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Identity Theft | A Book Review

ID theft

A few weeks ago, I asked my sweet friend Courtney, if she would consider reading this new book and writing a review of it. She happily agreed! As a counselor, I regularly find myself looking for resources that will help those I meet with to see Jesus more clearly, and to know themselves better too. We all want to change. We all want to "be better." One of the greatest challenges to discovering how to change is knowing who we are. I'm excited to share this book with other friends and clients, and I hope Courtney's summary here will encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself! ~ Melissa Affolter, Executive Director

I recently finished reading Identity Theft, after it was recommended to me by a dear friend following several discussions about our identities. It truly opened my eyes to what it meant to have a Christ-centered identity. Throughout my walk with Christ, I have heard about this concept, but never really understood what it meant. It was so abstract, therefore applying it to my life became frustrating and felt like something that I would never be able to do. It seemed like everyone who had their identities set in Christ, had it altogether, a healthy self-esteem, and nothing could rattle them. Realistically, I knew that they still struggled with these things; however, their struggle seemed different somehow.

As I read, I found myself discovering the truth of my identity instead of reclaiming it. The book was broken down beautifully into characteristics of someone whose identify is Christ-centered. This format helped me to apply this once abstract concept to my life. The authors detailed each characteristic beautifully, as well as ways to combat lies from the world and our inner selves that would remind us of our old selves. This is done through scripture and the author’s own life experiences. For many others, this is how they would reclaim their Christ-centered identity.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it gave me a new perspective and answered questions that I have always had about how to find my identity in Christ. It was an easy read and each chapter had the same subsections to help you grasp the concept that the author was trying to convey. At the end was a scripture for memorization and to summarize each chapter. There were also thought-provoking questions to help with understanding or for discussion with a group. I highly recommend this for any woman (or man, despite the target audience) who is finding herself in the struggle of understanding her identity in Christ or needing to reclaim her identity from the world.

I would love to see the authors come together again to help us reclaim our identities after tragedy. Tragedy or traumatic events can shatter one’s identity – this could be a divorce, death, medical crisis, among other things. This is addressed in some minor ways, but a book that helps us not only reclaim our identities but pick up all the shattered pieces would be comforting as well.