I am honored to have Lisa Lloyd on the blog for a chat today. I recently read her book Chasing Famous and loved it!!
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 Mañana 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.
Her book Chasing Famous released on April 3, 2017
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.
Hi Lisa! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Lisa: Oranges – my kids LOVE them, so they are always in the house. And I like that my hands smell citrusy after I peel them. 😊
Carrie: Oranges do smell quite delightful!
Lisa: Winter! I LOVE football season, decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas, skiing, and all the yummy food (especially the pumpkin spice goodies) that come around this time of year.
Carrie: Yaaaay!! Finally a fellow winter fan! Nobody ever answers ‘winter’ on this question except me lol
Lisa: Dogs. I’ve only had dogs in my house. Guess I’m just more used to them than cats. My husband loves cats, but he’s allergic to them.
Carrie: My dog Zuzu says you’re not missing much without cats 😉
Lisa: Coffee. It’s part of my morning routine. SO yummy! I’ve just never been into tea.
Carrie: I’m not into either one lol
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Lisa: To be able to understand what someone is REALLY feeling and thinking when they are hurting. Sometimes we talk around it, you know? If I had this superpower, then I could get right to it and help them.
Carrie: Yes! I love that idea!
Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Lisa: Behind Closed Doors, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Dark Places, Sharp Objects, Gone Girl
Carrie: I really need to read Gone Girl one of these days soonish.
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Lisa: I love to write at my desk, or on my front porch when it’s raining (like it is right now as I answer!). I write while my kids are at school with a cup of coffee in hand and my dogs at my feet.
Carrie: Dogs at your feet are just the best!
Why write about making God famous? Why is that important to you?
Lisa: I deeply, truly want to make God famous. But doing so requires me to step aside, out of the spotlight of my life, and allow God to stand there instead. I find this very hard because I so often think about me. I strive to find happiness in satisfying my own desires, maybe even taking credit for my own successes, and so I always come up wanting. Because if God’s not central, then I’ll never be satisfied.
I think many of us could say we’ve made some non-God honoring choices, either small or severe. But God has redeemed this in my life, and in the lives of many others, as they have allowed Him to do so. God wants to use all of this—our past, our talents and our everyday lives for His glory. We must LIVE in and OWN this truth if we want to live into His full potential for our lives which is to make Him wildly famous.
Carrie: This is such an important truth to understand, and yet it seems just out of reach for so many. Your book is a great way to bridge that gap.
What is something that surprised you the most while researching Chasing Famous?
Lisa: I loved doing commentary research on Scripture and discovering the cultural aspects of life at the time that really informed the text. Research makes the bible SO much deeper. For example, in the “Booking the Job” chapter, I mention that Moses felt ridiculously inadequate when God called him to lead the people out of Israel. Moses was a shepherd of his father-in-law’s flocks when God called him. Moses grew up as an Egyptian in Egypt, but my research showed me that shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians. In the text, Moses has run away from Egypt, was doing the very thing that he grew up being taught was a despicable profession, and he didn’t even have his own flock. So, he was in a perfectly inadequate place for God to call him to do a miraculous thing. Moses wouldn’t feel like he was “enough” and therefore wouldn’t be able to take credit for the exodus out of Egypt. God would have to be enough through Moses, so God would get the credit and the fame, which is exactly what God wanted. All of this was discovered through researching commentaries. So cool.
Carrie: “he was in a perfectly inadequate place for God to call him to do a miraculous thing” – I LOVE THIS! Oh, isn’t this so God??
What do you most want readers to take away from Chasing Famous?
Lisa: The freedom to walk away from the desire to “be enough” for everyone else. To stop comparing themselves. To see themselves as radically loved by God. To discover their gifts and know they were given these gifts for the glory of God. To know that their purpose is nothing more than living life to make Jesus famous.
Lisa, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Lisa: I’m going to catch up on housework I’ve neglected for 3 years while writing this book. Just kidding. I have some speaking events coming up as well as many radio and TV interviews as we continue to promote the book. I have auditions and TV bookings as well. I’m looking forward to the upcoming summer with my family, as it will be a refreshing one.
Thank you for the wonderful questions! And thank you for reading and blogging about Chasing Famous!
Carrie: It’s my absolute pleasure – your book is one I’m rereading now so I can really absorb everything in it.
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.
Discover what life really means when the focus is on God and enter to win Lisa’s Spotlight on God Prize Pack!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of Chasing Famous
- A $50 Fandango gift card to see a current or upcoming movie that puts God in the spotlight
- A print to remind you of God’s renown
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 28. The winner will be announced May 1 on the Litfuse blog.