Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Putting God back in the spotlight
Life can be compared to a series of auditions. Regardless of who we are, we are constantly auditioning for a part: to be the most loving spouse, attentive parent or amazing employee. It is human nature to want to be loved, affirmed and accepted. Whether it is conscious or not, all these desires focus inwardly. In Chasing Famous: Living the Life You’ve Always Auditioned For (New Hope Press), Lisa Lloyd helps readers shift the focus outwardly and back on God and His glory.
Lloyd, a professional actress who readily admits she is the most self-centered person she knows, provides practical and often-humorous examples of scriptural truth that will help readers discover the role God created for them. It’s a role they don’t have to audition for because it’s one in which they have already been cast.
“In an audition, I’m hoping to be enough — pretty, quirky, talented, funny and fashionable, enough — to be the one chosen,” Lloyd shares. “In life, I’m constantly walking around hoping the people making the decisions will like me, choose me, approve me, select me. I want to be enough for them. However it’s only when we realize we’ve already been selected by God that we find peace. Then we can live a life of security, knowing our job is not to be selected but to point people still seeking approval to the One who gives it unconditionally.”
Chasing Famous challenges readers to take an honest look at where they’re seeking fulfillment, examine their own self-seeking propensities and wrestle with the messy questions of Why am I here? What does God really want from me? Is there more to life than this? Once these issues have been mastered, readers will discover how turning the spotlight on God frees them to live their lives as God intended.
Written with the theme of the audition carried throughout, Chasing Famous uses terms from “the business” to relate to everyday circumstances. The unique structure adds richness and depth to Lloyd’s own testimony as she reveals why every person was created to make God famous. “The Bible is clear,” Lloyd offers. “God wants to use the story of our lives to radiate His fame. He doesn’t point His finger at our mistakes and screw-ups. Rather He points us to the stage so we can share with the world how truly glorious He is.”
Lloyd encourages readers to abandon the pain of comparison to leave their own unique stamp on the world and break free from the guilt and shame of the past to embrace God’s unconditional love. Ultimately she hopes to empower readers to step bravely into the role God has for them: to stand center stage and proclaim His renown to all who will listen.
“After a speaking event, I asked two young girls what they dreamed of doing one day. They both said they dreamed of ‘being famous.’ My heart sank. This desire for fame is an ageless epidemic perpetuated by a deep desire to be valued, needed, important. Lisa speaks right to the heart of this epidemic in a creative and engaging way through both personal reflection and God’s Word. I am so thankful God made it clear to Lisa that this is her purpose . . . to use the story God has written in her life to bring Him fame.”
~ Jenn Sprinkle, cofounder of The Well Studio
“The overwhelming need for validation drives the performer in every single one of us! ‘See me, love me, affirm me,’ is our constant cry on social media, at church on Sundays, even as we send our Christmas cards out each sacred December. Whether you’re a stage actress or a stay-at-home-mom, Lisa Lloyd carries us all along on her journey in the spotlight so that we might learn to purposefully live our lives turning that same beam of light on Jesus. After all, He is the Light of the World . . . and all the world’s His stage! Packed full of Scripture truth and resonating examples of biblical characters who lived their unique stories for such a time as this, Chasing Famous inspires each reader to offer up their own personal narrative for God’s ultimate glory! Inspiring, challenging, and such an important read for each of us living in this digital age that lauds applause on Christian fame.”
~ Wendy Speake, actress, speaker, and author of Life Creative and Triggers
About the Author
Lisa Lloyd is a charismatic speaker and writer, dedicated to helping women break free of the lies that convince us we don’t have a purpose, when in fact God has created us to herald His fame. She reminds women of who we are in Christ, and no matter what the world tells us, God wants to use our past mistakes, our current talents, and our future choices for His glory. Each year, Lloyd is the keynote at women’s conferences and mom’s groups across the country, being uniquely vulnerable in her communication, vision casting through stories, and bringing her listeners continuously back to the truths of Scripture.
Lloyd graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in theater. She met her husband, Markus, when they were performing on stage together at Dallas Theater Center in the musical, Guys and Dolls. A few of her acting credits include What Would You Do?, Prison Break, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. She has performed for many theaters. You might see her on current commercials or on billboards in the Dallas area.
The Lloyds live in McKinney, TX, and have two sons.