday, we are called to make a difference through our prayer lives, and through our everyday lives. 

There were so many amazing parts to this book that hit me where I am and challenged me so deeply, but here are a few that I want to share with you:

-God delights in us, and He has asked us to be His hands and feet in the world. He doesn't need us but has chosen to work out His will through us (p. 115)

-No matter where you live out your calling, whether in your home with three rambunctious toddlers or in an arena of tens of thousands, the act of worship is intimate and personal. Because of the gospel - the Good News - we enter into the Holy of Holies, behind the viel. It is no small thing. (p. 132)

-Whether we respond to the call of God by extending kindness to our difficult neighbor or by traveling over the ocean to speak to thousands of conference attendees, the act of living out the gospel as a response to the invitation  and call of God is intimate and not to be compared with anyone else's act of worship (p. 133)

-Peace, the shalom of God, is peace because it dares to dip its head and seek us out in the caves and the closets and the dark recesses of our minds where we tremble and doubt and shiver with pain. We hide in search of peace, and yet the strange and oddly discomforting quality of peace is this: it is the peace of God that seeks us out, and when it finds us, we are often in the lowest places. It is beyond our comprehension. It passes right by our understanding. And when it wraps its tender arms around us, peace lures us out of hiding by seeing right through us to who we really have been all along. (p. 146

-God hears our desire for purpose; He knows when our dreams have turned to dust and all we know to do is figure out how to eat that last meal before giving it all up for good. "Make the bread", he says to us when we find ourselves scraping the bottom of the barrel and coming up with nothing. Do the next thing. Do the next, small thing. God is not measuring by the world's standards. God set the world in motion, and God is making all things new - every little thing. (p. 150)

AMAZING! This book is one that I rocked my world and took me to a place that was scary and emotional but so necessary. I cannot say enough about how much I love this book and the heart of the author! What I, and you, do matters. Every little thing we do matters! Just do it, for Him and His glory! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Every Little Thing at your favorite Christian retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Communications Inc., and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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