True Identity by John C. Majors

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Age Appropriate For: 14 and up
Best for Ages: 14 and 16
Description: All teens wrestle with the question "Who am I?" and wonder, What makes me special?
Though these questions linger for life, they are most intense in the teen years, where confusion, awkwardness, and a desperate grab for identity reign. So how does a young person answer these critical questions? Where do young men and women find their significance, worth, and value?
True Identity is perfect for parents and youth workers to give to the teenagers (14-16) in their lives to help them in their journey. Drawing on experiences and wisdom from a wide array of experts, the book provides compassionate answers to help teens discover who they really are, emphasizing their identity in Christ above all other ways our culture defines them. As the book walks teens through the steps to make their faith their own, it highlights healthy independence and God-honoring relationships.

Honestly, I’m not sure what to say about this book. Finding your identity in Christ is a message I’m passionate about. I expected to love this book. I ended up skimming through it. I know this book was targeted to teens, but that wasn’t why I was disappointed.  I think I went into this book with the wrong expectations.

I have to be honest enough to say the whole book started with a story that gave me a bad taste in my mouth. The story (Who Am I?) was great for illustrative purposes, but as I know the family involved, I also know the heartache that story caused. Most people won’t have that reaction, but I need to be honest and say that it affected me negatively.

When I see a subtitle like this book (Finding significance and freedom through who you are in Christ) I come expecting a biblical starting point. This book started with issues teens are facing today such as gender identity, sexual orientation, and the like, and provided Bible answers. I was expecting the book to be about our identity in Christ and then perhaps address some of these issues on the side.

I think this book has a lot of good things to say. There is a lot of biblically sound advice that is great for teens. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.  

I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All the thoughts expressed are my own.

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