If someone puts one more thing on my shoulders, I might collapse.
Bestselling self-help book titles tell you that you're brilliant, awesome, powerful—usually with an expletive thrown in, just to pound home the point. Do these affirmations feel accurate? Instead of blasting through projects and conquering the world, most of us feel like we're crawling uphill.
But Christians are still called to live a life that glorifies God and blesses others. How do we do that when we're stretched to capacity? Just Show Up answers that question with a liberating message: God doesn't expect you to do everything. And He certainly doesn't expect you to do it all overnight. Simply showing up is often the most important thing.
This book looks at present-day examples and also stories from Scripture of imperfect people used by God. Moses, by his own admission, wasn't very eloquent, but he showed up and God used him to liberate and lead His people. We name churches and children after the disciples. But originally, they were just a bunch of uneducated nobodies with one thing in common: when Jesus said, "Follow me," they showed up.
With humor and candor, Dyck reflects on his own faltering progress while recounting inspiring stories of how God rewards the persistent presence of ordinary people. Just Show Up challenges readers to show up for God, family, community, and themselves.
We tend to think it's the big, bold moments that matter. In reality, it's the steady accumulation of small acts of obedience to God that add up to a life of meaning and impact. –Dyck
"In a world of shortcuts, cheap tricks, and life hacks, Drew Dyck's creative and winsome book stands out with solid biblical wisdom. How do we succeed in life, faith, and relationships? Sometimes it's as simple as showing up. Let Drew give you a practical demonstration of the power of faithfulness—and how it can benefit every area of our lives."
—LEE STROBEL, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Heaven
"Don't be deceived by the simple title of this book. The advice is simple but not simplistic. It's hard to 'just show up' when relationships are broken, when church is boring, and when reading your Bible isn't bearing any obvious fruit. And it's easy to sit at home, bingeing your favorite TV show. But the seemingly small acts of just showing up will pay unimaginable dividends in time—love being chief among them."
—BETHANY JENKINS, Vice President of Media, Veritas Forum
"As I read Just Show Up, I kept thinking of all the people I can't wait to share it with. But most of all I grew aware that the message was for me, first. This book made me feel seen, understood, and inspired. It also made me laugh and read sections out loud to my family. Just Show Up will change lives. It's already changing mine."
—MONICA SWANSON, author of Raising Amazing and Boy Mom, and host of the Monica Swanson Podcast
"Have you ever felt like you weren't making an impact? In our world of influencers and social media fame, it can feel like we are constantly falling behind. However, over and over in the Bible, God uses seemingly insignificant people to accomplish great things. In Just Show Up, Drew Dyck emphasizes the importance of 'just showing up' and being faithful, even in the small things. A highly encouraging read!"
—JORDAN RAYNOR, bestselling author of Redeeming Your Time and Master of One
"Drew might come across as the guy next door, but in fact, he is a storyteller who disarms you with his 'aw shucks' demeanor while dishing out practical, biblical, and life-changing truth. While most Christians may understand the importance of faithfulness, Drew vividly illustrates what that life of faithfulness looks like with both personal stories and biblical examples. If you're longing to make an impact in the kingdom of God but aren't sure how to do it, get this book."
—LINA ABUJAMRA, founder of Living With Power ministries and author of Fractured Faith: Finding Your Way Back to God in an Age of Deconstruction
"Modern Christians often feel the pressure to 'change the world' with headline-grabbing acts, but sometimes the most radical thing you can do is to simply be present in the areas where God has called you. Just Show Up is a refreshing reminder that real courage shows up in the nitty-gritty of our daily lives and that the boring rhythms of obedience are the substance of a meaningful life. Drew Dyck offers a manifesto for the mundane, a road map for faithfulness, reminding us that the kingdom of God is made up of mostly ordinary people saying yes to God in ways that will never make the evening news."
—DANIEL DARLING, director of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement, columnist, and bestselling author of several books, including The Dignity Revolution, The Characters of Christmas, and Agents of Grace
"Reading this book is like taking a walk with a good friend who is equal parts encouraging and wise, vulnerably walking with you as a fellow traveler who has traversed the path many times before. This book is an invitation to take a deep breath; it's a smile and a knowing laugh when someone fully describes what you just went through that day. This book is a guide on how to do big things in the very small with consistency and humility leading the way. Drew Dyck is one of my favorite voices. I especially loved how he sets the stage in this book: 'That's how things work in God's economy. He provides the feast. You just show up.' This is the kind of book you read and just want to thank the author. So, thank you Drew."
—PAUL ANGONE, bestselling author of 101 Secrets for Your Twenties and Listen to Your Day: The Life-Changing Practice of Paying Attention
"We all want success tomorrow. Or better yet today! But the truth is, success is slow. It's the people who put in the work, day after day, that reach their goals. Just Show Up is a powerful reminder of that fact. Using biblical and contemporary stories, Drew demonstrates how showing up for the most important things in your life pays off over time."
—JON ACUFF, New York Times bestselling author of Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking
"Just Show Up is an engaging must-read for anyone looking for a life reset. My friend Drew provides a refreshing and practical approach to creating positive change, emphasizing the importance of simplicity and faithfulness. He shows how often the greatest influence we have comes through our seemingly ordinary and mundane lives. With humor and inspiration Drew offers a roadmap for how we can recapture meaning and leverage our lives to make a lasting impact. This book could not be more essential or more timely. Make the most of your life and discover how your personal stories are deeply connected to the greatest story ever."
—MIKE TATLOCK, pastor of Grace Chapel; NBA Chaplain, Portland Trailblazers; author of Faith in Real Life