Book Review: Every Little Thing

every little thingIn Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are Diedra Riggs writes from her experiences along her life’s journey about how we need not focus on doing something big for God. Instead of procrastinating or dismissing ourselves from being used by God due to daunting ideas of grand gospel adventures, we can take a look at the everyday around us.

Her writing in winsome and designed to help you ponder who you are, where you are, and how God may be speaking to you right now.  She gives helpful advice in encouraging the reader to try taking action and trusting in God, even when we aren’t sure if it is God’s leading or our own head, prompting us to do something that could show love or the gospel.  This helpful tip helps the reader get dislodged from fear and acting in faith, seeing a ‘failure’ as just another way of learning God.

I did disagree with one part of the book regarding conviction and condemnation. I fully agree that there is a world of difference between the two for the Christian; the former from God the latter from the Devil.  What I would disagree with is her putting “guilt” and “shame” in the area of condemnation.

For sure shame belongs there as shame says “You (the person) are wrong/condemned” which is not the case for those in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). But guilt says, “Your action is wrong” which can very well come from God as even Christians still commit sins. The good news is that the knowledge of guilt in the form of conviction from the Spirit is intended to draw the person to God and His grace. The conviction is intended so that the Christian can confess their guilt and be washed clean and experience the restored relationship with God (1 John 1:7-9).

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Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers http://www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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