Chasing Famous is about Lisa Lloyd’s personal struggle with the limelight. I’ve never been one for performing, but my son loves the stage. His quiet presence in a crowd transforms and I see him come alive as he acts out stories, helps with the stage crew, or become the characters he loves. The opportunity to perform in a local children’s theater grabbed his attention and for months he prepared. He read both novels the play was modeled after, watched cartoons and movies, and dreamed of becoming any of the characters.
He didn’t get a part. Our neighbor did.
Life happened and his friend couldn’t hold to the scheduled commitment, he was asked to step down. Two weeks before opening night my son was approached and asked to take on the role.
This neighbor friend isn’t just that, we refer to him as Griffin #4. I’d be happy to arrange custody sharing with his parents if they’d let me. He has become a part of our family. When I asked my son if he wanted the part his simple answer was, “I can’t mom.” He then went on about his day as if an opportunity for what he had wanted all along hadn’t just been handed to him. There was no hesitation, no attempt to rationalize in either direction. His love and friendship for Griffin #4 is profoundly greater than his love for the center stage.
He did not see it as selfless, he saw it as the only possible answer.
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Chasing Famous by Lisa Lloyd
In Chasing Famous Lloyd shares her personal struggle with the limelight. The chapters are broken into themes highlighting various acting terms: The Cast List, The Go-See, The Aside, etc… She doesn’t shy away from conversations that often feel forbidden in church (like abortion, sex, unconditional grace). She shares her story, the pitfalls, and the triumphs, and invites the reader to journey along with her.
The above image is a quote from chapter 14: Photoshop. This chapter resonated with me as I’ve had a life-long battle with finding value in my outward appearance and feel like now, nearly 40, I’m just beginning to accept the body I am in (read: Curvy & Confident).
My favorite parts of her story were centered around her two boys, the illustration of trying to be a good parent in the middle of a world that pulls them in other directions, a world that pulls each of us. She speaks of brave parenting and passing on our beliefs to our children, not in the sense that we know all or our way is best, but that God takes center stage and what does that look like for our kids. It got me thinking about what values are important in our home.
In the spirit of chapter 17: Stage Mom I’ve thought through some of the values we are trying to pass on to our Griffin children (even #4).
Griffin’s don’t quit
I start here because it is a phrase the kids repeat back to us often. We don’t give up when things get hard. We press forward. Whether it is a new sport we are trying out, a subject that is particularly difficult, or a relationship that takes some extra work. We follow through with our commitments and when they come to an end we have the grace to re-evaluate before continuing on.
Griffin’s are kind
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12 NIV
I have tried to live my life as an example, as well as through word, that kindness is better than being right. I’d like to think the illustration I gave above, about my son, was due to my influence. But, if I’m honest, my children have taught me more about kindness and selflessness than I have taught them. We’ve been through a lot as a family: childhood cancer, deployments, death. Those experiences have shaped us, they’ve shaped my children from birth. Their empathy for others is strong and they are daily teaching me compassion.
Griffin’s stand with the vulnerable
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.
My daughter came home from school troubled. She shared a story of a boy who told her friend “you are my favorite black slave.” She was dumbfounded and did not know what to do. So we sat with her as she struggled through her feelings of wanting to lash out at the boy versus what she could do to stand with her friend. The next day she went to her friend and told her how much those words had hurt her too, how wrong they were and how she wanted to go with her friend to tell the teacher. Mostly, she wanted her friend to know it wasn’t ok and that she stood with her. She was scared because she has already received the nickname “narc” for bringing the attention of a teacher to a bully. Her bravery brings me hope, she is braver than I ever was as a child in the face of injustice. We talk with our children often that Christ is exhalted when we stand with and for the vulnerable. One of my favorite quotes is from Hellen Keller, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” I don’t believe God has called us to safety. He offers us refuge in Him, but he calls us to bravery and self-sacrifice.
One of my favorite quotes is from Hellen Keller, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” I don’t believe God has called us to safety. He offers us refuge in Him, but he calls us to bravery and self-sacrifice.
I don’t believe God has called us to safety. He offers us refuge in Him, but he calls us to bravery and self-sacrifice.
What about your family values?
I would LOVE to hear some of your family values in the comments below. What kind of Stage Mom are you or do you hope to be?
Have you picked up your copy of Chasing Famous yet? Have you thought about what it means to make God famous?
What has God called you to in your life?
If you are not sure or are wrestling with what this looks like I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of Lisa Lloyd’s Chasing Famous. It is a book you can read on your own or in a group study. There are questions at the end of each chapter for self-evaluation and discussion.
Did you know you’re constantly, often unconsciously, auditioning for a part? Learn how to master these issues and turn the spotlight on God with the help of Lisa Lloyd’s new book, Chasing Famous. Chasing Famous is a redemptive book that teaches us how to take the focus off ourselves and shift it back on to the glory of God. Written by a professional actress who readily admits that she is the most self-centered person she knows, Chasing Famous provides practical and sometimes humorous examples of scriptural truth that will help you master the natural self-centered tendencies of life.
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