I Am Found – Quitting The Game Of Hide And Seek With God And Others – Book Review
There was a time in each of our lives when we once could approach others openly, transparently, without fear or shame. As Laura Dingman – the author of I Am Found – Quitting The Game Of Hide And Seek With God And Others looks back on her daughter Abigail’s life, she remembers that when she was a year old, Abigail loved playing the classic childhood game of hide-and-seek.
The thing she remembers most about these times with her daughter, however, was that the game wasn’t about hiding – it was about being found. The anticipation of knowing that someone loved you – someone missed you – and someone cared enough to search for you until they found you was enough to elicit thrills and giggles every time she was found!
As Abigail got older, however, hiding ceased being a game of fun and it became a response to shame. Whenever she did something wrong, she withdrew from the companionship of those who loved her. She hid and no longer wanted to be found.
Abigail wasn’t the first to hide – Adam and Eve hid from God in the Garden of Eden after they disobeyed Him and we’ve been responding the same way ever since.
If you are stuck in a pattern of shame and hiding and want to return to a life of freedom and connection, I Am Found can help.
I Am Found is a 6-week Bible Study that helps us to learn that there’s a better way to respond to shame:
By quenching the enemy’s lies and embracing the grace that God so freely offers us, we can shed our shame and experience the transformative power of God’s healing, mercy and love.
Each week in I Am Found includes five days of biblical teaching, followed by guided reflections with plenty of room for journaling. There are also actions to take and prayers for the day that will help you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. The book is beautifully designed and printed as well, with the black and green color scheme running throughout the text.
What I like most about I Am Found is that the topic is relevant, the author is relatable, and the study is full of hope.
In the words of Laura Dingman:
Telling our stories shows the power of God. It reminds those who have forgotten what God is capable of. It strengthens our faith. It grows our trust in God in places where we have lost it, both for those who need to hear it and for us as we tell it again. Every time I tell a part of my story, I’m reminded of God’s ability to use what was meant to harm me and turn it into something remarkably good.
I rate this Bible 5 out of 5 stars.
About Laura Dingman
Laura Dingman spends most of her time creating and leading worship experiences that help connect people with the story of God. She has served in vocational ministry as the Creative Arts Director at The Creek, a large church in Indianapolis, for over a decade. She loves to show people where their story intersects with God’s story. She enjoys belting Broadway, laughing hysterically, reading great books, and living life with her favorite two people in the whole world, her husband, Matt, and her spunky daughter, Abigail. She is the author of Life Rhythms: Learning to Live in God-Centered Time and I Am Found: Quitting the Game of Hide and Seek with God, Ourselves, and Others.
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