Yesterday we were treated to a guest post by Deidra Riggs, author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are.
Firstly, allow me to introduce the lovely Deidra:
Deidra Riggs is the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are (Baker Books). She is managing editor at The High Calling, and a monthly contributor to (in)courage.
Deidra and her husband live in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are the proud parents of two adult children, and happy inhabitants of an empty nest.
I had such a wonderful time recording the following video with Deidra. She is the real deal.
Listen below as Deidra shares words of wisdom and encouragement for all who question their significance in this life:
As you can see from this quote I read in the interview, Deidra cuts straight to the heart in her book:
These are difficult questions. Questions worthy of a long pause and serious, soul-searching reflection.
In fact, the whole book will make you stop and think long and hard about how you view your own purpose and influence in this world.
In her book, Deidra tackles subjects including fear and trust, obedience, significance and surrender, and what it means to live out the gospel.
She weaves biblical examples throughout the chapters, illustrating from Scripture how we can relate to the characters in the Bible and glean from their experiences with God.
One thing I appreciated about Every Little Thing was how easy it was to read. I found myself caught up in Deidra’s storytelling as if she were sitting across from me at a coffee shop. She is engaging and easy to relate to. In spite of the many challenges it poses, this book is inspiring and motivating, not burdensome. It left me feeling bolstered and spurred on to pursue the good works that God has planned in advance for me to do.
If you’re questioning your significance in this world, this book is for you.
If you wonder whether your life is making a difference, this book is for you.
If you doubt that your small contributions have any impact whatsoever — read this book, and be encouraged.
Favorite quotes (warning: there are many!):
“Could it be that the biggest obstacle to receiving grace is refusing to admit our deep and aching need for it?”
“We build trust in God by taking one small step in his direction and finding out he will always be there to catch us.”
“Many times God’s invitations are not at all what we’d expect them to be.”
If you missed Deidra’s guest post on God in the wilderness, click here. Here are a few of the many lines that struck me from that chapter:
“As much as we want to resist it, in the wilderness of our lives, God works to transform us more and more into the image of his Son and a reflection of his character.”
“When we’ve allowed the wilderness experience to strip us down to ‘simply me,’ we are just the right size for God’s big plans.”
“God walks every step of the wilderness journey with us, and he shapes us as we make our way through.”
The chapter entitled, “Breathlessness” was one of my favorites.
What are you striving for? What lies have you believed from the world about grasping for significance and meaning in this life? What do you need to release and surrender in order to find true significance in Christ?
As you can see from the many quotes above, you probably shouldn’t read this book unless you’re prepared to be both challenged and changed — in a good way.
In conjunction with the release of Every Little Thing, Deidra has partnered with ViBella Jewelry, a fabulous fair trade company that employs artisans from Haiti and Mexico. ViBella’s mission is to bring hope and healing to the artisans, their families, and their communities.
Here’s one piece featured in the Every Little Thing collection. It’s called the Alexandra Bracelet:
ViBella also has the Kyla bracelet, which is available here:
And that’s not all! There’s a giveaway!
Baker Books, publisher of Every Little Thing, and Dayspring are offering a copy of Deidra’s book PLUS this beautiful Everlasting Light Shine necklace to one winner!
Click here to order the necklace from Dayspring.com while it’s still on sale.
Enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway closes at midnight EST on Sunday, November 29th, and is only open to those with a U.S. mailing address.
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