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Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ [Hardcover]

Mark Driscoll
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January 8, 2013




How you answer those questions affects every aspect of your life: personal, public, and spiritual. So it’s vital to get the answer right.

Pastor and best-selling author Mark Driscoll believes false identity is at the heart of many struggles—and that you can overcome them by having your true identity in Christ. In Who Do You Think You Are?, Driscoll explores the question, “What does it mean to be ‘in Christ’?” In the process he dissects the false-identity epidemic and, more important, provides the only solution—Jesus.

“This book will give you an unshakeable, biblical understanding of who you are in Christ. When you know who you are, you’ll know what to do.”

—Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of Soul Detox, Clean Living in a Contaminated World

“I spent years in ministry for Christ without understanding my identity in Christ. I know now that I was not alone. When, by the grace of God, we understand who we are in Christ, everything else can crumble and we will still be standing. I highly commend this book to you.”

—Sheila Walsh, speaker and author of God Loves Broken People

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About the Author

Mark Driscoll pastors Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, one of the fastest-growing churches in the nation. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including Real Marriage and Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. Mark and his wife, Grace, have five children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1St Edition edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400203856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203857
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, based in Seattle, Washington, and one of the most popular preachers in the world today.

In 2010, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark's online sermons are downloaded millions of times each year, he is the author of over 15 books, and he has also written for CNN, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and many other outlets.

With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and compassion for those who are hurting the most--in particular, women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault--Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals. He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View, gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC's Nightline, bantered with the gang on Fox and Friends, and explained biblical sexuality on Loveline with Dr. Drew.

Numerous ministries trace their roots to Pastor Mark's leadership. He is the founder of Resurgence, which offers resources for Christian leaders, including books, events, classes, multimedia, and a blog that welcomes 7 million visits annually. He is the cofounder of the Acts 29 Network, which has planted over 400 churches in the U.S. and over a dozen other nations. In 2010, following a cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, Pastor Mark cofounded Churches Helping Churches with James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel. The organization raised $2.7 million in funds and delivered an additional $1.7 million in medical supplies to the devastated country.

Born in North Dakota, Mark Driscoll grew up in south Seattle, the son of a union drywaller. After graduating from high school, he attended Washington State University on scholarship. He became a Christian during his freshman year, and finished college with a degree in speech communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. He later completed a master's degree in exegetical theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

In 1996, at the age of 25, Pastor Mark and his wife, Grace, started a small Bible study at their home in Seattle, the least churched city in the U.S. at the time. By God's grace, Mars Hill Church grew beyond all expectations, and now gathers weekly across 15 locations in five states: Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, and Arizona. In 2012, Mars Hill was recognized as the third fastest growing and 28th largest church in the country by Outreach magazine.

Pastor Mark and Grace enjoy raising the "fab five" Driscoll kids, and he's grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.

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1,507 of 2,125 people found the following review helpful
When I got an email from Thomas Nelson asking if I'd like an advance copy of Mark Driscoll's new book, I malfunctioned for a second and then deleted the message. Within a day or two I skulked back to my trash folder and sent them my address, knowing that if I read the book I'd have to write this review. Just know from the outset that words basically fail. Starting with the fact that I was sent a copy of anything by Mark Driscoll to review, I can hardly begin to explain my feelings about this book. But don't worry, I'll try!

Once I got past the denial stage of having a Driscoll book in my home and moved into the acceptance stage of reading it and writing this, I knew my involvement with the Seattle therapeutic community would inform the way I read him. I meet a lot of people who have significant spiritual and emotional wounding, and I've gotten to hear the stories of many people who have been involved at Mark Driscoll's church here in Seattle (Mars Hill). The stories out of there cause me so much concern. What I hear about gender roles and authoritarianism manages to surprise me and make me cry even after six years of hearing them on a fairly regular basis. (For more information and actual accounts of people who have been at Mars Hill Church, search these articles as Amazon reviews won't let me use URLs: "Jesus Needs New PR Mark Drisoll's church discipline contract," "Mark Driscoll's gospel shame: the truth about discipline, excommunication and cult-like control at Mars Hill," and visit Joyful Exiles dot com, and Mars Hill Refuge dot com.) It's not a secret that I feel Driscoll's teachings and his increasing popularity are a powerfully destructive epidemic in western evangelicalism.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I've always held to the premise that the primary focus of life isn't about "who you are," but "whose you are," and when we come to the understanding about the second the first comes into focus!
For that reason when I first received notification that Mark Driscoll's new book was about to be released I decided to read it for myself. I've read, or think I've read every book/article the man has ever written, and though I've had disagreements with him in the past, sometimes extremely intense disagreements I always read anything he writes. He's an astute observer of people, and the culture in which we live, and if for no other reason than that, what he writes is worth the time. He's always been one that makes me "think," and even though I disagree with him on many things, I've always appreciated him for that.

