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“You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies About Life & Love” by Daniel Im

Content

You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies About Life & Love by Daniel Im, is quite the fascinating read. Im focuses on the seven lies of identity, describing the context in which these lies flourish, through personal stories, research and pastoral insight.

Im’s purpose is to reveal the truth that leads to freedom; from surviving to thriving. According to Im, “truth unlocks a life of purpose, adventure, meaning and destiny.”

Each chapter focuses on one of these seven lies: You are What You Do, You are What You Experience, You are Who you Know, You are What You Do, You are What You Own, You Are Who You Raise, and You Are Your Past.

Im describes the lie, with relatable examples, the effects of the lie, and refutes the lie with biblical truth. As well as charts, lists and quotes to support his theories. What an intriguing concept?!

Review

I like how the author challenges readers to think about life, work and love in a fresh way.

This book comes highly recommended by several notable pastors, speakers and authors.

I can feel the author’s passion and his desire to make a difference in people’s lives.

Not only does Im describe the lie, I love how he reveals the source and context from where these lies come – the reasons we believe them and the freeing truth.

I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to further their self-discovery and development. Even for parents wanting to help their children find a higher sense of self-esteem, this is a great parenting tool to help you set and teach realistic expectations.

About the Author

Daniel Im is a speaker and leader who has traveled to cities like New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Seoul to teach, consult, and coach.

His podcasts have been downloaded over 3 million times. He has pastored in five major cities around the world in churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people. 

He has written two paradigm shifting books, No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (second edition). He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and is a Gallup Certified Strengths Performance Coach. 

Daniel lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife Christina and their three children. For more information, visit danielim.com and follow him on social media @danielsangi.

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“A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom” Devotional

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A Mother’s Love: Celebrating Every Kind of Mom, by Anna Rendell and the (in)courage community, is a great devotional for moms.

It is conveniently broken up into sections for each stage of motherhood, using both personal and biblical examples of motherhood.

This devotional even includes blank reflection sections, Bible verses and beautiful illustrations throughout. All of these features add so much to the devotional’s messages each day.

Review

As I read it for myself, I felt peaceful, encouraged, loved, and full of hope. I highly recommend this book to mothers of all kinds, in whatever stage they find themselves. Truly a work of art!

About the Author

(in)courage

from the (in)courage community
  • At (in)courage you are welcome to a place of faith, connection, and friendship, where you will always find yourself among friends.
  • Founded in 2009 by DaySpring, the Christian products subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the vision for (in)courage was to create a new home for the hearts of women, where women take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their everyday, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.
  • Since then, (in)courage has grown into a vibrant community that reaches thousands of women every day, welcoming them just the way they are, offering a space to breathe, loving support, and resources for meaningful connection.
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Habit of Disobedience vs. True Purpose

This may be an odd title for a post, but it is on my heart to share with you today.

How many times has God asked us to do something or tell someone something, we don’t follow through?

Lately, I have been feeling stuck. I have been praying and praying for direction, what to focus on in my life, but nothing clear.

Then I realized yesterday, it has been clear for a long time, but I was choosing to ignore God’s direction.

The Miscarriage Project

Most of you know of my recently published book, The Miscarriage Project: Testimonials of Parents of Who Found Hope in God.

Finally becoming a published author is a dream come true for me!

However, I didn’t expect the before, during, and after process to be so hard! To name a few challenges:

  • First, you have to write your manuscript. Short like a children’s book, or long like a novel, both take a lot of time to brainstorm, write, edit, rewrite, etc.
  • Next, finding a publisher willing to publish your work is the hardest part. This is something I had to do a lot of research to find.
  • The publishing process is such a waiting game and is necessary to have business and marketing knowledge (or know someone who does), I’ve had to learn most of this from scratch – research and asking others a lot of questions.
  • Once you are published (and beforehand), comes the marketing. This, for me, has been the most challenging part.

How do I help people find out about my book without breaking the bank? How do I convince them to then read it?

Asking the Wrong Questions

I will be the first to admit, it is so easy to get caught up in the ways of the world.

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Be this way, and people will love you.

Make this sacrifice, and it will be worth it. Your family will understand.

You have to work 24/7 to make any dent in your business.

You will never make it in this business, unless you take shortcuts, compromise relationships for progress, and think of yourself first.

None of these statements are true, but we believe them so easily.

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Instead of writing to make money or to sell books (to provide for my family), I am only effective if I use my gifts for God’s glory.

The world makes so many empty promises. Why do we continue to believe them?

True Purpose

Our true purpose of our existence is not to spend our lives afraid of insignificance, and striving for impossible perfection, according to the world’s ever-changing standards.

We have God-given purpose – to love God, to love others.

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The world leads us to believe we deserve whatever we want. As long as we work hard enough, we can do or be anything we want.

This is faulty logic, when God really created us for a specific purpose.

No matter how hard I want to be perfect, only Christ is perfect. Only through Him can we be sanctified – continually made more and more like Christ in his attributes.

The God-Shaped Hole

When I think of this concept, I think of these song lyrics, “there’s a God-shaped hole in all of us.”

There is always this lingering emptiness in our hearts. A desire to matter, to be whole, to find peace.

The world offers so many counterfeits to fill this whole, but only our true Lord and Savior, Messiah and friend, can fill it and truly complete us.

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We lost this fullness and unbroken connection with God when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. Ever since then, we have lived lives of brokenness, sin, and chaos.

However, our story doesn’t end there. Jesus Christ made this connection possible yet again with his death on the cross, and resurrection to the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

Hope in the Struggle

The amazing news: God doesn’t leave us alone in our pain and struggles. We have hope of a new, eternal future:

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Rev 21:4 NLT)

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Now that is the true “happily ever after” you’ve been waiting for.