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I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek with God and Others Paperback – July 5, 2016
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I am Found is a uniquely powerful study for women of all ages who long to fully experience freedom from shame and confidence in Christ. The format includes rich references to scripture, poignant illustrations, and thought-provoking questions for personal and small group reflection. Women who fully engage in this study will have transformed thinking that results in mature Christian living. I highly recommend this resource! - Carol Kent, Speaker and Author Becoming a Woman of Influence
Whether the idea of being found fills your heart with joy or gives you a sense of dread, this book is for you. Tackling shame head on from the beginning, Laura shows you why being found is so good, especially if you hold the notion that if God really found out who you really are, He’d hightail it the other direction. Over and over again, the message that God is for you and not against you reverberates through the soul as you read, take apart, and truly digest God’s Word. This is a study that helps you silence the clamor and lies that fill your mind so that you can clearly see God’s love for you and desire to be found each and every day. - Jen Ferguson, co-author of Pure Eyes, Clean Heart: A Couple’s Journey to Freedom from Pornography
Laura Dingman has put into our hands a study that takes us on a life-transforming journey that is both biblically accurate and intensely personal. Though presented as a six-week study, I Am Found is so much more. Whether doing the study individually or in community with other Christians, I Am Found has the potential of impacting the reader’s life in ways never before experienced. Having known and worked with Laura for more than twenty years, I celebrate the day when “she was found” and began serving Jesus Christ in vocational ministry. - Gary L. Johnson, D.Min. Senior Minister; Indian Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN
Ever since the days of Adam and Eve, humans have displayed a dogged propensity to hide ourselves--from God and from each other. We often do this out of a deep sense of shame that comes from below, not above. If you're tired of hiding and ready to experience a more authentic and vulnerable life, then you can't afford not to experience Laura Dingman's I Am Found. It will lovingly lead you to embrace the life God intends for you to live. Get ready to step out of the shadows! - Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined; contributing writer for The Atlantic
The lies of the enemy swirl in our head. “You’ll never be enough.” “You’re not smart.” “You’re ugly.” “You’re too far gone.” In I Am Found, Laura Dingman confidently walks you through Scripture to debunk each falsehood, restoring your heart and soul to a place of rest. Perfect for your small group or women’s study, this book allows you to gather your girlfriends to dive into Truth together. You’ll discover how deeply you’re loved, leaving the lies of the past behind. What a joy to be really found by God, knowing His plans are good! - Cherie Lowe, author of Slaying the Debt Dragon: How One Family Conquered Their Money Monster and Found an Inspired Happily Ever After
In an age of selflies, personal promotion and excessive approval-seeking, it is harder than ever to ground our identity in the right place. This study offers us rich wisdom rooted in Laura's personal journey and in the words of Scripture. I deeply respect the work Laura has done, and continues to do, to honestly face her own shame and the destructive voices in her head - replacing them with the truth that she isa valuable child of God. Dig into this study with great anticipation for what God will do in your heart! - Nancy Beach, Leadership Coach & Author, Gifted to Lead and The Hour on Sunday
The passion Laura feels for women to be free and whole in Christ is infectious. God has given her a call to minister to women who have been told they are not enough, not worthy of true freedom, and too much so we must hide parts of ourselves from our Creator and others. Laura lets God use her in powerful ways to dispel those lies and introduce us to a Jesus who wants us to enjoy being truly known by Him and those around us. This Spirit-filled study and Laura's wise words will resonate with you, change you, and free you to experience life in a new, profound way. It has been a blessing to me, and I know it will be for others as well. - Mary Graham, blogger at trustychucks.com and writes for the Huffington Post
Laura Dingman’s story of being found by the God who knows, who loves and who redeems all our stories has found its way into the creation of this excellent study, I Am Found. She invited others to join her and now invites you into this process of coming out of hiding, and the journey of being found by Him The integration of God’s Word, personal practice, and community open space for transformation in Him so that you can more fully live the life God intended for you. - Sibyl Towner, Co-Author of Listen To My Life, Co-Director of The Springs Retreat Center, Oldenburg, Indiana, and Spiritual Director and teacher of Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction
From the Back Cover
Are you tired of battling shame?
Long to be truly known and deeply loved?¿
Hesitant to show others the real you?
We are all made for connection, but many of us live with walls up and hearts closed. What would it take for us to let go and stand tall and unashamed?
I Am Found guides us in just that. This six-week Bible study on shame and identity explores how we can own our stories, trust God’s affections, and relate honestly with Him and others.
