Hello, My Name Is

If you are a reader of my personal blog, Only By Grace, then you know that I have been on a personal journey to finding myself since 2010.  These past few years, I have really been trying to hone in on particular aspects of myself and see who I am from a different perspective.  It's hard to see things when you are on the inside looking out but that's where God comes in.  Who else knows you better than the One that created you?

I know I am not alone in my journey to finding who I was created to be, and after reading Hello My Name Is by Matthew West I feel even more motivated to stay the course.

If you are into Christian music, you know the title is named after one of Matthew West's songs of the same name.  Every time I pick up this book I start singing the chorus.  I love this song!

Matthew West is an amazing storyteller.  When you listen (or sing along) to any of his songs, you can tell that he has a way with words.  We all have many names, and Mr. West reminds us that no matter your name is God's got a name that covers all the names you have.  He reminds us that no matter what, God is in control and there is power in His name.  This thought alone should give us all comfort.  God's got this.

Woven throughout the book is wonderful stories; a few of them even made me laugh out loud.  The stories pull you in and then Mr. West hits you with a truth that really takes that story home.  It is not about WHO you are but WHOSE you are!

Chapter 7 was especially touching for me.  I've been a "people-pleaser" my entire life which is why I am on this journey to finding who I am.  When you are a people pleaser, you put who you are aside and do/say things just to please other people.  All these years I've been wearing a false name tag and I didn't even realize it!  Now I am putting on MY name tag because I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and it's about time!

This book is a quick read but one that packs a punch.  I think everyone should read this book but especially anyone who is new to their faith.  It's important to have a firm foundation and the way Mr. West writes it makes deep truths easy to understand.

I feel more strengthened in my faith and in who I am after reading this book and I think you will be too.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 

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