It seems like maybe we're realizing that it is the "little" things that matter. The ordinary. The common. The familiar. The obvious-to-the-point-of-being-invisible. The unheralded happenings that may make us smile or drive us crazy, but either way they put the color in the lines and curves of our larger life.
After all, what is a "good life" except X number of accumulated days lived well? Day after day, the little things: forgiving and being forgiven, picking our way through the forest of choices and trying to choose right, prizing healthy relationships over all else, being open to hearing God instead of just our stubborn selves.
In "Every Little Thing" Deidra Riggs explores that truth- God made you to live well, and you don't need any other raw materials than the life you already have. "God is in the wilderness," she writes. "Go there. He will 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."
This is a book for anyone who feels a little closed in. A little desperate. A little worried that maybe it all means nothing, maybe it's not enough, maybe you aren't going anywhere worthwhile after all. This is a book for someone who needs to hear some truth- that we are coming into something good, and something of God is coming to us.
I wish I could describe "Every Little Thing" more thoroughly, but it's not the kind of book that lends itself to a bulleted list of topics. So if I've piqued your interest, do try it.
I thank Baker books for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.