The book, as with many that have come before, and undoubtedly like many that will come after, seeks to help believers discover who they are in Christ. No one would argue that such an undertaking is a daunting task, because most people, even the most committed of Christians, struggle to grasp who they are in Christ. This book is one that the reader would do well to read with an open Bible. The flow and outline of the book are tied to one of the most exciting and engaging of Paul's epistles; Ephesians! Though not directly a "theological" work, this book does offer the reader a good dose of theology intermingled with numerous real life stories of people who have had to overcome intense obstacles to in discovering their identity in Christ. These stories do well at revealing the power of Jesus Christ in radically transforming a person's life, not taking them from "bad to good," but from "dead to alive." In fact the stories far outweigh the theology in their effectiveness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Know You Are But What Am I? June 20, 2013
If you want to talk about lightning rods in the evangelical world, there is no easier target than the one and only, Mark Driscoll. Anything he says or does is under close scrutiny from both sides, that is, Christian and non-Christian. Most of the criticism is aimed at views presented in his preaching. One of his latest books, Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together, has drawn a considerable amount of fire from a variety of Christian enterprises. For the most part, Driscoll's books--along with other pastor/authors--are an edited compilation of past sermon series. In the case of Who Do You Think You Are, though, the book preceded the sermon series. So it's clear that Driscoll put a lot of time and preparation into this endeavor.

As for the book itself, it is expository in nature. If you aren't familiar with that term, it basically refers to a type of preaching in which the original intent of the author is sought after as much as possible. So rather than reading into the text what I hope is there, I try to enter into study asking what IS there. With that intent in mind, the preacher then seeks to draw out how to best communicate whatever truth, caution, principle, or application may be there in the text. Who Do You Think You Are? could loosely be called a commentary on the book of Colossians.

Driscoll employs a variety of stories, metaphors, and other illustrations in order to make the text of Colossians come alive for the reader. This is a great book for those who say they have a hard time reading the Bible because they are not sure how it applies to their life. Colossians is, among other things, about our identity in Christ.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What does Christ have to with you today?
A well-written study of the Book of Ephesians. I learned a lot and enjoyed the focus on my identity in Christ. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Don Bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the most encouraging and inspiring book I have ever read.
Published 1 month ago by Marcella Wickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE this book. So encouraging to know what God says you are.
Published 1 month ago by keith kinser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book to apply
Published 1 month ago by Moses Aviles
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...
Honestly, I usually love Mark Driscoll. He's generally very blunt and forceful with his words and just tells it straight, calling it as he sees it and I've always appreciated that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Keifer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Exposition of Ephesians
Mark Driscoll is probably one of the most polarizing figures within conservative evangelicalism today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. C. Fenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great walk through Ephesians
This is a wonderful walkthrough of Ephesians helping Christians see how Christ came to save us and impart a new identity to us. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jared
5.0 out of 5 stars Great material for bible study
Helpful biblical insights to stimulate discussion on the book of Ephesians . Very well researched. Well grounded in scripture based information
Published 4 months ago by pamela needs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book by Mark Driscoll!
I really enoyed reading this book by Mark Driscoll! He is a great pastor with important messages especially to younger men.
Published 4 months ago by starfox
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
the book just mirrored his videos, so if we listen to his video in class it is same as what I read.
Published 6 months ago by Paulette Olseth
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