Your New Identity by Neil T. Anderson

Book description:
Like Jacob, who in the book of Genesis tricked his father into giving him his brother’s blessing, we all struggle with our own painful choices. Often our attempts to fix our missteps result in an even more complicated web of destruction. Is it possible to escape the unending tangle of guilt and shame? Is there a better way toward wholeness?

In Your New Identity, Dr. Neil Anderson demonstrates that the two most important beliefs every Christian should possess is knowing who our heavenly Father is and who we are in Christ. This second of eight Victory Series studies will help you understand God’s nature and character, and guide you to lay aside former ways and embrace your new life as a child of God. This study, with six sessions, can be used individually or in a group, and includes a leader’s guide, along with illustrations and questions for deeper reflection and practical applications.

God is full of grace and mercy; He makes right what we in our fallen nature have made wrong. In Your New Identity, you will discover that, as Jacob learned, an encounter with the living God will change your life . . . forever.

My review:

This book is filled with hope in each lesson.  Readers can work through it in a group setting, but I found it awesome to use individually as well.  It is broken into six sessions, with each session consisting of five readings and fill-in-the-blank response sections.  If you use it individually as a devotional, you can complete the book in a month.  However, the daily readings are very short and interesting and the questions do not take long to complete, so you can move through it a bit faster, or at your leisure.

I thought this was a really great book at encouraging readers to let go of the past and embrace the future as a new creation.  Anderson does a great job in describing the grace and mercy of God in ways that are easy to understand and in ways that I have never read before, such as a story about a child who was adopted by a loving Father.  It made me look at the ideas and grace and forgiveness in a whole new way.

If you struggle with shame or guilt over your past, or if you find it hard to understand the idea of being a new creation in God, this book is awesome.  You will walk away with new insight into what it means to be a child of God.  This book stays with you, even after you read it.  I find myself thinking over some of the ideas Anderson put forth and mulling over how I can apply them daily to my own life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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