About the Book:
(Brentwood, TN) â€“ Do you ever feel like life is getting the best of you? Do you routinely question if this is really all there is? Do you wish you had more time and energy to focus on family, friends and other important, worthwhile ventures? Donâ€™t miss the big pictureâ€”life ahead looks good!
Day-to-day life responsibilities, coupled with the ordinary consequences for each decision, create stress upon stress if we let it pile up. The world is crying for reliefâ€”for something more. Life coach and well-known author Steve Diggsâ€™ latest release, Lifeâ€™s Too Short to Miss the Big Picture, challenges readers to focus on making each day count for something important.
With seventy short Life Note chapters Diggs shares small dragon-slaying habits each reader can develop to see big long-term results. With chapter titles like â€œEat Your Problems for Breakfastâ€ and â€œStop Petting Piranhas,â€ the author delivers single takeaway points with humor and honesty. Reading a Steve Diggs book is like having your own personal cheerleader. Each chapter is an energy bite filled with enough insight and nourishment to last the entire day.
About the Author:
Steve Diggs, Personal Finance & Life-Skills Coach, is the author of six books, hundreds of articles, and is a fixture on local and network television and radio. He speaks to enthusiastic audiences worldwide over 250 times yearly. Steve is proud to announce that Bonnie, his bride of 33 years, has just picked his option up for another two years. The couple lives in Brentwood, Tennessee. For more about Steveâ€™s ministry, go to http://www.nodebtnosweat.com or www.SteveDiggs.com.
START SMALL IF YOU HAVE TO, BUT START
by Steve Diggs
As a habit, I donâ€™t put bumper stickers on my car. Itâ€™s partially because they distract from the appearance of the car, but thereâ€™s actually another reason why my car is a sticker-free zone. Frankly, I donâ€™t generally prefer to go around announcing all my political beliefs and preferences to a world that mostly doesnâ€™t careâ€”and when it does, can become hostile.
But what about those bumper stickers that tell the world that Iâ€™m a Christian? You know the ones. Sometimes theyâ€™re in the shape of a fish. Others make a proclamation of belief in Jesus as the Way to God. Why donâ€™t I put those particular stickers on my car? After all, if Iâ€™m really serious about Jesus, donâ€™t I want to be a walking, talking billboard? Isnâ€™t life too short to miss such opportunities?
This is where itâ€™s going to get a bit tougher, because this is going to force me to admit an embarrassing truth. I donâ€™t put those bumper stickers on my car because Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™ll do something that will destroy my witness. Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™ll do more harm than good. What if I cut another driver off in traffic, or lose my temper and glare at someone? Do I really want the last thing they see as I pull away to be a sign advertising my allegiance to Jesus? Itâ€™s the same reason I donâ€™t wear many â€œJesus shirts.â€ I love and respect other Christians who attach the bumper stickers and wear the clothesâ€”as long as they are 66 Lifeâ€™s Too Short to Miss the Big Picture really representing Jesus. But as I say elsewhere in this book, Jesus gets some of his worst PR from professing Christians who donâ€™t live their profession.
Recently I was working on a project with one of my dearest friends, Pat Boone. One thing about Patâ€”heâ€™s not ashamed to proclaim his faith. As a matter of fact, he wears neck chains and rings with godly symbols all the time. One day as we were wrapping up some work in his den, Pat pulled out a ring and said, â€œSteve, I have a gift for you.â€ I wasnâ€™t quite sure how to handle a guy giving me jewelry. But in a moment I saw what it was: a beautifully designed ring with a very large cross in the middleâ€”just like the one Pat was wearing.
Ah, this was perfect for me! Not as bold as a bumper sticker or as bombastic as a tee-shirtâ€”but at least it was something. It was a start. So I thanked Pat profusely and accepted the gift. As I put the ring on my pinky, I decided that this would be my first witness to the world, so I turned the cross outward.
Since that day, Iâ€™ve worn my cross ring 24/7. As a matter of fact, recently a young woman at a cash register noticed it when I paid my bill. Over the months Iâ€™d seen her on a number of occasions. I had always been amiable and friendly. She said, â€œI really like your ring.â€ I thanked her politely and walked on. Was she another Christian who had been encouraged by my ring? Was she a seeker who had run me through whatever litmus test she uses to assess whether Christians are real or fakes? I donâ€™t know. But at least in that one particular case, I was able to smile in my heart as I walked away knowing that I had acted like Jesus would want me to act. I had not embarrassed my Master.
Now for you Christians who are much more mature than I amâ€”those of you with fifteen â€œJesus stickersâ€ on your car, a gold cross chain around your neck, and an â€œI love Jesusâ€ tee-shirt with Scripture verses on both front and back panelsâ€”my baby step probably sounds pretty pathetic. But for me it was a start.
Maybe it would do us all well to realize two things:
1. Life is too short not to be a walking, talking, living, breathing banner for Jesus.
2. Life is also too short not to walk the walk if we talk the talk.
Frankly, this is sort of exciting for me. Who knows, it may help me graduate to a bumper stickerâ€”or even a tee-shirt.
Excerpt from Life’s Too Short to Miss the Big Picture, with permission from Leafwood Publishers.
I like this book and would like to thank Kathy Carlton Willis Communications for the opportunity to review the book. One of the things I appreciate about the book is itâ€™s an easy read. Mr. Diggs lays out ideas and principles in easy to understand terminology. Yet he drives home important truths. His chapter entitled, â€œRemember Itâ€™s Never Too Lateâ€ is a great example. He reminds us that God is the God of second changes or one thousandth chances. But he isnâ€™t so naive to not point out that our mistakes may still have lasting consequences. For many you will read this and say, â€œI know that.â€ Yet many more will say, â€œIâ€™ve known that, but I havenâ€™t been living my life that way.â€
Another thing I like about the book is the short chapters. There are seventy in this 224 page book, but each one is pack with great truths.
This would make a great gift as well as a nice addition to any library. I could see the truths and stories as very useful when you need to encourage someone who is struggling with their forgiving themselves or one of the other 70 topics discussed.
If you are major â€œtheologianâ€ you might consider this book to fluffy, bordering on â€œpopâ€ psychology. You probably wouldnâ€™t enjoy the book. However, I do believe this book has a lot to offer in timeless truths from scripture presented in an easy to read, engaging format.
The Give Away:
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Steve Diggs book, please leave a comment with a way to contact you. The winner will be chosen Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM PDT.