Book Review: Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For by Allison Allen

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 5:16 ESV (22)

Title:  Shine: Stepping Into the Role You Were Made For
Author: Allison Allen
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  September 5, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Non-Fiction / Christian Living

It's time you stepped into the light of God's role for you

Actors aren't the only ones who play characters. Many of us do, much of the time. We walk into a room, figure out who we're supposed to be in this context, slip into character, and say the lines we know we should say. We become someone else. Maybe we tell ourselves it's some version of us, but deep down we know this inauthentic character is not what God wants for our lives--and it's not what we want either.

With fascinating personal stories and sharp insight into human nature, former actor Allison Allen calls you to drop the brave act and step into the role of a lifetime--being your real self in Christ, no matter what the critics might say. She gives you permission to talk about, rather than around, the things you feel, freeing you to step out of the shadows and into the light of God's true calling.

Shine by Allison Allen is the author's personal story as it is an inspiration and encouragement for readers to step out of their fears and uncertainties in order to step into the role they were made for. In her terms, it's about stepping into the light that God had shown on us, and let it shine. 

"When we drop the brave act, leaning into the God who specializes in bringing wonder to weakness, we are certainly finding our light." (109)

An applicable book that was just as interesting a read by an actor that understood the meaning of stepping out in the limelight, both literally and figuratively. Shine isn't just about actors or speakers, but about every day people who seeks a goal, a purpose and unsure what that is. It's about doing it in God's glory, but also understanding your role in His plan for you. In truth, Shine spoke to me as I reminisce on my personal experience - about starting and working on the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, but also knowing that the only way it will work is if we sought Him every step of the way. It also allowed me to contemplate on the goals of this blog, what I want to do, and my role.

Shine by Allison Allen ignites in you the desire to shine for Him, and the encouragement to step into whatever role that may be. 

"Don't chase the spotlight. Chase Jesus, and leave the spotlight up to Him." (172)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Allison Allen is a graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University and appeared in 650 performances of the Broadway production of Grease. A former Women of Faith dramatist and current Bible teacher, she speaks to women at conferences and retreats around the country, exploring themes of purpose, value, and identity in original and unexpected ways. She lives with her family in Tennessee.

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