Do you want to be a hero in someone’s life? You can with God’s help.
I’m smack dab in the middle of writing a new book called Everyday Heroes: Old, New and Even You. It’s been so much fun! I can’t wait to finish so I can share it with you. If you are part of a ladies’ class or small group you may want to use this for your very first study of 2014. It should be ready to ship out in late November or early December. Since I’m so excited about it, I couldn’t wait to share the book’s introduction with you. Let me know what you think, and have a magnificent Tuesday!
Introduction to Everyday Heroes
I’m a story kind of girl. How about you? Stories are how I learn and teach. My first extended teaching position landed me in a kindergarten classroom for a six-week maternity leave. I quickly learned the value of a good story. Wanting to keep the attention of a gaggle of five-year-olds, I made up math stories about aliens called Zots, and told stories about parents’ jobs to teach letter sounds. I’m sure I had more fun than they did.
All my favorite stories have one thing in common – heroes. Heroes inspire all of us. I think God likes a good story too. He’s written a bunch of them, and He’s still writing some mighty good ones with you playing the part of the hero.
I’m excited you’ve chosen this book for your ladies’ class or small group. This is one of those studies you can pan for inspiration, or mine for nuggets of transformation. It is for women of all ages and backgrounds. In fact, the more diverse your group, the more insight you’ll discover. I encourage you to have two or three generations in the same study group. Grandma, you’ll be surprised by what you can learn from our teenage girls. (And I mean that in the very best way!)
Everyday Heroes: Old, New and Even You explores some of the basic tenets of a Jesus-follower such as faith, the Holy Spirit, hope, freedom, gifts, grace, and heaven. Each of the 10 chapters is divided into three sections as the title suggests. The first part, the “Old”, introduces a lesser known person from the Bible in the form of historical fiction – five from the Old Testament and five from the New. I’ve enjoyed researching these people in order to embellish what we know about them from scripture. Some are mentioned only in a few verses, but have a powerful impact on the timeline of history. This part of the chapter ignites a creative fuse burning a path toward viewing these seemingly insignificant people as true heroes.
The “New” part, describes a modern-day person who has inspired me in some way. Please take note; we can be inspired by those whom we don’t necessarily agree with theologically. I firmly believe each one of us constantly affects those we come in contact with, either positively or negatively. We can learn from everyone. I doubt any of us agree 100% with everyone who happens to sit next to us, even on the same Sunday morning pew. I can’t wait to hear about some of the people who inspire you. This is going to be so much fun!
The …and Even You section is the meat of the chapter. This is where we get to explore scripture together, make some applications of our own, and discover our significance in each others’ lives. God allows us to live exactly where we now live, at this particular time in history, in order to accomplish what only we can do. As heroes for God, we do make a difference.
At the end of the book, you’ll find a study guide for each chapter that will encourage you to share your own stories and insights. I hope you find this to be a unique study that brings you and your friends to a better understanding of our most perfect hero of all time – Jesus Christ. I’m praying you will enthusiastically embrace your status of hero, grow closer to each other, and allow God room to create new stories you’ll want to tell over and over and over again. Thank you for coming along on this adventure with me, and may God bless you as you live for Him!