With the publication of another book, I find my heart echoing the words of a recent song by Toby Mac. (See “Steal My Show” on YouTube.)

In the lyrics, the musical artist is about to take the stage complete with smoke and lights. The crowd is amped up and screaming for him to appear. The artist’s backstage prayer is an offer to step out of the way and let God steal the show. To take all of his personal dreams and let God use them to reach the hearts of the audience. For all eyes to be on God, and not on the musician.

As a writer, my heart’s desire is the same. Yes, I want to have lots of blog visitors and sign publishing contracts and design book covers and host book signings and sell enough books that my royalty checks will exceed my business expenses (something the IRS wants too!).

But if that was all I did, I’d be a failure. I want my words to reach hearts. To encourage fellow travelers in their journey. To point people to God, our true source of hope in this fallen world. To make His name great and let mine be a subtitle in a tiny font.

Especially through my latest book, Be Like a Tree: The Keys to a Fruitful Life, which found its roots in a series of blog posts in 2012 and is now available in print and various e-book formats.

Back cover description: “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” ~Jeremiah 17:8. Whether the year ahead holds heat or drought, you can be like a tree, firmly planted and nourished beside the water. You can grow tall, stay green, and bear fruit to bless others. Within the pages, learn what it takes to be like a tree and discover the keys to a fruitful life.

Like a tree scattering seed, I’m letting you know about my book so you can buy a copy, leave a review on Amazon, or tell a friend. (Or all three!)

The rest is up to God. Will He steal my show?

What about you? Do you pursue personal dreams for God’s glory or yours? What would it look like if God stole your show? Do you know someone who might benefit from this book?

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