Shine: Stepping into the Role You Were Made For

Shine: Stepping into the Role You Were Made For

by Allison Allen

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Shine: Stepping into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen

It's time you stepped into the light of God's role for you

Actors aren't the only ones who play characters. Many of us do, much of the time. We walk into a room, figure out who we're supposed to be in this context, slip into character, and say the lines we know we should say. We become someone else. Maybe we tell ourselves it's some version of us, but deep down we know this inauthentic character is not what God wants for our lives--and it's not what we want either.

With fascinating personal stories and sharp insight into human nature, former actor Allison Allen calls you to drop the brave act and step into the role of a lifetime--being your real self in Christ, no matter what the critics might say. She gives you permission to talk about, rather than around, the things you feel, freeing you to step out of the shadows and into the light of God's true calling.


"The life-giving content on these pages has the power to fill your sails with holy wind and literally change the trajectory of your story!"--Lisa Harper, bestselling author and Bible teacher

"In this book, Allison shares stories of conquering fear, pain, and rejection that uniquely paved the way toward growth, joy, and wisdom. She teaches us to rise above it all and experience God's beautiful light. You will most definitely be inspired."--Scott Hamilton, Olympic figure skating champion; sports commentator; inspirational speaker; cancer survivor

"Through Allison's beautifully transparent story, you and I are encouraged to step out of the shadows of fear and self-doubt and, in Jesus's name, shine!"--Sheila Walsh, bestselling author of In the Middle of the Mess; co-host of LIFE Today

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800728199
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 279,658
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Allison Allen is a graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University and appeared in 650 performances of the Broadway production of Grease. A former Women of Faith dramatist and current Bible teacher, she speaks to women at conferences and retreats around the country, exploring themes of purpose, value, and identity in original and unexpected ways. She lives with her family in Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Dear Friend 11

