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Show Up: Step Out Of Your Story And Into Someone Else's Paperback – September 15, 2016
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David Staal serves as the president of Kids Hope USA, a Michigan–based national non–profit organization that partners churches with schools to provide mentors for at–risk students. In addition to his position at Kids Hope USA, Staal serves as senior editor and columnist for Christianity Today International. He also chairs the advisory board for a nearby college, and served ten years in leadership for Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, following a 13–year corporate career. Staal has published five previous titles, all through Harper Collins Christian Publishing / Zondervan: Lessons Kids Need to Learn (2012); Words Kids Need to Hear (2008); Leading Kids to Jesus (2006); Leading Your Child to Jesus (2006); Making Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week (2004), co–authored with Sue Miller. He lives in Grand Haven, MI, with his wife Becky. His son Scott and daughter Erin attend Valparaiso University.
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Definitely worth reading!
That was a long time ago, but over another breakfast a year ago Dave described to me some of the lessons he has learned over the years of showing up. Those lessons and the compelling stories behind them are the substance of this book. Admittedly, knowing Dave and some of the folks in his stories brought back memories and undoubtedly influenced my love for this little book. But the stories I hadn't yet heard brought tears as well. Simple, yet sacrificial moments can mean everything to both the initiator and the recipient.
Dave's well-told stories often illustrate the idea of Shalom... the Judeo-Christian concept of "the way things were meant to be." We can't fix everything in our broken world but what Dave shows... through his own humble successes and regrettable failures... is that we can make a literal life-and-death difference in a few lives (including our own). All we have to do is Show Up.