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Teens' Guide to Identity from FamilyLife

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
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
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Stephen Bean
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish this book had been written 15 years ago. I cringe when I think back to my teenage years. I remember all of the awkward, immature things I said and did, now realizing that I was looking for significance in how others saw me. If only this resource had been around.

True Identity helps teens understands how their identity is being shaped during this exciting season of life. The key passage of Scripture for the book is Colossians 3:2-3, "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things th
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Cassie
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 a
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Kirsten West
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
True Identity is the kind of book you can safely give your teen. It is the kind of book that he will read and then come to you to talk about his ideas about love, marriage, and identity.

Teenagers today are engulfed in a sea of messaging. They get it in school (unless you homeschool them). They get it in movies and books, the news and most especially from each other. These days I think (and hope) children and their parents are realizing that they need to find their heroes in different places. Chi
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Julia
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ssp-inventory
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 iss
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Taylor (TaysBookishThoughts)
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Who am I?” “What makes me special?” Both of these questions can be answered in John Majors’ True Identity: Finding the Significance and Freedom Through Who You Are in Christ. This book will help you figure out what really defines you. This self-help book is broken down into five parts: Who Am I?, Gender Identity, Spiritual Identity, Relational Identity, and Missional Identity. Each of these sections are broken up into smaller sub-sections explaining in further detail what identity means, what i ...more
Melissa
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ar
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Julius
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John Majors' True Identity: Finding Significance and Freedom through Who You Are in Christ is a book that addresses one of the most common moral dilemmas in the modern world: How are we to live with all the labels we receive? It's a book that will help you think about what -- and who -- really defines you.



As you adventure into a life of greater independence, responsibility, and maturity, there is one thing you need to know: You are defined by your place in a greater plan than you can imagine. N
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Vik Arch
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know what, though I am not a teen, the book magnetized me to read and study the subject… Typical question on “Who Am I ?” will not rise again, especially among young people. This book is great for the parents to give an answer to their kids in such a way that they will never question who they are ever again.

The book divides in five sections which conclude the topic like what and who are the shapers of our identity, why it’s important to root the identity in Christ, why our gender makes us wh
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victoria
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was a beautiful writing and compelling to read with giving us to understanding discovery, finding yourself of who you are and what you really want and mean in life. The stories of his book will help you shape you life for the future for all of ages and all kind of people can be used this book for guiding there living by starting from the basic to believe in the way of God had have a mission for all of us to follow to the end of our life. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this ...more
Jon Michael
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I believe True Identity will be helpful to many young people. Majors lays out the case for true identity in Christ in a way that is relevant to today's young people, yet remains deep and thoughtful. He calls the next generation to live a life that is so much more meaningful than what the world and oftentimes the church offers. He calls the next generation to live with an identity so rooted in Christ and transformed by the gospel that wherever they go and whatever they do they can use their God-g ...more
Dustin Sprick
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well paced, on point topics.

Parent pre reading to determine appropriate for my kids. Book is an engaging, easy read. Topics are on point. Right amount of depth. Not too long. Not heretical. Definitely pre read and for a 14/15 year old as there are good questions to help focus an open ended dialogue. Seems slightly more geared towards boys, but definitely helped me understand some pieces I was missing about girl behavior at that age.
Ernie Bowman
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
True Identity by John Majors is a book written for teens to help in “finding significance and freedom through who you are in Christ.” The author does this by examining significant areas of a teen’s life one-by-one, in light of a Christian’s identity in Christ. He writes with an authentic voice that seems relatable to teens without being patronizing. The book tackles tough topics from a wise and biblical point of view. Highly recommended.
Ben Lind
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a solid, level-headed guide to navigating identity (in many of its facets) for youth. I would recommend it to teens searching for grounding in a world of relativism and skepticism, more because of its reassuring common-sense language than its intellectual arguments.

I used the book as a basis for a book study with some men in my family, and it sparked fruitful discussions.
Amanda
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, there's much less about what identity in Christ actually constitutes for a Christian (3 pages) than about behaviors teens should assume to line up with this particular organization's understanding of Christianity. Very little Scripture cited.
Sarah
Age Appropriate For: 14 and up
Best for Ages: 14 and 16

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
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