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  1. Dr JSK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review: True Identity
    January 9, 2018
    Dr JSK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    True Identity: Finding Significance and Freedom Through Who You Are In Christ, written by John Majors, published by Bethany House, is a book that desires its readers to better understand who they are in Christ.

    Understanding that we live in a world that has a tendency to place labels upon everything and everyone, John strives to help his readers understand their true identity, who they reality are, and that this identity comes from their relationship with Christ.

    This is a seemingly difficult task, given that we live in an age of gender identity confusion, but John does an amazing job of clarifying that we are created in Gods image, an image that cannot be tarnished by confusion or distortion. In other words, we are male and female. Not the opposite, not both, not one sometimes and the other at other times.

    John uses a perfect analogy to get his point across that is found on page73. You cant put apple juice in your cars gas tank and expect your car to work even though apple juice kind of looks like gasoline. And you cant drink gasoline, even though it kind of looks like apple juice. Neither situation will work because the designers of the car, the gas and the apple juice didnt design things to work that way.

    This is a book that has the ability to open up the minds of those willing to take its message seriously, thus it is a recommended purchase.

    Dr. Jeff Krupinski

  2. Melissa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very timely
    November 29, 2017
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a very important topic for teens. They are desperately trying to find their identity in this world. Honestly, even adults are. So this is a very timely book.

    John starts with the basic foundation, our identity in Christ and how that is truly the foundation for everything else in life.

    He tackles some tough topics, such as transgender and same-sex attraction. He handled it very well. My only complaint is I wish he might have talked about some the issues that lead to people believing they are transgender or gay. He didn't touch on any underlying causes and I believe that plays a huge role in why kids are turning to these lifestyles. So, I was disappointed by that.

    I did like how he handled the chapter on dating and that is one I for sure will be encouraging my daughter to read.

    Overall, this is a very good book and I think important for our teens to be reading.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  3. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Biblical Advice For Young Adults In A Complicated Secular World
    November 24, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    True Identity: Finding Significance And Freedom Through Who You Are In Christ by John C. Majors is written for teens and young adults who find themselves struggling to find themselves. Through this Biblically-based book, John tackles issues of personal identity, gender identity, spiritual identity, relational identity, and missional identity.

    Geared for the youth being raised in a society that is blurring more lines every day on what it means to be a man or a woman, this book gets to the core issues of discovering your own identity and coming to terms with being exactly who God made you to be. Whether you find yourself struggling with assertiveness and control issues, or whether you question a possible attraction to the same sex - this book hold many truths to help you unlock the truest blueprint for God's plans for your life.

    Not only does John help equip young adults with the knowledge needed to make Biblically sound choices, he also helps provide them with insight and positive practices for dealing with others in their lives who may not be making the most Christ-like choices.

    Written for both young men and young women, this book if a must-read for anyone trying to sort through the myriad of societal allowances that make it so easy for young people to step into dangerous so-called grey areas and inadvertently step on mines. 4/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  4. stampincass
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Every teen should read this book
    November 22, 2017
    stampincass
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Thank you Bethany House for sharing with me.

    Here is my honest review.

    First and foremost, this is a book written for teens; I am well into adulthood yet found this book to a relevant and thoughtful examination of major issues that young people face as they race toward adulthood. As I was reading, I kept thinking "Where were books like this thirty years ago?" If they existed, they certainly weren't on the radar for those in my youth group or the adults guiding us.

    With teenagers, broaching honest, thought-provoking topics can sometimes be difficult. Majors addresses one of the critical questions we all ask ourselves: "Who Am I?" and breaks our identity down into four broad compartments before dividing them further in sub-categories. He then addresses each of these elements not from the perspective that is culturally popular at the moment, but rather from the viewpoint of our relationship with Christ.

    If you parent a teenager or have a child that will soon be facing these years fraught with angst and confusion, this is a great book to read. Then share it with your son or daughter, inviting them to read it with you and share their thoughts and reactions. It can open conversations in a non-threatening way which is really crucial to having heart-to-heart (two-sided) talks with a young adult.

    The four identities explored in this book are: Gender Identity, Spiritual Identity, Relational Identity and Missional Identity. I first thought Majors was too general, skimming the surface even, as he addressed the components of identity. As I continued to read, I realized that it wasn't an in-depth exploration - and that was a good thing. It would be very easy the message to come across as preachy, a sure-fire way to close the door to frank discussion. Additionally, the author is laying groundwork on a topic while allowing room for the reader to continue the thought process and arrive at conclusions that are their own. This is exactly where teenagers are at during this point in their life; they have to determine if they believe what they've been taught and why - or if they disagree and why. This book is a great guide to exploring basic principles of Christianity and how that shapes us and the decisions we make about how we live our lives.

    This is not to imply that the book lacks honest, well-laid out truth. It does.For example, True Identity takes a very clear and concise stance on purity outside of marriage with Biblical references as well as psychological reasoning for radical abstinence. With adult perspective and experience, I know that Majors is correct in all the reasons he gives for refraining from premarital sex. Unwanted pregnancy is mentioned but it isn't the strongest case he makes for purity: sex is more than just physical pleasure. His arguments are well-thought out, easily presented and far more compelling argument for teenagers to actually consider than just don't do it.

    Personally, there was one area that I found lacking in the book. Majors spends quite a bit of time exploring relationships, which is vitally important to the development of anyone. He is correct in that teenagers are spending more time with peers and other adults in their world than they are with their parents and family. I know that this is part of the process of growing up and is essential to real maturity taking place. But after that explanation, the focus is spent on relationships with peers, finding quality mentors and finally dating. I wish there had been more emphasis placed on maintaining and growing relationship with your parents. While Majors does address specific concerns and advises the reader to discuss it with their parents, there is no significant page space given to the shift that begins to occur in how to relate to your parents at this age and as responsibility and independence grows.

    This book will remain on our shelves for a few years until my son is a teenager; it's certainly a book I will encourage him to read and discuss.
  5. Tiana
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love The Book!
    November 14, 2017
    Tiana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I absolutely love this book! It's written to help teens find their true identity in Christ. By reading this book, I have achieved that. Throughout the book, Majors explains what things help to shape your identity. The people you spend time around: your parents, siblings, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend, mentors, etc.; your faith and what you believe and why you believe it, and many other things. Overall, great book!

    I received this book from Bethany Publishers House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
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