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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).
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.
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.Read more ›
Path: Lomas takes the reader back through the maze of lost identity to the place we need to start. He finds us in a desperate search of plowing the sand the sowing the ocean in trying to find who we are, then he leads us back to the place we need to be, recognizing who we are in Christ.
Sources: Lomas bases much of what he says on Christ’s teaching in the gospels and Paul’s teaching to the churches. He references several other books on identity.
Agreement: This is an excellent resource for helping an individual orientate themselves in the confusing world of “finding yourself.” It is not just a good one time reminder, but one I need daily as I gravitate towards works righteousness.
Personal App: Am I trying to find my identity in me, or in Christ? I can tell by whether I do, so that… or I have, so that… or I desire, so … God doesn’t work like that. He says, “you’re loved, therefore…”
Favorite Quote: “And our call, then, is to become who we are—to live out the truth of this truest thing about us.”
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it to someone who:
is trying to “find themselves”
is a believer but feels the weight of failure
pretty much any believer
Other books along this same theme would be:
Anderson, Hannah. Made For More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image. New. Moody, 2014.
Bridges, Jerry. Who Am I?: Identity in Christ. Cruciform Press, 2012.
Fitzpatrick, Elyse. Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008.
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I gave this to my little sis, and it seriously changed her life. She is a huge fan and will talk up this book to everyone she meetsPublished 2 months ago by Amelia
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