March New Releases Letter from the Publisher

I think all of us feel small at one point or another. The world can be a big, cold, unforgiving place. And there are always those folks who suspect we’re too big for our britches, who want to take us down a notch. How does anyone ever not feel small, honestly?

We can project this worldly measure of value onto God. Even the psalmist did it:

I look at my micro-self and wonder,

Why do you bother with us?

—Psalm 8:3-4, The Message

We know better, thanks be to God: Bethlehem, “the runt of the litter,” proved to be the birthplace of the “Peacemaker of the world!” (Micah 5:2-4). David, “the runt,” was anointed as “the one” who would lead Israel into its glory years (1 Samuel 16:11-12). God chose “nobodies” “to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). God is kind and caring and affectionate and attentive. “In his largeness,” the psalmist assures us, “nothing gets lost” (Psalm 36:5-6).

The March releases from NavPress address this anxiety that so many of us have, that perhaps even God is overlooking us. Nearing a Far God by Leslie Leyland Fields guides us into the Psalms as a way of drawing near to a God who is drawing near to us. God-Given Dreams by Nancy Gavilanes invites us into the possibility that God will transform our small ambitions into a redemptive calling. Solo Planet by Anna Broadway challenges all of us to notice the ways that we limit and constrain the ministry and fellowship of people who are single, similar to Saul’s limiting and constraining of David just before David delivered Israel from the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17).

If you find yourself feeling small, these new releases are a good reminder that you are in good company—and that God has good news waiting for you.