(Review) Chasing Famous: Living the Life You've Always Auditioned For by Lisa Lloyd

Publisher and Publication Date: New Hope Publishers. April 3, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology.
Pages: 192.
Source: Complimentary copy from New Hope Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group.
Rating: Very Good.

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Author Information:
Lisa is a speaker, emcee, actor, and writer. Since receiving her bachelor of fine arts in theater from Southern Methodist University, Lisa has been featured in many major performance mediums. Her television credits include What Would You Do?, Prison Break, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful. You may see her on television commercials, highway billboards, or TV screens at the local airport. She has performed with many theaters, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Montana Shakespeare, the Dallas Theater Center, and Casa MaƱana Theater. She is a highly sought-after speaker at women s retreats, conferences, and events across the country. She and her husband Markus live in McKinney, Texas, and have two boys.

Find out more about Lisa at http://www.lisalloyd.org.
About the Book:

Have you ever considered your life as an audition?
Regardless of who or where we are, we are constantly, often unconsciously, auditioning for a part. Loving wife. Amazing employee. Crafting queen. Socialite. All we really want is to be loved, affirmed, and accepted. What if we could learn to live the life we have always been auditioning for without all the stress?
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. Once you've mastered these issues, and you can, your story will turn the spotlight on God where, you'll soon discover, what it means to truly live.
My Thoughts:
1. Lisa Lloyd is an actor. She has an extrovert personality that shines on stage and through the book. This is the first reason I read the book. An attraction to a person I can not relate to. I guess that sounds odd, but I love to read about people who I can learn from. My mind cannot relate to a person wanting to be on stage and performing for an audience. So, curiosity led me to read this book. 
2. Lloyd engages the reader with quips from acting. For example, each chapter has a title that goes along with the acting business: "The Cast List, The Audience, Wait for Your Cue." 
Lloyd shares about how she became an actor, memories of auditions, relationships with other actors, and performances. I found her life experiences entertaining and interesting. 
3. Chapter 3 is "The Audience." The chapter begins with a question: "Why do we do what we do [as actors]?" One of the reasons is "validation." Lloyd explains in the book how all people want validation. We want the applause of men. This causes trouble and heartache. Lloyd teaches, "The Lord desires for us to be confident in Him alone. To be confident in His unconditional love. So much so that we don't need anyone else's applause." Page 28.
4. At the end of each chapter is "Questions to Consider." Having questions at the end of chapters have become common in Christian nonfiction books and I'm glad.
5. Lloyd is transparent about her life. She made choices that led to other choices that led to deep sadness. I appreciate her candor. It is difficult to tell a large audience (or any audience) about painful memories. It feels vulnerable. On the other hand, it feels freeing. It is freeing because Lloyd reminds us she is forgiven in Christ Jesus. 
6. And as a follow-up to number 5, I love this quote from page 54. "We must become people who don't whisper about the sins of others that we see walking down the halls at church..."
"How will people know what God is like if we don't mirror Him to them." We are to extend grace. 
7. Several Bible stories are shared in Chasing Famous. For example, The five women who helped Moses as a baby. These women were used by God. 
8. My favorite chapter is 8, "Actors, the Opposite of People." Page 170 held my favorite quote and teaching. "As believers, God is always asking us to obey Him in some way. Obedience could be defined as something we don't want to do that we know we should do and we decide to do. It is literally leaving behind self for the sake of God. Obedience is probably one of the strongest ways we can show our allegiance to Him. And dying to me means living for Him, which glorifies His name."  

I feel Chasing Famous is unique, in that it is written by an actor who sees things from a different perspective than most of us, who are the audience. Lloyd uses this unique perspective to teach we are to live for Christ Jesus and not for the gain of men (people.)

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