Item description for Me, Myself, and I AM: A Unique Question and Answer Book: The Story of You and God by Winston Rice...
Overview Made up entirely of insightful, profound, and occasionally ridiculous questions, "Me, Myself, and I Am" invites readers to turn to any page, open themselves to God, and be the author of their own story.
Publishers Description It's All About You. Open this book to any page and take a new look at you, where you've been on your spiritual journey, and where you're going. Out loud, in private, in order, or backwards all the way, this book of questions will have you laughing, praying, thinking, and maybe asking a question or two yourself. It's a creative and revealing way to get to know God-and "you"-better than ever. So go ahead. Grab a pen. And get ready to get real.
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 7, 2008
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1601421427 ISBN13 9781601421425
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More About Winston Rice
Me, Myself & I AM was created by Matthew Peters in partnership with Elisa Stanford and Multnomah Books. Matthew Peters is a professional writer living in New York City."
I would recommend Matthew Peters and Elisa Standford's book titled Me, Myself, & I Am: The Story of You & God for any parent of a middle or high school student who is searching for identity (purpose) and independence (passion). I was fortunate enough to receive three copies in a special pre-release (I have already given a copy to two of my interns in hopes that they might consider using such a resource in mentoring someone). [...]
One of my favorite questions was found on page 74 (the headline reads, "Picture Me Then"). The authors asked me to imagine that "I am in my eighties, living in a retirement center. A great grandchild comes for a visit. I ask her to read the verse for the day on my calendar. It is 'Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:4). After reading it aloud, she turns to me and asks, 'Did he?'" How would I answer that question? With absolutely no hesitation . . . absolutely. I have come to be convinced that God loves to give us what we do not deserve and even what we would never ask for (because we feel so unworthy). I call it the "divine shock and awe factor." He delights in exceeding our expectations and abilities . . . out of his glory and goodness as our Heavenly Father. Despite disappointments, distractions, and disillusionment - dreams do become a reality in his Kingdom. Did I ever think that I would have the wife I have today? She is way too good for me! Did I ever believe that I would be a youth pastor at such a healthy church? Did I ever think that I could rewrite my family's legacy? There is not a doubt in my mind that my children will have greater integrity and influence than I ever did or ever will . . . but that I get a piece of building that amazing foundation. Jesus Christ is so faithful and forgiving . . . and he is in the business of re-creating the old into the new. His delight is our delight.
Summary: This uniquely designed book is unlike any book that Multnomah Books has published before. Open this book to any page and take a new look at you, where you've been on your spiritual journey, and where you're going. Out loud, in private, in order, or backwards all the way, this book of questions will have you laughing, praying, thinking, and maybe asking a question or two about yourself. It's a creative and revealing way to get to know God and you better than ever. So go ahead. Grab a pen and get ready to get real. A new experience of God comes one question at a time in this fun and provocative journal. Questions range from spiritually intriguing ones such as "If you overheard God talk about you - what do you hear him saying?" . . . to thought provoking ones such as "You are on a long car trip with a close friend, who is not a Christian and the conversation turns to faith - what is your biggest fear about what your friend will ask or say?" . . . to challenging ones such as "Do you believe that all of Jesus' followers have a responsibility to tell others about him?" . . . to just plain fun ones such as "If your life before you became a Christian were a movie, its title would be . . . ." Use the journal as a reflective tool, a way to start conversations with friends and family, or as a spiritual time capsule to look back on years later.
From the silly to the serious Feb 4, 2009
Life and our experience of it are in a continual state of flux. Coming to know God personally only seems to increase the speed with which our understandings and beliefs regarding the world around us, ourselves, and our relationship with God morph, shift and grow. If a series of concise snapshots could be taken -- time capsules assembled which represented our life at any specific point in time -- we'd be amazed at the continual changes that we experience in our walk together with Christ.
Me, Myself and I AM attempts to establish such a written time capsule. Taking the form of a workbook for adults, checklists, fill in the blanks, yes/no/maybe, rate on a scale and long answer sections are presented covering a wide array of questions concerning life, belief, past, present and future. Questions concerning your theology, history, goals, hypothetical situations, personal preferences and a hodgepodge of other questions make up the baseline for your own personal time capsule. The mood of the inquiries ranges from dead-serious to light-hearted fun.