1 All the World's a Stage 13

2 The Brave Act and Character Shoes 27

3 Ancient Character Shoes 42

4 What's in a Name? 51

5 Spitting Out the Poison 66

Before the Curtain Rises: An Allegory 83

6 Finding Your Light 87

7 Empty Spotlights 99

8 Finer Points of Light 115

9 Trusting the Director 129

10 You Are What You Rehearse 143

11 Waiting in the Wings 154

12 Being in the Moment vs. Stealing the Light 164

13 Understudy Graces 176

14 The Places You'll Go 188

15 Despite the Critics 203

16 The Show Must Go On 219

17 Blackouts and Glow Tape 228

18 The Role of a Lifetime 236

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 249

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Shine: Stepping into the Role You Were Made For 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
benhli38 More than 1 year ago
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. ~ Matthew 5:16, New King James; John 15:8, New Living Translation Have you ever been called out to do something far better and greater than you ever imagined before? Allison Allen hits and makes that point over and over again with her book Shine. Sometimes we lose ourselves thinking we can't do what it is we're called to do. For Allison she speaks a great deal about the stage fright she goes through. I've even experienced it myself, but I'm no actor. In my life, I have always enjoyed music, making music and playing it on guitar. I have given my utmost in recording my music as well as playing on a stage, even if I was the only one on it. Let me tell you this: it's scary business up there. You have those hot lights on you, your palms sweat, there's a chance you forget the lyrics (which has happened once before). All of that to say that you can beat it if you speak those fears down. I found out who I truly was when my late uncle passed away. A lot of people who loved him came and no one but myself and one of his friends spoke about him. I found out from everyone, in regards to my uncle, how much he meant to all of us. The kind of person he was and how he best lived his life. On that day, I had no fear whatsoever. What was the difference? For myself, I have to admit I felt more in my element speaking than I did singing and playing guitar. To me that was far scarier than speaking the truth about someone I loved and truly cared for. I felt set apart for something far greater since then. Having read Allison's book, Shine, I remember a great deal of what it felt like to speak up; to doing more than being on stage attempting something I cannot do in favor for something I can do. It reminds me of what Jesus said, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32, New Living Translation). And that's the reality of it. I trust and believe in Jesus far more than in my own strength on any given day. With Him I feel I can do anything. Without Him I can't do any thing. I received a free copy of this book from Revell in the hopes for my honest feedback.
benhli38 More than 1 year ago
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. ~ Matthew 5:16, New King James; John 15:8, New Living Translation Have you ever been called out to do something far better and greater than you ever imagined before? Allison Allen hits and makes that point over and over again with her book Shine. Sometimes we lose ourselves thinking we can't do what it is we're called to do. For Allison she speaks a great deal about the stage fright she goes through. I've even experienced it myself, but I'm no actor. In my life, I have always enjoyed music, making music and playing it on guitar. I have given my utmost in recording my music as well as playing on a stage, even if I was the only one on it. Let me tell you this: it's scary business up there. You have those hot lights on you, your palms sweat, there's a chance you forget the lyrics (which has happened once before). All of that to say that you can beat it if you speak those fears down. I found out who I truly was when my late uncle passed away. A lot of people who loved him came and no one but myself and one of his friends spoke about him. I found out from everyone, in regards to my uncle, how much he meant to all of us. The kind of person he was and how he best lived his life. On that day, I had no fear whatsoever. What was the difference? For myself, I have to admit I felt more in my element speaking than I did singing and playing guitar. To me that was far scarier than speaking the truth about someone I loved and truly cared for. I felt set apart for something far greater since then. Having read Allison's book, Shine, I remember a great deal of what it felt like to speak up; to doing more than being on stage attempting something I cannot do in favor for something I can do. It reminds me of what Jesus said, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32, New Living Translation). And that's the reality of it. I trust and believe in Jesus far more than in my own strength on any given day. With Him I feel I can do anything. Without Him I can't do any thing. I received a free copy of this book from Revell in the hopes for my honest feedback.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
William Shakespeare once said, All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players." Along that line, Allison Allen uses her experience as an actor to relate acting to our role as Christians in the world through her new book, Shine. Allen relates how actors play roles on a stage to how many of us play roles in real life without becoming our true selves. Allen shares personal stories and Biblical stories to encourage readers of Shine to becomes their real selves in Christ. Allen also uses a lot of stage terms and definitions and relates those to her life. She mixes her thoughts on living for Christ in with the information quite well leaving the reader with having learned a lot about both areas. Then, at the end of each chapter, she offers a Sparkler question or something to think about to apply that chapter to your life. I enjoyed Shine from cover to cover. I have never done any acting but I found Allen's descriptions of what actors use for props, stage information, and roles they play to be very interesting in itself. Then relating those props and roles to real life made it even more interesting. My word for the year is delight. I especially found the chapter, "What's in a name?" to be helpful to me personally. I could see where I had taken on some names in my life that God no longer wanted me to wear as a new creature in Christ. I especially liked the verse at the start of the chapter, Isaiah 62:4 where God no longer calls anyone Rejected but instead you will be called Hephzibah, meaning My Delight. That just really hit home with me and Allen helped me see that verse was speaking to me personally. Shine is an uplifting and encouraging book that I think most people could enjoy reading and learning from. I think this would be a good book to use in a book group too. The questions and thoughts at the end of each chapter could make for good group discussion. I received a copy of Shine from Revell Reads through the Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was the most sharp writing and compelling to read with also are very inspired and offering us to stepping out of the shadows of fear, pain, and into the light of God’s true calling. The story of this book will guiding you to speak out to the sleeping part of you that want to need to be awake and this something need to be builds a stage for your heart to believe that all has given you to divine role in the glorious light of the God had plan for all of us. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour program for this review “.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of SHINE: STEPPING INTO THE ROLE YOU WERE MADE FOR by Allison Allen from Revell in exchange for an honest review. This is a self-help book, but its more than that. It feels like a conversation between you and the author. Those are my favorite kinds of books. They suck you in and it is a pleasure to read. You actually forget that you’re reading “lessons.” Allison Allen offers plenty of insight and personal stories about her growth. She doesn’t just lecture, but connects it with her own experiences. The book is about rising up over hardships. It is about not letting fear keep you down, not letting rejections beat you into a pulp. On my current process to finding a new job, I needed that part the most. The book really isn’t about one thing in general, so everyone should be able to find something in here to help improve his or her life.