First off, all women should pick up Made For More today!
Secondly, this post is for the ladies!
Made for More by Hannah Anderson
I was so excited when I found this book, mostly because it is exactly what I dreamt of writing someday. Of all of the topics and ideas bouncing around in my head, identity was the one that always came with flashing lights.
Hannah teaches us that in order to find our identity in Christ, we have to live imago dei, which translates to “in the image of God.” She spends most of the book talking about what it looks like to live that out practically.
It is so easy today to get lost in the daily grind that we forget who we are as women. It can be easy to forget that, as women, we serve a special purpose for God’s Kingdom! There are many forms of media that ask for our attention and try to sell us a false sense of identity.
On the other hand, we have a Savior to turn to and, “the beauty, the unmistakable genius of it all, is that in discovering Him, the source of all existence, you will also discover yourself. In finding Him, you will find the answer to the question ‘Who am I and why am I here?’ Because in the infinite wisdom of God, the two are inextricable linked; and in the infinite kindness of God, this search is as much about His glory as it is your good.”
Talk about powerful! This book is full of strong and Biblical points. Through her writing, Hannah clearly has a passion for teaching about who Jesus is and who we are because of His character. She writes in a way that gives new life to the truths that many of us already know.
I found this book both encouraging and challenging in my walk with Christ.
It was encouraging because it reminded me that I was created for a purpose. It also reminded me that my identity, wholly, and solely, resides in Christ.
It was challenging, because just as many other women do, I find myself looking for my identity in all things earthly. My job, my education, my friendships, my health, and the list goes on. At the end of the day, whether it’s successful or a flop, I belong to Christ. The perfect job, marriage or home will not give me the joy, contentment and peace that I find when I turn to my Jesus!
Who are you, really?
In an uncertain world, we crave the security of knowing exactly who we are and where we belong. But too often as women, we try to find this safety in our roles and relationships, our professional accomplishments, or our picture-perfect homes. And as we do, our souls shrink smaller and smaller. It’s because these things aren’t made to hold us.
In Made for More, Hannah Anderson invites you to re-imagine yourself, not simply as a set of roles and categories, but as a person destined to live in the fullness of God Himself.
Starting with our first identity as image bearers, Hannah shows how Jesus Christ makes us people who can reflect His nature through our unique callings. She also explores how these deeper truths affect the practical realties that we face as women—how does being an image bearer shape our pursuit of education, our work, and even our desire for holistic lives?
Because you are made in God’s image, you will only ever know yourself—only ever be yourself—as you find your identity in Him. Find it now.
This post was written by Sadie, an active reader and regular contributor to The Journey of Sadie Grace. While her corner of the web is a blog about her own learnings, covering anything from nifty recipes to Christ’s resurrection, you will never leave her blog without being lifted up.