“Every Little Thing” by Deidra Riggs
I was very disappointed with this book. I found it unedifying, boring, and poorly written. The book was so unedifying, boring, and poorly written that when I had reached the end of chapter three I decided not to waste any more of my time is listening to this.
Riggs book is very hard to follow. She starts the chapters with a long, overly descriptive story that does not seem to fit with anything she is talking about (if you can even make out what she is talking about).
The introduction of the introduction is a good taste of what the whole book is like:
“…I deeply understand how sun light can warm anyone’s face when you take time to smile and give them an ear. But anyone can make a difference for all eternity if they believe that it all counts, that it all matters, that it all, everything! can be the beginning of a widening, expansive miracle.”
-by whoever wrote the introduction of the introduction
Now, I don’t know about you, but the above makes near to no sense. Things like the above are said all through out what I heard of the audio book with no explanation on what the author meant.
The person (I cannot remember their name) who wrote the forward says this about Riggs:
“She listens intimately to the heart of God.”
-by whoever wrote the forward
The above is a lie as 1 Corinthians 2:11 tells us, “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.”
Now, let me give you another sickening taste of this unedifying book:
“There is nothing in this world that’s normal, where is only growing blind to the glory. It is a ridiculously free world, everyone gets to accept the invitation of extraordinary into their ordinary or not.”
There is nothing on this earth that is normal? What does she mean by “normal”?
In the introduction Riggs tells the reader, “You are my soul-sister.” If she had said something along the lines of, “You are my sister in Christ” that would have made much more sense, but soul sister? It sounds really mystical.
Riggs then goes on to tell us what the book is suppose too be about (thank goodness she told me or I would never have found out!).
“…He chooses to invite us to join Him even before we know what we are doing and before we’ve gotten our act together. That my friend, is the message of this book, God has designs on us (see Galatians 1:15) plans to use us and, in this case, the proof of that is the audio book you are listening to.”
I found no proof of the fact that God does (and He does) have designs on us in this audio book. It just drags on and on and on with pointless stories and little tiny bits of scripture that Riggs renders useless by all of the other heresy in this audio book that over shadows any truth that just may be hiding in this book.
More of what this book was suppose too be (or do):
“This audio book invites you to the celebration of every little thing that makes your life spectacularly breathe taking, and of the fulfillment of all God has in store.”
Really? From what I listened to I thought this audio book is suppose too invite you to overly descriptive and boring stories with useless bits of random “wise” sayings from the author.
“This audio book is a story of a heart turned inside out”
I’m sorry, but the very first thing that came to my mind when I heard this was extremely gory (in fact, it still comes back when I read it).
“This audio book is the story of how God is in control of our lives.”
Once again, I never would have guessed if she didn’t tell me what this book is suppose too be about.
Chapter 1 had some really weird things in. At one point Riggs is speaking of a plane trip:”…the seat by the window was empty. I could not believe my fortune. Could this be the reward for my exemplary behavior in face of the crisis we had all just experienced? A seat for me, and one for Jesus. I couldn’t get any better than that.”
Seems pretty charismatic to me as Jesus does not need a seat in any air plane, no one has to physically make room for Him as He is always with us in Spirit (see Matthew 28:20).
I found the following confusing, and even more so afterwards as it was not explained: “Before I know it I’m throwing back the covers on our tempurpedic mattress kicking my feet in the air and gasping for breath.”
She (Riggs) never explains why she was throwing back the covers on her tempurpedic mattress kicking her feet in the air and gasping for breath.
Later on in chapter one Riggs is speaking of the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke chapter 7) and she says something that I found very unchristian like:
“…at the very core of who I am sits the Rabbi, the religious leader, and the church member rushing by the person in need…”
Christians are not sinners are their very core. If Riggs had ever read the book of Romans she would know that we as Christians are not sinners at our core, ALL Christians are Christians!
There is sin in us, yes. But that is due to the fleshly bodies we dwell in (just read all of Romans).
“I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.”
Nowhere in the Bible do we read of a Christian’s core being flesh. A sinner’s core is flesh, but not a Christians. We are different, when God came into our hearts we were (and still are!) changed people! We are each a child of God, not a Rabbi, not a religious leader, and most certainly not children of this cursed world. As a child of God the Holy Spirit is our core, the Holy Spirit that God has given to us through His Son Jesus Christ defines us! To be fleshly in the core of oneself is to be without God. Christians should never be defined by our sins, but by our works for and through God Almighty.
Please, read Ephesians chapter 2:1-10
Chapter 2 really threw me off when Riggs gave a far too detailed description of how she eats a cherry (why? I have no idea why).
“It is cherries that sometimes help me remember God, or rather to remember that God’s goodness has an enemy.”
The cherry tree Riggs was talking in one of her long stories had to be cut down in due to carpenter ants that were destroying their screened in porch, I don’t understand how that would remind someone of God and Sin. If Riggs meant the cherry tree to represent God then that was a poor choice for giving an illustration as sin cannot destroy God.
“Jesus had been traveling around preaching about hope and good things and oddly He was making the religious people nervous. They were starting to wonder who this guy was and how His presence would impact them.”
In the above Riggs was giving her version of John chapter 8. But if one reads John chapter 8 you will read that Jesus was not just teaching about hope and good things, but also of judgement: “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a lair and the father of lies. But because I speak of the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
“Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit and it is gentile and loving and free from guilt and shame.”
Well, she was right when she said conviction comes from the Holy Spirit, but then it goes downhill. I don’t think Riggs understands what “conviction” really means. Conviction is not a light fluffy feeling, conviction hurts, conviction should make the Christian ashamed, conviction should give the Christian guilt, and conviction should lead to repentance (if it is real conviction).
Chapter three was much like the forward, introduction, and first two chapters.
Before I stopped listening to this audio book on chapter 4, Riggs was telling one of the long stories and this one was about her and her family moving to Nebraska.
I can imagine that moving to a new state may provoke some worry, but a Christian should never be worried about how many people have a particular shade of skin color.
“I learned Nebraska’s population is 3% black. I remember staring at that number trying to figure out what it meant in terms of living a real life in Nebraska as a real person with brown skin.”
The above quote by Riggs makes me sick to my stomach. A Christian’s real life should never be determined by the color of their skin. God does not care what color skin any person may have so neither should we.
Now, I only hit on the stuff that really stood out to me. There was plenty more that made me feel uncomfortable.