Everyone has had that momentwe 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 Godand the rest of his peoplein his redemptive work. For when God calls and we look over our shoulder and answer, "Who, me?" God always emphatically answers, "Yes, you."
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About the Author
Deidra Riggs is an influential blogger at her own blog, JumpingTandem, as well as DaySpring's (in)courage and TheHighCalling.org, for which she is managing editor. She has been a speaker for TEDx and has organized her own women's retreat, hosting speakers like Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, and many more. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Learn more at deidrariggs.com
Table of Contents
Foreword Ann Voskamp 9
Part 1 Knowing Yourself
1 When You Miss the Mark 27
2 The Cherry Tree Has Got to Go 43
3 The Opposite of Fear 57
Part 2 Following God's Leading
4 You Want Me to Go Where? 77
5 Breathlessness 99
6 Pay Attention 113
Part 3 Taking the Next Step
7 The Gospel Needs to Be Lived 127
8 Every Little Thing 141
9 We Are the Lucky Ones 161
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. 'Every Little Thing' is a short read, but Riggs covers a lot of beautiful ground. 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. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Invitation to Adventure I may possibly have rolled my eyes a teensy bit as I glanced at the 3×5 card from my pocket: “Sing praise to the Lord for He has done gloriously. Let this be made known in all the earth,” Isaiah 12:5. It’s not that I disbelieve the first clause; no, it’s the scope of the second clause that triggered the response. However, today, pushing a lawnmower, hair like Medusa in a wild autumn breeze, my eye-rolling response went immediately into auto-correct, because I had already turned the final page of Every Little Thing by Deidra Riggs, and her words were still singing quietly under the injunction of that ancient prophet. The truth is that I am a small-platform kind of person, and if I want to make something known even “in all the house,” I’d better say it at the dinner table on an evening when everyone is home — and then hope that everyone was listening! It’s easy to feel insignificant, even obsolete, but I am learning that God has a different message to share: “Most of us will make a difference in this world, but not because of some grand or large-scale initiative. No, most of us will change our corner of the world and make an impact that stands the test of time through the small and seemingly insignificant [to us] interactions and decisions and conversations of our average days. We make a difference where we live, and incrementally, that place begins to shift.” What a relief to be reminded that my sandwich-making, mini-van driving, vegetable canning days are not inconsequential. In our culture of “go big or go home,” it is a gift to hear that faithfulness to God’s daily assignments in a particular time and place can make breathtaking changes — first of all, in me. A skilled story teller, Deidra starts us out in her little yellow childhood home on Sycamore Avenue or soaring over the earth in a stylish parachute, but before we know it, we’re in New Testament era Palestine, witnessing a close call with an impromptu execution. The strands of a tale twine like DNA, infusing the life of a lesson into the weaving, and straightening out the crooked fibers of the lies that we tell ourselves: •We feel small when we focus on our sin and forget grace. Instead of helplessly watching the parade as your record of wrongs struts itself before your eyes, claim the truth from Romans 8:1! No condemnation! •We feel small when fear stops serving us and starts controlling us. Every Little Thing unfolds the road map revealing that “trust is the pathway through fear.” I suspect that the reason Deidra’s words resonate with encouragement is that her high view of God translates into a high view of His people: “The voice of God breaks through the chaos, and the excellency of the power is of God and not of us, and it is so magnificent that it slips through and into the very fiber of our beings so that we have to still our hearts and catch our breath and trust that light scatters the darkness every time.” Every Little Thing trumpets the power of the timeless Gospel. We add nothing to it by all our goodness, and we take nothing away from it in all our brokenness. Visit Deidra’s blog, Jumping Tandem, and read more about Every Little Thing, as well as a wealth of other encouraging words. This book was provided by BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsemen
I'm a pretty black-and-white person, so sometimes it's hard for me to truly get my head around the depth and breadth of God's love for me personally. This beautiful book articulates that love in such a refreshing, honest, real, poignant way, I was finally able to catch a glimpse of it and believe it in my heart. Deidra Riggs is a master storyteller. Her words invite you in and make you feel as if you are sitting on a cozy couch, your feet tucked under you, a warm cup of coffee in your hand. She'll make you laugh or nod your head in recognition, and then, in the next moment, you'll find yourself awash in tears or exhaling in awe at the magnitude of God's love. If you've ever felt lost, or wondered what in the world your purpose is, or even questioned whether God has any role for you at all in his kingdom here on earth, this book will convince you once and for all that God does indeed have something beautiful planned for you. You'll turn the last page of Every Little Thing exhilarated by the possibilities and filled with a new understanding of God's limitless capacity for love.
In general, I tend to doubt myself and compare myself to what others around me are doing. I often wonder what I could possibly add to the Great Conversation that hasn't already been said or what contribution I could make to a world rife with big troubles and grand programs. In short, I am well acquainted with feeling "less than." And then I read a gem of a book like Every Little Thing and I am reminded that God has a completely different take on me and my place in the world. Deidra's words envelope with grace, love and acceptance all throughout this book. At every turn, Deidra speaks with the gentleness of a dear friend and with the wisdom of one who knows your struggles. Her words and her spirit beautifully communicate the exact message that God longs for each of us to hear and know. We are loved. Period. Then, with the patience of one steeped in kindness and love, she reminds us that our response to such is the same: We, too, are to love. Period. THIS. This is the good news.
What if we woke each morning believing our lives, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW count in the Kingdom of God? Deidra Rigg's treasure of a book opened my eyes and heart to understand the entry way to the stunningly beautiful room of our BIG dreams for God is most often the mudroom of being faithful today. Her moving to Nebraska experience resonated in the deepest parts of my soul. God moved me from Washington DC to northeast Ohio. Almost eight years later I am still disgruntled at this place. It is my wilderness. As hard as it has been I see how this tiny little town with little people and little ministry has enlarged my territory for God and stretched my capacity to know and be known by Him in ways my favorite big city never could have or would have. I see how the testing and the trials of the long desert journey have molded me for the next step and the next, leading me on to "the good life." Deidra writes, "God is in the wilderness. Go there. You can trust him to meet you right in the middle of your wild and worn and weary places. Take off your shoes. Tear off your pretense. Skip over the polite conversation. It's you he wants. Simply you." What is the next step? Be salt and light TODAY. Section three of "Every Little Thing" will bring you to your knees at the foot of the cross. Have you forgotten what the gospel of Christ means? "The gospel in its very basic form, gives us all the direction we need. Love God, and then love people the same way you love yourself. . . The gospel of Jesus Christ doesn't not need us to make it anything more than it already is. What the gospel of Jesus Christ invites us to do is to be exactly who we are, in the places we find ourselves, and to be infused with the salty goodness that comes when we surrender our lives and our agendas and our hopes and dreams to the power and control of the Holy Spirit." This book will grab you in places you felt numb and bring them back to life. It will get you up off the face to the floor soul searching it invites and get you motivated to be living the gospel and making it count today and everyday in EVERY LITTLE THING.
Deidra Riggs writes in a manner that invites you into her living room to visit and talk. She encourages and informs. She welcomes you and makes you laugh. She shares of herself and asks questions about you. In this book she reminds you that "you are not beyond God's reach, no matter how far off track you may have wandered." In the wilderness of our life she tells us "God is in the wilderness. Go there. You can trust him to meet you right in the middle of your wild and worn and weary places. Take off your shoes. Tear off your pretense. Skip over the polite conversation. It's you he wants. Simply you." She encourages the reader to open up. To let God in. To go there...to do the thing that He is calling you to do...be brave. Be willing and realize that we really can make a world of difference right where we are.