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Confident Identity: Christian Strategies to Forget Who You Aren't and Discover Who You Really Are Paperback – July 26, 2017
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Have you ever read a book that leaves you in a thoughtful place of contemplation long after the last page has been turned and the book is closed?
Confident Identity is that kind of book.
Days after reading its final pages, I found myself deliberately and intentionally processing the content of this book. Thinking through my personality, pondering my gifts, and praying through my God-given and life-shaped identity, I couldn't shake the significance of its words. I felt a sense of purpose after reading its words -- a driving challenge to explore, expand, and exercise my identity for not only myself but also for the edification of those around me and for the glorification of my Heavenly Father.
Confident Identity is a conversation-starter, a thought-generator, and a game-changer.
Combining Scripture, clinical theories, and practical tools, Matt has thoughtfully crafted a beautiful resource for not only those seeking to better understand and strengthen their identity but also for those who work in both lay and professional settings. The book is filled with an abundance of insightful questions, constructive ideas, easy-to-read charts, and meaningful activities and tests which allow an individual to thoroughly explore and contemplate their identity.
This resource does a wonderful job of providing the reader with mini therapeutic sessions that can be done in the confines of a home, over a cup of coffee with a trusted friend, in a church community group, or even in the safety of a therapist's office. As a therapist myself, this will be in a quick-to-reach spot in my office, as I see this book being a helpful clinical resource when thinking through treatment plans and case conceptualization for those who are struggling in understanding, defining, and forming their identity.
Every follower of Christ could benefit from reading and engaging with the content of this book; I know I have.
"A powerhouse book packed with examples, media recommendations, diagrams, and self-assessment tools,this isn't merely a "light-read" for the weekend. This is an integrated and interactive book useful for self-discovery. Encouraging, insightful, and grounded in the Word of God."
- Karen Ferguson
Matt Pavlik offers a clear, and practical outline for those seeking the life long process of knowing God, and the gift of knowing themselves in an authentic way. "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee." - Augustine
Confident Identity weaves biblical narratives with unique counseling guides to discover ones true identity. But whether readers are struggling with their own identity or wanting a closer relationship with God, Confident Identity will help then discover it.
From the Author
I wrote Confident Identity to give you a boost forward in understanding and accepting who you are.
You can Love and Cherish Your Awesome Identity (without being selfish or arrogant). You can put off doubt, insecurity, and shame.
As you read, you'll receive in depth answers to why you're suffering and what you need to do to start really living.
Don't settle for the lie that you're ordinary and not needed.
God intentionally created you as you are. Step into all you are and start living with more contentment and joy, no matter how great or difficult your circumstances.
This book summarizes the encouragement I need to have a Confident Identity. I trust you will find the same strength as you read it.
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Part 1 helps people look at their identity and understand the different parts of it: ashamed vs. confident, fearful vs. secure, doubtful vs. hopeful, rejected vs. accepted, and isolated and desolate vs. connected and fruitful are the areas that are specifically dealt with. Part 2 is all about discovering who you are in Christ physically, in gender, in mental and emotional settings, in general spirituality, in specific spirituality, and in personality. It also deals with using strengths that are in one's life. Part 3 talks about using who we are in Christ as we go forward in life. Our vision, concentration, and mission are all a part of this.
I liked this book as a resource. One aspect of my ministry going forward will be pastoral counseling, so having resources on that aspect of ministry will be huge for me. The charts, diagrams, and supplemental materials are good resources. I think that the formatting of this book could have been condensed a bit more. It's a rather tall book like a textbook, while it probably could have been brought down to a more convenient size to carry and use. But for all of these reasons, I give this book a respectable 3.75 stars out of 5.
Author Matt Pavlik, is a professional counselor with a Christian worldview. After reading this book and going through the assignments, tools, and identity tests in each chapter you will have felt as if you spent time in a counseling office. There are reflection questions and “next steps” at the end of each chapter, just as if you would get homework after a counseling session. You will be encouraged to write your vision and mission for life, how many can say that we have done that? We need to know where we are going in life otherwise we can wander aimlessly through life, Author Matt Pavlik walks you through step-by-step as he guides you through uncovering your true identity which can only be found through Jesus Christ.
For people who have searched for meaning in life, or if there is a deeper purpose for them-this book covers in great detail that each person has a unique design and plan. There are innumerable resources in this book to take you further in learning and exploring your true identity. After reading Confident Identity, you will have a firm grasp on who you are and why you were created.
I would recommend to take your time with this book, do not rush through it because there is a lot of great material and resources you don’t want to miss. Go back and read the book again if you are unfamiliar with new concepts, and keep this book on hand as you will want to read it again in the future.
While there are some things I disagree with in this book, it is much better than most counseling or psychology books I’ve read. It is extremely detailed and wordy and somewhat tedious to work through, but the result is a very thorough approach. This book is not an easy read that anyone will pick up and enjoy browsing through, but if you really need help (or want to help someone who does), this book is there for you.
I received a complementary copy of this book from BookCrash.com in exchange for my honest review.
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