Monday, November 16, 2015

Every Little Thing {Review}

Every Little Thing
Every Little Thing by Deidra Riggs
Visit the Author's website HERE
Publisher: Baker Books
 Publishing Date: October 6, 2015
Everyone has had that moment--we see a need in our church, our school, our neighborhood, our family, or our world and we think, Someone really should get to work on that, never imagining that we might be the answer to that need. 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 readers to accept God's invitation to join him in making a difference right where they are, regardless of their current life stage. She shows readers that they were created with a purpose and with the capacities to fulfill that purpose. And she reminds them that it's not up to us to fix the world, but it is up to us to join God--and the rest of his people--in his redemptive work. For when God calls and we look over our shoulder and answer, "Who, me?" God always emphatically answers, "Yes, you."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Buy a copy today! 

My Thoughts:
Welcome Riggs to the world of bloggers turned authors! (Such as this recent read...)

Loved this way more than I expected too. I've read books on passion or dreams plenty of times in the past. Often those books assume you already have a dream in mind and are trying to encourage you to pursue it finally. Or they try to help you discover your life dream by asking your passions. What if your passions are reading? Not much to go on....

Riggs' approach is to help us see how it is not about a big life dream/goal/purpose but rather that we are created to do God's work. That is our purpose. And He alone will give us everything we need to fulfill that purpose. It's about looking around us and seeing the needs and joining in with God.

This book isn't just about dreams and achieving them, but is for those of us who have forgotten how to dream. 

She keeps the focus on God and His Word by using Biblical examples of people who were just ordinary people, 'less than' people. Each person Riggs highlighted were inspiring and real; they weren't heroes, they were us. The author herself isn't one of those big wigs talking down to us about dreams from their lofty perches, she is one of us too. Perhaps that is why I was so easily capable of connecting with her and her writing. 

'Every Little Thing' is a short read, but Riggs covers a lot of beautiful ground. Formatted perfectly, the usual non-fiction paragraph breaks were mostly non-existent here. I know those section breaks are to help break up the chapters into smaller bite-sized reads, easy for picking up and putting down. Too often, however, those breaks just take me right out of the reading. 'Every Little Thing' was smooth sailing. The writing captures the reader, so you won't want to put it down anyways. 

This book is easily 5 stars. I recommend it to those who have forgotten how to dream or may have just given up on it. No. You are NOT the only one. And we can still be used for God's glorious works. 

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