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How to Get the Most from this Book
1 Is “Loving Yourself” or “Self-Esteem” the Answer?
2 Is Your Self-Image Based on Your Success?
3 Is Your Self-Image Based on What Others Think?
4 Is Your Self-Image Based on Outward Appearance?
Recognize Who You Are in Christ
5 You are God’s Child
6 You are Loved by God
7 You are a Citizen of God’s Kingdom
Find Freedom From Guilt and Shame
8 Accept God’s Forgiveness
9 Overcome Perfectionism and Inappropriate Guilt
10 Practice Humility and Contentment
Discover Your Purpose
11 Live Life as a Spiritual Adventure
12 Be a Difference-Maker
Putting it All Together
Small Group Leader’s Guide
Tips for Leaders
Step-by-Step Meeting Plan
Who do you think you are?
Do you think you are not as good as others? Do you live with a sense of failure, or do you struggle with a negative self-image or “self-esteem”?
Do you wonder what your purpose in life is? Do you think your life doesn’t matter — that what you do doesn’t make a difference to God or to anyone else?
Do you live with regrets? Are you tormented by bad decisions or missed opportunities?
Do you live with guilt? Do you often think about mistakes you made or terrible things you did?
Have you tried “solutions” that don’t work?
When people think poorly about themselves, they often think the solution is positive thinking or building up their “self-esteem.” They may try to build themselves up by earning more money, becoming popular, gaining a position of power, buying a new car, wearing expensive clothes, or working out to appear more attractive.
But these “solutions” don’t work in the long run. Even if they make you feel good about yourself for a short time, you end up feeling just as bad inside as you did before — or worse. You might feel hopeless, sure something is drastically wrong with you.
There’s a reason these solutions don’t work
In these pages, you will learn the real solution — to deeply understand who you are in Christ, what it means to be forgiven and loved by God, and what your purpose in life is. It is only in our relationship with God that we discover our true meaning and who we are.
Learn to see yourself through God’s eyes
God doesn’t want you to go through life hanging your head because of your failures. Instead, he wants you to be excited because you are his child. He loves you and has exciting plans for you.
May God grant you a deep understanding of his love and your value to him as you read, and may you discover God’s plan and purpose for your life.
Who Do You Think You Are? is reader-friendly
This book can be studied by individuals, small groups, and marriage classes. Its twelve chapters are ideal for a twelve-week study. It also can be used for a six-week study by reading two chapters per week.
Each chapter is interactive, with many “make it personal” questions to help you put its biblical advice into practice.
A small group leader’s guide is included at the end of the book. It includes instructions on how to lead groups, as well as chapter-by-chapter discussion questions, so there’s no need to buy a separate small group leader’s guide.
In this book you will learn how to live according to God’s Word. When you read it, you will discover it is:
Bible-based. This book is solidly Bible-based, with every chapter showing how to apply the Bible’s truths in your life.
Cross-cultural. Since the guidelines in this book are based on God’s Word, they apply to every group and culture.
Practical. Readers are given clear, practical steps they can take.
Reader-friendly. Many techniques — from a simple, straightforward writing style to breaking the text into small, easily digested portions — make the books easy to read.
Comprehensive. Numerous questions and dilemmas are anticipated — and answered.
Interactive. Personal application questions throughout the books get readers involved.
Action-oriented. Readers write action plans as they go through each chapter.
“Three-in-one” — great for small group studies.This book has all the information you would expect to find in three separate books:
- Book — with practical, Bible-based information,
- Workbook — with “personal application” questions scattered throughout each chapter.
- Small group leader’s guide — with guidelines for small group leaders and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions at the end of the book.
This book was written by Doug Britton, MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Doug, President of LifeTree Institute, has been a Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist for over thirty years.
Doug has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio-co-host, and author of over twenty books that show people how to apply God’s truths in their daily lives.
He has also trained counselors, small group leaders, pastors, and mentors, showing them how to share practical, effective ways to apply the Word of God in all areas of life.
Doug has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and has edited and published three professional publications. His wife Skeeter has been a homemaker, landscape designer, journalist and novelist. She also has taught marriage and parenting workshops, and holds degrees in English and Landscape Architecture.
Doug draws from his counseling experience and his own struggles and victories when he writes.
More importantly, he draws from the Word of God, offering readers Bible-based, practical, cross-cultural tools, insights, and guidelines they can use in their daily lives.
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