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Getting lost in life is far too easy. So many voices vie for our attention. I’ve noticed that I become particularly susceptible becoming lost whenever I lose sight of my core self—the center of who I am and who God created me to be.

Perhaps it’s contagious thinking. When we don’t know who we are, it’s easy to allow anyone or anything to speak into us—and the results aren’t always life-giving. If left unchecked, we can slip into becoming distorted versions of ourselves. To keep up appearances, we start hide our true selves.

Somewhere along the way we lose sight of who God made us to be.

We forget who created us and what we’ve been created for.

That’s why I’ve found it so helpful carve out a few minutes each morning to marinate in the truth of who we are in Christ.

God alone can remind us of our true identities and set us free. Through the pages of Scripture, I discovered that embracing my identity in Christ allows me to live more free with every passing day.

*You are God’s child

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12, NIV)

* You are made new.

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17, RSV)

* You are God’s friend.

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15, NKJV)

Maybe for you or someone you know it’s time to ground them in the wonder of who they are made to be, to help them break free.

That’s why I’m so excited to to be releasing the follow-up to the best-selling Live Loved.

Releasing everywhere this week is Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book. A tool you can use to embrace grace during your morning devotionals. Journal. Create. Pray. Reflect. And center your heart on God’s joyous love and the freedom that awaits you.


Scoop up a copy of Live Free, here.

Or save big on a 10-pack of Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book and share with your friends, Bible study, and small group.


Playing with color & paint is fun for grown-ups, too. This craze has been sweeping the nation over the last few months. We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness and grace you’ve shown us in response to the release to Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book.

But now thrilled to be launching the follow-up in the series, Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book. The artwork is intricate and stunning. But the even more exciting is the combination of art and Scripture that invites you to ground yourself in the truth of who you are in God’s eyes: Continue Reading...

LiveLoved_1.25.16_Who am I?

This remains one of humanity’s most difficult questions, one that we spend much of life trying to answer.

Some responses lead us down beautiful and breathtaking paths. Others steer us toward more dangerous and even destructive encounters.

The marvelous news is that if you are a follower of Jesus, you don’t have squander valuable time and energy wondering who you are.

You can go straight to the source—the Scripture—where God reveals You can ask God not only who you are, but also who he made you to be.

This week, we’re beyond giddy to be announcing the release of the follow-up to the best-selling Live Loved: An Adult Coloring Book.

Live Free: An Adult Coloring Book invites you to walk in greater freedom that you’ve ever experienced before by inviting you to unleash your creativity while exploring Scriptures that speak to your identity in Christ.

The Live Free: Adult Coloring Book provides an opportunity for you to:

  • Spend time praying and reflecting to grow in your relationship with God
  • Commit Bible passages to memory to deepen your faith
  • Marinate in the truth of God’s fierce love for you and experience transformation
  • Express your love for God and the Bible through creativity
  • Strengthen relationships as you invite others to create alongside you
  • Share your artistry with others as you show off your work

Our team has been working to make this coloring book a reality. Today, I’m thrilled to announce Live Free: Adult Coloring Books are now available in our store. And you can SAVE BIG with our 10-PACK of Live Free, HERE. 

We can’t wait to see what you create, color, and discover, as together, we learn to Live Free.


Some books should never be judged by their covers. Never. Ever.

I know this firsthand. Every book I’ve written has experienced less-than-desirable early iterations of the cover. Some of them it’s hard not to break out in Mystery Science 3000 Commentary on.

Consider some early covers for Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God:

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Perhaps no better theme could be given for this year’s IF:Gathering than the one selected by Jennie Allen and the IF: Team: Jesus.

I’m so humbled and excited to be part of this year’s global gathering, is February 5-6, in Austin, Texas, an event that will be experienced around the globe through IF:Local.

Here are 7 tips to prepare for this for this year’s IF:Gathering:

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