One of my favourite questions follows, in a check-box format.
The fictional character(s) that fit my image of God when I was growing up:
[ ] The Abominable Snowman: huge, scary, and probably nonexistent - but you never knew
[ ] Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia: wise and good but untameable
[ ] The Big Bad Wolf: tricky, mean, and always showing up in places I thought were safe
[ ] Fairy Godmother: sweet, kind, and always looking out for me
[ ] Father Time: a distant but loving grandfather who kept the world moving
[ ] The Great Pumpkin from Peanuts: a hopeful figure I wanted to meet but who never whoed up
[ ] Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings: Kind, powerful, magical and mysterious
[ ] Mother Nature:life giving and good but didn't come inside much
[ ] The North Wind: cold, harsh, impersonal - and bad news when he showed up
[ ] Santa Claus: the person who would give me what I wanted if I was good enough
[ ] Winnie-the-Pooh: warm and comforting, a good buddy
[ ] The Wizard of Oz: big and powerful until you got to know him
[ ] Other:
[ ] None
The questions relating to childhood perceptions of God, relationships and forgiveness hit home for me as I was reading through the book. Even such lighthearted questions can trigger lengthy introspective ponderings if that is where God chooses to place His finger. Other areas will prompt your heartfelt prayers and examination as God leads.
Rather than being a straightforward, back to front, checkmark when you're done format,Me, Myself and I AM encourages a looser, free-flowing approach to working together with the book. You can start at the front, the back or flip through randomly. Likewise you can enter into prayer during your reflections, fill in just the basics or use the questions as prompts for in-depth journaling.
This title's value is not merely in filling in all of the blanks to establish a baseline for who you are at a specific point in time - rather there are riches to be found in the process itself. Me, Myself and I AM seems deceptively simple, but when read prayerfully you can expect God to speak to you through the gentle queries and prompts.
Pick up a copy and work through it. Fast or slow - depending upon God's leading you might sail through in a matter of days or spend several weeks in contemplation. What you won't want to do is shelf the book once you've completed it. Make a note in your long-term planner to pick it up again in one year, five years, ten. Better yet - purchase multiple copies so that you can re-examine yourself at these time posts as you grow in God.
worth your time and money Jan 5, 2009
I bought this book as a gift, and a week later, bought it for myself. It is best if you take one page at a time and don't read ahead or try to anticipate the next question. It's fun to read and think about it, but the power is in actually putting pen to paper. If you are not afraid to really know who you are... so you can better grow into the person you hope to become, this is the way to spend a day or a weekend.
Different and Thought Provoking Dec 29, 2008
This book is different than most books about spiritual growth. It is a personal record about you. Every page has a list of questions designed to help you, the reader, learn more about yourself and more about God. Since it's a personal record, be honest with your answers. I was surprised at the way the questions and my answers led me to a different understanding of what I really felt and thought. Not only can the book be used to track the reader's spiritual growth, I can see the possibilities for using it as a teaching tool. Some of the questions are serious, some are in fun, but all are designed to make the reader think. I predict this is a book the reader will spend time with, and it will become a treasured personal record.
My, Myself and I'm Not Dec 9, 2008
Me Myself & I Am is a workbook like guide to thinking about your releationship with God, done through a series of openended questions, fill-in the blanks and multiple choice questions. The down side to the book is that the questions are often too cute, trying to hard to be pop-culturish; almost like a MySpace page survey.
One of the questions that best show that is "The fictional character(s) that fit my image of God when I was growing up:. The choices are - : The Abominable Snowman, Aslan, The Big Bad Wolf, Fairy Godmother, Father Time, The Great Pumpkin, Gandalf, Mother Nature, The North Wind, Santa Claus, Winnie-the-Pooh, and the Wizard of Oz. No joke, I was surprised they didn't have Superman and the Joker as fictional characters.
Maybe it'd be suitable for some people, but the lack of actual content doesn't really help people looking to deepen their relationship with God.