“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:1

The past several weeks have been filled with stars, not the beautiful, twinkling, celestial bodies that brighten a dark night, but the book rating systems of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. As a debut author, I have learned that each new day now brings with it a new review and each new review brings stars—5 stars, 4 stars, and even some 3 stars. I delight in a 5-star review (“Nice!”) and then wonder how someone can make great comments and give the book only 3 stars (“Really?”). It’s the publishing version of “He loves me—He loves me not” without a beautiful flower in hand.

Why do we have to live by ratings? I love Ann Curry, but NBC has let her go because of ratings. I recently read a review for one of our favorite restaurants in Palm Springs. The scathing report made me wonder if we were talking about the same eatery. Facebook sends me periodic reports on my book’s Fan Page. “Total Likes” are up this week, but my “Weekly Total Reach” is down. Really?

And then I remember that I didn’t write the book for stars. I was blessed with stories to tell and the opportunity to tell them. I got to share how God’s love and faithfulness has illuminated life, not just for me, but for all of us. They’re stories about a love that shines brighter than the brightest star. They’re stories that have people “Talking about This,” not just on Facebook, but everywhere! They’re stories that are starred–for now and forever.