Each week begins with biblical teaching and is followed by five days of guided reflection. Drenched in Scripture, and with plenty of space to journal and savor biblical truths, I Am Found is a personal journey of transformation through God’s Word.
Laura Dingman invites you to build your life on a beautiful, liberating truth: Jesus loves us in our weakness, but He doesn’t leave us there.
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I've looked to quiet mornings with anticipation, sitting down while it's still quiet, before the craziness of the day starts (with a cup of coffee of course), hopeful of what I would learn through that days section.
I've seen some studies that require quite a bit of time to invest in them. With this study, you can work through the sections in 15-20 minutes, but you can also linger much longer, and really absorb all the details found in scripture, so this is a great study to do for busy mamas. Highly recommend.
From the back cover: “We are all made for connection, but many of us live with walls up and hearts closed. What would it take for us to let go and stand tall and unashamed?”
This is a six week study, each week consisting of an introduction and five days of study. At the end of each week’s lessons, there is also a section called “Truth, Lies and Action”, which looks at the truths learned throughout the week, a lie that needs to be exchanged for truth and gives an action step to help move the reader further in their journey to being “found”. Some of the days have the scripture printed for you, while others require you to have your Bible ready. There is a prayer printed at the end of each day’s lesson to give you an opportunity to talk with God.
While the majority of the study is centered around why we hide, why we don’t need to hide, ways in which we hide from ourselves, others and God and other shame-related ideas, some of the other topics included in this study are: having spiritual friendships, our identity in Christ, God’s immense love for us, how to love one another and remembering our worthiness.
I truly believe that the topic of worthiness is such an important one for women especially in our current culture of comparison, perfectionism and do-it-all idea of womanhood. Pinterest-perfect parties, Instagram-worthy photos of our well-behaved kids, Facebook photo albums of exotic vacations (sans kids) showing our perfect marriage. Social media has convinced us that we can only show the perfect parts of our lives – and in doing so, we spend all our effort and energy trying to hide the not-so-perfect parts and begin to wonder if our lives are good enough to share at all – or if we are good enough. It’s an epidemic of shame and it’s not God’s best for us.
To really get the full nature of this study – you’ll have to go through it on your own. I can say that it’s very simply laid out and easy to understand but it’s also very personal and deep. There are questions asked that will require a lot of self-reflection. There are verses shared and prayers written that will help you to determine why you might be hiding and how you might move towards being found and fully known. It’s a beautiful journey to take and one that I believe could make an enormous difference not only in our individual lives, but also in the dynamics of our families and the direction of our society as a whole.
Some of my favorite quotables from I Am Found, by Laura Dingman:
“God is for us. He showers grace over us, relentless in His loving pursuit of us. His mercy never ceases.” (p20)
“Nothing in all of creation is hidden from God’s sight (Hebrews 4:13). You cannot escape God. You can’t outrun Him, because He never relents. You can’t choose anything so out of bounds He will not follow you there, because He fiercely pursues you.” (p45)
“Knowing you belong to Christ and you are His own child brings a freedom no other truth can.” (p58)
“You don’t have to perform anymore. You can come out, come out, wherever you are. Just as you are. Grace is yours. You are forgiven. You are seen, known, and deeply loved by the Creator of the universe. You are free.” (p83)
“Jesus calls us to love one another. The only way this kind of love is possible is if we allow Jesus in us to do the loving. He is the source.” (p136)
“You are valuable to God the Father. He will search for you for as long as it takes. Even when you hide, He comes after you. He won’t stop until you are found.” (p174)
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
The six weeks are as follows:
Why do we hide?
How can we win the war on shame?
Why do we really hide.
Choosing Spiritual Friendships
Jesus is enough.
Some deep topics, eh? These are things that all of us struggle with at some point. Shame is a major thing that women, and christians face. We hide from God, when really he wants us to run into his arms.
This is a traditional bible study and what I mean by that is it starts out with a thought provoking bible verse, or just topic, and then you apply it to yourself. She shares so many awesome examples of hiding from shame, and being able to be found. She has really cute stories to tell.
You are given a scripture every week that you are supposed to reflect on in your journey through life every day. It is extremely encouraging and I found it to be exactly what I needed that week. It is funny how it works out that way. I wrote the scripture down and included it around the house. That is what works for me. That allowed me to really examine what it meant all week long.
Honestly, what you get out of this book is a personal journey and will be different than mine. You might have a major impact or this might not be what you need at this time. The point it is to reflect on the heart of God. To be reminded to soak up his word.
Many thanks to Moody Publishing for sending me this wonderful bible study. It was wonderful to dive into the word of God and give an honest plus unbiased review.