Publisher : Thomas Nelson (June 1, 2021)
Paperback : 208 pages
Justin McRoberts dares you to move beyond “it is what it is” thinking and become an agent of love and redemption in your household, neighborhood, and workplace.
“It is what it is”—a common phrase you hear and maybe even say yourself. But the truth is that there is not one square inch in the whole domain of our human existence that simply is what it is. Justin McRoberts invites you to embrace a new mindset: it is what you make of it.
With warmth, wisdom, and humor, McRoberts shares key moments from his twenty-plus years as an artist, church planter, pastor, singer-songwriter, author, neighbor, and father, passing on lessons and practices learned about making something good from what you’ve been given rather than simply accepting things as they are.
Thought-provoking but actionable, It Is What You Make of It declares that love doesn’t just win, mercy doesn’t just triumph, and light doesn’t just cast out shadow. Rather, such renewal requires the work of human hands and hearts committed to a vision of a world made right (or at least a little better). When we partner with God in these endeavors, we love the world well and honor the Creator in whose image we are made.
We will not be remembered for who our parents were or where we were born or what our socioeconomic circumstances were. We won’t be remembered for our natural talents and strengths or the opportunities we were given or the challenges we faced. In the end, each of us will be remembered for what we made with what we were given.
Justin McRoberts lives in the Oakland–San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Amy, and two children. He is the author of four books, including Prayer: 40 Days of Practice and May It Be So: 40 Days with the Lord’s Prayer. Justin’s sixteen albums and EPs have gained him a faithful audience among listeners nationwide since 1999.
Justin leans on his over twenty years in the arts and ministry to mentor and coach artists and pastors in person as well as over video calls. He is also the host of the podcast @ Sea with Justin McRoberts and co-founding pastor of Shelter-Vineyard Church Community in Concord, CA. Justin regularly travels to speak at churches and colleges, as well as leads retreats for ministry staff, college students, and young adults.
Connect with Justin
Monday, May 24th: @irishgirliereads
Tuesday, May 25th: Blooming with Books – excerpt/guest post
Thursday, May 27th: @cozy.coffee.reads
Friday, May 28th: @bluntscissorsbookreviews (audiobook)
Monday, May 31st: Seaside Book Nook (audiobook)
Tuesday, June 1st: The Sketchy Reader
Monday, June 7th: From the TBR Pile – excerpt
Tuesday, June 8th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom – review and excerpt
Wednesday, June 9th: @reading_with_nicole
Thursday, June 10th: @jenniaahava
Friday, June 11th: What is That Book About – excerpt
Monday, June 14th: @legallyblondeandbookish
Wednesday, June 16th: @rozierreadsandwine (audiobook)
Thursday, June 17th: Tabi Thoughts – review and excerpt
Friday, July 2nd: @bookshelfmomma (audiobook)
Wednesday, July 14th: @createexploreread (audiobook)
Instagram feature tour:
Monday, June 21st: @lyon.brit.andthebookshelf
Tuesday, June 22nd: @travelerswife4life
Wednesday, June 23rd: @lovelyplacebooks
Thursday, June 24th: @lovemybooks2020
Thursday, June 24th: @soulofabookworm
Friday, June 25th: @thecalicobooks
Friday, June 25th: @mom_loves_reading
Sunday, June 27th: @books_faith_love
Friday, July 9th: @what.ems.reading