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The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God's Eyes Paperback – July 15, 2003
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ROBERT McGEE is a professional counselor and lecturer who has helped many to experience the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. McGee is also the founder of Rapha, a nationally recognized health care organization that provides in-hospital and outpatient care with a Christ-centered perspective for adults and adolescents suffering with psychiatric and substance abuse problems. He is currently the President of Search Resources.
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to the critic who says it wasn't practical enough, i think the answer lies in the first couple chapters, where mcgee discusses a standard principle of cognitive therapy: beliefs --> thoughts --> feelings --> actions. the reason why this book isn't "follow these steps/do these things and everything will be fine" is because stuff like that addresses the last part of that stage, the actions. the whole point is changing your belief system, which will lead to changed actions.
as to how to change your beliefs, the first step is realizing what you actually believe and recognizing it needs to be changed, which is what this book does well (if you do the exercises in the workbook--DO THEM!! perhaps that is why the person said there wasn't enough practical, b/c the workbook is pretty practical). going through this book again every 5-10 years also helps (i've led small groups thru this book, which is a good refresher for me). the freedom these truths bring is what i believe christ intended for us to experience everyday!
They have been helpful for me, my wife, my family, small groups and support groups, as well as many pastoral care situations.
Being able to apply the God's 4 truths vs Satan's 4 major lies in my opinion is critical to a healthy self worth.
The "big 4" are...
1. Performance...Satan says if I do not perform at a certain level I will not have self worth. God says nothing we ever do will cause Him to love us more or less.
2. Acceptance...Satan says that until we are accepted by certain people we we will not have self worth. God's acceptance and love is unconditional. Remember, many people didn't accept Jesus and He was perfect.
3 Blame...Satan says that if we don't perform or are not accepted someone is to blame. i.e. - Parents, teachers, friends, and others.
Ultimately we blame ourselves for our failures, too.
4. Shame...Satan says we are what we are and cannot change. God says that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2)
The Search for Significance is not a fast read and takes time, sometimes years to digest and apply.
It's one of my favorite books. It's been in my "hard copy" library for years. I'm glad to be able to add it to my Kindle at a super value price!
This one lie sums up how most of us have lived much of our lives and it is a deadly poison: Self-worth = performance + others opinons of us ... the author presents the basic lies about significance, the results of embracing those, what God says, and then the results of embracing His truth ... this alone is most helpful ...
If you have ever struggled in this area or know someone who does, this book should prove benficial.