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The Truest Thing about You: Identity, Desire, and Why It All Matters [Kindle Edition]

David Lomas , D. R. Jacobsen , Francis Chan
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There are many true things about you—true things you use to build an identity. Parent. Introvert. Victim. Student. Extrovert. Entrepreneur. Single.

These truths can identify you, your successes and failures, your expectations and disappointments, your secret dreams and hidden shames. But what if your true identity isn't found in any of these smaller truths, but in the grand truth of who God says you are? In other words, lots of things are true about you—but are they the truest

David Lomas invites you to discover and live out the truth of who God created you to be: you are loved, you are accepted, and you are made in God's image. It's time to move beyond the lesser voices and discover why everything changes when you become who you really are.
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David Lomas serves as the lead pastor at Reality in San Francisco, a church community that started in 2010 in the Castro District. He lives, with his wife Ashley, in one of the most unchurched cities in the nation, but one that is bursting with new life and grace of God. The Reality family of churches is a growing movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ.


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About the Author

David Lomas serves as the lead pastor at Reality in San Francisco, a church community that started in 2010 in the Castro District. He and his wife, Ashley, live in one of the most unchurched cities in the nation, but one that is bursting with new life and God’s grace. The Reality family of churches is a growing movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ.

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  • File Size: 1751 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (February 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GNOCIO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REDISCOVER GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE! February 1, 2014
Format:Paperback
The Truest Thing about You: Identity, Desire, and Why It All Matters by David Lomas and D. R. Jacobsen is an insightful book designed to show you to live out the life God created you for. There is a tendency to identify ourselves, and go after superficial things that do not have a place in the larger plan of God. Yet, we are absolutely mad about them.

In this path-breaking book the authors guide the reader through a series of profound chapters that will remove the scales from our blinded eyes and worldly-wise minds. The chapters include:
-Who We Are: A Collection of Someones
-How We Got Here: A Paradigm
-What We Are Meant To Be: The Imago Dei
-The Truest Human: Jesus and Identity
-Our Human Condition: The Skin We Live In
-Our Greatest Hope: The Truest Thing About You
-A Way Forward: Become Who You Are
-God Won’t Stop: The Truest Truth
-End Matter

The truths contained in each chapters of the book will give a new meaning and direction to your direction-less journey. Read it to rediscover who you are and what God meant you to be. Where ever you are in your life’s journey, this book has something for you. It is one book that is not to be missed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply personal and transforming read February 1, 2014
By julie
Format:Paperback
As I read The Truest Thing, I found myself in conversation with God… re-examining my goals, my purpose, and my discontent with a seemingly perfect life. I find myself left with a lingering peace.

It has been a long time since I’ve read a Christian book cover to cover, but I was so entertained and convicted by The Truest Thing that I was hungry for more.

In addition to believers struggling with discontentment, I also think this book is perfect for new believers or those looking to renew their relationship with God. It’s simple, straight forward, entertaining , and convicting (in a good way).
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The Truest Thing about You by David Lomas and D. R. Jacobsen encourages Christians to address the deeper question concerning their true identity in Christ. It is a recommended Christian book.

In The Truest Thing about You: Identity, Desire, and Why it All Matters, Lomas and Jacobsen want us to look at "the truer things, the things so deeply true about you that they have the power to change everything else" by discovering what God says is the truest thing about us. It is pointed out that there are many true things about us, both good and bad, but what we need to understand is that they are not the real, true core of our existence, or in other words, the truest thing.

Divided up into 8 chapters to explore the truest thing, the chapters are arranged as follows:

Chapter One- Who We Are: A Collection of Someones
"Have you ever realized that the most fundamental and existential questions in life spring from your identity? Who am I? Why am I here? What am I meant to be? What is my purpose? Can I ever change who I am? Does anyone know and love the real me?"

Chapter Two- How We Got Here: A Paradigm
Most of us are likely to identify ourselves through what we do, have, or desire.

Chapter Three- What We Are Meant To Be: The Imago Dei
Imago Dei is a Latin term that means “image of God.” "God never took away our call to be both bearers of His image and stewards over His creation. Imago Dei is for all people at all times. It’s who we are.

Chapter Four- The Truest Human: Jesus and Identity
Jesus was human here on earth and our identity should be tied to Him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly touching and thought-provoking February 7, 2014
Format:Paperback
I haven't read many books recently (or should I say, I haven't finished many books) but this one I finished in about 3-4 days of reading. This reads like a great story, with hooks, quotes, illustrations, Bible interpretations, and personal stories which all tied together quite nicely. This is good news for those who may have a certain perception of christian books and tend to stay away from them generally. Also good news for those who have read plenty, and this is a fresh perspective!

Beyond that, on a deeper level, this book has power. I believe it says many things in a raw way that many Christians may have thought, but would never directly say. It works because it resonates with so many people who are troubled, seeking change, seeking something more. I was brought to tears on several occasions.

Highly recommended for non-believers and Christians who need a shaking to their core, and a fantastic reminder of who we really are, are meant to be, and who Jesus is. And all the false identities we have managed to build up in our lives without even realizing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christian's true identity is in Christ February 6, 2014
By Joan N.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Identity is important. It is the lens through which we see the world. Our actions rise out of our sense of identity.

Usually we think of our identity as a mixture of what we do (I'm an executive.), what we have (I'm a house owner.), and what we desire. (I found his discussion on desire to be especially insightful. We Christians are told that if we desire God more, then we will have a real relationship with Him. The desire defines us.)

We also have so many voices telling us who we are, labeling us.

Lomas argues, “Identity in Christ is truer than every other voice we hear.” He defines identity: “The deep knowledge of where I come from, where I'm going, and to whom I belong.” This Imago Dei, who we are, comes before what we do. Our actions flow from our identity. “The call of the Christian life is to become who you are.”

I was impressed with this book. In today's culture there is so much pressure to be associated with a particular social identity. Lomas calls us to our deepest identity, to our identity in Christ. He encourages us to recognize what God says is true about us, our truest identity into which we can live.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with questions that most of us have not ...
Great book with questions that most of us have not taken the time to consider. Using the book as a study guide for our adult education class at church.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing.
Masterpiece. This book floored me. It Changed my entire perspective on how I view myself. A must read for sure.
Published 14 days ago by Nate Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Next to Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis) and ...
Next to Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis) and Celebration of Discipline (Richard Foster), this is a must read for all Christians!
Published 18 days ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformative.
This is an excellent book. I did not notice it but it transformed my life. I will read it again and again from time to time.
Published 20 days ago by Dr. Andreas
5.0 out of 5 stars & easy to read
important, & easy to read. I will likely read this more than once.
Published 21 days ago by C-huckleberry Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Good book on understanding that my identity as a follower of Christ doesn't hinge on what I do, but on understanding and living out who I am in Christ
Published 21 days ago by K. Dingmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book. It brings out some interesting points to think about.
Published 21 days ago by LINDA GREEN
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great. It's a bit philosophical in it's approach and ...
This book is great. It's a bit philosophical in it's approach and any one who quotes Kierkegaard is doing it right in my book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed from the moment I pick up the book to the moment I set it down. Really gave me a different perspective on things. Definitely would recommend to others.
Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Tackett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great different perspective
This was a great book to offer a different perspective on what(more like who) determines our identity. Highly recommend. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Esther C.
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David Lomas serves as the lead pastor at Reality in San Francisco, a church community that started in 2010 in the Castro District. He lives, with his wife Ashley, in one of the most unchurched cities in the nation, but one that is bursting with new life and grace of God. The Reality family of churches is a growing movement committed to relational church planting and serving the broader body of Christ.

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